Academic Jobs Wiki

Welcome to the Archaeology Job Wiki for 2010-2011.


Arizona State University (Barrett Honors College)

  • Lecturer, Barrett Honors College
  • Qualifications: A PhD in any field of social sciences, (including interdisciplinary and area studies, e.g. African American studies), or natural sciences (including interdisciplinary programs, e.g., environmental science), is required. Applicants with specialties in Asia, Africa and Latin America and/or whose teaching and research engages diverse perspectives and contributes to knowledge about our multicultural society are particularly encouraged. Experience leading discussion seminars is desirable.
  • Deadline: March 4, 2011

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Date Last Modified: January 25, 2011


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University of Alabama

Position: entry-level tenure-track position in archaeology


Preferences: research interests in Latin America, broadly conceived to include the Caribbean

Due date: October 25

  • This job was posted last year. What happened?
David Carballo was there for a year then took a job offer at Boston University.

mid Oct. - Placed on "medium list" and request for letters (x2)

11/22 Short-listed; on-campus interview scheduled for early December (x4)

1/19 Offer made and accepted

University of Arizona

Postion: tenure-track joint assistant professor position in archaeology and tree-ring studies.


Preferences: In addition to dendrochronology, research interests in past human-environment interactions or human adaptations to environmental conditions and shifts are highly desirable.

Due: December 15

American University in Cairo

Position: The Egyptology Program is seeking applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Egyptology with a starting date in September 2011.

Preferences: Candidates should have a research interest in Egyptian history and have competence in all stages of the ancient Egyptian language. A completed Ph.D. and teaching experience are required.

Due: Priority will be given to applications received by October 15th, 2010. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by video-conference in early November 2010.

Baylor University

Position: Assistant or Associate Profess of Anthropological Archaeology starting August 2011

Preferences: Topical and geographic area open but would prefer technical expertise in lithic technology, ceramics, or archaeobotany. Note: ad does not state tenure track or otherwise

Due: Review of applications begins September 15th, and all application materials must be submitted by October 15th.

10/29- received letter dated 10/26 stating that my application was incomplete-- they actually do require undergrad transcripts sent directly from the issuing university and wanted letters up front (the wording was a bit odd, so I couldn't tell)... but I guess this means they've actually started reviewing applications (x3) 10/29- also received letter, but only requesting rec letters (already sent transcripts). The wording in the posting reads "include names and contact information for at least three individuals from whom you have requested letters of recommendation". Perhaps I'm too optimistic in thinking they are only asking for letters from a shorter list of applicants. If they are requesting letters from all applicants, they could have saved themselves much work by clearly asking for them up front.

11/4 - placed on preliminary short list and had to send statement of religious affiliation (x4)

11/26 - Rejection letter received (snail mail)(x5)

Any news about this search??

12/8 Invited for campus interview - no date set

Brigham Young University

Position: Full-time continuing faculty status track position in socio-cultural anthropology or archaeology


Preferences: All ranks and geographical/theoretical areas of specialization will be considered. Qualifications include a completed or nearly completed PhD, a well defined research agenda, professional publications, and a strong interest in undergraduate education. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Due date: November 1

Paper rejection letter received (1/24).

The letter says "another candidate more closely fits the needs of our department at this time;" not sure if use of the singular means they've already hired someone?

University of California at Berkeley

Position: Environmental Archaeologist, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Preferences: "research and teaching that explores the relationships between humans and their environments, and may include topics ranging from social landscape studies to the analysis of organic or inorganic environmental traces left behind by human habitation and activity"

---From a grad student in the dept.: We have 3 retirees coming up in the next year. Not sure if the dept. is trying to replace the area/s of expertise of one of them, or if they're fishing for something different. The retiring folks have regional specializations in the US SW (& lithics & XRF analysis), paleolithic Europe (gender & feminist & landscape approaches), and the Near East/Anatolia area (household approaches & media studies). The dept. is already short in terms of having a faunal remains specialist, a chemical signatures specialist (sediments & artifacts), and a GIS specialist. The dept. tends to like to broaden itself regionally and specialization-wise, so my *advice* (take it with a big grain of salt-- I'm not on this hiring committee!) would be to *not* sell yourself as someone with a micromorphology, ceramics, paleoethnobotany, or historic artifacts specialization, nor as someone working in Western South America, Japan, California, US SE, Central America, or anywhere in the Pacific.

--what nonsense. yea, like a program like berkeley really knows what it wants, notwithstanding the fact that there is no logic to this at all. just be yourself. it is an environmental post. if you do that, apply.

--I think the person you're responding to made it pretty clear they were guessing, and I appreciated that.

--They ran a similar (failed) search a few years ago, so my guess would be that they are not looking to replace outgoing folks directly. In the previous search, most of (all?) the finalists did some sort of faunal analysis. The job descriptions seems to be a bit broader this time around though...

--Last time it was an explicitly faunal job, and all of the finalists were faunal analysts. They've made the job much broader (all environmental fields), maybe because they discovered that very few faunal analysts have the kind of theoretical focus that they want (that's just speculation).

--What happend with the last serch was that the person they offered the job to used it as leverage at their current university to get a better deal there and a spousal hire. Then, due to UC budget problem, the dept lost the funding for the position.

  • I heard that too. As one of the "jobless" it's hard for me to watch the "jobbed" receive and turn down offers I'd have loved, but I'm trying to remind myself there are enough people out there with spousal-hire issues that these things don't necessarily mean people are just being calculating; some of them have to make painful decisions. (I don't know any details in this particular case, just sayin'.)

- If anyone is wondering, "evidence of teaching effectiveness" in this ad means teaching evaluations, at least according to the dept HR person (I ended up emailing to ask).

Due date: Review will begin November 9, 2010. Deadline for submitting applications is January 1, 2011.

Received email request to fill out web-based affirmative action form/questionnaire (11/9) x5 (11/15, 11/17, 11/24) (1/03) x2

California State University, Northridge

Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tenure Track Position

Preferences (from ad): background in geography or landscape approaches; ability to teach in Geography dept also

  • Affirmative action form received (by mail) 10/21
  • Phone interview scheduled
  • Phone interview scheduled (12/1, several weeks after the person above) and request for additional materials (sample syllabi and teaching evaluations
  • Campus interviews have been scheduled for late January/early February
  • Heard this was an inside job...
  • I was told they recently got funding to split it into two positions (one with more of an archy focus, one social/cultural) which doesn't sound very "insideish" to me; nor does the ad's description of how the job came up. I've seen a lot of "inside job" rumors circulate about different postions that turned out to be false, don't be discouraged by them!
  • Received rejection letter via USPS (1/21) - was a very nice letter, seems personal, referred to me as a "very highly qualified applicant", letter stated they couldn't hire people with overlapping areas of expertise to current faculty (x2)


Colgate University

Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tenure Track Position

Preferences (from ad): transnationalism, ethnography, indigenous archaeology

Dartmouth College

Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, tenure-track

Preferences: development of complex societies, preferably in North or South America; must have an active program of research and scholarly publications

Due: Oct 15, 2010

Received e-mail request to send PDFs of publications and REC 10/28/2010 (x2)

Invitation for campus visit/job talk 11/17

1/21 - Rejection letter received via email (x7)

Georgia State

Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, tenure track

Preferences: Desirable areas of focus include public archaeology and museum studies, with research expertise in any of the following: material culture, politics of identity and representation, cultural property rights, cultural resource management, heritage tourism and development, and collaborations with descendent communities in archaeological research.

Due: Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Applied, but got no confirmation/affirmative action card. Did other people get any confirmation?
  • Same here--sent app a few weeks ago, but no confirmation or affirmative action mailing yet. (x3)
  • Request for AAA interview (11/12) (x4)
  • Oddly just received affirmative action/confirmation e-mail after not getting a request for AAA... (x3-what's up with that?) I think they ask the entire applicant pool.
  • They didn't ask me...will hope for last minute interview invitation at AAA
  • request for phone interview 11/22
  • is the phone interview in lieu of AAA interview, or did you interview at AAA and this is a follow up?
  • for me, i couldn't make it for the AAA interview, so it is in lieu of that (x3)
  • did anybody ask when they are making further decisions for this position?
  • asked for recommendation letters 12/13 (x2). was told they would like them soon because they are looking to hire as soon as possible. no timeline given.
  • Had AAA interview. Think it went ok. They were very nice. Got request for letters of rec probably around 12/3 too. But then got email couple days later saying that the letters could be scanned and emailed to expedite the process.
  • Anyone heard either way about this one yet? (1/22)

Indiana University

Preferences: China/East Asia; Preference will be given to candidates whose work focuses on the Neolithic or early Bronze Age; a demonstrated interest in migration, complexity, ancient political economies or the origin of cities will be of particular interest, though specific research specialization is open.

Due: November 1, 2010

Kennesaw State University

Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tenure Track Position

Preferences: Prehistory of Asia, Africa, or Europe

Due: Oct. 31, 2010

  • pending budget approval!
  • 10/12 received confirmation/affirmative action card (x2)
  • contacted for references 11/9
    • Did you not send references originally, or do you mean that your references were contacted?
  • contacted for phone interview 11/15
  • heard that the review is still in progress
  • Really?? Some one got a phone interview request in November?
  • Does anybody have information/updates/recent insights about this job??
  • Anyone heard anything after phone interviews? Nope.
  • Campus Visit scheduled.
  • Any updates/recent insights about this job?

McMaster University

Position: Assistant Professor, Archaeology, Tenure Track Position. Due: Oct. 1, 2010

Preferences: "We are seeking an archaeologist who is actively engaged in theoretically informed topical research that includes the study of ceramic technology or related materials analysis."

Speculation: this opening is likely related to the recent departure of Kostalena Michelaki.

  • Received e-mail request to send PDFs of publications. Short List selection to be made by late Nov. (10/14) (x2)
  • Received rejection letter via email (11/03) X2, (11/25)
  • Shortlisted candidates have been notified for on-campus interviews (12/03)

University of Nebraska, Omaha

Position: Tenure-Track (presumably Assistant Professor) in Anthropology

Preferences: "We seek a broadly trained anthropologist with a specialization in Archaeology of the Western Hemisphere and a focus on the origins of social inequality, human ecology, or environmental archaeology."

Due Date: apparently open

-- Received email stating they had not yet received one of my reference letters and that they expected to begin candidate reviews next week. 11/23

--Has anyone heard anything recently about this position? 1/22

'University of Maine at Farmington '

Position: Asst prof, anthropology

Received request for letters of rec, grad transcripts, and teaching philosophy 12/18

Receieved request for phone interview, 1/20 (x1)

University of Nevada, Reno

Position: Assistant professor, historical archaeology


Preferences: Expertise in historical archaeology of North America; a geographical focus on the American West and interest in a second geographical area

notification that I didn't make the first cut rec'd via email 11/17 (X3)

Email rejection letter 11/29 (had phone interview)

Due: November 15

New Mexico State University

Position: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) 9-month

The Department of Anthropology, New Mexico State University, seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in Southwestern Archaeology at the assistant professor level. We invite applicants whose work complements the department’s existing strengths in the archaeology of the American Southwest and Mesoamerica, archaeological method and theory, and analytical specialties. Evidence of a strong record of scholarship, and the development of a problem-oriented research program with potential for securing external funding is highly desirable.

Due Date: Screening will begin December 10, 2010 and applications received after this date may be considered.

  • Received confirmation letter and affirmative action form (12/6)
  • Request for letters of recommendation, phone interview scheduled, "the long short list" (12/9/2010, x4)
  • The search committee hopes to do on-campus interviews in mid-to-late January.

Does anyone know if this posting means that the 1 semester teaching position (listed in "Teaching" below) is no longer?

  • I would think it's a separate line of funding so one wouldn't affect the other, although that's pure speculation.

University of Northern Colorado

Position: Assistant Professor, Anthropology

The University of Northern Colorado is seeking a broadly-trained archaeologist for a tenure track Assistant Professor appointment to begin August 15, 2011. Teaching and research experience in archaeological anthropology with a specialization in North American archaeology is desired.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach a wide range of courses in introductory archaeology, archaeological methods, field archaeology, and content courses in archaeology of the western United States, the Americas, European prehistory, and origins of ancient civilizations.

Deadine: January 15, 2011.

Rejection email (1/25) x6 (narrowed to 10-candidate "semi-finalist list")

Received email asking for letters of recommendation (1/25)

University of Oklahoma[1]

Position: Assistant Professor Position in Southeastern Archaeology, Tenure-Track

Preferences: Southeastern, prehistory, four-fields.

Due: Oct. 1, 2010

THE DESCRIPTION FOR THIS POSITION ON THE SAA JOB POSTING SITE SAYS "Area of specialization must be in the prehistory of the Americas, with a preference for specialization in the Southeast U.S". WISH THE DESCRIPTION HERE HAD BEEN ACCURATE.

  • Sorry you missed something you'd have been interested in. Knowing this, I'd probably have applied for this job too, but I consider it my own fault for not following up well enough. As far as I can tell, this site is a collection of posts added as people feel like it and have time. I suspect some jobs are not just incorrectly described but are missing from the wiki altogether, but they aren't ones I was applying for/hoping for news on, so I haven't gone through to check. If you have the time to do some cross-checking yourself, I am sure everyone would appreciate it.
  • Yes, in fact I think what happened is that OU sent out a job announcement at the beginning of the season with the description listed here then updated it later with broader language. You might still try applying, many places continue to accept applications until positions are filled.
  • Request for letters of rec received 10/05 (x4)
  • By 8/05, do you mean August 5th? Thank you - I just sent out an application and was wondering about this.
  • Sorry about that, mistyped. It was October 5.
  • For the person who missed the deadline-- I talked to someone from there recently (not on the hiring committee, though!) who says they're really serious about wanting a SE specialist for this, if it makes you feel any better...
  • on-campus interviews scheduled week of 11/8 and 11/15

University of Pittsburgh

Position: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

Preferences: early complex societies in East Asia

Due: Oct 1. 2010

Phone interviews held

-- anything about this search? --Campus interviews scheduled for December

Portland State University[2]

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, Archaeology, Tenure Track Position

Preferences: Quantitative methods and expertise in geoarchaeology, GIS, or analysis of material remains; proven funding; teaching experience; community engagement. Area specialization in western North America (excluding the Southwest) required.

Due: Oct. 31, 2010

  • Anyone know why the SW is specifically excluded? It doesn't show up in any faculty profile on their website.
  • Received request for references and additional materials 11/5
    • What additional materials were requested?
    • letters of rec, pubs, syllabi.
  • Rejection email received 11/8. (x5)
  • wondering if this is an inside hire? they have adjunct that fit the job description to a "t".
  • I have sources who relayed there is not an internal candidate.
  • They are developing short list "late december" but it sounds like they might make their decision sooner.
  • Rejection email received Dec (x2)

Purdue University

Position: tenure track assistant professor, Department of Anthropology and the African American Studies and Research Center


Preferences: Sub-disciplinary field is open. Desired specializations include, but are not limited to, peoples of the African Diaspora, identity politics, critical race theory, African religious traditions, environmental injustice, health and health disparities, and their applied approaches

Due date: November 1

AAA meeting request (11/11)

Royal Ontario Museum

Position: Assistant Curator, North American Archaeology

Due November 5

Their website says they only contact people who they decide to interview. Seems odd and kind of a drag to leave people hanging like that.

Jan 2011 recd letter stating they want to keep my name for search, but search will not resume until May or June. No reason given but seems job search is still on. x2

San Diego State University

Position: The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in archaeology at the level of assistant professor to begin Fall of 2011.

Preferences:Candidates should have an areal specialization in California and the Great Basin, the Greater Southwest, or Northwestern Mesoamerica. Current work should encompass human-environmental issues (including sustainability), subsistence economies, or agriculture.

Due: The search committee will begin screening applications on November 1, 2010.

Received confirmation/affirmative action card- 11/2 x5

Asked to schedule on-campus interview for early December, possibly late Nov. - 11/10

I was told by the chair that they would like to have the search wrapped up by the end of December to avoid losing the money for the position.

Letter Notification (dated 11/19) that 3 people had been asked to campus for interviews and that there was an "equally short list of alternates...should any current candidates withdraw from consideration". Final status of the search will be known by mid-December - 11/22

Received rejection letter dated 11/19 x4

Heard the made an offer. 1/6/11

Contract has been signed, search is over. 1/16/11

San Jose State University

Position: Assistant professor in archaeology


Preferences: General archaeologist, but a historic archaeologist with some fairly specifc research interests (see the ad), applied experience, CRM and museum experience (including NAGPRA compliance), and potential to run locally based projects is preferred (?)

Due: January 31

- This job post is pretty broad -- are they looking for a general archaeologists?? historic?? Applied rsearchers?? anyone with more insights??

- It seems like one of those co-authored job adds where committee members are looking for different things. Based on their website it does not appear that they have one very specific adjunct in the department.

- I inquired and found out that since they got the rec very last minute they are keeping the job very open

- is this normal to ask for letters of rec already just for the basic application? (Jan 12)

- It seems like most of the CSU schools asked for letters up front this year. It speeds up the review process for them, and given the harsh economic reality of public higher ed in California, it will help them get the hire completed before anyone can revoke their funding for the position.

(1/24) maybe a stupid question but are people filling out the human resources online application in addition to the regular application sent to the search chair by mail?

- I had the same question (any on??)

- There was no talk of it on the AAA advertisement, in fact I didn't realize there was an online portion. (x2)

(1/25) I downloaded the advert from HigherEdJobs and it has a part at the bottom with an online application link. Probably best to call HR 408-924-2265 and find out.

Santa Clara University

Position: Historical archaeologist (assistant or associate professor level)


Preferences: Expertise in California archaeology, including prehistoric, is strongly preferred.

Due date: October 31

  • AAA interview scheduled 11/4 (x2)
  • This position has a solid inside candidate
  • Yea, not suprised, I am always suspicious of announcements that are run for less than a month.

SUNY Plattsburgh

Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Preferences: Pretty wide open, broadly trained field archaeologist who can also teach about evolution

Deadline: February 1

Arranged for interview at AAA (x2)

was this a formal interview? seems strange that they would conduct interviews so far in advance of the app deadline

This disappeared from AAA and SAA's job listing. Anyone have an idea if it was canceled?

Still up on the Plattsburg employment website:

They did AAA interviews, but deadline not til Feb 1. Organized???

Has anyone who applied since the AAAs heard anything from them?

-No, I haven't. At the AAAs I wondered about not getting an interview, then I noticed they were accepting CVs in the dreary job room, so I dropped one off. When I got home I realized that I had not even applied since the deadline is not till Feb, so I applied then. Have not heard a word.

-with an initial deadline of Feb 1...I would imagine they are not on the fast track to fill the position.

- I spoke to the chair and she mentioned that they have not reviewed the applications yet will start working on them only after Feb 1st.

University of Utah

(Link? Can't find it in usual places?)Found it, thank god 'net skills aren't part of the job search.

Link to U of Utah's version of the ad:

Position: Assistant or Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Preferences: The successful candidate will have an active research program that uses evidence to evaluate theoretically-motivated hypotheses. Area of specialization is open, but an interest in health-related issues, broadly construed, is a plus.

Due: November 15, 2010

  • This appears to be a medical/cultural position. Should we remove it from this page?
  • Their actual ad (not AAA) doesn't read that way, although it's vague. It's hard to tell whether they'd consider an archaeologist or not. (They have another, specifically sociocultural search going on too.)

Received form letter asking me to waive/not waive access rights to letters of rec (11/19)

University of Western Ontario

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies

Preferences: Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated research interest in Roman Archaeology. Competitive applicants will demonstrate a solid background in Greek and Latin philology.

Due: November 1, 2010

University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology

Preferences: North America, Midwest

  • This position was posted last year, anybody know the skinny?
  • It was a failed search. They couldn't find anyone they wanted to hire.
  • They've also changed the specifics of what they're looking for a little bit.
  • Ironic that they couldn't find anyone after the insane amount of application materials they wanted up front last year.
  • request for additional materials (grad transcript, teaching and research statement, evidence of teaching, responses to 5 questions) rec'd 10/14
  • AAA interviews are being scheduled as of 11/2

  • Anyone hear anything after the interviews???
    • Nothing here. They moved fast in the beginning and gathered a ton of information, so my guess would be that they needed to devote the remainder of the semester to other work. Hopefully we'll here something soon
    • Had on campus interview early-ish December

FYI: Under Wisconsin Statute s. 19.36(7), anyone can request the identities of the finalists for the position, and those names have to be released to the public -- it's the law.

  • Offer made and accepted

What use is the identity of the finalists to a non-finalist?

Yeah-I would like to know as well. The original FYI OP sounds malicious.

  • scoff* Hardly any malicious intent on my part with the FYI (although I suppose one of the finalists could use that information maliciously, but they'd been informed of this law anyway). Others here were asking things like "Anyone hear anything after the interviews???" Well, knowing the list of finalists, if there is one, would let you know how far the search has progressed and if you're still under consideration. Simple as that. In addition, a clever person could look at, say, the publication record, website, CV, etc. of the finalists and see what it takes to be considered for a job at La Crosse and how they can improve their application in the future.

University of Vermont

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Assistant Professor position in the Anthropology of Food Systems (sub-field open) (they're interested in archaeologists)

Posted: 09-10-2010

Due: Nov. 1

- Applied on Uof V website but have not recieved any confirmation.

- Any news on this search??

- Phone interview scheduled 12/13

- any updates??

Wayne State University

Position: Assistant or Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Preferences: Urban anthropology, historic archaeology.

Due: January 10

contacted via email re. phone interview (1/14/) x3

phone interview 1/21 x3

referees contacted for letters 1/22 x2

contacted for on-campus interview 1/25

Western Kentucky University

Search for an Asian archaeologist. Applicants must be able to teach one or more upper-level Chinese archaeology courses, additional upper-level courses in Asian archaeology/anthropology, and lower-level introductory courses. Review begins 1/3/2011. Open until filled.

Diversity survey received: 1/6/2011

Advanced Professor:

Kennesaw State University

Position: Chair, Geography and Anthropology Department

Preferences: see AAA ad

Due: December 2

Contacted for phone interview 12/08

Lehigh University

Position: Lucy G. Moses Professorship in environmental anthropology

Preferences: mid-career anthropologist at the associate or full professor level who will contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary Environmental Initiative as well as to the department’s own programs; see ad on AAA site for details

Due: early January

Pennsylvania State University

Position: associate or full professor with tenure in environmental anthropology

Preferences: environmental anthropology, environmental archaeology, or the area of human-environmental interaction (including plant domestication); see ad on AAA site for details

Due: December 10

I applied, then realized it was for a senior faculty. Ha! Then, turns out I did not fill out the postage right, so it got mailed back. Ha!...Ha!

^Thanks for posting this. Makes me laugh, every single time I scroll through here. Not a laugh-at. An empathetic, self-deprecating laugh-with. That sometimes ends in tears.

Southern Methodist University

Position: Senior Tenured Faculty, Bioarchaeology

Preferences: fairly broad; must be willing to serve as Department Chair in the near future.

Queens University Belfast (N. Ireland)

Position: A professorial-level appointment in Archaeology in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology.

Due: 4 October 2010

Established Professor of Archaeology

National University of Ireland, Galway

Placed on: 29-09-2010

Salary: £97,563 to £125,344



Southern Illinois University

One year post-doc - Center for Archaeological Investigations Visiting Scholar. SIU knows who they want to offer this position to for 2010-2011, but as of the SAAs, they didn't have approved funding

- did they end up offering this to someone? I notice that the call has come out for this one again, starting August 2011

-yes, they did. Here's the link to the conference info:

This is a really great opp. I have a friend who got it on year, and a couple years back he ended up getting the choicest tenure track of the decade. I was a finalist last year. Didnt get it, but got a phone call rejection. I thought that was very polite and human given how so many job applicants just never hear anything...

Stanford Archaeology Center

The Stanford Archaeology Center announces a postdoctoral position in any
area of global heritage with some preference for applicants working on archaeological ethics, rights and internationalism. The application receipt deadline is September 1, 2010. Interviews will be held in October 2010 and the position will begin in early January, 2011.

- are the finalists going to give research presentations? are they posted on the event calendar? - postdoc announced in online newsletter found on center website (professor gave it to her student)

- the professor is actually one of the most unethical people I have ever encountered (especialy for someone who writes about ethics) (x3)

-easy to lose connection to real practical ethics when you dont even know how to set up an excavation unit

I am sorry--but these last two posts are inappropriate and unprofessional!

Without venturing an opinion on the veracity of those two comments, or whether they're professional or not...I would say that they are entirely appropriate. Appropriate for this venue, that is--given the opacity of the job process, the only way to find anything out about what goes on in searches is via this wiki and/or word of mouth. The (considerable) value of this wiki is that it permits sharing of information that doesn't appear via official channels (where, in my experience, almost no information on the hiring process ever appears).

Sure, no one is disagreeing with that, but perhaps the above poster meant inappropriate as in totally unfounded, said out of ignorance, and not related to the actual hiring process. I'm also curious about how 'real practical ethics' are differentiated from other ethics (and what those are?), and how the act of laying out an excavation unit makes one somehow morally superior. Yikes. Best wishes for everyone on the job market.

Rejection email rec'd 10/14 x 3

University of Pittsburgh One Year Visiting Scholar

Due Feb 22?

Dumbarton Oaks

Nov. 1 deadline?

  • Has anyone heard from DO? They acknowledged receipt of my application, but now its been almost three months. I'd have to assume they're no longer considering me, but it would be nice to know. (1/25)


Flagler College

Position: Assistant Professor (Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Preferences: Teaching-focused, broad perspective, public archaeology, SE geographic focus helps

Due: Dec 1, 2010

  • Be sure to read the job ad on this one, it's a tiny school and there is a lot in the wording.
  • I believe this instution does not have a tenure system; the ad does not describe it as a tenure-track position.
  • The posting has been pulled from the AAA website and is not showing up on the college's website; only positions for adjucnt faculty for archaeology and cultural anthropology appear the college's website. Has this search been cancelled?
  • Regarding the pulled posting, I contacted the Dean directly, and he said the search is still active.
  • invitation for phone interview 1/11

Georgia Gwinnett College

Position: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

Preferences: It looks like they are building a new program and casting a very wide net. Public or applied specialty helps.

No deadline listed.

I researched this job and the college. I believe that the college does NOT offer tenure-track jobs, but renewable contracts for its faculty.

  • Applied online 10/30 into an electronic black hole -- no response/acknowledgement (x3)

New Mexico State University, Department of Anthropology

Archaeologist with expertise in the Archaeology of the American Southwest for a 1 semester position for Spring 2011; possibility of a one year position for academic year 2011-12. Applications due October 11.

(I can't find this job anywhere except emails, so here's the full text until it appears elsewhere.) Expertise in either historic or prehistoric archaeology is acceptable. Additional expertise in geospatial analytical skills, public or collaborative archaeology, or lithic analysis is desirable. A strong grounding in archaeological method and theory essential.Successful candidates will demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching at undergraduate and MA level. Experience with distance education teaching technologies desirable. Completion of Ph.D. preferred, advanced ABD candidates may be considered. Submit letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts that show award of terminal degree, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to: Miriam Chaiken, Department Head, Department of Anthropology, Breland Hall Room 329, MSC 3BV, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 (

Rumor: I have heard the department would like another tenure-track person, but hasn't been able to secure the funding. So, there's a remote chance this could get your foot in the door for something more permanent?

+1 to rumor

  • I hope this rumor is about an archaeology position-- it looks like they just posted one for medical anthropology.
  • Wait, didn't they advertise a tenure track job? So, is this just BS for whoever got the semester position?
  • I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but this one-semester archy teaching position has been recurring for years; I was told they've been waiting a long time to get approval for a new archy TT line, which finally came well after this year's teaching position ad came out (and after the medical ad too).

James Cook University (Queensland, Australia)

Lecturer, Archaeology

Description: The School of Arts and Social Sciences seeks to appoint a Lecturer to work as part of the Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology's Archaeology Teaching and Research Team. Preference will be given to individuals who have experience in research and teaching in Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Coastal Archaeology and/or Cultural Heritage Studies. See full description on Academic Keys here: [IDX=26726-SO101019m&oid=581723 James Cook University job announcement at Academic Keys] OR at James Cook here:

Deadline is Nov 5, 2010

    • Not sure if this is considered tenure-track or temporary, so someone may want to move this to another category.

College of William & Mary

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology Location: Williamsburg, VA

Description: William and Mary’s Anthropology Department seeks an anthropological archaeologist for a one-year replacement position at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor to begin in August 2011. We seek a candidate with a specialization in complex societies, a publication record, teaching experience, and a PhD at the time of appointment. A regional focus on Asia or Europe is desirable, although other areas will be considered. We encourage those with specialization in environmental archaeology or archaeometry to apply. Applicants should electronically send a letter of application, a CV, and the names of three referees (including their email addresses) to Applications should be received by December 31, 2010 for full consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Posted on November 16,2010 on SAA website

  • referees contacted for letters 1/3 (x3)
  • asked to send more materials and have referees send letters (1/13/11) (x3).


General Discussion, Rumors, and Speculation:

If you have applied for a position and did not hear back and you are getting ready to go to field work in a remote part (yes no email for a month) --- is it okay to send the chair of the search committee an email asking if they need more information from you???

Anyone?? Suggestions??

Sure, go ahead, especially if several weeks have passed -- you have a good reason, and archaeologists should be used to situations such as yours.

Thanks I am a first timer -- as you can see.

Any body heard from U of Vermont yet?? Are they really looking for archaeologists?

  • There was an email making the rounds shortly before the deadline from an archaeologist on the faculty there stating that archaeologists were encouraged to apply, or something to that effect. I haven't heard anything from them yet.
  • Nothing here either. I second the above: my advisor got an email from a UVM faculty member (not connected with the search) that they were encouraging biological anthropologists to apply. I'm not sure what they're looking for...
  • Very strange -- I heard that they were accepting applications way beyond the due date as well....
  • Were the applicants suppose to ask referees to submit letters of recomendation at the time of application?? or, was the department suppose to contact them if the candidacy advanced -- kind of confused?
  • I didn't submit letters, just names. And pubs and teaching evals. Some faculty there were soliciting applications (not letters of recommendation) around the time the app was due.
  • I submitted letters, pubs, et al. No word on anything.
  • Looks like some one got a phone interview

Why does the AAA job listing page now have separate categories for "archaeology" and "archeology?"

  • Looks like they fixed it, good.

RE: the U of Oklahoma post. I used to rely entirely on the AAA career center or this wiki for job announcements. I often found that the SAA did not have their web page stuff together. However, given what I experienced with that job posting, and the mixed postings, I learned my lesson. I will now be following the SAA board as well, and will attempt to cross-check posts (I hope others will do the same). Academic Keys is also another source of jobs, although I find they rarely post for Anthropology/Archaeology.

  • I keep my eye on SAA, AAA, Chronicle of Higher Ed,, and University Affairs (for Canadian postings). Surprising how many things are not cross-listed on these job boards.

It would be great if people could add some general information about qualifications/preferences from the job ads along with the jobs as they come in (and even better if insiders could add any rumors concerning what these departments REALLY want but didn't say in the job ad!).

Never trust the "insiders". If they are good members of the committee, they will keep their mouth shut. So "insiders" are either not really involved, or they have their own ax to grind. My partner was assured by an "insider" that she had the job. She didn't, and all the insider wanted was to have sex with her. I got a job after an insider told me I didn't have a chance (turns out he was the only one who thought that). Basically, job ads are the product of a committee, so each person has his/her own view of what they are looking for. The moral of the story, apply to jobs, put your best foot forward, and hope that is what they collectively want.

I agree with the sentiments of distrust, but I'd still like to hear the rumors and speculation; I think most people know to take those with a big grain of salt. Without some rumormongering, the wiki's only usefulness over the official job posting sites is hearing when other people get their rejection letters or interviews scheduled.

It is really strange that some universities with early deadlines have already scheduled on-campus interviews and others with early deadlines are still reviewing the application or there is no news at all??? Any ideas why??

Anybody apply for the University of Maine at Farmington position? I got a request for additional stuff a couple weeks back, including letters. It wasn't specifically archy, but I tried to sell myself as broadly four-field.