Department of Anthropology – Contract Lecturers - Thunder Bay

Contract Lecturer Positions
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 11:59pm

Department of Anthropology – Contract Lecturers

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for Contract Lecturers - Applications are requested to teach one or more of the following courses (subject to availability):

Starting Date and Duration:        September 8 – April 6, 2021


Anthropology 1034 — World Cultures

Anthropology 2515 – Key Concepts in Ethnology

Anthropology / Biology 3138 & Lab – Introduction to DNA Molecular Methods

Anthropology 3719 – Anthropology of Violence & War (Online Course)

Anthropology 4811 – Special Topics

Anthropology 4811 – Special Topics


Anthropology 1034 WA — World Cultures (Winter 2021)

Anthropology is the study of the biological and cultural complexity of human beings, both past and present. Socio-cultural anthropologists are interested in how societies and cultures function – how people in different locations adapt to their environment, the countless symbolic systems they use to communicate with each other, the political and religious institutions that give meaning to their lives, the modes families are structured, and the forms they make a living. This course is intended to introduce students to the anthropological study of cultural diversity, involving ways of comparing and contrasting the structures of social relationships and belief systems that function in different cultural settings. A series of examples will be derived from the past and present social organization of Indigenous peoples and western cultures. This involves the development of culture and traditional practices, relationship between people and the land, linguistic variations, impacts of colonialism and peoples' capacity to self-determine their identities and future. Students will learn about the fascinating array of customs and traditions that constitute Indigenous peoples past and modern cultures from Canada and around the world.

Anthropology 2515 FA – Key Concepts in Ethnology (Fall 2020)

The meaning and purposes underlying the study of different cultures has changed considerably since the origins of the discipline from the end of the nineteenth century until the current days. Economic interests, political agendas, ethics, Indigenous political movements and intellectual commitments have informed distinct views of the focus of study in Socio-cultural Anthropology. This course is intended to present the development of anthropology, its theories and core concepts that have informed anthropological research. The methods employed are aimed at understanding Indigenous societies in the past and present as well as global practices. Cultural anthropologists by their very training are expected to understand culturally appropriate ways of engaging communities especially minorities, oppressed groups and Indigenous peoples. Understanding these concepts enable students to better comprehend the past, present and future societies.

Anthropology / Biology 3138 FA – Introduction to DNA Molecular Methods (Fall 2020)

An introduction to methods used in molecular biology, biochemistry and molecular anthropology with emphasis on the techniques and their application. The laboratory component covers the analysis of nucleic acids particularly DNA, and includes basic techniques such as gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction, and the polymerase chain reaction. Methods of DNA data analysis and interpretation are also introduced, including forensic science, molecular anthropology, molecular biology and molecular archaeology.

Anthropology 3719 WDE – Anthropology of Violence & War – ONLINE COURSE (Winter 2021)

Conflict exists everywhere, even in the smallest societies. In some cases, violence and war are the result. This course combines rich empirical descriptions of violence and war with a comprehensive theoretical discussion of the foundation of these extreme forms of behaviour.

Anthropology 4811 FA – Special Topics - (Fall 2020)

Topic to be determined – Proposals welcome.

 Anthropology 4811 WA – Special Topics - (Winter 2021)

Topic to be determined - Proposals welcome.

 Qualifications Preferred:   The ideal candidate would have a PhD in Anthropology or related field with significant expertise related to the topic they will be teaching. The minimum requirement is a Master’s degree.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff.  With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:


Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a statement of teaching philosophy, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously-taught courses), a statement of a research plan (current and future interests), copies of the three most significant publications, and the names and contact information of three references.  

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Department of Anthropology

Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay, Ontario


Fax: (807) 766-7117


A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form must accompany your package. This form is available on our website at

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343-8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.