Academic Jobs Wiki

Welcome to the Archaeology Job Wiki for 2011-2012.

Please add any information as you find it, simply edit the page and add your info under the job in question. You don't need an account to edit, just press the "Edit" button at the top of the page. (Note, though, that creating an account masks your IP address). This works best when more people use the wiki, so pass along the link to other people who would be interested.

Also, if you could change the updated date when you make changes, it will make life easier for everybody.

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Last year's page: Archaeology Jobs 2010-2011

Can we have a new 2012-2013 wiki please? -- Sure! Link: Archaeology Jobs 2012-2013[]

Current Users[]

Made a change today to gauge what is happening in the current job maket by swiping the table below from the Phys Anthro wiki page. The "on the market" and "lurker" numbers have been transferred, but take a moment to update your current degree and job status. (let us know if you're watching the wiki by updating the numbers below)

How many people use the wiki? 120
Why are you using the wiki?
I'm on the market


I'm a lurker 11
Are you done or not?
I'm ABD 12
I have my degree in hand 48
Do you have a current job?
I have a current but term-limited faculty job 13
I have a current tenure-track or tenured faculty job 4
I am a post-doc 10
I am a graduate student (TA, instructor, etc.) 10
I have some other teaching, research, or non-academic gig 12
Nope (independent scholar, on sabbatical from adjuncting, etc.) 7
I work in Cultural Resource Management 4

Date Last Modified: June 14, 2012


Associate or Full Professor (Open rank):[]

University of Oklahoma - OFFER MADE AND ACCEPTED[]

Position: Robert E. and Virginia Bell Endowed Chair in Anthropological Archaeology

Posted: Feb. 21, 2012

Application Deadline: April 1, 2012

Job Description: University of Oklahoma, Department of Anthropology seeks an archaeologist for a permanent tenured appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level to occupy the Robert E. and Virginia Bell Endowed Chair in Anthropological Archaeology, beginning August 16, 2012. The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology. The position requires sustained engagement with public outreach and avocationalist archaeologists. Also required is a specialization in the archaeology of the southern Plains or adjacent areas. Preference is for a specialization in early human occupations. Applicants should be committed to a four-field anthropology program. OU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send letter detailing research interests and teaching experience, vita, and contact information for three references by email to Wanda Downs, Administrative Assistant to the Archaeology Search Committee at Initial screening will begin April 1, 2012 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor or Open Rank:[]

Brigham Young University - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Department of Anthropology, Assistant Professor

Posted: July 5, 2011

Employment Level: Tenured, tenure track


Application Deadline: October 17, 2011

Employment Status: Full-time

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University, seeks applications for continuing faculty status track and visiting faculty positions from well-qualified candidates with a completed Ph.D. by August 2012. Successful candidates will demonstrate skill in undergraduate teaching and strong research skills with an established or promising record of research productivity. There is a preference for the archaeology of the Great Basin/Southwest, but other geographic areas will be considered. The ability to lead a summer field school is an advantage. BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university's honor code and dress and grooming standards. 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. Potential applicants can visit the University's web page at (employment). Applicants must apply on-line and attach current curriculum vitae. In addition, please send three letters of recommendation and samples of scholarly work to: Professor Charles W. Nuckolls, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University, 894 SWKT, Provo, UT 84602. Review of applicants will begin October 17, 2011.

  • this was posted in the Chronicle of Higher Education
  • BYU has a lot of gall to claim "BYU, an equal opportunity employer... 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."
  • It's not impossible-- this dept has hired non-LDS people before. I think they've tended not to stay, though. Given the climate of the institution and its effect on the non-LDS faculty retention rate, I can see why they'd have this preference. Unfortunately plenty of places use unspoken things (like location of a spouse's job, or where someone grew up or did their undergrad) to try to pick new hires they think are unlikely to move; at least BYU puts their bias up front in the ad.
  • As a private school, BYU does have a right to discriminate based on religious views. I applied to their job last year, and it included a place for a statement of religious affiliation, but I was able to leave it blank. I did have to agree to uphold the moral code of the university (i.e. no drinking, clean cut clothes, etc., but not specifically the teachings of the church). What I think is legally interesting is that the letter of rejection I received from BYU stated that they would keep my application on file in case a new position opened (and the letter was definately generic, I don't think this was special treatment, as in I almost had the job, I never heard from them once until the rejection). I was suprised by the statement, because if they say it I figured they would have to do it. But, something tells me unless I send in a new application this year, my application won't be considered.
  • I was in the same boat last year and noticed that too. I figured they meant they'd keep my application in case an IDENTICAL new position opened, so this year is starting from scratch. Too bad, as they require letters and writing samples up front-- I would love not having to send all that again.
  • The fact that five of the eight anthro faculty have at least one degree from BYU is insightful.
  • Anyone hear anything about this one? 11/12/11
  • Anyone?? December 5th, 2011
    • Not a peep. I applied last year too and heard nothing until my rejection in mid-January. From their website I can't see that they hired anyone last year, either. Perhaps they're just waiting until the right "fit" applies? Maybe by next year I'll be desperate enough to convert... ;-)
  • I heard there are at least two candidates short-listed for this job and scheduled for on-campus interviews.
  • I heard (third-hand) that campus interviews have been completed.
  • Rejection email received Feb. 21. Nice attempt to soften the blow by claiming they had "probably the strongest candidate pool we have ever had," although in a way that just makes me feel worse about the job market in general.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - OFFER IN NEGOTIATION[]

Position: tenure-track position in anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor

Deadline: December 1, 2011

Ad: AAA,

Preferences: Anthropological archaeologists are encouraged to apply. Specializations in cultural resource management and applied anthropology are especially welcomed. Culture area Latin America preferred. Interest in establishing a local research program desirable. Some facility with anthropological use of GIS desirable.

The Department of Geography and Anthropology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position in anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2012. Anthropological archaeologists are encouraged to apply. Specializations in cultural resource management and applied anthropology are especially welcomed.

The Position: The new faculty member will teach undergraduate classes in archaeology, cultural resource management, general and cultural anthropology, along with a regional specialty. The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and service to the university. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in involving undergraduates in research and field activity, an ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and an enthusiasm for hands-on, learning-centered education. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. A completed application will consist of:

a cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience and interests and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; this must include a statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy within a multicultural environment with examples of past experiences;

a curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position;

three recent (dated within the past two years), signed letters of reference;

names, addresses and phone numbers of 2 additional references;

a completed application form; this can be downloaded from

an official transcript showing highest degree earned, directly from institution. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2011.

  • Very similar job posted by CSPU in Fall 2010--did they fail to hire anyone? (X2)
  • Received Affirmative Action form via email 12/12 (X4)
  • Anyone heard anything else about this job? 01/11/12
  • invited to have 15 min phone interview on Wed Jan 18th (01/14/2012) (x2)
  • received rejection email 01/20/12 (X4)
  • Invited for campus interview (1/22/2012) (x2)
  • Received rejection letter, scanned and sent via email (3/2/12)
  • any offer yet? I went for campus interview and did not hear anything yet. Did anyone get an offer ?(3/7/12)
  • offer made and verbal acceptance, still negotiating (3/25/2012)

University of Chicago - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Position: Assistant Professor

Deadline: Dec 15 (review starts Oct 15, though)

Ad: Chronicle,

The University of Chicago Department of Anthropology intends to add a faculty member in the Archaeology of Complex Societies at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track). The appointment will begin in the fall term of 2012. We seek a scholar with an active, ongoing program of field research. Geographic area is open. Ph.D. must be in hand prior to appointment.

Applicants are required to apply online at the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website at Applications are required to include: (1) a current curriculum vitae, including the names and contact information of at least four referees; (2) a cover letter that describes the candidate's research, publication, and professional profile; (3) a summary of research and publication plans for the next 3-5 year period; and (4) one-page of your dissertation or most recently published monograph, as well as one to two writing samples (such as dissertation chapters, journal articles or book chapters). Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2011. Early application is strongly encouraged. However, applications will be considered until the position is filled or the final application deadline of December 15, 2011.

  • A friend with inside connections claimed that the U Chicago Anthropology department has a tendency to run searches not because they need someone, but because they want to keep an eye on the market, just in case they see someone they want to hire. Does anyone have a sense for how legitimate this search is?
  • Its not that they advertise with no plan to hire, but rather that they are very willing to not make an offer to anybody if none of the final candidates strike their fancy. They often keep searching until they find who they want, even it takes several years. My guess is that, at least by Chicago standards, its a legitmate search. Drop in an application, worst they can do is say no (or perhaps worse yet, say yes).
  • Keep in mind that the department just lost an archaeologist who went to another school. This might have an impact on their willingness to actually hire.
  • This is to replace an archaeologist who left last year. However the majority of the existing archaeology faculty are out of residence or on sabbatical this year, so the feeling is that its unlikely anyone will get hired this time around. If someone is, it will be the preference of the one senior archaeologist in the department who is actually in Chicago right now...
  • So, I know the final deadline has not passed, but any word yet?
  • Email for letters of recommendation today, Jan 3, 2012.
    • email request to you or to your letter writers?
    • Although the ad said to include the names of 4 refs, I was contacted directly to request the letters be sent.
  • Interview scheduled
  • 1/31 Rejection letter received. (X4) Short list formed.

College of Wooster - DEADLINE PASSED[]

Position: TT assistant professor, Bioarch

Deadline: Jan 15, 2012


The College of Wooster invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Anthropology and Archaeology. Appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 2012. We seek a Bioarchaeologist who will have a joint position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a four-field Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, and Introduction to Archaeology. In addition, preference will be given to candidates who can teach two or more of the following courses: Mid- and upper-level courses in Biological/Physical Anthropology (may include Human Variation; Medical Anthropology; Forensic Anthropology/Osteology); Topics in Archaeology (e.g., prehistory of a world region; GIS; analytical techniques), and a cultural area course. We are especially interested in scholars who will contribute to the diversity of the Department and Program, and whose research includes sub-Saharan Africa, the African Diaspora, South Asia, or the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Participation in the College's First-Year Seminar program and the advising of Independent Study in the Department and Program are expected. Prior teaching experience is required, and applicants should have a Ph.D. in Anthropology by the time of appointment.

Applicants should submit electronically: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, representative teaching evaluations, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. These materials should be submitted electronically to Diana Springer, Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at: Questions about the position should be directed to Thomas Tierney, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at: Please use "Archaeology/Anthropology Position" in the subject line of all correspondence regarding this position. Review of applications will begin January 15, and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Heard from a reliable source that because of the funding for the position "The position has to be filled in a way that diversifies the faculty, meaning the person has to be a minority or other under-represented group; the person can potentially be a foreign national." (x2)
  • Re: the above post: Did you hear this by word of mouth? Or, is this written somewhere that you can reference for us?
    • this was word of mouth from someone currently in the department (x2 - heard the same thing from a Wooster anthro faculty member)
    • posted the quote from an email from a faculty member in the department. If considering applying I suggest asking the contact email directly if you would realistically qualify.
    • Why isn't the SC being transparent about this?
  • Rejection letter received (3/5).


Position: Assistant or Associate Professor, Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands

Due: Jan 14, 2012

Queens College, CUNY seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Archaeology at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2012. PhD is required at time of appointment. Demonstrated excellence in research and undergraduate teaching are required. The Department will give preference to candidates who conduct archaeological research in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. The successful candidate should be active in field research with interests that complement those of the faculty. Teaching priorities include: 1) Archaeology of North America; 2) course in methodological or theoretical specialization in archaeology; 3) regional specialization within North American archaeology; and 4) Introduction to Archaeology course. The ability to teach an ethnographically based course on the peoples of Native North America will be a plus. The Department emphasizes an integrated four-field approach to anthropology and is associated with the CUNY PhD Program in Anthropology. The Department of Anthropology has 14 tenure-track faculty, 175 majors in the BA program, and an enrollment of 2,500 undergraduate students in anthropology courses every semester. The faculty is unionized, and CUNY offers an excellent benefits package. The Department of Anthropology at Queens College (CUNY) is committed to developing a more diverse faculty, student body and curriculum. Queens College (CUNY) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Applications must be postmarked by January 14, 2012. Send cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, sample publications, and support for teaching excellence to: Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Queens College, Flushing, NY 11367. An EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer. (


  • EEO card received via snail mail (1/30)
  • Request for campus interview (2/17) x 2
  • Rejection letter received (2/27)
  • Campus Interview Scheduled (3/9)

University of Miami - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Position: tenure-track position in anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor, specialization in Bioarchaeology

Deadline: none stated

Ad: AAA,

An anthropological archaeologist with expertise in bioarchaeology will fill the Department’s needs through high activity in teaching, research, and service to the University and the surrounding community. This tenure-track assistant professor position will begin in August 2012. The search committee will give full consideration to any substantive archaeological specialty as exercised in any geographic area, as long as bioarchaeology is part of the candidate’s expertise. We expect the candidate to be willing to work in a four-field department that includes strong representation in all of the subdisciplines. The Department encourages transdisciplinary and international collaboration in the greater University community. The University of Miami is an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and has progressive work-life policies. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Candidates should direct their letters of interest and curricula vitarum to J. Bryan Page, professor and chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Miami, Box 248106 (LC2005), Coral Gables, FL 33124. Electronic submissions are permissible in the form of PDF copies of original, signed documents. Send electronic submissions to – please no reference letters!

  • there is a VAP who fits the job description (just replacing comment that was deleted)
  • Very nicely worded rejection letter. I appreciate hearing something promptly. (11/28).
  • They've made at least a long list (see the Phys Anth wiki ) - 11/20
  • Phone interviews (at AAA and this week) - 12/7
  • second round of phone interviews? - 12/11
  • Oops, no - they requested interviews either at AAA or on the phone (I wasn't at the former, so have a phone interview in a few days) - 12/11
  • On-campus interview and letters of rec requested via email - 1/10 - have you been scheduled? i'm still waiting to hear (1/13)

Mississippi State University - DEADLINE PASSED[]

Joint African American Studies/Social Science Position

The African American Studies Program at Mississippi State University in conjunction with the departments of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, Political Science, Psychology (Social), and Sociology, seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning on August 16, 2012. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interdisciplinary background and expertise in African American Studies. A robust research and publications agenda and the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate students are also preferred. Completion of the Ph.D. in one of the social sciences, the tenure department, is required by the time of appointment. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of candidates will begin on January 15, 2012.

Mississippi State University located in a progressive Sunbelt community, and is among the top 100 research institutions in the nation with a wide array of centers and institutes receptive to collaborative research. The departments of Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology offer degrees including the doctor of philosophy. Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures offer degrees including the masters. Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Stephen Middleton, Chair, African American Studies Search Committee, Mississippi State University, P.O. Box 846, Mississippi State, MS 39762-0846. You may also email your application (pdf format only) to <>. MSU is an AA/EEO employer. A personal data information form must be completed and submitted for this position on <>

University of New Mexico - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Assistant Professor, Archaeology

Job Description: University of New Mexico, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a historical and/or protohistorical archaeologist specializing in the Greater Southwest at the rank of Assistant Professor for a full-time, probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. The department expects to make an appointment beginning in Fall 2012. Candidates must be able to teach introductory, core undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeology, and will assume administrative responsibility for the public archaeology MA program. Starting salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Requirements: Minimum Qualifications: completed Ph.D. in Anthropology at the time of appointment (August 2012); prior research and/or field work experience in of the following: European Contact or Late Prehispanic Period of the Greater Southwest region, or Contact Period in another Spanish Borderlands region; and record of or ability to conduct University-level teaching. Preferred Qualifications: developed research project with theoretical implications; record of published scholarship; evidence of or preparation to undertake funded research and training of graduate students; expertise in one or more of the following: environmental archaeology (including zooarchaeology), bioarchaeology, technology, ethnicity, and/or demographic archaeology.

Application Procedure: For best consideration applications must be received by December 5, 2011, and should include a letter of intent addressing the applicant's qualifications for the position and a description of the applicant's current research activities, teaching interests and experience, and future research plans; a curriculum vitae; and full contact information of three references. Applications must be submitted through UNM Jobs (, job posting #0812928. The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

  • Rejection email 12/12 (x3)
  • Request for additional materials 12/15x2 (references were contacted directly)
  • I've still heard nothing. Did anyone ever get anything letting them know that the application had been received? (x2)
    • Me too-- and this is the third time it's happened to me this year! My best guess (eventually confirmed in one instance) is that I've been making it into a sort of back-up pool but not the real deal. Gotta love purgatory...
  • Interview request (via email) for one of six two-day slots (so six candidates?) 1/31
  • Rejection email (very nicely worded.. almost sweet) 2/16
  • Very automated-sounding rejection email (from the online application system, not the department) stating the final screening of applications has been completed, 3/17. This is the only communication I ever received from UNM, I'm not sure why it came so much later than the other rejections and from a seemingly different source.
    • 3 other people from my grad department-of-origin (all with entirely different analytical specialties) applied for this job and got the same automated, ultra-late rejection I did. Did anyone from another department get this kind of rejection? (Yes, I realize it no longer matters, but I'm really mystified by this pattern...)
  • Spring newsletter on department website says they've got a new assistant prof starting in the fall. This job appears to have been filled.

University of Oregon (Job #2) - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Position: Assistant or Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Deadline: October 15, 2011


The University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology announces a 1.0 FTE tenure-track position in archaeology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning Fall Term, 2012. We seek an outstanding, broadly-trained coastal or island archaeologist whose work addresses environmental and cultural change that has relevance for problems facing society today. An archaeologist working on population migrations or continental or island colonizations would also supplement our regional expertise. We seek a colleague who will diversify us, complementing not duplicating the existing strengths in the department. Candidates should also have a strong record of publication and working collaboratively with local communities. We aim to hire an individual with interdisciplinary interests who will strengthen links among the subfields of anthropology in the department. The successful candidate is expected to conduct a rigorous, fieldwork and laboratory based, externally-funded research program as well as teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required by October 15, 2011.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing current and future research as well as teaching experience, together with a CV and the names and contact information of three references. Submission is via If you have questions you may send an email to; “Archaeology Search II” should appear in the subject line. Closing date for submission of materials is October 15, 2011.

  • Received notification of long-list selection and request for writing sample (10/28)
  • Long-list has now been selected for job 2 (11/3 via email)
  • Can someone please clarify-has long list been selected for both positions, or just for job # 2? (11/11)
  • They have selected both long-lists.
  • Received rejection email (11/16)x2.
  • any new developments after longlist? 12/4
  • recieved rejection email and notification that 3 finalists have been selected for campus visits (12/15)

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras - SHORT LIST, 3 FINALISTS[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Anthropology Program, effective January 2012. The position, subject to availability of funds, will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with a starting annual salary of US$59,400. The appointment is for teaching and research in one of the two disciplinary areas of archaeology or sociocultural anthropology. Interested persons should send a letter of intent, their curriculum vitae including references, a course syllabus, and a copy of a publication or written work, postmarked no later than October 31, 2011, to the following address: Dr. Jorge L. Giovannetti, Acting Chair Department of Sociology and Anthropology University of Puerto Rico Office 406, Ramon Emeterio Betances Building PO Box 23345 San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3345 Requirements for applicants include a doctoral degree or Ph.D., willingness to work in departmental committees, an active program of research and publication, teaching experience in the discipline, command of Spanish and English languages, and potential for acquiring external resources.

  • Received rejection letter stating that a list of 3 finalists has been made 11/28.x4 (11/30)

University of Southampton - DEADLINE PASSED[]

Position: Lecture/Senior Lecturer

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton is seeking to grow capacity in archaeological science through the creation of a new post at level 5-6. While applications from all areas of Archaeological Science are relevant to this post we particularly welcome interest from those in the following areas: dating, environmental, artefact and materials analysis, biomolecular analysis.

While the area(s) in which you specialise might complement one or more of our existing strengths (ceramic and lithic analysis, osteoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, geophysics and archaeological computing) your primary role would be to increase our capacity in new fields of research and build on our collaborative strength across the university.

The successful applicant would:

  • have a PhD or equivalent qualification
  • have developed an international profile in relevant areas of archaeological science
  • have an excellent track record of peer-reviewed publication
  • have proven teaching skills at undergraduate, and postgraduate level as well as the capacity to supervise doctoral and post-doctoral research
  • be able to design and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate modules in archaeological science that reflect current research, enhance the syllabus and underpin pathways into postgraduate/doctoral studies
  • have led major research projects in archaeological science, and have proven ability to develop and pursue areas of personal research, and more generally contribute to the research culture and intellectual environment of Archaeology, the Faculty of Humanities and the University as a whole

The successful applicant would be joining a large, vibrant department in a research-led university with world class facilities.

The closing date for this post is 12 December 2011. Please apply through or please telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Please quote vacancy reference number 065011F4 on all correspondence.

  • 12/1 - I'm not a fan of these application questions for some of the European positions. Why can't CV/cover letter be standard everywhere? Just sayin'.
    • Yeah, writing out your CV in short answer format is more than a little annoying.
  • 12/2 - Seriously. I was considering applying for another position in the UK (would have been a serious long shot) but gave up when the application asked for my high school GPA.
  • 12/2 - Application popup claimed that this job would be unlikely to get work permit in UK. Suggested application not be continued.
  • 12/2 - Thanks, I must've missed that. Here is what the popup reads for those who will "require a Certificate of Sponsorship to work in the UK": " It is highly unlikely that you would obtain permission to work in the UK on the basis of an offer for this particular job. It is therefore recommended that you do not continue with your application. "
  • Is this not the UK equivalent of a tenure-track job? Why wouldn't one get permission to work in the UK based on an offer for this job?
  • In Canada, they are technically required to hire a Canadian citizen unless there are no eligible candidates who are Canadian. I don't know how strigently they abide by this rule, but they are required to advertise it broadly. This is done to help aid in the preferential employment of Canadian citizens (who often have had substantial aid from the Canadian government in obtaining their degree - including payment of student loan interest, forgiveness of loans, and fellowships). I suspect the situation is similar in the UK, but my impression has always been (at least for Canada) that if they really like you, they can often work around the rules to get you permission.
  • Rejection email received (Feb. 7)


Position: TT Assistant Professor, Archaeology of New York State

Due: December 1, 2011

The Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position.

Review Date: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled

Salary: Commensurate with rank and experience

Date of Appointment: August, 2012

Description of Responsibilities: Will be required to teach courses in Introductory Archaeology, Research Methods, Historical Archaeology, Collections Management, Archaeology of New York State, Issues in Anthropology (our capstone course), and a general survey course in Archaeology and Human Evolution and to promote students' ability to succeed in a multicultural and global community. Will assume responsibility for analysis and reporting for an ongoing NAGPRA project and establish a research program with a strong international component.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. and teaching experience in archeology, demonstrated expertise in New York State archaeology (prehistoric and historic), NAGPRA implementation, and Cultural Resource Management. Strong record of accomplishment in teaching undergraduates and successful grant writing.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong commitment to working with students to increase internship and coop opportunities, and promote students' ability to succeed in a multicultural and global community.

To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of transcripts, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of reference electronically to:

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.


Any word on this position? Is it still open?

Vassar College - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology


Deadline: Applicants wishing to be considered for an interview at the AAA Meetings in Montreal must submit materials by Nov. 1; all applications received before Nov. 15 will be given full consideration

The successful candidate will have a record and vision of research and teaching on the archaeology of North America, particularly historical archaeology. We especially encourage candidates who have conducted research in issues of power, inequality, and creativity in American cultures, will involve students in field and laboratory research, and will contribute to multi-disciplinary programs such as Native American Studies; Science, Technology & Society; Environmental Studies. Teaching load in the first year is four courses; after that it is five courses per year.

Candidates must have PhD in hand by July 1, 2012. To apply, please visit to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should submit a letter of application, C.V., graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), course syllabi, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applicants wishing to be considered for an interview at the AAA Meetings in Montreal must submit materials by Nov. 1; all applications received before Nov. 15 will be given full consideration.

  • def. a post-doc inside candidation for this job.
  • I'm going to have to concur with the above statement--insider looks like a lock for the position.
  • maybe, maybe not :-)
  • AAA interview scheduled x3
  • have heard there is actually a chance here....
  • On campus Interview (12/7)
  • System generated rejection email (1/30)
  • Dear Applicant...

University of Victoria - SHORT LIST MADE[]

Position: Assistant Professor, Ethnoecology (Tenure-track)

July 1, 2012 start date We seek an entry-level, tenure-track Assistant Professor for our distinctive program in ethnoecology, which we define as the study of cultural ecological knowledge of the interactions between human societies and their environments. Ethnoecology provides an integrated approach to understanding and appreciating human relationships with their environments, including the lands and waters of the earth and the life forms they support. The ecological knowledge systems of Indigenous and other local peoples are increasingly recognized as having relevance in both conservation and ecological restoration and are also intimately connected to political dynamics. Restoration ecology and political ecology are the other two main themes of our School.

At present our focus in ethnoecology is on ethnobotany and local knowledge related to global change, but we are open to other areas of concentration. For example, the successful applicant could also be a botanist, toxicologist, anthropologist, or nutritionist with a strong interest in traditional food systems; a geographer or ecologist focused on bio-cultural diversity—to give only a few examples. While geographic concentration is open, we do expect the successful candidate will demonstrate a significant commitment to working in northwestern North America and with Indigenous communities.

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D in a relevant discipline, demonstrate an ability to connect ecological and cultural knowledge, a capacity for interdisciplinary work with faculty and students of diverse interests, a proven track record of high caliber research, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and graduate supervision, and dedication to long-term community-based knowledge and learning.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.The School of Environmental Studies, is supported by three overlapping pillars of scholarship: ethnoecology, ecological restoration and political ecology. Please visit our website for more details about our program.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please provide a single PDF which includes a research statement, the names of three referees we may contact, a copy of your CV, and a teaching dossier. You may apply by hard copy, or by email.

We will begin reviewing applications by October 15, 2011. Please send hard copy, if you prefer, to:

Peter H. Stephenson, Ph.D. Director, School of Environmental Studies University of Victoria PO BOX 3060 STN CSC Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3R4 Canada

NOTE: Courier use: Social Sciences & Math Building B243 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road) Victoria, B.C. V8P 5C2

You may also submit your application via email to:

  • Note from poster: This is obviously not an anthro listing, but I was fwded this item from a landscape management faculty member who thought an archaeologist with grounding in enviro arch, subsistence, human-plant interactions, etc. would stand a good chance in the applicant pool.
  • (12/16) Anyone heard anything? Didn't even get notification of receipt. And that's just not neighborly.
  • 1/8: Hey, I did get a notification thanking for interest way back in October from the search chair --stated that they would respond to applications shortly after the review process begins in late October. However, no word since!!
  • 1/9 Rejection received (x1)

Virginia Commonwealth University - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Archaeology, School of World Studies

Date Posted: 1/25/2012

Deadline: 02/25/12

Advertised on AAA:

Description: The School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications for a position as assistant professor in Archaeology to teach in a four-field undergraduate anthropology program. This is a full time, tenure-track position with benefits, to begin in the fall semester (August) of the 2012-2013 academic year, contingent upon funding.

Qualifications: PhD in Anthropology with specialization in North American archaeology of northeastern North America (Eastern Woodlands); established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the School of World Studies; demonstrated record of successful university teaching experience; and excellent oral/written communication skills. The preferred candidate should be broadly trained in archaeological theory, and have potential to develop emergent programmatic interest in cultural resource management and archaeological collections management/curation.

Selected candidate will have a clear potential or proven ability to attract external funding for technical equipment and analyses, as well as an active agenda of research with opportunities to incorporate undergraduate students as participants in both field and laboratory training. Responsibilities will potentially also include curation of an extensive archaeological collection (over 5000 boxes) from key archaeological sites across Virginia. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

The position requires demonstrated ability to teach a wide range of established courses in our programs curriculum, including a four-fields introduction to anthropology and program core courses of Introduction to Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, and Archaeological Methods and Research Design; as well as a selection of other advanced 300- and 400-level courses such as Historical Archaeology, World Archaeology, North American Archaeology, Mortuary Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, and/or Archaeological Collections Management. (For a list of established courses in our program, see

Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a letter of application as well as curriculum vita and three letters of reference, with contact information for each reference, in electronic format (WORD.doc or PDF) to ATT: Dr. Noel Boaz (chair of the search committee). Review begins immediately and applications received by February 25th will receive full consideration. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For Additional Information: Dr. Noel Boaz Phone:804-827-3638 Fax:(804)827-3479

-receipt of app via snail mail and affirmative action card 2.12 x2

3/11 - I just looked into the department. It seems that the 3 Anthropology positions could be the national searches that would enable the current collateral faculty members to be tenure-eligible . // Interesting. So since the current collateral faculty weren't hired through a national search, they have to mount three national searches just to make the collateral faculty tenure-track? (I'm still hoping these are actual searches; I'd love to work there.) // I have no inside information. I just researched their Anthro faculty and then VCU's definition of a collateral instructor; it's interesting that there are 3 TT searches and 3 collateral faculty, with fitting specialties nonetheless.

Geeze...starting to lose hope. How are we supposed to actually get a job?

Yeah, thought everyone knew this. I was surprised they even advertised, but I suppose they had to. If nothing else, I'm hoping for a free trip to Richmond.

I was wondering what exactly the collateral faculty designation meant. Good to know!

Yea if you look at the coll. fac. interests they were copied and pasted into the job adverts.

  • Campus interview scheduled for mid-April (3/16)

University of West Georgia (2 Jobs) - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. Location: Carrollton, GA. The Department of Anthropology at the University of West Georgia invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2012. Ph.D. in Anthropology and college teaching experience are required by the contract start date. We seek two broadly-trained archaeologists who have a commitment to undergraduate teaching and an active research agenda which includes an understanding and appreciation of culture. Ability and interest in teaching Introduction to Anthropology (4-subfield), a wide range of archaeology courses, including area and topic courses related to one’s research interests, an archaeological field methods course and courses that will support our developing Physical Anthropology or Linguistics programs are highly desired. Archaeologists who specialize in prehistoric and historic periods will be considered. One of the positions will be appointed to be the director of the Antonio J. Waring Archaeological Laboratory, which is a curation and research facility. For the Directorship, experience in the curation of archaeological collections is required, as is a research agenda that focuses on Southeastern United States. We seek a person who has a strong interest in developing the Waring Lab as a focus of research and education for the department, community and region. For the other position, geographic area is open.

If interested, please send a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the names of three professional references to Dr. Karl Steinen, Department of Anthropology, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia 30118 or send email applications to Each position will be reviewed separately. Clearly indicate in the cover letter whether applicant is applying for "Director/Archaeologist" or "Archaeologist." Separate applications are required for each position. Application screening will begin on December 15, 2011 and will continue until the positions are filled. Salaries are competitive. Please send any questions to West Georgia is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

Posted on 9/27/11 on SAA webpage

  • acknowledged receipt of materials and sent affirmative action card via snail mail 10/27 x 1
  • contacted 11/7 for interview at AAA x2
  • 11/8 - to the above: wait, really? The app deadline isn't until 12/15...
  • Ditto to the poster least the contact I got indicated informal discussion to discuss positions not a real "interview"...again, could be wrong, but that was my impression too!
  • second the ditto above and below--my impression is if you want to speak to a member of the department/SC while you are there, you are welcome to contact them to ask questions about the position(s)
  • I was also contacted (11/7) but I got the impression it is informal since it is so far before the deadline (I didn't interpret it as a long-list, but I could be wrong).
  • 12/1 asked for phone interview for Director/Archaeologist position x2
  • 1/6 asked for campus interview week of Jan 17 x1
  • Anyone heard about the Archaeologist position??
    • Isn't the deadline Dec. 15? Seems like we shouldn't be hearing anything until then...
    • 12/6 - Acknowledgement of application received (snail mail to university address), notes that review will get under way on Dec 15 x2
    • Heard more than 100 applicants for the Arcaheologist postion
    • Any news (Jan 4th 2012)?
    • Email notifying the making of the 'short list for telephone interviews' for the Archaeologist position to be scheduled for next week (Jan. 6)
    • Was this an email notifying you that you have a phone interview?...or was it a standard update about the progress and expected short list deadline?
    • (for above) The email was personalized and asked to schedule a phone interview x2
    • Contacted for campus interview for Director/Archaeologist position. eek! (1/20)
    • Someone down below in the Lame Rejection Letter section indicates having received a rejection letter for one of these jobs. Anyone else get one? I applied for the non Director position, and haven't heard confirmation my app was received, no rejection, no contact whatsoever.
      • I got a confirmation letter that my app was received, but nothing after that.
    • I posted below - I honestly can't remember anymore if it was a confirmation letter or a rejection letter, though (for the non-director position). It came via USPS to my university address. I assumed based on the Jan 6 note about phone interviews above that I'm no longer in the running for the job.
    • I got confirmation that my application was received via snail mail back in December. The letter was accompanied by an anonymous race/ethicity/veteran status form. Other people appear to have received the same thing. I have not heard from them at all since. There is a little confusion with the posts here because there were two positions. I applied for the Archaeologist position. Maybe they are sifting through the heap of applications, and trying to settle the director position first. It seems they have scheduled campus interviews for that, while they have scheduled phone interviews for the archaeologist position.
    • I was brought up to campus in February for the archaeology position. They said that it would take until March to offer the position to someone, since it had to go up and back down the chain of command. Still haven't heard anything, so I'm assuming they're negotiating with one of the other 2 at present . . .

Advanced Professor:[]

University of Oklahoma - OFFER MADE AND ACCEPTED[]

Position: Associate or Full Professor

Due: April 1, 2012

Posted at:

University of Oklahoma, Department of Anthropology seeks an archaeologist for a permanent tenured appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level to occupy the Robert E. and Virginia Bell Endowed Chair in Anthropological Archaeology, beginning August 16, 2012. The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology. The position requires sustained engagement with public outreach and avocationalist archaeologists. Also required is a specialization in the archaeology of the southern Plains or adjacent areas. Preference is for a specialization in early human occupations. Applicants should be committed to a four-field anthropology program. OU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send letter detailing research interests and teaching experience, vita, and contact information for three references by email to Wanda Downs, Administrative Assistant to the Archaeology Search Committee at Initial screening will begin April 1, 2012 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

University of Texas, Austin - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Position: Archaeologist, Associate or Full

Due Jan 1, 2012

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenured faculty member in Archaeology to begin in Fall 2012. Geographical area of study is open, however we seek a scholar with ongoing research that complements the strengths of our faculty. Applicants must have a PhD in Anthropology or related field, an established laboratory or field research program with opportunities for training students, evidence of teaching and research excellence, a strong record of publications and success in securing external funding. Duties include: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; directing thesis and dissertation research; conducting original research and publication; advising undergraduate and graduate students; and performing departmental, college and institutional service.

The deadline for submitting an application is January 1, 2012. Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, and names of three references to: Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, 1 University Station, C3200, Austin TX 78712.

Position funding is pending budgetary approval. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The University of Texas is an AA/EEO employer.

Posted 10/19 on AAA website:

One job talk posted on dept website for Feb 27. - I think you might be mistaken. There is a seminar scheduled for 2/27, but it's not an archaeologist. That speaker is actually an alum...maybe back for an award?



Cambridge University (McDonald Inst for Archaeo Research) - April 30[]

The Fellowship will consist of a three-year stipend at Research Associate level (£27,578 - £35,938) and the opportunity to apply to the Institute for up to £10,000 p.a. research support funds. Applicants should propose a focused research project and a broader inter-disciplinary conference topic within five major research areas of current interest to the Institute: human-environment interaction, social change, symbols, material culture, and heritage. The successful applicant will have completed their doctorate at the time of taking up their fellowship on or around 1 October 2012. Applications are a two-stage process.

More info: PDF announcement

  • does anyone know if they prefer/favor UK citizens or if this is nationality-blind?
  • No idea; I was forwarded it through a dept listserv (US dept). I'm under the impression that it's very hard for non-UK'ers to get jobs there...
  • 30th May - Anyone heard whether a shortlist has been drawn up?
  • Long-List 5 July
  • Rejection email (very nicely worded) 17th July

Southern Illinois University, Center for Archaeological Investigations - Offer Accepted[]

SIU Carbondale, Center for Archaeological Investigations, seeks its 2012-2013 Visiting Scholar (VS). The VS organizes and conducts an archaeological conference at SIUC, resulting in an edited volume of selected papers. VS assembles and edits conference volume. The successful candidate is also expected to pursue his/her research and teach one seminar in his/her specialty. 11-month term appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology or related discipline with specialization in archaeology. Degree must be completed by August 15, 2012. VS selected on the basis of a 5-page proposal outlining the nature and structure of the conference and on the strength of vita and references. Pre-application inquiries recommended. Applications must be received in the CAI office by close of business, May15, 2012. Send letter, vitae, list of references, and proposal to: Dr. Heather Lapham, CAI, Faner 3479 - Mail Code 4527, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901; Tel: (618) 453-5031; E-mail: Digital submissions encouraged. SIUC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

FYI: They don't like to repeat conference themes, so check out the list of prior Visiting Scholar conferences before crafting your application.

  • Anyone heard anything on this one? (6/3)
  • I was notified that they were contacting my referees for letters. (6/1) x 2
  • Had a phone interview on 6/13
  • Offer made and accepted, 7/13


Cleveland State University[]

Renewable one year College Associate Lecturer in Archaeology, Full-Time, Not Tenure-Track. Department: Anthropology.

Position: Renewable, one-year College Associate Lecturer in Archaeology. The position is annually renewable for an additional five years based on satisfactory performance, programmatic needs and university financial resources. After a comprehensive sixth year review, the appointee will be eligible for two successive three-year appointments and six year appointments thereafter.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology with specialization in Archaeology, completed no later than July 1, 2012. Major focus in the archaeology of the New World (both historic and prehistoric) with experience in two areas of the New World, including demonstrated competency for conducting Ohio area archaeology.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching a diverse college student audience and in including students in professional research where appropriate; experience directing field school. Duties: Teaching undergraduate courses in Archaeology and related subfields of Anthropology as necessary. Normal teaching load is up to 16 credit hours (four courses per semester). An adjusted load may be possible depending on course assignments.

Applications: Letter of application including professional qualifications and goals; current curriculum vitae; sample of professional publications or presented papers; three letters of recommendation. Candidates with teaching experience should include teaching evaluations or reviews. Evidence of effective teaching must be demonstrated at the time of interview. Review of applications will begin on February 24, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Starting Date: August 20, 2012 and ending May 15, 2013. Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Contact: Chair, Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Cleveland State University, 2300 Chester Avenue, CB 139, Cleveland, OH 44115; Phone: 216-687-2152; Fax: 216-687-9384; Hiring is contingent on maintaining existing levels of funding from the State. Cleveland State University is a major public urban university with a diverse population of 18,000 students. Cleveland State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Pacific Lutheran University - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Full-time visitor position for three academic years, beginning September 1, 2012. {C}Deadline: April 1

The Department of Anthropology at Pacific Lutheran University seeks candidates for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor in anthropological archaeology beginning in the September 2012. This is a one year replacement, renewable for three years, and not a tenure-track position. The candidate must be able to teach introductory, undergraduate classes in archaeology and biological anthropology, an archaeologically focused writing class and an upper division class in North American Prehistory. The six-course annual load will include both introductory and upper division courses. {C}Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Teach equivalent of 6-four semester credit courses over the 4-1-4 academic year. Courses will include Intro to Archaeology/World Prehistory; Intro to Human Biological Diversity with a lab; North American Prehistory; 200 and 300 level courses, and Writing 101.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Teach 200 and 300 level courses in area of expertise. Commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate level.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2012.

- request for letters of reference and additional materials (3/22) (x3 - 4/4)
- how long did it take for them to review your application after it was submitted? (the deadline isn't until Apr 1, so clearly they are reviewing them as they come in)
- further news on this one? The supplemental materials were due on April 16. Seemed like they were trying to move quickly on this one, but haven't heard anything yet. (4/30)
- Invited for on-campus interview (4/26).
-form rejection letter received (5/31)

Simon Fraser University (August 1, 2012) (Campus Interviews)[]

Position: Three-year limited term bioanthropology or environmental archaeology

The Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a three-year Limited Term Assistant Professor position (with possibility for renewal and/or opportunity to apply for the position if it is approved as a tenure-track position) specialising in bioanthropology or environmental archaeology, beginning 1 January 2013. We seek an individual with an established research programme in bioanthropology or environmental archaeology as well as proven ability to publish results and secure research funding. The bioanthropologist must have expertise in human osteology, with specialization in forensics preferred. The environmental archaeologist requires expertise in archaeological science or quantitative applications, with a focus on human-environmental interactions. Regional area of specialization is open. The successful applicant must demonstrate potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate level, including general archaeology courses as well as upper division courses in human osteology or environmental archaeology. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.


Curator of Archaeology/Ethnology - New Jersey State Museum[]

The New Jersey State Museum seeks a Curator of Archaeology/Ethnology. The Curator is responsible for the Archaeology/Ethnology bureau and its collections; initiates, conducts and supervises prehistoric archaeological research in the State of New Jersey; locates and evaluates archaeological sites for study and preservation; initiates, prepares and supervises interpretive, exhibits, programs and publications in Archaeology/Ethnology for other professionals, students and the public; provides expertise in object identification, program planning and information gathering and distribution; performs related work as required.

Requirements {C}Experience: Five (5) years of professional archaeological field and laboratory experience, one (1) year of which shall have been in the pre-historic archaeology of the Northeastern portion of the United States. Two (2) of the five (5) years of experience shall have been in the supervision of employees in various phases of archaeology/ethnology records and three (3) years of curatorial responsibilities for a major museum.

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree, supplemented by a Master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or Ethnology.A Doctorate (PhD) degree in any of the above subject areas may be substituted for the above education.

License: Appointees will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

Residency: New Jersey Residency required. If you do not reside in New Jersey, you have one year after the date you begin employment to relocate your residence to New Jersey. Salary: $75,673.05 – $107,990.52.

Applicants should submit a letter and resume by October 21, 2011 to: Anthony Gardner, Executive Director, New Jersey State Museum, P.O. Box 530, Trenton, NJ 08625-0530.

Cancelled/Closed/Completed Searches[]

Aarhus University, Denmark[]

The Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent position as professor of Classical Archaeology. The position is tenable from 1 January 2012.The appointed professor is expected to strengthen research activity and output as well as contributing to profiling research in classical archaeology and classical studies at Aarhus University.

The appointee must be able to document original scientific production at highest international level, as well as significant scholarly contributions to theoretical and thematic developments within classical archaeology. Applicants are asked to state their visions of future developments in the field of classical archaeology. Applicants must document a solid track record in research leadership as well as in international research funding and in international research cooperation.

The appointee will be required to teach and supervise in classical archaeology at all levels and is furthermore expected to take a leading role in developing our new multidisciplinary study programme in classical studies. Classical studies combine elements from classical philology, classical archaeology and ancient history and draws from insights in the study of religion and theology. The programme will begin in the Autumn of 2011.

The appointee is furthermore expected to provide academic leadership in the development of research programmes in the field of classical studies, to develop new research projects with internal and external partners, to raise external research funding and to take part in the daily activities of the departmentInformation about present research strategies for classical archaeology is available at For further information about the professorship, please contact Head of Department Bjarke Paarup by e-mail: or phone 0045 8942 4666.

Formalities and salary range: The Faculty of Science refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). The recommended level of detail.Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Unions.Further information on application and relevant enclosures may be found in the Guidelines for applicants for academic positions.

Teaching portfolio, degree certificate (copy), curriculum vitae, complete list of publications (including annotations for not enclosed items) and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any) must be submitted with the application.Scientific publications, 3 copies of a maximum of 8 to be considered in the evaluation should be sendt to Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics, Aarhus University, Moesgård Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, Denmark. All hard copy application material must be marked with the no 2011-211/1-11.

All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by 25 August 2011.

Read the full job description and apply online here: Aarhus University offers an inspiring education and research environment for 40,000 students and 11,000 members of staff, ensuring results of a high international standard. The budgeted turnover for 2011 amounts to DKK 5.9 billion. The university's strategy and development contract are available at

University of Auckland - OFFER MADE[]

Position: Lecturer in Archaeology, Department of Anthropology

Deadline: June 24, 2011

Ad: For further information go to

Preferences: interests in the Pacific region and/or Australia; responsible for teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and must have a commitment to scholarly research and fieldwork. The successful applicant will be expected to assist in advancing the high research profile of the Department.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Simon Holdaway, Head of Department (

Lecturer in NZ is actually like an asst. prof. in the US. This is a tenure-track job.

  • Rejection email received 10/10/11
  • ^Universities to fear is the appropriate place to post systemic problems / complaints such as these.
  • -I'm from the States and spent two years at Auckland getting my MA and really didn't find the above comment to be the case. All of the professors in the department had research programs going that took them all over the place, and not once did any of them mention it being difficult to conduct their own projects (including out of the country).
  • I consider the above ALL CAPS posting to be "wiki spam", knowing several academics employed at New Zealand instittions.
  • A job offer has been made for this position.

Boston University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Assistant Professor in Archaeological Science, Dept. of Archaeology


Deadline: November 15, 2011

The Department of Archaeology at Boston University seeks full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Archaeological Science, specialty and geographic area open but in an area other than our existing strengths in geoarchaeology, GIS, and remote sensing (pending budgetary approval). Teaching load of 2 courses per semester, of undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeological science, in particular our undergraduate core course in Archaeological Science, as well as introductory and curricular offerings. We seek an individual with an outstanding research and publication record to attract graduate students and research funding. Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related discipline; teaching experience, publications, and an active program of research expected; we are especially interested in a dynamic scholar whose research intersects with University-wide initiatives in environmental studies, climate change, and related issues. Starting salary commensurate with experience.

Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of 3 referees to Professor Paul Goldberg (, Chair, Search Committee in Archaeological Science, Department of Archaeology, Boston University, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 USA. Deadline for applications is November 15, 2011.

  • Received EEO/AA survey request via email. (11/8) X9
  • 11/15 - The job advertisement on The Chronicle seems to be in error. According to the Boston University website, this job application is not due until December 15, 2011. This is echoed on the Higher Ed website as well.
  • I believe Nov. 15 is the deadline - I received an original copy of the job ad emailed through my professional network that had Nov. 15 as the listed date.
  • I agree that I think the Nov. 15th date is correct. I saw that the job advertisement that they had on their department website was taken down on Nov 15
  • I got confirmation from the search committee that Nov 15th was the deadline.
  • Anyone heard anything??
  • No, but I know they received a lot of applications. I would give it at least a few more weeks before they finish compiling their long list.
  • Referees contacted for letters (11/29) x5
  • Rejection letter received (12/27). Great wording! I laughed when I read the part about how many applications were received and so I shouldn't take it as a reflection on my credentials. Most considerately worded rejection letter ever. x3
  • I second that -- great wording!
  • I always hate reading about how hard it is for dept's to make decisions. I'd rather get a little card with a red "REJECTION" stamp on it.
  • Request for campus interview (1/19) (x2)
  • Offer accepted (3/16)

Brown University, Joukowsky Insitute for Archaeology and the Ancient World - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Assistant or Associate Professor, Mediterranean or Near Eastern archaeology

Deadline: December 1, 2011. Brown University invites applications for an assistant or associate professor in the field of Mediterranean or Near Eastern archaeology. Applications are welcome from scholars interested in the complex societies of any part of this broad geographic expanse. Candidates are sought with expertise and interests complementary to current Institute faculty and to Brown resources. Individuals with active fieldwork projects are particularly welcome.

Candidates must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and leadership, as well as a proven record of publication, outreach and service commensurate with their career stage. Excellence in, and commitment to, undergraduate and graduate teaching are essential. The successful candidate will be expected to make major contributions to the ongoing development of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

All candidates should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vita. Assistant professors should ask that three letters of reference be sent directly to the Chair of the Search Committee. Associate professors should provide five names of referees with up-to-date contact information (including email, if possible); referees will be contacted directly by the Search Committee. Complete applications received by December 1, 2011 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.

For further information or to apply, write to:

Professor Susan E. Alcock Chair, Search Committee
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University Box 1837
Providence, RI 02912

We encourage the submission of applications and references via email. There is no need to provide hard copies of application materials for those that have already been submitted electronically.

Posted Chronicle of Higher Education 11/2

  • Received rejection letter 2/3 stating that the candidate group had been "narrowed down to final selections".
  • Any word on this search? (2/17) Anyone called in for a job talk?
  • 5 finalists are giving job talks this month and next (2/19)
  • Offer made and accepted by one of their present postdocs, Felipe Rojas, according to next year's course schedule (4/10)

Buttlurch State University[]

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminal Science at Buttlurch State University invites applications for a non tenure-track faculty appointment in the archaeology of science, global warming, and interdisciplinarity. There is a preference for archaeology of the world, but all areas will be considered. We seek a candidate from a top-ranked graduate program (preferably Ivy League), regardless of publication record or teaching experience. The successful applicant will both complement and duplicate the research interests of the current faculty. Thus, applicants specializing in the archaeology of the past, the prehistory of Delaware, ancient DNA or stable isotopes, and dolphin-human interaction are of particular interest.

The appointee will have a 4-4 teaching load and will be expected to teach the same courses every semester: Complex Societies of Delaware (online), Primatology Lab, Pirates & Globalization, and a freshman writing seminar on the Archaeology of Cetaceans. Buttlurch University places a strong emphasis on teaching, with a 150-1 student teacher ratio and the expectation that faculty will pass everyone who pays tuition. The successful candidate is expected to hold an ethnographic field school every summer, run Buttlurch University’s CRM program, conduct NAGPRA compliance, and serve as the department chair after completing their first year (4 year appointment).

We strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups (heterosexuals preferred), even though we’re pretty much old white guys and don’t have room for more. Applicants will need to upload the following to our on-line jobsite: cover letter, CV, research statement, dissertation précis, teaching philosophy, plans for publications over the next 7 years, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, student evaluations, course syllabi, and 8 to 10 writing samples. You will also need to upload four letters of recommendation (these may not be sent directly by letter writers). For full consideration, all materials must be postmarked by yesterday. Preliminary Skype interviews will be conducted, followed by interviews at the Annual Meetings of the Archeaology Society of Delaware.

Please note that applicants will receive no verification that their application has been received, but in about eight months, all but one of you may get a snarky email indicating that “one of the other applicants was a better fit.” You were actually the lucky ones.

  • This is REALLY, REALLY funny. If you are editing the wiki, please leave it here? Us poor, unemployed suckers who are looking for jobs in this economy can really use the free entertainment-- and a little levity never killed a wiki. Plus, I don't think anyone will mistake it for a real posting.
  • There is a VAP currently in this position.
  • 11/12 contacted for additional references and asked for high school transcripts
  • 11/12 - request for urinalysis received.(x2)
  • 8/16/2014 - rejection letter received
  • after all the material they requested they should send a rejection singing telegram and a beer cozy
  • Offer made and accepted. At this point, I'll take anything.
  • To above poster.....Marry me, and negotiate a spousal hire?? :)
  • ^ Sorry, already negotiated spousal hire for wife as adjunct teaching 6/6 combination of off-campus and online courses with possible renewal in nine months.
  • Here is the letter written i felt best fit this position:

To whoever: ​I like YOU, but the question remains: Do you like ME? I like digging in the dirt, you know, finding things. Whatever could they mean? Well, that’s my business, I tell you what things mean. You like where I’m going with this? That’s right, if you like to know things about whatever ancient people did, then I ‘m your man. I can tell you…and thank god, I can tell students. That’s the other thing I do, I tell students information, and they learn it, which of course, is what we both want. To better the world by telling people what King Tut did (or other similarly backwards races and failed civilizations). That’s the main point, isn’t it? That they failed and we won? I don’t see any Egyptians walking around anymore do you? Pick me.

​I enjoy long walks on the beach, more than a few cocktails after dinner, and the company of young people. Any sex or gender will do, I am OPEN-MINDED. I have no qualms about sleeping with students, that is, if it’s OK with you. I find the student-professor power differential (if I ever get there!!…with your help, wink, wink, nudge, nudge) to be more than adequate to score. See when I’m happy, my students are happy, and when the students are happy, you are happy, and when you are happy, then I am happy, and when I’m happy, well that’s all that matters. See, now I know we're on the same page. Why? Because I can feel it, man! Pick me.

​You know, I really like you guys. Pretty solid peeps. I looked at what you do for a living, you know, your “Research Interests,” on the internet. Although sadly, I’m not really sold on your whole “department.” Most of it actually sounds pretty worthless. Culture…society? Come on guys. We need to zip your department up a bit, and I’m just the guy to clear you old fossils out of the closet. Don’t be scared, you may have a good four or five years left, but then it’s MY time to shine. Heah’s a whatta we gonna do (insert Italian accent here). Plan #1: Remove all the old people. Plan #2: Kick all the untenured profs out, because as far as I am concerned, they don’t deserve to be there. See, I work best when I am in the spotlight. Number ONE, hooHAA! Just like Pacino…Hoo HAAA! I won’t feel bad if you all don’t like me right off the bat, but I'm the only one who is going to save you from ... yourselves. Do the right thing. Pick me!

​Finally, I’ve got a slight drinking problem. My mom says I should quit, but I don’t want to. I like to drink…a little bit too much. I also have a smoking problem, but I almost quit once. The problem is that when I drink, then I like to do a little blow, and when I’m high, well, we all know a cigarette goes great with coke. That reminds me of this one time when I was smoking a little rock (figuratively, not literally), and I was having “rad” sex with this hot chick. Well, the cigarette I was holding actually burned into my finger. Know what? I didn’t even notice, dude. See, that’s when you know you gots ta quit. Am I right? So my point is that I will try to quit smoking…but just for you guys. … Cuz ya know what? I love you, man. - PICK ME!!! - Peace out, HOO HAA!!!

^ This is what unemployment looks like.

California State University Channel Islands - OFFER MADE & ACCEPTED[]

Deadline: Review begins October 24, 2011

Position: tenure-track Assistant Professor

Ad: Chronicle

The Anthropology Program invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, subfield specialization open. Preference is for a candidate with a demonstrated ability to teach courses in at least two subfields of Anthropology, and whose teaching and research has an applied direction within any sub-discipline (archaeology, bioanthropology, cultural anthropology or linguistics). The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced level courses, including interdisciplinary and general education courses. The candidate will assist with the implementation of the B.A. in Anthropology which is anticipated to open in fall, 2012. All members of the faculty are expected to assume an active collegial role in the planning and governance of the institution through service on campus-wide, divisional, and Academic Senate committees. Campus faculty are expected to contribute to the CI Mission by facilitating learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizing experiential and service learning, and to provide students with multicultural and international experiences. Please see the employment page on the CSU Channel Islands website for a more detailed position description, the application requirements, and to submit an online application:

Also posted at Cultural Anthropology 2011-2012, Linguistic Anthropology 2011-12, Linguistics 2011-2012 & Physical Anthropology 2011-12

  • FYI: the campus in general is listed on the Universitise to Fear Wiki, under the "Chronic Issues" section. Does anyone know if the "faculty cohort" style campus interviews still goes on here?
  • Online application was horrible. Based on comments on the Physical Anthropology wiki others agree. (x4)
  • Cultural and Physical Wikis indicate people have been invited for phone interviews as of 11/1
  • Rejection email 1/6 (x8)
  • Offer made and accepted; selected candidate was an already tenured archaeology professor from another college

California State University Chico - CANCELLED[]

Deadline: February 2, 2012

Position: tenure-track assistant professor


The Anthropology Department is searching for a tenure track assistant professor to start August 2012. Position is contingent on funding. As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment. We also welcome those who share a passion and commitment to the University's Strategic Priorities- and Values

Minimum Qualifications: The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a Ph.D. (by time of appointment) in anthropology with a specialization in archaeology. Concentration in California/Western United States, and the capability to contribute to the Cultural Resource Management program is required. Ability to teach or experience teaching courses for the Anthropology Major and Graduate Program, and a strong record of professional and scholarly activities complementing those of current faculty are necessary.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in areas that complement the background of current faculty. These concentrations may include but are not limited to evolutionary ecology, zooarchaeology or other relevant topical areas. Ability to teach and conduct research involving archaeological fieldwork is highly desirable as is the potential to work with and/or direct research engaging MA level graduate students in archaeology. In addition, candidate should demonstrate potential for successful grant and contract activity that supports scholarly and/or applied research. Willingness to contribute to literacy in instructional and informational technology is positively viewed.

Responsibilities: This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching, scholarship, research, and service (student advising, etc). The successful candidate is expected to teach general education and majors courses in anthropology at the undergraduate level as well as teach graduate level seminars and serve on MA thesis committees.Teaching assignments are based upon qualifications of the individual and the needs of the department.

All applicants must complete the Application for Academic Employment Form, which is available on-line at to be submitted with curriculum vitae or resume; names, addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 references, and a cover letter drawing attention to how the applicant’s specific qualifications relate to the position to:

Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Chico, CA 95929-0400

Phone: 530.898-6192; e-mail:

  • Any insights, guesses, or utterly unsubstantiated rumors about why this position opened up? Is the current faculty member working in these topical areas leaving?
  • This position opened to fill behind an upcoming retirement. The retiree has these specialities and responsibilities.
  • Affirmative Action request email (1/18/12) (x4)
  • Letter of Rec Requested (2/13/12) x4 - Letters have a Feb 27 deadline.
  • Received email from Stephanie Meyers explaining that the job search has been cancelled due to the resignation of the provost. Sorry everybody, think happy! (2/15/12)
  • happy thoughts...happy thoughts...
  • Insert numerous expletives

University of California, Davis - OFFER MADE AND ACCEPTED[]

Position: Asssistant Professor

Deadline: Dec 15, 2011

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Paleoanthropology (including Archaeology). Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. in Anthropology and have a record of original research and publication focusing on the later phases of human evolution (early Homo, tool production and later). Potential topical specialties may include human-environment interactions, life history reconstruction, material culture evolution, the evolution of human nutrition, and skeletal morphology. The successful applicant will show a clear plan for a continuing program of research that complements current faculty strengths. Preference is for candidates who have an active field or laboratory research program.

Teaching duties include four courses per academic year (quarter system) at the introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate level. Courses will include introductory offerings in either Human Evolutionary Biology or Archaeology, an upper division course in Human Evolution, and a graduate seminar. The candidate will develop additional classes in their field of research, perform undergraduate and graduate advising, and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research. The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Anthropology are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus environment that supports equality and diversity.

Deadline for application submission is December 15, 2011. Applicants should prepare a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and goals, a copy of one publication representing your current research, and the names and addresses of three referees. Applications must be submitted online to Address letters to: Jelmer Eerkens, Paleoanthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology. Address administrative questions to Grace de Guzman, phone: 530-754-4936; fax: 530-752-8885;

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. This employer offers employment benefits to domestic partners of employees.

  • 12/15/2011: Acknowledgement of receipt.
  • 01/14/2012: Long List made: Request for two additional publications and prospective syllabus to be submitted by Feb 6. References to be contacted (X2)
  • Received email saying thet the screening for the short list would start on February 20
  • (2/27) Anyone got news?
  • The phys anth wiki has it that people heard about the short list on 3/1
  • (5/24) Offer made to candidate and accepted.

Cornell University, Program in Archaeology - April 2nd - OFFER MADE AND ACCEPTED[]

We invite applications from scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the last five years with a specialization in archaeology. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate will teach one undergraduate course (with optional graduate section) each semester, and will deliver at least one public lecture each year

  • did anyone get a confirmation on this application? I submitted and got no response... (x3)
  • Yes, I got an email response
  • Rejection via email (5/8); states that an offer was made and accepted (x2)

Dickinson College - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Assistant professor (tenure-track)

Deadline: October 15, 2011

Ad: AAA, &resultsPerPage=12/2,true,true

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Dickinson College seeks a broadly trained, four-field anthropological archaeologist for a tenure track position. In addition to a geographical specialty in New World archaeology, research interests must include one of the following: subsistence and food production, land use patterns, or environmental archaeology. Ph.D. and teaching experience required. Must be prepared to teach undergraduate course and lab for introduction to biological anthropology, an archaeological field methods course, an introductory course on world prehistory, and courses in area of specialty. A field site suitable for undergraduate research is expected. The successful candidate will join ongoing College programs in archaeology, anthropology, and environmental sustainability. Please apply to with a letter of interest and CV that includes names and contact information of three references. Application deadline is October 15, 2011. Questions may be directed to Dickinson College is committed to diversity, and we encourage candidates who will contribute to meeting that goal to apply. Applications and nominations of women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

  • Dickinson also just hired an archaeologist for a 1yr position in 2011--so this person may have a leg up...
  • If I remember correctly the job description last year specifically said the person they hired would be eligible to apply. They probably wanted to try the person out for a year and see if they were a good fit.
  • For whatever it's worth, this job description closely mirrors the interests of the person in the 1 year position.
  • Don't let this information stop you from applying! You never know...
  • I agree, you never know what is going on behind the scenes.
  • Letters of recommendation requested.
  • On campus interview.
  • Was a list of candidates made, or was this a one-person show from the beginning?
  • A list of three candidates was made but only one must be active on the wiki because no one else has added to the updates.
  • Offer made and accepted!! Just since this has been a topic of heated debate on here, I thought you all should know that it was given to the VAP (me - this third person thing is weird) but it wasn't at all a guarantee. This process sucks for everyone. In some ways there is a lot more pressure on the person who has to witness the whole process, not to mention that you are on a months-long interview! I actually know another VAP in Poli Sci who didn't even get an interview, really, really crappy. In any case, we are all in this together and snarky comments (such as the "one-person show") above are not helpful. This is a great resource for keeping us all informed, and it should be a place where we can cheer each other up in a very depressing job market (as someone so cleverly did with the fake posting, bravo). One more person is out of the way (one who has been on the market for about three years), so stay positive and support one another!
  • Congratulations! (x2)
    • Congrats, and thanks for speaking up and setting the record straight.
    • Yes, congratulations! And, "stay positive and support one another," could not be better-said.
  • Rejection email received Dec. 8 (x3)

Eastern New Mexico University - SEARCH COMPLETE[]

Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Location: Portales, NM

Eastern New Mexico University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology position beginning August 2012. We seek a Southwest archaeologist specializing in ceramic analysis. We prefer someone who is a materialist with an active research agenda and a solid background in quantitative methods. Faculty responsibilities include a 12 credit-hour teaching load per semester, student advising, and other duties as assigned. The successful candidate must be willing to run a summer field school in alternate summers. Our program has a strong graduate component, and candidates must be willing to help supervise Master’s theses. Candidates must have Ph.D. completed by August 2012. === {C}Applications should be submitted online at and should include a letter of interest outlining qualifications, current curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and transcripts (unofficial for application purposes). Please contact the Human Resources office at (575) 562-2116 for instructions on applying by mail. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 4, 2012. Applicants must pass a pre-employment background check. ENMU is an Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs, activities, or employment. People seeking additional information about the University’s non-discrimination policy should contact the Affirmative Action Officer at the above address.

Posted on 09/30/11 on SAA webpage

  • This one was listed once before. Does anyone know the story on the last search?
  • automatic email notification of application recepit (1/2/2012)
  • Referees contacted via email to set up phone interviews (1/9/2012)x3
  • Request to schedule campus visit (1/17/12)x3
  • Job offered and accepted.

Florida Gulf Coast University - CANCELLED[]

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor in Anthroplogy/Archaeology

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Archaeology or a relevant discipline from a
regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation. Demonstrated
achievement or evidence of potential for excellent teaching in archaeology and
anthropology. Interest in teaching across the undergraduate and graduate
curriculum, including at the general education level. ABD will be considered if
degree is conferred by August 7, 2012. If successful candidate is ABD,
appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated strength or clear evidence of potential
to lead a research program including the mentoring of undergraduate and
graduate students. Research interests in Florida, Caribbean, or Latin America
archaeology. Abilities to make interdisciplinary connections to environmental
and social scientists, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, within
and outside the department. A collaborative and collegial spirit and willingness
to serve at the departmental and college levels.

To Apply: Visit & apply to Req. #1477 Deadline date is
12/01/2011 Applications are only accepted online. FGCU is an EEO, which has
a commitment to cultural, racial, & ethnic communities & encourages women &
minorities to apply. It is expected that successful candidates share this

- I'm pretty sure this is a full-time position. But it's not clear whether it's tenure track or not. It says it will only be a fixed contract job it the successful candidate is still ABD.

-It is a full-time position, but they offer renewable multi-year contracts to good faculty after the first 3-6 years. I believe they used to award tenure once upon a time. You can enjoy a nice career here with all the same position ranks, but you will never be tenured in the traditional sense. I believe a handful of smaller schools in Florida do this or, judging by recent developments in the state, will wind up doing this.

-Email received stating "position was cancelled and will not be filled at this time." 10/27

George Mason University - SEARCH CANCELLED?[]

Position: tenure-track position in anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor, specialization in Historical Archaeology

Deadline: October 15, 2011

Ad: AAA,

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology announces a tenure-track opening for an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, specializing in Historical Archaeology, beginning in the Fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year.

We seek an historical archeologist specializing in the eastern United States, with particular foci including, but not limited to: African Diasporas; Plantation Archaeology; Warfare, Conflict, and Battlefield Archaeology; Historical Archaeology of the Contact Period; Trade and Economics; State Formation; Industrial Archaeology; and Mortuary Studies.

Our undergraduate program includes offerings in all four fields of anthropology with many opportunities for collaboration across subdisciplines. Our graduate program offers a Master's degree with emphasis upon advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health and bioethics; and transnational and global issues. Candidates will also have the opportunity to teach in the graduate program.

The teaching load for this position is 2/2.

The candidate should attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three persons whom we may contact for letters of reference. Any questions should be directed to Professor Andrew Bickford, Chair, Historical Archaeology Search Committee, at: ABICKFO1@GMU.EDU or 703 993 1424. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2011. For full consideration, please complete the online application and attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and list of three professional references with contact information. You can apply on line at, position number F8612z. George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Enrollment is over 32,000, with students studying in over 185 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.

  • I suspect this position opened because James Snead moved to CSU Northridge, but the description doesn't sound as though they're looking for anything like his specialties.
  • request for additional materials: 10/19 X2
  • adjunct prof. here with almost identical research interests, looks like inside.
  • oh no! I'll go ahead and withrawal my application.
  • Why would you withdraw? That seems foolish. You never know what will happen.
  • Sorry, I had a rash of sarcasm that manifested in my last post. This market is awful and I can't care if there is an inside candidate, especially since stats show that they get the job only 50% of the time and are also applying for other jobs and might not stay even if they get the offer. Best to luck to everyone!
  • The inside candidate didn't get the job at my U last go round. . . . fyi.
  • Campus Interview X1
  • Did they interview candidates prior to the campus invite?
  • Nope, they went straight to campus visits.
  • Are they progressing to job talks already? Or just interviews?
  • yes, job talk/campus interviews are happening now.
  • Job talks without phone interviews is usually a good sign that the internal candidate is their first choice. I was not contacted for a campus interview, so oh well, on to the next job.
  • To the above commenter, and anyone else who thinks like this...Uh, no they really are not. Been on several job interviews, got a few job offers, and served on several job committees--there is absolutely no correlation here. Many folks don't do phone interviews cause they are almost completely useless for actually evaluating someone. Not sure what is going on on this wiki this year...but the inside candidate conspiracy theories are really getting out of control.
  • So true!
  • any news on this one?
  • I don't think calling out various comments as conspiracy theories is very constructive. And whatever your view on the inside candidate comments, there DOES seem to be a difference between this search and others-- the timetable is VERY compressed in comparison. Just take a look at how quickly the stages proceeded here vs. the other jobs tracked here (and in other years). Personally, I think that would be consistent with the SC having a particular person in mind, though it could also be that their general strategy is to make an offer before they have to compete with other searches regardless of whether their choice was on the radar as the ad was written. In any case, time will tell...
  • This, and other GMU jobs were re-listed on December 1st. Not sure what is going on here . . . thoughts?
  • This job was just re-posted to is this a re-try at a search?
  • Dates aren't listed or were removed from this thread, but the campus interviews supposedly took place in the fall-- early. So why isn't there more news? If an offer has been made it would be neighborly to post that rather than feed conspiracy chat with silence.
  • Got an email saying that the position is not being filled at this time. Odd. 5/7

University of Georgia - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor PositionLocation: Athens-Clarke County, GA University of Georgia Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-trackAssistant Professor position in Anthropological Archaeology to start August 2012. PhD required at time of appointment. We seek an anthropological archaeologist specializing in the long-term relation between human activities and landscapes. Applicants are expected to have a strong orientation to field-based research, expertise in designing and using large-scale, collaborative archaeological and environmental data repositories, and the ability to integrate archaeology with environmental issues. World area is open, but placing long-term human-environmental interaction in the Southeast in a national and world context is highly desirable. Experience teaching field school is essential, as is a commitment to graduate and undergraduate instruction. The successful candidate will have a solid record or potential for publishing and obtaining external funding, and have the ability to teach required and specialty courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Their research and teaching should complement and enhance existing strengths in the anthropology program ( yet also engage students and faculty from other relevant departments at the University of Georgia ( Applications should include: a cover letter describing the candidate’s research and teaching interests and experience; a current curriculum vitae; up to three writing samples; and the names and addresses of four professional references. Application materials should be submitted electronically to Those received by December 2, 2011, are assured full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For inquiries, contact Dr. Ted Gragson, Search Committee Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, e-mail: The Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

  • Received confirmation that they received my application (11/28) x10
  • Request for references (12/6) x4
  • The original posting requested references. Does this mean they requested letters, or were references themselves contacted?Referees were contacted directly.
  • asked for campus interview x2
  • Job offer made and accepted

Georgia Southern University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: tenure-track position in anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor

Deadline: October 3, 2011

Ad: AAA,

Position Description - Reporting to the department chair, the assistant professor of anthropology will be expected to teach four-field Introduction to Anthropology, World Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, as well as other undergraduate and graduate courses commensurate with candidate’s expertise. In addition to these teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate is expected to hold a terminal degree and be an active member of the Department and University community as demonstrated by pursuing an active research agenda, by serving on committees, and by advising students. The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Screening of applications begins October 3, 2011, and continues until the position is filled. The position starting date is August 1, 2012. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr Sue M. Moore, Search Chair, Search # 64617 Department of Sociology and Anthropology Georgia Southern University P. O. Box 8051 Statesboro GA 30460-8051 Electronic mail: Telephone: 912-478-5443 More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. Georgia is an Open Records state. Georgia Southern University is an AA/EO institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.

  • asked for phone interview 11/8 x1
  • asked for campus interview 11/21 x1
  • Job offer made and accepted

Gettysburg College - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Broadly-trained Archaeologist

The Department of Anthropology, Gettysburg College, seeks to hire a one-year full-time sabbatical replacement for the 2012-2013 academic year to begin August 2012. We seek to hire a broadly-trained archaeologist or bioarchaeologist with a strong grounding in methods and contemporary theory, such as practice and interpretive approaches, historical processualism, or social archaeology. Preferred area of specialization within archaeology is historical archaeology, area open, but other specializations will receive consideration if the candidate’s geographic area is in the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, Near East, East Asia, or Southeast Asia. Experience working with indigenous communities and other stakeholders a plus. Ph.D. preferred although advanced ABD applicants will be considered if degree will be received before the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester. Degree must be in anthropology. The successful candidate will teach three courses per semester. Teaching responsibilities include the course, Anth 106 (Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology), as well as existing 200 or 300-level electives, or new electives in the successful applicant’s areas of specialization. See the department’s website for a list of archaeology courses currently offered ( Candidates with teaching experience and an interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment strongly preferred. Application materials should include a letter of interest, including a discussion of teaching philosophy and experience, a current CV, and the names of three references, at least one of whom can speak to teaching. All materials should be submitted electronically to To receive fullest consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2012.

  • Anyone know which arch is going on sabbatical?
  • Probably Julia Hendron
  • Offer has been made and accepted (though not to me)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: tenure-track position in anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor; complex societies and sustainability issues

Deadline: October 31, 2011


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position in archaeology with a focus on complex societies and sustainability issues. The target starting date is August 16, 2012. Salary competitive. We seek a scholar with an active, ongoing field program researching long-term historical and biosocial relationships between environment and society. We are especially interested in hiring an interdisciplinary faculty member whose research integrates insights at the molecular level (e.g., ancient DNA or stable isotopes). Successful candidates must conduct independent research, perform academic duties associated with our BA and PhD programs, and have the ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Geographic area is open. A PhD is required at time of appointment.

Archaeology brings special insights to questions of sustainability because of the discipline's unique abilities to explore social and cultural dynamics over time spans that range from decades to millennia. Throughout time, cultures have faced sustainability challenges, with varying degrees of success; inherent in such histories are lessons of relevance given global climatic and geopolitical changes. Throughout recent human history, sustainability challenges occurred on a worldwide scale, with prominent examples of resultant radical culture change being found in many times and places, including the Maya region of Central America, the desert societies of Peru, in the basin of Amazonia, among the Pueblo cultures of the American Southwest, in India's Indus Valley, the Shang Dynasty in China, the Bronze Age Argaric "collapse" in Spain, the Great Zimbabwe Empire, and Mississippian cultures in Illinois. These cases all offer examples documenting sustainability challenges as a recurring and major theme in human prehistory and history. These examples further illustrate that sustainability is not simply a technological problem: it involves cultural beliefs and social relations that often can only be detected by exploring very long time intervals. Given truly revolutionary advances in technology supporting archaeological research, cases of failure to meet sustainability challenges can be studied in revolutionary ways.

The UIUC campus is ideally suited for researching sustainability in complex societies and archaeologists can take advantage of outstanding campus resources to explore how complex societies cope with these challenges. The University of Illinois has a campus-wide commitment to the development of sustainability scholarship, running across all of the schools including not only the sciences but also the social sciences and humanities (e.g., Geography, English, ACES, etc.), providing an ideal context for multi-disciplinary explorations. Further, campus expertise and infrastructure, notably isotopic laboratories, ancient DNA laboratories, genomics, geographic information systems, evolutionary biology, geology and geochronology present significant opportunities for focusing on how natural resource use and environmental changes impact sustainability and culture.

Please create your candidate profile and upload a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for 3 professional references through For full consideration, all requested information must be submitted by October 31, 2011.

  • Have anyone heard from the search committee yet?
  • request for additional materials (11/8) (x4)
  • Does anyone else love how these nobs are actually lecturing to us in their job ad? Priceless hubris!
  • Ha, ha, that is too funny! I've never seen anything quite like that before. Nobs-I concur.
  • Ha ha ha. Nobs it is.
  • Any new development after longlist? Dec 9
  • Do you mean the reference letters by Dec 5?
  • Rejection email received. It says that an offer has been made to the most qualified individual. (12/15) (x5)
    • That was really fast!
    • Must be a stock rejection letter. Can't imagine they're already done.
    • I believe the letter meant they offered on-campus interviews, not the position.
  • Received request for on-campus interview (12/16).
  • I had gotten a request for additional stuff (teaching evals, sample syllabus, etc.) by Dec 5. I have not heard anything else about it yet though. I did not get a rejection email and have not gotten a request for an interview. (X2) Whatcha'll think? I heard though that the last time this dept tried to hire someone for this position, the deans had to step in and break up the in-fighting. Someone I know who went there told me she is surprised they are hiring again for this reason as she thought the college took the line away due to conflict. I dunno. Might be an interesting experience.
  • The last time the department tried to hire was many years ago. I don't think the situation is quite the same now. Plus they've never hired for "this" position. That is, they seem to have a very clear idea of what they want, based on the detailed description (with which some people apparently take issue - re: coments above). This was not the case in the past. I doubt a committee could agree on such a description if there was so much in-fighting. As far as your situation, there is nothing to do but wait and see if you hear something.
  • Sounds like the dept (based on new class offerings) wants to get on the collapse/questioning collapse bus. For a conceptual position that can be targeted from so many ways, it seems poorly conceived that they want to look at this stuff from the "molecular" level, ie DNA and isotopes. Why not just advertise for a molecular archaeologist 1st. Seems like it was not thought out that well. Well, what it sounds like is that someone there wants someone who is sexy right now. The whole collapse issue is popular again; sustainability is popular with resilience stuff; and DNA and stable isotopes are popular. In thinking about it, it seems blatantly poor form if not just superficial. At least try to be less obvious...
  • The fact that something is popular is not in itself wrong or bad. Academic institutions are interested in producing cutting-edge research so it is expected that they will be interested in popular new trends. Long-term human impact on the environment is actually one of the big areas in which archaeologists can contribute with new insights beyond anthropology.
  • What top research institutions don't want the next, sexy thing? There is money out there for these issues (sustainability, "green" technologies, climate change, etc.). New hires who can tap in to that money, and bring in overhead for the university, are very desirable. It is totally jumping on the bandwagon, but nothing new. I don't think this announement is any more obvious than any other announcement in the last year or two that has advertised for various kinds of environmental archaeology/anthropology. Unfortunately, University = Business ($$$). I'm sure for those who fit the description, it doesn't matter. They just want a job, and if they can get their foot in the door, great. If you're a solid scholar, you will just do your thing and hopefully thrive. The popular tide will change yet again...
  • a) 99 % of people who use this wiki have never had a tenure track job. b) 99 % of people who use this wiki act like they have incredible insider experience and knowledge how universities and depts think and what is good or bad from a dept standpoint. c) fact: sometimes poorly conceived jobs are a reflection of issues within depts, especially a lack of vision on a dept's future. This ad should have done one of two things: (1) been for an environmental archaeologist dealing with sustainability issues in archaeological science or (2) been for a molecular archaeologist. It's like reading a grant proposal that doesn't know how the methods mesh with the overall. Truly, sometimes this means there are some internal issues. What is clear here is that the main individual(s) who proposed the job wants some an environmental archaeologist. Someone in the dept or the committee, however, is making noise for a molecular person. There is discontent within the ad itself. I am entirely sure this is what has happened. Of course, this doesn't matter. Apply, apply, apply. I actually don't know why I am chiming in on this as I didn't even apply for this job and am happily employed. Curious, I suppose, in what's up.
  • Wow, I bow before thee, oh great omnipotent being. I gather you are the 1% who a) has a job, b) has incredible insider experience and knowledge, and c) knows facts about a department you are not a part of. Thank you for continuing to enlighten all of us. I am entirely sure that we all appreciate it.
  • To Dr. Sardonic above. Quite the opposite. I'm formerly tenure track now in the private sector. So, yes, I have a job, but no it's not in academia anymore. But I still stand firm most of debate here is based soley on empty assertions and suggestions by increasingly frustrated people. The whole inside candidate stuff is a case in point: bringing them up has nothing to do with one's app (i.e., your only obligation is to just try) but everything to do with expressing one's frustration with this crappy academic job market. On the other hand, I am doubly the opposite of omnipotent in that I am not out of academia by choice. Maybe there should have been a wiki for getting tenure. Until then, chill out.
  • This university already has a stable isotope prep lab so that is probably why they mention stable isotopes in the ad.
  • Recieved rejection; stated that offer had been accepted. 12/15/11
  • What's with this rejection/offer accepted stuff? Must be a typo if they were still collecting stuff by Dec 5. I think this has been addressed above. Unless it was all a charade....
  • No, I have a real on-campus interview coming up this month, so I'm certain they have not yet made an offer. (1/19)
  • Looks like the Illini should have written two rejection letters for this job, one for the first cut and one for the final cut...#Lazy.
  • offer made and accepted

Indiana University-Purdue University Ft Wayne - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: tenure-track position in archaeology

Deadline: October 31 but will accept applications until position is filled

Ad: AAA,

The Department of Anthropology of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) invites applications for a tenure-track position in archaeology at the assistant professor level beginning August 13, 2012. Candidates must have their Ph.D. completed prior to their appointment. We encourage candidates with a focus on complex societies of the New World, but candidates with specialties in other areas may apply. The successful candidate will have an active research program with a record of external funding, publishing, and teaching experience commensurate with years post-Ph.D. Candidates must share our departmental commitment to four-field, empirical anthropology and be willing to contribute to an active and growing anthropology program with over 125 majors. The successful candidate must also be willing to seek external funding, occasionally direct undergraduate student research, and participate in service activities. Teaching responsibilities include a three course per semester teaching load with two preparations, typically two introductory and one upper-level course. The ability to occasionally teach an upper level methods course is a plus. Salary is competitive, and accompanied by generous benefits. IPFW is a rapidly growing, fully accredited, comprehensive university with 14,000 students offering more than 200 Indiana University and Purdue University undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references to Richard C. Sutter, Chair, Department of Anthropology, IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Deadline for priority consideration is October 31, 2011. We intend to conduct preliminary interviews at the AAAs in Montreal, QC. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

  • Acknowledged receipt of application and sent affirmative action survey (x4). 10/4, 10/19, 11/5 - via snail mail.
  • There is a VAP at this institution who does complex societies of New World. Someone had deleted this comment, and I'm just replacing it.
  • Any word on this in light of AAA interviews?
  • Heard there were well over 100 applicants! Maybe they're still screening apps?
  • Yes - possibly did not hear anything after the affirmative action survey.
  • Any news here?? (x4)
  • Is this search still funded and proceeding?
  • 12/1 - I applied for this year's (unadvertised) VAP back in April/May. Didn't hear a word until my rejection letter came in the mail over the summer. Congenial but slow.
  • 12/4 - Heard from friend there that more than 125 applicants. They're still screening but are hoping to cut to long short list next week.
  • 12/6 - Request for phone interview received (x3)
  • Request for phone interview before letters of reference requested? Sounds fishy.
    • Why fishy? It's a long list probably, where they'll decide who gets flown in based both on phone interviews and letters they are likely requesting right now.
  • 1/12 - References contacted directly for letters (x3)
  • 1/14 - Campus interview scheduled (x2)
  • ^ That was quick......
  • 2/29 - Leap day brings rejection letter (x3)
  • 3/5 Hire is negotiating compensation package
  • Offer accepted

University of Iowa - POSITION PULLED[]

Position: tenure-track in archaeology, lithic specialist Deadline: None stated, screening applications begins November 15, open until filled

Ad: AAA,

The University of Iowa, Department of Anthropology, invites applications for a tenure-track position in archaeology with a specialization in lithic technology, at the rank of assistant professor, beginning August 2012. Requirements include PhD in Anthropology in hand by August 1, 2012, an established publication record, a strong research program and a record of external grant support. Technological studies should focus on lithic tool production, integration with resource extraction, mobility and subsistence. Desirable research interest areas include paleoanthropology, experimental replication, refitting, forager studies and ethnoarchaeology. Geographical area open. Previous teaching experience is desirable. Applicants whose topical, theoretical and geographic specialties complement those of existing faculty are especially welcome. Teaching load is four courses per year, and will include the offering of a large introductory prehistory course in rotation with other archaeologists as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate's areas of expertise. Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience. The Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to gender and ethnic diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Iowa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The University offers employment benefits to domestic partners of employees and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Applicants must apply online at the following website ( and refer to requisition number 59985. Electronic attachments to the online application must include a cover letter (with details of applicant’s research program, previous teaching experience and prospective courses), a curriculum vitae, name and contact information for three references, and electronic versions of representative publications and any other supporting materials. Hard copies of publications and supporting materials may also be sent to: Glenn Storey, Archaeology Search Committee Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1322. Screening of applications will begin on November 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.

  • References requested 11/16/2011 (x4)
  • Seems they contacted a lot of applicants' (if not everyone's) references. Anyone heard any additional news on this search?
  • What, did only four people apply for the job or is there something I don't know?
  • I hear they have already made a short-list and are scheduling campus interviews. 12/15/11
  • Any confirmation on interviews taking place? (1/11)
  • Anyone heard what is happening here? (1/26)
  • It's been 3 months since the deadline. Still no confirmed news? (2/15)
  • I know they have had campus interviews (2/19)
  • The position is still open, I applied but no news. Anyone knows if thay have someone?
  • Rejection email received (2/27)
  • Rejection email received, stated that interviewees had been selected (2/27)
  • heard from inside source that offer was made, but position was pulled by Dean at last minute!
  • Dear god-that is terrible!

Irvine Valley College, California - CANCELLED[]

Position: tenure-track assistant professor


Deadline: Feb 28, 2012

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

• Master's degree in anthropology or archaeology from an accredited college or university; OR

• Bachelor's degree in either of the above AND a Master's degree in sociology, biological sciences, forensic sciences, genetics, or paleontology from an accredited college or university; OR

• A combination of education and experience that is at least the equivalent of items 1 or 2 above (candidates making application on the basis of equivalency must submit the Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination form in addition to all other required materials); OR

• Valid California Community College Instructor credential appropriate to the subject, per Education Code 87355 (issued prior to July 1, 1990).


• Two (2) years full-time (or equivalent part-time) recent and successful experience teaching lower-division courses in Physical Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology at the post-secondary level.

• Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to those candidates demonstrating a high level of professional expertise on the basis of:

• Recent and successful experience teaching lower division courses in Physical Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology at the post-secondary level.

• Educational and instructional background in the field of Archaeology.

• Recent and successful experience teaching lower division courses in Archeology at the post-secondary level.

• Knowledge of and ability to use instructional technology in the classroom and ability to offer curriculum through diverse delivery modes as appropriate.

• Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Instruct classes in Anthropology/Archaeology, which may include archaeological field work. Assignment may include day and evening hours. Participate in general faculty functions related to the educational program, faculty professional development, and other duties as assigned.

To Apply: Please visit the District's Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application. Applications must be received by Feb 28, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered.

3/7 - Note that this is a community college position. Did anyone apply? (I did)

They are not going to fill the position this year. Not sure what happened.

James Madison University - FAILED SEARCH[]

Position: tenure-track assistant professor

Due: Jan 9

Posted: AAA website (Nov 5, 2011),

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in anthropological archaeology at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 2012. Geographic area and specialty is open, although preference will be given to archaeologists with research interests in the Middle Atlantic Region of the U. S., particularly during the historic era. The JMU anthropology program has a long history of supporting undergraduate research in archaeology. A research agenda that encourages undergraduate student participation and involvement in the field and laboratory is expected. Review of applications will begin January 9, 2012. James Madison University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory and upper level courses in archaeological method and theory, historical archaeology, as well as courses that reflect their research interests. At time of appointment applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and have a record of excellent teaching at the undergraduate level in small and large classroom settings. Applicants must register electronically via JMU JobLink at Applicants must also mail a letter of interest outlining experience and qualifications, a CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including introductory and upper-division course syllabi), a sample of scholarly writing, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Richard Lawler, Archaeology Search Chair, Sociology & Anthropology, MSC 7501, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. Review of applicationswill begin January 9, 2012.

-Anybody know if this is a retirement fill? - Yes, it is.

-Is there ANY news on this yet? 1/30

-heard they had phone interviews two weeks ago.

Camupus Interview requested (2/20).

Seems to be a failed search.

  • Is that why they posted for a VAP position for next year? See Inside Higher Ed ad posted 4/17.___That is my information.

University of Maryland - OFFER MADE AND ACCEPTED[]

Position: tenure track assistant or associate professor, specialization in archaeology of the human dimension of global change in the modern era (15th century)

Due by: Jan 2

The Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, anticipates hiring a tenure track assistant professor or associate professor for August 2012. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology with specialization in the archaeology of the human dimension [of] global change. To be considered for an associate level, candidates must demonstrate an active research agenda with significant publications, significant field experience, significant extramural funding, and teaching excellence. Candidates are encouraged to apply whose research focuses on the long-term human dimension of global change from the beginning of the modern era (15th century) and who is developing a career documenting the long-term impact of global change on people and communities. It is necessary to demonstrate the relationship between environmental issues - such as natural disasters, climate change, faunal and floral change, sea level rise, and destruction of marine and coastal ecosystems ¬ – and the development of inequalities, such as the unequal distribution of resources that has had social and political consequences and demographic change. Successful applicants must show a strong theoretical and methodological focus that complements existing faculty research and be able to work in an interdisciplinary setting. Geographic area is open. For best consideration, apply by January 2, 2012.

The candidate is expected to teach courses in his/her area of interest at the undergraduate to graduate levels, as well as established courses.

Candidates should send a letter of application that details their experiences and interests, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Electronic submission only to: Click on , and then look for under . Questions may be answered by the search coordinator, Sybil Paige, 301-405-1410 or at Review of applications will begin immediately, and early submissions are strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to applications received by January 2, 2012. The position will remain open until filled.


  • - Request for Letters of Reference (1/13) x7
  • ---were you folks asked directly to have your references pass on letters, or did your references let you know that they had been requested to send letters on your behalf?
  • - asked directly
  • asked directly, but then got a second email stating that they would contact the references after all (1/19) (x3)
  • Request for campus interview (2/9) X2
  • Rejection Letter (Feb 21)
  • Did you get a campus interview and then get the rejection letter after you had the interview?
  • No this was a general rejection letter. Because they have set the finalists I presume.
  • I didn't receive a rejection letter...did anyone besides the person who commented above?


  • My references were requested, I was not invited to campus to interview, but also have not received a rejection.
  • Any news here from anyone who did a campus interview. Did anyone who did get a campus interview get a rejection letter or an offer?
  • Offer made and declined (3/16)
  • Offer made and in negotiation (3/26)
  • Offer accepted (4/1)

Monmouth University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Assistant Professor FT, Geographic Information Systems and Archaeology, dept of History And Anthropology

JOB DUTIES: Teach 9 credits per semester (12 credits with a 3 credit course load reduction for scholarship) in the GIS course sequence, as well as a range of anthropology/archaeology courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Coordinate the GIS minor. Manage the GIS laboratory. Work to establish a successful relationship with programs of the Urban Coast Institute and Marine Biology. Advise students.

REQUIREMENTS: Doctoral degree.ABD candidates may be considered with degree completion expected by date of employment. Earned doctorate in Anthropology, Archaeology, or GIS. Must have demonstrated an established or promising record of scholarship and an active plan of research. A record of external funding is desirable. Must have a research specialty in North American or Caribbean archaeology and should demonstrate the ability to manage and develop the GIS program through teaching, leadership and appropriate GIS knowledge and experience. Must be able to work collaboratively with the University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) and program in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy (MEBP). Must be committed to Monmouth University's teaching and scholarship mission. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: Anticipated opening for the 2012-2013 academic year. Tenure track. Transcripts and letters of recommendation can be directed to: Frederick L. McKitrick, Chair, Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ 07764. For more information on the department, please go to:

REQUIRED APPLICANT DOCUMENTS: Resume or Curriculum VitaeCover Letter CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICANTS: 11-22-2011 by 5:00 PM. The University offers Tuition Remission for employee, spouse and IRS dependent children. TO APPLY: For further information on this position, additional vacancies, or to apply: visit:

  • I noticed the comment here about a VAP was erased, anyone have some knowledge they want to share, or was this just one of the many VAP comments deleted?
  • It appears that it was one of the many VAP-related comments that was deleted. A VAP was hired last year. The job description for that position stated (if I remember correctly) that the position could become a tenure-track one.
  • Campus visits took place in early and mid December.
  • This position has been closed (at least, I assume, as I had a campus interview and have received a rejection), but I don't know how to move it into the "Closed" category. Incidentally, as far as I know the VAP was not a candidate for the position.
  • 3/5 Looks like VAP in fact hired. Congrats!

University of Nevada-Reno - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Geoarchaeology and the American West.

We seek a scholar who will develop an active research program and contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs in Anthropology. The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory archaeology, upper division and graduate seminars in line with their specialty, and supervise field schools as demand warrants. This position will contribute to the Anthropology department’s endowed Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit and participate in the Paleoindian archeological field research program each summer.

Required: Strong evidence of research potential and teaching promise; specialization in geoarchaeology, demonstrated through fieldwork/publications in archaeological stratigraphy, sediment analyses, and/or related fields; research experience in the American West; GIS skills and experience. Ph.D. in anthropology or archaeology, or dual degree in anthropology/geology by 15 August 2012.

Preferred: Preference given to candidates with a geographical focus on the Great Basin and field/analytical experience with excavations/surveys of caves and rockshelters. How to Apply - online at by November 10, 2011. HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment. AA/EEO Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

  • Rejection via email 11/14/2011. Freakishly fast. ( x2! )
  • Phone interview 11/18/2011
  • Does anyone know what is happening with this job? Has there really been no movement since mid-November?
  • Interviews conducted late November/Early December - applicants awaiting decision
  • Offer accepted - position filled
  • Successful applican was tenure track faculty elsewhere

University of New Orleans - Offer Made[]

Position: Assistant Professor in historical archaeology

Deadline: January 25, 2012 {C}The Department of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, one in cultural anthropology, the other in historical archaeology, starting in August 2012. We seek candidates who can help us build a leading urban and applied anthropology program.

For the historical archaeology position, geographic focus is open, but candidates whose research focuses on New Orleans and the Gulf South are especially welcome. Applicants should be prepared to teach large introductory sections, cultural resource management and core archaeological methods courses. Ability to offer classes in biological anthropology is highly desirable. We are especially interested in candidates with a proven track record in seeking outside research funding.

For both positions, please send vita, letter describing research interests and teaching experience, one sample course syllabus, and names of three references to David Beriss, Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of New Orleans, LA 70148 or to (email preferred). All advertised positions at UNO are subject to available funding and System approval. For fullest consideration, applications should be received by January 25, 2012.

-Offer made

New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World- "SEARCH CONCLUDED"[]

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, seeks to make an appointment (tenured or tenure-track, rank open) of a scholar with a focus in the archaeology and art of the Near Eastern world, broadly defined, in the late prehistoric and early historic periods, who can blend disciplinary approaches to interpret objects, sites, and landscapes. We are looking for someone with a broad range of interests and a commitment to the study of cultural connections across geographical and chronological lines. For application details, please visit

Anyone hear any news on this position?

So now the job talks are up on their website 1/23

Paper rejection letter dated 3/28/12 says that "committee has concluded the search and hopes to make an announcement later this spring".

University of Oklahoma/Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Assistant/Associate Curator of Archaeology AND Assistant/Associate Professor of Archaeology

University of Oklahoma Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the OU Anthropology Department seek to fill joint position beginning August 16, 2012. The appointment is half-time in the department and half-time in the museum during the 9-month academic year and full-time in the museum during the summer months. Applicants must have Ph.D. and field research experience in archaeology with teaching experience preferred by the start date. Area of specialization must be in the archaeology of the Americas with a preference for North America. The curator's responsibilities include four areas: (1) developing and maintaining a program of externally funded scholarly research in archaeology; (2) overseeing care and obtaining support for a collection of more than three million objects; (3) exhibit development and support, including obtaining or collaborating to obtain external funds to assist with exhibits; and (4) museum-related outreach activities (service). For appointment to Associate Curator an active record of external funding and publication is expected. A full-time collection manager is funded in this collection and a rotating graduate assistant appointment is assigned to the collection. The Anthropology Department has a one course per semester teaching load. Teaching is expected to be at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The successful applicant will be expected to have an active presence in the undergraduate and graduate research program. An active research and publication record is important for appointment at the Associate Professor (tenured) level. Applicants should be committed to a four-field anthropology program. Send vita, summary of research and teaching experience and goals, publication examples, and names, addresses and telephone numbers for references via email to: Dr. Michael A. Mares, Director, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History ( AND to Wanda Downs, Administrative Assistant to Anthropology Department at Review of applications will begin November 15th and continue until position is filled.

Received EEO paperwork via snail mail (11/25) (X2)

Deadline was a while ago. Any news here? (1/11)

Called HR 1/19. Was told that she "thinks interviews have been scheduled" for this position, but would check and get back to me later that afternoon. She never did.

Letters of ref. were requested around X-mas (candidates not notified), but no news since...

The department and museum have to agree on candidates to bring in, which has taken awhile in the past. I've heard that they've both narrowed their lists and hope to decide on the short list soon.

Campus interview scheduled. (posted 02/15)

Offer made and accepted (late March)

University of Oregon (Job #1) - OFFER MADE[]

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology Deadline: October 15, 2011 Ad:

The University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology announces a 1.0 FTE tenure-track position in archaeology at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall Term, 2012. We seek an outstanding, broadly-trained archaeologist who will further diversify us geographically and topically. Possible specialties or interests include human-environment interaction, historical ecology, climate change, sustainability, indigenous archaeology, landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, historicalarchaeology, bioarchaeology, museum studies, and heritage resource management. Candidates should also have a strong record of publication and working collaboratively with local communities. We aim to hire an individual with interdisciplinary interests who will strengthen links among the subfields of anthropology in the department. The successful candidate is expected to conduct a rigorous, fieldwork and laboratory based, externally-funded research program as well as teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required by October 15, 2011.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing current and future research as well as teaching experience, together with a CV and the names and contact information of three references. Submission is via If you have questions you may send an email to; “Archaeology Search I” should appear in the subject line. Closing date for submission of materials is October 15, 2011.

  • There is a postdoc fellow and an adjunct instructor that could fit the description. Inside candidates?
  • Anyone heard anything about Job #1 yet? Was long-list selected already for both jobs 1 and 2?
  • Not yet... guess they must be different committees? (10/29)
  • 11/4 recommenders asked for letters
  • 11/8 - to above: curious, did they ask you for letters, or contact recommenders directly?
  • recommenders were contacted directly
  • Whoever keeps moving comments around or deleting them...STOP.
  • Yes, I am confused now. Can someone please clarify if long-list has been selected for both positions? (11/13)
  • long list has been selected for position #1
  • 11/16 - Rejection email received for Job #1 (broadly-trained archaeologist) (x11)
  • I appreciate UO sending rejection notifications. Personally depressing, but a polite thing to do (Something others institutions do not do regularly). Good job UO! (x5)
  • I second the above. Very classy.
  • I think we should expect notifications as common courtesy, but I do appreciate that they sent them right after making the long list! I did eventually get rejections from 85% of places last year (everywhere except Berkeley and Nebraska at Omaha, ahem!!!), but mostly not until *very* late in the process.
  • Hmmm... it's rare that I never hear back from a university, either by acknowledgement of receipt, an "are you a minority" survey, or a rejection letter. Although most were sent to my university address, where I am not resident. I would have a low opinion of any institution that did not send a rejection letter.
  • Video interview scheduled for the week of 12/5 (12/01) x3
  • 12/13 I'm a little confused about the process here; I know of a few people who were video interviewed and one who has a campus interview, but this was for "Job #2" (broadly-trained coastal or island archaeologist), not Job #1. Can anyone clarify who is being interviewed for what? Emailed about Job #1 (11/23) and was told they hadn't even gotten past long list on that position yet. Never received rejection email, either.
  • There is quite a bit of confusion here. Job #1 is the general, broadly-trained archy position. Job #2 is the island/coastal one. Video interviews took place for Job #1, a short list has been made, and campus interviews are being scheduled. The comment above about not getting past the long list must be referring ot Job #2. (12/14)
  • offer made an in negotiation
    • VAP was hired

University of Queensland, School of Social Science - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Lecturer in Archaeology Location: Brisbane, Australia The role: To engage, as a lecturer, in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, postgraduate supervision, and further development of the School's archaeology discipline, as well as performing research, administrative and other activities associated with the School.

The person: PhD in Archaeology, or an Anthropology PhD with specialisation in archaeology from a four-field university program; demonstrated expert knowledge in geoarchaeology with a geographic area of specialisation and active field research in Central or South America, Africa or East Asia; demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary collaborations and to develop innovative courses in archaeology; demonstrated teaching skills at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with an ability to supervise postgraduate students; a publication record and a capacity to secure external funding.

Remuneration: AUD$76,789 – $91,187 p.a., plus up to 17% superannuation. (Note: the base salary will increase by 4% in 2012.) Full-time, fixed-term appointment for three years at Academic Level B, to commence in 2012. There is the possibility of a two year extension.

Contact: To discuss this role please contact Professor Marshall Weisler, Head of Archaeology, telephone 61-7-3365-3038 or email To submit an application for this role, go to and use the Apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses. {C}Applications close: 5 September 2011 {C}Reference No: 492328 {C}Job Posted on 08/09/11 on SAA webpage

  • contacted for Skype interview 10/20 (X2)
  • offer was made 11/7
  • offer accepted 11/14

Quinnipiac University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Deadline: February 1. Department of Sociology seeks a broadly trained anthropological archaeologist. The candidate must be prepared to teach Introduction to Archaeology, Archaeological Theory & Field Methods, and topical courses related to their on-going research agenda. The candidate will also be expected to teach courses within the University core curriculum. The teaching load is 3/3. See add on SAA or AAA websites.

  • Not SO broadly trained... explicit preference for N Amer
  • Would you mind clarifying your comment a little? The ad asks for "complex societies and/or N America"...
  • No archaeologists currently on faculty, and only two other anthropologists in the department. Heard from current faculty member they are generally looking for the best "archaeologist available," but who can ideally teach both complex societies and North American archaeology. It's pretty much a wide open search.
  • Email request for phone interview and supplemental materials (Feb. 8) (x3, and note that it was in my junk folder! So check there too. And relevant to the posts above: I'm not a North Americanist)
  • Did anyone who phone-interviewed get an estimate on when we might hear from them again? It's been two weeks since mine, which I'm afraid means bad news...
    • They told me their original schedule had gotten messed up due to email problems on their end. They thought it might be the end of last week they'd be contacting people for on campus interviews but that was never definite. I too am afraid this means bad news since I haven't heard anything either.
  • Any update on this?
  • Email rejection (3/22) x2: Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your credentials for our tenure-track opening for a specialist in Anthropology. We received a large number of resumes from excellent candidates which made our selection process quite challenging. After careful review of your credentials, we regret to inform you that we will not be advancing your candidacy beyond this point. Once again, thank you for your interest in Quinnipiac University and we wish you much success in your search.
  • Curious, I also received an email from Quinnipiac today, but it simply had the words: (Careers-Human Resources would like to recall the message, "Quinnipiac University: "Anthropology: Tenure Track Faculty Position"). I have no idea what this means. I suppose they intended to send me a rejection letter as well, because I have not heard anything from them at all prior to this.
  • I got the initial rejection but also the recall email.
  • Paper letter rejection (I had a phone interview) (3/26) (x2)
  • A friend of mine accepted this job in April

Rutgers University - SEARCH CANCELLED[]

Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Deadline: February 20, 2012

Posted at: Chronicle of Higher Ed

Anthropology: The Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in African paleoanthropology and/or archaeology to start fall 2012, contingent upon funding. We seek someone who, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses during the academic year, will serve as the Rutgers' Co-Director of the Koobi Fora Field School. Visit for details. Review of applications will begin February 20. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. degree in anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, geology, anatomy, or related field before appointment start date of September 1, 2012. Rutgers is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with an historical commitment to hiring underrepresented groups.

- I applied around the deadline, and received an email (form) response acknowledging receipt of application. Anyone hear anything yet?

I did skype words afterward....presumably, I didn't make it, but I am surprised that they didn't bother to send out an acknowledgement e-mail or letter.....

- Received an email today (5/29) that the search was closed/cancelled and that the job would be relisted next term without the Koobi Fora Research project as part of the description.

Sacramento City College - CANCELLED[]

Tenure-Track Eligible Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Deadline: March 8, 2012

The faculty member will be responsible for a five-course teaching load which will include Physical Anthropology, Physical Anthropology Laboratory, and other anthropology courses as necessary. The successful candidate will be the primary person responsible for maintaining and expanding, as needed, the department's collection of laboratory supplies. Teaching assignments may include day, evening, weekend, and/or off campus classes

Qualifications: Have a master's degree from an accredited institution in anthropology or archaeology completed by August 23, 2012; OR, bachelor's in either of the above AND master's in sociology, biological sciences, forensic sciences, genetics or paleontology; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor's Credential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent. Note: Applicants applying under the "equivalent" provision must provide details and explain how their academic preparation is the equivalent of the degrees listed above. {C}To receive full consideration applicants applying to any faculty position are required to submit:

1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application.2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work ** ("graduate advising documents and grade reports" will not be accepted as unofficial transcripts). NOTE: Los Rios employees are also required to submit unofficial copies of transcripts. 3. Resume 4. Two letters of recommendation 5. Letter of Interest

Search Cancelled (3/13)

University of Saskatchewan - OFFER MADE[]

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Assistant Professor in Environmental Archaeology The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan is inviting applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2012. The successful candidate will have expertise in Environmental Archaeology ideally with a Plains/Boreal Forest areal focus. Specialty interests may include a background in GIS research, modeling and land use studies, or paleoenvironmental reconstruction or some combination of these. Preference will be given to candidates whose research will advance the following: the integration of the archaeology and anthropology programs housed within one Department, interdisciplinary initiatives across the social and environmental sciences, and the success of the Social Sciences Research Laboratory Complex. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at time of appointment and have demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active, externally funded research program as well as contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, graduate student supervision, and program development. The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology currently has eight full-time faculty with 12 additional joint-, associate- and adjunct members from other departments and institutions. The research expertise of our faculty is far-reaching and includes: historical and pre-contact archaeology; geoarchaeology; forensic and biological anthropology; zooarchaeology; environmental anthropology; as well as medical and psychological anthropology. Having recently re-engaged the anthropology and archaeology programs, the Department offers academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is exemplary in its outreach and engagement activities with government and non-governmental organizations throughout the province, including the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, the Royal Museum of Saskatchewan, and the Wanuskewin Heritage Park. For further information, please consult: [1]

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences. There are over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College and 325 faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 20,000. The university is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities. Review of applications will begin after November 1, 2011, and continue until the position is filled, with the appointment commencing July 1, 2012. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, copies of relevant publications, a teaching dossier, and arrange to have three letters of reference forwarded to: Dr. Pamela Downe

Head, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan, 55 Campus Dr. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5B1 Canada

For further information, please contact Dr. Downe at:

Tel: (306)966-1974 FAX: (306) 966-5640

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to employment equity. Members of designated groups (women, people with aboriginal ancestry, people with disabilities and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify in their applications. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

  • Received acknowledgement of application 11/07(x3)
  • On campus interview requested 12/03
  • Rejection email w/formal letter attachment received 12/04. Kindly worded letter, I must say. Thank you, USask. (x2, including the appreciation for the nice rejection). There are three finalists.
    • Nice rejection received 12/12. No idea why so much later. (x2)
    • Letter saying the committee chose to focus on candidates with a better-fitting areal focus, but I'm on their alternate list in the (highly unlikely) event campus visits don't work out (12/13). Maybe that's why the people above got a late rejection, too-- we were on the equivalent of a long list. My letter says they received "over 30 superb applications," which seems like a very small number!
    • Offer made

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania - SEARCH CANCELLED[]

Position: Temporary hire, full time teaching

Job Summary/Basic Function: Slippery Rock University invites applications for a temporary, full time Anthropology Instructor in the Department of Professional Studies beginning August 2012. Responsibilities include teaching general anthropology courses including basic archaeology,world pre-history and other courses from anthropological perspectives as well as working with other departmental programs and other academic departments to to include applied anthropology coursework and/or perspectives and links to the anthropology program where appropriate. Academic advisement, involvement in scholarly and professional activities, and participation in various department/university service activities.

Minimum Qualifications: ABD in Anthropology required. Successful performance in an on-campus interview, including teaching demonstration is required. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to the education of diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to PhD in Anthropology by August 2012 and college teaching experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Graduate and undergraduate transcripts are required for candidates this position. Please submit them to:

Dr. Ahmad Khalili, Search Chair, Professional Studies Department, 107C Spotts World Cultures Building Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA 16057.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by Feb. 1, 2012.

--What materials are requiered for this position?

--Cover letter, CV and the separately-mailed transcripts.

University of Southern California - OFFER MADE[]

Position: full time non-tenure track faculty (the ad isn't clear about whether this is some sort of continuing-status position or a short-term one, but I'm guessing the former?)

Review begins January 10, 2012

Candidates should be able to teach courses on New World Archaeology, Complex Societies, Archaeological GIS, and Archaeology and Science. Candidates should be actively involved with an archaeological field project. See ad on SAA website.

-Recieved request for three letters of recommendation from USC, sent to me, not referees. 2/3/2012 (x7)

-Received request for lab-based research plans, course syllabii, and an inquiry whether I would be in California any time in the next month 2/20 (x2)

-Received request for Skype interview, week of March 19-23

-Campus interview early April (x3)

-Offer made

Southern Methodist University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Senior Tenured Faculty

Position Location: Dallas, TX

The Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenured, senior faculty position in anthropological archaeology with that individual to serve as Department Chair, beginning August 2012. We seek a scholar with ongoing research that complements strengths of our faculty. We are open to candidates with research expertise and field experience in North America, Europe, Africa, or far eastern Asia, but also to excellent candidates who work in other regions.

Applicants must have a PhD, an established field and laboratory research program, a strong record of obtaining external funding, excellent scholarly credentials, and administrative experience and vision. Applicants should already be at the advanced Associate or Full Professor rank at their home institution.

Preference will be given to scholars who will best help us forge links and provide opportunities in teaching and research between the primary research themes of our program in health, migration, environmental impacts, and integrating our existing strengths in archaeology and cultural/medical anthropology.

Applications may be submitted electronically (pdf format preferred) or by letter, and should include a statement of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. We request that applicants let us know if they plan to attend the 2011 American Anthropological Association meeting. To insure full consideration, the application must be received by November 1, 2011, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Applications should be sent to Professor David J. Meltzer, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750336, Dallas, TX 75275 or to

SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU is also committed to the principle ofnondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hiring iscontingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Position No. 00053241.

-search from last year fell through; looks like the description is more broad

  • campus visits have been scheduled (12/18)
  • offer made and accepted (heard this in Memphis from the person they hired)

St. Mary's College of Maryland - POSITION FILLED[]

Position: tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ad: Mid-Atlantic HERC,

The Department of Anthropology at St. Mary's College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary's City invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Anthropology beginning August 2012 pending budgetary approval. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the potential to become an excellent teacher, scholar and colleague, with a commitment to attract and retain students from underrepresented groups. Teaching responsibilities are three-courses per semester, including a four-field 100-level introductory course and both lower and upper-level courses required for the major. PhD in anthropology with a specialization in cultural anthropology or archaeology is required. Preference will be given to applicants whose area of expertise complements the department's focus on the Atlantic World or the African Atlantic.

The successful candidate should demonstrate an active research agenda that will lead to publication, have experience mentoring undergraduate students, and describe any previous involvement in international education or field schools.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three references to:

Bill Roberts
Chair, Department of Anthropology
St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd.
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001

Subsequent to a review of applicants, candidates will be invited to meet with members of the search committee at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal, CA, or by telephone.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary's College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Visit our website:

  • Acknowledged receipt of application and sent affirmitive action data card via email. 9/30 (x5)
  • Think there is an inside candidate for this post because they were hired for a one year term last year with same description (they also just posted a field school run by that one year hire over the weekend).
  • Any word on this, especially with it being contingent on their budget. Have they scheduled AAA interviews?
  • -AAA interview requested by email- 11/14
  • Request for sample syllabi (post-AAA interview)- 11/30
  • Request for SHA interview- 12/24 (x2)
  • Request for campus interview- 1/19
  • Received rejection, says position is filled 03/08

Stanford University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of Anthropology at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in the archaeology of human-environment interactions, with preference for zooarchaeology. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful applicant must have a PhD in archaeology and be able to analyze assemblages and teach analytical lab skills. We expect that geographical expertise should extend the areas covered by current faculty. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2012.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions. For full consideration, materials must be received by November 15, 2011. We strongly urge candidates to apply before November 1, 2011, so they can be screened for possible interviews at the AAA Meetings in Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2011. No virtual applications please. Send vita, letter describing qualifications and interests, one example of written work and the names of three referees to Professor Lynn Meskell, Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, 450 Serra Mall, Building 50, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2034.

  • Anyone have any insights into how legitimate this search is? Their history with postdoc position ads over the last 2 years makes me nervous. (Not that it will stop me from applying, but still...)
  • It is a legitimate search but, truth be told, they've been grooming someone for this position for the past three years.
  • Received EEO/AA email survey request. 10/13 (X2), 10/28, 11/1 (x2)
  • There is a VAP listed on the website that teaches zooarch now. Is this the person being "groomed" (see comment above)?
  • If they stick to actual zooarchaeologists, then there is nobody being groomed. If the search gets more broadly construed, then who can tell.
  • The search chair may have an international former visiting prof in mind.
  • The VAP listed on the website is not an inside canidate; he is genuinely visiting and not applying for the job.
  • So, did anybody on here get asked to interview at the AAA meeting?
  • Is the silence in nobody replying to the above question an indicator that this position really isn't competitive/legitimate?
    • In general, I tend to suspect wiki-silence just means the people who made the cut are not using the wiki. This sometimes means they're more established scholars (ie they already have a job somewhere else-- and this is defintiely a job people would move for!), other times it just happens by chance.
  • I can guarantee you that this is a legitimate search. My colleagues are on the hiring comittee and they are diligently going through several hundred applications. The "truth be told" comment above about "grooming" is totally uninformed. 11/19
  • Received request for publications and letters of reference. 11/21
  • Wow, "several hundred applications" for a human-environment interaction/zooarch job?! Seems like an unusually high number.
    • In this job market it's not surprising, especially for a high-profile university in an attractive place to live. I think EVERY job gets well over a hundred applications nowadays, even with an ad like Buttlurch U's!
  • Skype interview for week of 1/9 (12/15)
  • Generic rejection email received - 1/18 (interestingly, with an offer to return any materials submitted; I've never seen that before) (x8)
  • I totally asked them to send me the offprint of my publication back, but Palo Alto is only 2 hours from where I live and no sign of it yet. Don't make the offer if you aren't going to follow through on it, people. Part of me wants to email her back and ask where my offprint is. I only got 8 of them afterall!
  • I believe on campus interviews are scheduled this week (friend has one)
  • Finally received the publication that I requested they return (2/15)
  • 4/11 - offer has been accepted


Position: TT, assistant professor

Due: Jan 2, 2012

Posted: AAA website,

The Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Potsdam invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Archaeology to start August 2012. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong teaching abilities, specialize in Native North America and have an active research agenda. Strong preference will be given to archaeologists specializing in the prehistory of the Northeast. She or he must offer a summer archaeological field school for undergraduate students every other year. Additionally, she or he must be able to involve students in research with existing archaeological collections from local field schools, teach introductory and upper division archaeology courses, and contribute to some of the department's and college's programs in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, environmental studies, museum studies and Native American studies. CRM or other applied experience a plus. Other responsibilities include advising and mentoring of students, conducting and publishing research, and participating in department and college-wide service activities. We are especially seeking candidates who have worked with or taught under-represented groups. ABD or PhD preferred. The mission of the Anthropology Department at SUNY Potsdam is to provide students with knowledge of the five fields of anthropology and to give them practical experience in communities so that they can approach the world professionally and anthropologically. We are seeking dedicated teachers and scholars who are committed to interdisciplinary learning, the application of new technologies in teaching and scholarship, and the preparation of students for life in a diverse and rapidly changing society. To apply for this position, please visit our website at, job posting no. 0600294. Application review begins January 2, 2012.

  • "other document" (along w/ c.v. and letter) to upload on applicaton web page is a list of three referees.
  • Teaching load is 4/4.
  • 4/4!! Good lord! Weren't they not hiring for this position last year too.....
  • phone interview requested (1/25) X4
  • on campus interview scheduled
  • offer made; congratulations to the selected candidate!

Tulane University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: tenure-track assistant professor, specializing in South American archaeology


The Department of Anthropology at Tulane University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in South American archaeology, beginning July 1, 2012. Completed Ph.D. and previous teaching experience required. Active research program and willingness to facilitate student access to fieldwork are highly desirable. Teaching responsibilities include four courses for undergraduates and/or graduate students per year.

Please send a letter of application describing your research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Susan Chevalier, Executive Secretary, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 . Applications received by December 1, 2011, will have full consideration. EOE/AAE. Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All eligible candidates are invited to apply for this position.

Posted on AAA website September 22

  • Nov 8. This job has disappeared from both the AAA and SAA websites -- any idea whether the job search has been pulled???
  • The ads for those sites are paid monthly, I believe. So, schools often run them for a time then stop. It doesn't mean the job search has been canceled.
  • (12/2) Request for electronic version of application x5
  • (1/3) Request for letters of reference (x7)
  • So are we thinking they've contacted everybody for LORs? Or did anyone not get a follow-up at this point?
  • Not everyone, I didn't get a request.
  • Ok, almost a month later... any news?
  • the LORs weren't due until yesterday...
  • Any news on this?
  • (2/10) The committee needs time to read the LORs, compare notes and agree on a short list. If letters were due on the 1st, word may be another week or two in coming.
  • Campus interviews are scheduled (2/17/2012)
  • committee hopes to finish search in early March
  • offer made and accepted (3-25-2012)
  • received paper rejection letter 4/23

University of Tulsa (Job #1) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Tenure Track Assistant Professor with PhD

The University of Tulsa, a selective private institution, is adding two archaeologists to its Department of Anthropology as part of a newly approved Ph.D. program. The department seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with PhD. Regional and topical specialties are open but should complement those of the existing faculty. We welcome applications from specialists in faunal analysis, bioarchaeology, geomorphology, etc. Both appointments involve teaching a range of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and applications will be strengthened by demonstrated excellence in teaching. Salaries are competitive. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, teaching evaluations (if available), and contact information for professional referees. Review of applications will commence December 1, 2011, and will continue until the positions are filled. Address applications to Michael E. Whalen, Chairman, Department of Anthropology, The University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104-3189. Questions or requests for further information should go to:

  • Reposted below under senior searches.
  • Acknowledged receipt of application and sent EEO/AA survey. 10/10 - via snail mail.
  • EOE and acknowledgment letter received via snail mail 12/4 x7
  • Any news here? (X 3 January 3rd, 2012)
  • Anything (January 9th 2012)? X3
  • Weird -- has the job been cancelled?? (17th Jan, 2012)
  • Any news -- anyone??
  • Nothing here. I don't find anything unusual about this wait. (1/19)
  • Tulsa did have a major faculty member pass away a few months back. Might be related to the delay.
  • Letters of recommendation requested via snail mail directly to referees (did not inform candidate of request). (x2)
  • Offer made and accepted (March 1, 2012)
  • Rejection letter (3/5) x 4

University of Tulsa (Job #2)[]

Position: Tenured Associate Professor The University of Tulsa, a selective private institution, is adding two archaeologists to its Department of Anthropology as part of a newly approved Ph.D. program. The department seeks a tenured Associate Professor. Regional and topical specialties are open but should complement those of the existing faculty. We welcome applications from specialists in faunal analysis, bioarchaeology, geomorphology, etc. Both appointments involve teaching a range of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and applications will be strengthened by demonstrated excellence in teaching. For the tenured position, preference will be given to advanced candidates who have been successful in securing outside funding for their research. Salaries are competitive. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, teaching evaluations (if available), and contact information for professional referees. Review of applications will commence December 1, 2011, and will continue until the positions are filled. Address applications to Michael E. Whalen, Chairman, Department of Anthropology, The University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104-3189. Questions or requests for further information should go to:

Posted on 9/22/11 on SAA job board

offer made and accepted

University of Utah - OFFER MADE[]

Deadline: March 1

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Archaeology at the Assistant or beginning Associate Professor Level. We seek an individual with expertise in evolutionary models (e.g., behavioral ecology) and an active field research program in western North America (preferably Great Basin or Colorado Plateau). Preference will be given to applicants with experience in CRM and analytical skills ( e.g., geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, ceramics, GIS, lithics) that complement, or are synergistic with, existing strengths of the department.

See ad on AAA

  • Did they end up hiring anyone for last year's "broadly health-related issues" post? I can't see that they did from the dept website. This sounds like a very different job ad, just curious...
  • No they did not. I heard that the committee was divided on what exactly they wanted (to continue their strengths in HBE or to broaden their strengths), so the search was cancelled. My deductions from the very specific add is that they now know what they want.
  • Letters of reference requested; did not inform applicant of request. 03/09/12
  • This search has an inside candidate.
  • On campus interview scheduled: 3/27/2012.
  • Are you willing to share how you know or the discourse behind concluding there is an inside candidate?
  • I don't know anything about an inside candiate, but was told that LORs were due by the 24th. Today's scheduling (see above) seems a quick turnaround, then. New hires are big decisions for departments and other searches I've followed have involved considerable wrangling over the short list. Granting that it is late in the job cycle and the department is likely trying to expedite the process, even if LORs were reviewed as received, two weeks (or three days!) to a short list seems surprisingly fast.
  • Surprisingly fast, indeed!
  • Anyone heard anything about this search? 05/03
  • Interviews completed.
  • I spoke with one of the committee members about an unrelated topic. They shared they had not made a decision (this was April 30th, as I recall), but we should know within a week or two.
  • Offer made.
  • anyone hear if offer was accepted? Position filled? 06/04/12
  • Position filled - inside candidate did not get the job.

Utah State University - POSITIONS FILLED []

We seek an archaeologist committed to working with Masters level students who have field experience when they join the program, and are ready to be mentored in scientific research design, analysis, and quality reporting. Our graduate program is in applied archaeology and our teaching focus is on research conceptualization and design, and written communication. We prefer an archaeologist with ample field experience and an interest in conducting research and fieldwork with students. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a program of extramurally funded research. We seek candidates who will complement our existing emphasis on hands-on education, undergraduate program research, and who will serve on graduate committees. The normal teaching assignment is 4 courses per year, which may include introductory, general education courses, and upper division undergraduate courses, and /graduate courses consistent with our current offerings and requirements, as well as a course in the applicant’s aea of specialization. {C}Service includes committee work in support of department, college, university, and professional activities.

Minimum Qualifications {C}Must have Ph.D. by the position start date, and preferably at the time of application. Theoretical and methodological specializations should harmonize with our existing strengths in the ancient history of the American West, evolutionary ecology, bioarchaeology, lithic analysis, and a scientific approach to archaeology. Applicants must be accomplished in research design and quantitative analysis. Preference given to individuals with experience in GIS, Archaeology Field School, cultural resource management policy, and other technical specialties complementary to our existing strengths. Applicants should have an excellent academic research record, evidence of successful teaching, and evidence of a substantive research program including fieldwork, refereed publications, grants/contracts; or the potential to develop these imminently.

Preferred Qualifications {C}1. An archaeologist with ample field experience and an interest in conducting research and fieldwork with students.

2. Candidates willing to conduct an Archaeology Field School in some summers.

  • This is a replacement hire for a faculty member who took another job, and the job description is almost exactly what the last person did. Have first hand information from current faculty that they are trying for an expediant application / interview / hire process due to how late in the year it is, and more than normal, ABDs are going to have a substantial disadvantage. There does not appear to be an inside candidate, although several people were told of the job before it was announced on the SAA and AAA job boards.
  • Thank you for posting this! I was wondering why this ad was so specific and so late.
  • LORs requested (even though the deadline has not passed).
  • Hmmm, that sounds pretty sucky for those who are about to apply...
  • I am assuming they are screening applications as they come in, so I would not read too much into the LOR request. The above post does say they are trying for an expediant application/interview/hire process, and they are competing with the Univ. of Utah for similar candidates. I know it is the end of the hiring year, but stay positive...I know this is depressing :(.
  • True! I think it's not uncommon to ask for references or even phone interviews before the deadline-- that does not mean they won't consider other applications as they come in. I've had a couple of oddly early requests like this for jobs I didn't even get a campus interview for
  • I support the above as well. I applied this morning (3/27), and within a few hours they had already requested LORs from my references, and asked they be sent in ASAP. There are a lot of good candidates for this job out there given the glut on the market, so they need to jump on things to keep from getting overwhelmed. The job was widely adverstised, and I know a few people (including myself) were contacted directly to let them know of the vacancy in very early March (after it was announced officially, so it's on the up and up). They are trying to get as many top candidates as they can, and given it's going to be very competitive, they just want to get the ball rolling. As they said above, this is probably the last shot this year for a lot of us, but keep your heads up!
  • LORs requested (I applied on the very last day-- they really did look at them all!)
  • So did they just request letters from everyone who applied? Did anyone not have their references contacted? Just curious.
  • I applied back in mid-March and was not contacted about LORs.
  • I was also not contacted. I'm pretty sure they never received my application :)
  • Short list made, interiews scheduled
  • Nice rejection email received 4/15
  • Offers made.
  • Positions filled
  • Two candidates interviewed and both were hired. Strange days, strange days.

Wake Forest University - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: tenure-track position in North American Archaeology at the Assistant Professor level

Wake Forest University’s Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in North American Archaeology at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2012. Ph.D., active research program, evidence of teaching excellence, and commitment to the training and professional development of undergraduates through both theory and practice required. Research specialization in the prehistory of the Eastern United States and an ability to teach Native Peoples of North America preferred.

Send a single PDF containing a letter of interest, current vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of at least three references to Rosemary McCarthy, Anthropology Administrative Assistant, at Cover letters may be addressed to Paul Thacker, Chair of Anthropology. For full consideration, please submit file by November 1, 2011.

  • Anyone know if this is written for an internal candidate? They seem to have an adjunct that fits this bill rather well.
  • I would like to offer some personal experience as a bit of context hopefully to encourage applicants not to worry about 'internal candidates'. I've had now had two tenure track jobs and I am presently tenured. I was the 'inside candidate' for my first job and as it turns out a runner up in the actual search during the following year. The person selected ahead of me declined and I was offered the job. Since then, I've had the opportunity to work on several search committees, a few that have had 'internal candidates', and in all of those cases, the candidates were more 'internal applicants' than anything. Actually, none were offered a position and only a percentage were interviewed.
  • I am not claiming any statistical significance or grand knowledge of the universe, but I have yet to participate in a search committee (large public university) that was rigged to an internal candidate. They've always been open discussions about each candidate's dossier. I think the benefit of an internal candidate might be a well crafted letter or ability to speak to department/university culture, but please don't let the possibility of an internal candidate discourage you from applying to a position you feel you are qualified for. At least at my state U, there are far too many checks and balances in place to rig a search.
  • It is a perfect match for their current lecturer. The announcement is basically a summary of his CV up to and including preferred courses to offer. Not saying that they won't consider others, but they want him or a better version of him it seems. I still applied.
  • (11/19) Recieved affirmative action form via snail mail. (x3)
  • (11/29) Received notification of long list and request for phone interview (x2).
  • (1/6) On-campus interview scheduled for mid-February. Not the internal candidate. Wish me luck?
  • Best of luck!! (x2)
  • Rejection letter received 3/17 stating that a job offer had been made and accepted.
  • Anyone know if the internal candidate got it?

Wichita State University, Kansas - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Position: Assistant Professor, tenure-track

Deadline: December 5, 2011

Advertised Salary: $45,000

Wichita State University Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time tenure-eligible Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2012. The candidate must have been awarded the PhD in anthropology with a focus in archaeology by time of the hire and must have demonstrated proficiency in teaching and research. Grant activity and the continued pursuit of external funding to support undergraduate and graduate research are expected.

The anthropology department is looking for an archaeological anthropologist whose expertise will complement, rather than duplicate the strengths of the department in Plains Archaeology and CRM. The candidate must be prepared to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. The candidate must be able to teach an on-line introductory course in archaeology and is expected to engage in the development of topical and area courses in archaeology. Expertise in lithic, ceramic or other analytical specialties would be welcome.

For information on our department and museum, visit our web site at

Send letter of interests, vita and names of 3 references to the Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Wichita State University, Wichita KS 67260-0052 through the University website:

The deadline for applications is December 5, 2011, or until the position is filled. Offers for employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check as required by Kansas Board of Regents Policy.

  • Any news here? X3 (Dec. 12th 2011)
  • Anyone get any sort of acknowledgement that application had been received? (12/18)
    • none yet for me (12/18) X2 (12/21)X4
    • With the holiday season -- I am wondering if we will hear anything soon
    • Any news? (Jan 4th, 2012) X2
    • Recieved notification applications are being reviewed.
    • Did you receive notification via email? I haven't received anything.
    • Anyone else receive notification applications are being reviewed? (01/13)
    • Not me...(1/13) (x2)
    • To above -- OMG I am so sorry I posted in wrong place -- so sorry guys for the trouble -- as you can see I am new user.
    • Thanks for the clarification!
    • To above -- sorry if this caused you any stress -- I apologize again.
    • Letters of recommendation requested from referees directly (did not inform me of request). (1/27) (x15)
    • 59 applications were received, they sent out 15 requests for LOR. One of the senior members of the department just died, however, so it may be a while before anyone hears more.
    • I was one of those asked for references in late January, but have heard nothing as of 3/27. Anyone have better news?(X3)
    • They are scheduling campus visits for April - asked for campus interview by email (3/29, [x2, offer declined])
    • Invited for a campus interview by email which I declined (just accepted another position - 4/3)
    • I was asked for a campus interview this week...for those of you that declined, was it the place, insight, or do all of you have other offers?
    • Declined offer because I already accepted a tenure-track position elsewhere. Nothing against the school (which I admittedly know little about). (x2 - I also declined because I accepted a position elsewhere. They just took too long.)
    • 5/22: Any word on this job? Did someone get an offer?
    • Offer made and accepted

William & Mary (Job #1) - OFFER MADE/ACCEPTED[]

The William & Mary Anthropology Department invites applications for an anthropological archaeologist of complex societies at the assistant professor level to begin August 2012. We prefer an archaeologist with a regional focus that does not duplicate departmental strengths in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the African Diaspora. The successful candidate will have a strong record of teaching and scholarship and an ongoing research project that engages undergraduate and graduate students. Expected teaching responsibilities include undergraduate lectures and graduate seminars, including a course addressing analytical approaches to archaeological data analysis. PhD is required at the time candidate begins the appointment. Application for the position is online at the William & Mary employment website (

Applications should include: (1) a CV with the names and contact information of at least three referees; (2) a cover letter discussing the candidate's research and teaching experience; (3) a one-page summary of the candidate's dissertation or most recently published monograph; and (4) one to two writing samples (such as dissertation chapters, journal articles or book chapters). Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2011.

The final application deadline is December 1, 2011. Candidates who apply before October 21, 2011 will be considered for interviews at the AAA Meetings in Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2011.

  • FYI: they just hired a visiting prof for 2011-2012...could have the inside track
  • 10/1 - recommenders asked for letters
  • 10/24 - contacted for AAA interview or phone interview (x4)
  • 11/21 - asked to send syllabi. Was told committee would meet end of Jan to make short list.
  • 12/5 - notified that I made the "medium list". Short list will be compiled in January. (x4)
  • Campus interview scheduled.
  • 4/25 - received rejection letter via regular mail; candidate has been chosen (x2)
    • hey x2, I feel your pain (from x1)

William & Mary (Job #2) - OFFER MADE[]

Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology and American Studies (joint-appointment)

The Anthropology Department and the American Studies Program seek a cultural anthropologist or archaeologist of the Americas for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor. We seek a scholar with an active program of research in historical materiality, colonialism(s) and/ or critical museum studies. Geographical and historical expertise within the Americas is open, but we strongly prefer candidates whose work complements rather than duplicates current strengths of the Department and Program. The successful candidate will teach 4 courses, split evenly between Anthropology and American Studies, and should be able to teach introductory and graduate level courses in both. A record of peer-reviewed publications and teaching, and preparation for graduate-level advising is preferred. PhD in hand at the time of appointment (August 2012) is required. Candidates should send a letter of application, c.v, and 3 letters of recommendation to (Site will prompt for names and contact information of three references. After submission, your referees will be contacted by us via email to submit a letter of reference.) Review of applications will begin October 1.

Also posted at Cultural Anthropology 2011-2012

  • Request for additional materials and an interview 11/11 (X3)
  • Campus interview scheduled 12/15
  • Offer made, presumably accepted 01/05
  • Final word?

Yale University - JOB FILLED[]

Position: Assistant Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Ad: Chronicle of Higher Ed,

Deadline: December 1, 2011 Yale University, Department of Anthropology, seeks applications for a tenuretrack assistant professor position in Mesoamerican archaeology to begin on July 1, 2012. The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate students and also participate in the multidisciplinary Archaeological Studies program. It is important that candidates have active field research experience in Mesoamerica. PhD required.Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from, and nominations of, women and underrepresented minorities.

Applications should include a CV, statement of research and teaching interests. Electronic application submissions are encouraged. Please send PDF applications to or mail to The Chair, Mesoamerican Archaeology Search, Department of Anthropology, Yale University, P.O. Box 208277, New Haven, CT 06520-8277. Review of applications to begin December 1, 2011

  • I see this is no longer on the AAA site. Info?
  • Print the ads when you see them. Ads are paid usually on a monthly basis. Some schools run them for only a month, then they're gone.
  • 11/18 - Applied to the e-mail above, got the following response. "Thank you for your application materials, Yale University has implemented a new job recruiting application process. We are now using AcademicJobsOnline.Org, an automated online job recruiting service for the academic community in North America. All aspects of the job application process are conducted entirely online using this service. We ask that you please login and upload your application materials through the recruiting service we are using. The process is fairly simple. 1) Our job posting is Click on the "Apply" links to apply for our position. 2)Login using your email address, choose your own password on your first login. 3) Fill out the Standard Coversheet and upload application materials to your portfolio. On the Standard Coversheet, you must select all the disciplines you are interested in finding jobs in, and enter all your reference writers and ask the system to email them the login and letter uploading instructions.
  • 12/16 - Request for publications and letters of recommendation by Jan. 12. (x6)
  • 12/16 - Rejection letter (nicely worded though!) (x2)
  • Any update on this?
  • 2/18 Invited for on-campus interview
  • Congratulations and good luck on the interview.
  • 3/23 - Job Talk on campus
  • Job has been filled.

General Discussion, Rumors, and Speculation:[]

*****Could the user/users who is/are deleting comments please stop? This is a commons and if comments aren't violating the wiki ethics you shouldn't be deleting them. Play fair, let others ask for information and read the information that is posted.*****

*****Well if you're going to un-delete some deletions, at least do it systematically . *****

8/1/12: For anyone who hasn't moved on with their lives already: of the 10 positions for which I know who got the job, 6 were filled by a VAP/postdoc already at that institution, 3 by someone already tenure-track or tenured elsewhere, and ONE by someone fitting neither category. Whimper...

  • 8/9/12: I could figure out the hires for 21 positions (all assistant professors). Here's the breakdown I came up with:
    • 1 already had tenure elsewhere
    • 4 were in tenure track positions elsewhere
    • 7 were already at the institution that hired them as a VAP, lecturer, or postdoc
    • 9 newbies (new to the institution that hired them, and not in a prior tenure track position, but not necessary fresh from finishing the PhD)
  • So, about 43% hired in these 21 positions were NOT making lateral moves, and do not appear to have had the inside track on a job. That's a little better than the stats the person above came up with, but not great. We really should be trying to track this stuff. I'd like to see the SAA do this. Does anyone have a good idea for how we might assemble these data? Does anyone want to lead the charge?

2/23: Ha ha ha! You archaeologists are funny. There sure is a lot more hand wringing and deconstruction on your wiki. It does make it more entertaining, though. Good luck with the job hunt! -Signed (in sincere good-natured solidarity), a lurking physical-anthro fellow job seeker.

  • well, there are fewer people using the physical wiki, and you physical-anthro peeps seem to have more job announcements. things may be more tough for us these days. it's good to keep a sense of humor, I suppose!

Someone keeps editing the Wiki and messing it up. Comments have been deleted, particularly related to VAP's, or moved around to the wrong place. Please don't do that. It creates confusion for many of us who are already edgy about all of this, and it's just annoying. And I vote for keeping the funny job announcement up! Just one is fine. Please!

Yes, I second the above statement! I've noticed several of my comments have been deleted. Please, embrace the democratic ideal of wiki and let other people have their say. If need be, we can trace the changes, perhaps we should consider this action? Also, if you don't know how to edit the wiki, then DO NOT EDIT the wiki.

  • If you identify a specific User or IP address responsible for deleting content from this page, please let me or another Admin. know. Users who remove content will be warned and may be temporarily blocked. You can keep track of changes to this page by looking at the Edit History (available though the drop-down manu at the Edit tab at the very top of the page). Una74 13:40, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
  • 11/14 - I find it hard to wade through the history of changes, so I just replaced some of the VAP comments, the ones that I could remember, anyway. I probably spend waaayyyyy too much time poring over this wiki... I nearly have it memorized! : | Seems like things have been sorted out, for the most part.

Thank you to the person who updated the status of the searches in their titles! They're much easier to check this way.

Some might find this interesting: a recent post by archaeologist Michael E. Smith on the job market, interviews, and "bad-faith" (inside candidate) interviews - Publishing Archaeology

A couple of jobs have recently had updates about long-list-ish requests surprisingly soon after their application due dates, so I thought I'd post some potentially reassuring experiences. Last year several friends and I had phone interviews for the same job, scheduled before the application due date. None of us were inside candidates-- we didn't even make their short list. On the other hand, I was contacted for references by another institution at least 3-4 weeks after others on this wiki got the same request, and I ended up with a campus interview (but no job offer, sigh). So, try to hold off the depression until after campus visits are scheduled-- until then you may still have a chance.

Letters of Rec[]

"Please note the following when advertising jobs with AAA: Solicitation of letters of recommendation should occur only after an initial screening of candidates to minimize inconvenience to applicants and referees. Names of references may be requested, however.”

I am so happy AAA posted this. Last year was ridiculous.

    • Agree this is a great policy statement; more fields should follow it ...
    • Apparently the AAA isn't screening its job ads - some SCs still require 3 letters with the application package. Very frustrating. (X2) we go again.....sigh


In a similar vein...I can't believe I just blew $15 to have official transcripts sent in with an initial application. Can't they use an unofficial transcript, and then require official ones from the short-listed candidates? I could have bought a Buttlurch U. t-shirt with that money!

Inside Candidates[]

not looking so great at this point when you know a number of jobs that already have visiting inside candidates

9/15 such as???

Don't worry about visiting inside can work for you or against you. Just maintain your confidence and determination.

Just to echo the above comment, as one of those visiting inside candidates, we are also looking for jobs and sometimes the one-year fit demonstrates to the inside candidates that where they are is not where they want to stay. If you have an interest in a job with an internal candidate, apply for it!

On the other side, it is at least a 50:50 chance that the department and higher adminstration wants to hire the visiting inside candidate for a tt job. It can work out well and it can work out to the disadvantage of the internal candidate. Believe me, there are all kinds of internal politics that go into hiring but also rehiring a visiting candidate. It is completely subject to all kinds of factors.

    • 10/20 - As of today there are 33 announcements for assisang professor, tenure-track jobs. 9 of them have possible (emphasize possible) inside candidates (either postocs, adjuncts, or VAP's that fit the position description). Those are some numbers that may put things into perspective a little. More than a quarter of the jobs may have someone who has a leg up. What to do? APPLY ANYWAY. I agree with the two comments above that we should stay determined and give things a shot. There are too many unknown variables at play. It doesn't make sense to count yourself out based on what you think the internal canidate or the hiring department might do.
    • Apply, apply, appy...You're an idiot if you don't. If there are inside can's, they are applying just as you are.

I agree, if you are thinking of not applying b/c you think that there is an inside candidate then you have already given up. You have to cast your net widely, be confident and assertive. If you self-deselect (don't apply) because you think there is an inside candidate, you feel that the school is above or beneath you, you think you "could not possibly live" in that town, you are fixated on the results of past searches, or you don't think you have enough experience, etc., then you may as well give up now. You have to go after these things -- no one is giving out jobs for free. And after you get one, they don't give out raises or promotions because you are 'inside.' You have to push and push and sometimes the stars will align. So stop obsessing about (possible) inside candidates. They are probably just as nervous as you. Sometimes even a good inside candidate is at a disadvantage because the job committee might want to test a new / different model, even if they like their existing model. Coarse analogy but true. Even truly inside-candidate searches have to choose finalists, and if you make that list, then you are in the door and you can shine and show them all the reasons to choose you. That is what we really want, right? A chance to make our pitch in person. To get that far our letters have to shine. In this market, if the letter is so-so, then chances of getting to round two are slim. We have to tell them who we are, what we do, where we are going, what our work and interests will do for them. Give them a picture of us at their U. and what we will accomplish. - AGREED! :)

RE: the following comment, made above under one of the Georgia jobs: "To the above commenter, and anyone else who thinks like this...Uh, no they really are not. Been on several job interviews, got a few job offers, and served on several job committees--there is absolutely no correlation here. Many folks don't do phone interviews cause they are almost completely useless for actually evaluating someone. Not sure what is going on on this wiki this year...but the inside candidate conspiracy theories are really getting out of control."

- Why must there be attitude when responding to other people's comments? In this case, this person feels that they have some inside knowledge of the workings of job searches. That's great, and this wiki is a good place to share it with those of use who are flying blind. But I find the comment above a bit insensitive, and wonder about the basis for it. If you've served on several job committees, were they at different institutions, or one? What makes you think your experience applies everywhere? While the initial comment may have been unfounded, so is your response. We could all benefit from not jumping to conclusions, not assuming things that we have no way of knowing are true, and keeping an open mind. It's tempting to look for explanations for why job searches seem to go the way they go...I think it's perfectly understandable. Don't be too hard on people, especially considering that they may be unemployed, incredibly stressed, and dealing with a lot of uncertainty.
--Okay, the commenter's defense, there was a misplaced and completely unfounded air of authority in the original post that was pretty annoying (i.e., "Job talks without phone interviews is usually a good sign that the internal candidate is their first choice".) ?? Not sure why the poster decided to pass this statement along as if it is fact.
I just want to chime in here. I think discussion of possible inside candidates is fine, but not necessary at all. I mean, who is NOT going to apply just because there is a VAP or a VL already there? You have more to lose than to gain from that bet. Also, who is to say that these "insiders" want to stay? If they are smart they would be on the full market too. I do think, however, that discussion of VPs walks the line of violating the anonymity that this site should ALWAYS maintain. Anytime specific people are referred to by name or description is just wrong and should be deleted. Folks doing so should be banned. Last year there was a debate on the ethics of a Stanford faculty member. I recall names thrown down on short lists. I recall detailed biographical information on one successful candidate obviously posted by someone who did not get the position or knew someone who did not (and for some reason had access to confidential information). Anonymity with no exception should be maintained, even if it means not posting information that could jeapordize anonymity. There are many reasons for this. Many applicants may already be tenure track somewhere and do not want their departmental colleagues to know they are searching options. Nobody has the right to violate another individuals sense of privacy. Most of the time, this is completely BS. Why do folks include this information. Seriously, what does knowing that a department has a visiting prof matter? Aren't you going to apply anyway. There is no logic to this process. People include this information because they are sipping on vinegar, disgruntled that new PhDs are experiencing a world quite different from our advisors. As someone said, the inside candidate issue is a complete falsehood fabricated by people who, frankly, have zero first hand experience serving on a committee or being in a faculty member observing this process.
  • I would agree, if the inside candidate issue really WERE a complete falsehood. The thing is, sometimes there really are inside candidates. When a successful candidate's name is published in a department newsletter before the due date for applications has passed (as has been reported on this wiki in the past), I think people applying for that position in good faith deserve to know it. Of course most jobs do not have inside candidates, but it's the few that do that make us paranoid and make wiki-rumors fly. This problem won't go away until departments stop advertising positions for which they've already chosen someone. I know it must be horrible to be a nervous VAP and read strangers' speculations about your own insider status, but it's also wrong to put out ads you know will make several hundred people pull together stacks of application materials and several hundred more people write reference letters, unless you have an intention to consider every application. I agree about the importance of anonymity, but I also hope that when there are real, flagrant violations people will continue to speak up about them.
  • I agree with the post above, and think there has been some confused logic about anonymity on the wiki. The anonymity upon which this wiki depends, and which needs to be maintained, is that of the people posting to the wiki. Maintaining anonymity of VAPs, search committee members, etc, is a matter of courtesy - but there's inevitable tension between anonymity of that sort and publicizing information about job searches. If this wiki is going to serve to make job searches less opaque and to reduce the degree to which applicants are kept in the dark (which I would argue is it's purpose, and its value) then there has to be some risk to the anonymity of people involved in the process. I think that's a trade worth making.
  • To the above. Absolutely not. The instances I have seen here of "risking anonymity" have been total violations of privacy. In one case I am not sure it was even legal. What difference does it make to know this information. If there is a job, apply. After you apply all you can do is wait one way or the other. This wiki does nothing to speed along your application or to help your application. It is just a source for desparate people who are tired of waiting on word from slow departments. There is simply no justification for what you write. You write: "Maintaining anonymity of VAPs, search committee members, etc, is a matter of courtesy." You really think so? At what point does knowing the identity of an insider candidate, a committee chair (or a chair's reputation), or even a successful candidates history after the job has been awarded have any affect on your actual application? It has none and should be left alone.
  • Am I the only one who notices that there is some actual trolling going on on some of these entries with people getting angry because they're getting trolled, but they do not know it. Last year there was the Stanford and the Waco trolling incidents. Now people are getting annoyed over statemens on the inside dynamics of depts, some of which I think are written by bored people.
  • Last year, getting a sense of how many of the jobs I applied for went to people who already had tenure-track jobs elsewhere gave me a much more realistic sense of what I am up against, which I found quite helpful as I had utterly unreasonable optimism in my first year on the market and needed a reality check. Different people want this wiki to be entirely different things, I guess it's not surprising everyone thinks their own way is "right."
  • Perhaps of interest:

Other things that suck[]

Who's gonna pay my bills, pay my credit card bills....

    • Who's gonna pay MY my automo-bills

I just don't understand why this page wasn't alphabetized in a logical way. SUNY is grouped with the Ns, yet College of Wooster is with the Cs. The Cultural Anthro page is much easier to navigate.

You'd think several dozen people with PhDs could alphabetize. Ah well. Ctrl-F is your friend.

With the time spent complaining about the alphabetization, you could have fixed this issue, yes? That's the point of a Wiki.

I think that next year an entire section should be devoted to listing this offers in pig latin.

So, I notice the wiki's been slow lately? No new news? Holiday recovery? What's up on the job front??

Yeah, people seem more uncommunicative than usual. If you're hearing stuff about these jobs, please speak up!

Lately, getting-over-a-bad-breakup songs on the radio are reminding me of my own job search. University X, I tell people I'm over you, but I'm secretly still in mourning. University Y, your impersonal breakup letter will only make me stronger and a more attractive candidate to the much, much hotter university I will meet next year. This is getting creepy...

Lame Rejection Letter of the Season Nominees:[]

U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (email)

"Thank you for applying for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Assistant Professor - Archaeology - Department of Anthropology position at the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a thorough evaluation of the position requirements and qualifications of the candidates, the search committee has made a decision and an offer has been made to the most qualified individual."

  • Nominated for being a super-short email with insensitve wording (yeah, I know, boo hoo). So you offered the job to the "most qualified" person? Really (in Seth Meyers voice)? This balderdash is a pathetic attempt at objectivity. Please, just cut the BS and say you've offered the job to the "best fit for the department" or simply, "we selected one of the other candidates." Don't pretend to know who's best qualified... (x2)

U of West GA (snail mail)

"Dear Dr. MisspelledLastName,

Dr. MisspelledFirstName your recent application for our position in Assistant Professor in Archaeology Fall 2012."

  • Nominated for what I assume is a failed mail merge that botched my name, but also for the complete lack of grammatical sense in the opening sentence. Incidentally, the letter also said a SASE was enclosed to return the EOE form. It was not (and I didn't return it).
  • Funny, my last name was misspelled repeatedly in letters and emails. Glad to know it wasn't just me. The sentences made sense though.

Anyone else afraid to apply for another California public U job?[]

It's a job - you can always leave and go somewhere else if something better comes up. Although, if one is able to be more selective or has another job offer, I'd think long and hard. They public Us here pay poorly in relation to cost of living and more furloughs and cuts are expected next year. The budget crisis is FAR from being over.