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Auburn University at Montgomery – September 20th, 2012 – DEADLINE PASSED[]

Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology)

Department of Sociology

Auburn University at Montgomerys Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Anthropology to begin as soon as January 2013.

The University: Founded in 1967, Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) is the metropolitan campus of Auburn University, a land-grant institution. Located in the state capital of Montgomery, AUM serves a diverse student body of approximately 5,400 students and faculty/staff of 575 in five academic schools: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Sciences. Montgomery supports cultural attractions including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, among others.

Responsibilities/Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in Anthropology is required at the time of employment. Candidates must exhibit potential for teaching excellence, current knowledge of field, and a promising research agenda. Areas of scholarly interest are open but we are looking for candidates who complement the existing research emphasis in the department. Successful candidates should be able to teach core anthropology courses in all four-fields of the discipline and demonstrate willingness to teach through web based and other distance education technologies.

  • I realize that the deadline passed almost six months ago (I had written off this search), but then got a call today, stating they had unfrozen the search and are finalizing a list of 8 candidates.  From this list they will choose a few people for phone interviews in the next week or so. Neat! (3/12).

Australian National University 9 Dec 2012 - DEADLINE PASSED[]

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Archaeology ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences Position Level: Level B-C Salary Package: AUD83,773 - AUD112,860 pa plus 17% superannuation Reference: A563-12MY The School of Archaeology and Anthropology in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking to appoint an archaeologist to convene its Master of Archaeological Sciences program and complement its overall research and teaching. The position is expected to commence in February 2013. We are seeking a lecturer or senior lecturer with a long term commitment to teaching and research and is able to translate research interest into lively and engaging courses taught at the postgraduate level. The position will also require the ability to attract and supervise postgraduate research students as well as have a strong record of teaching, research and publication, and of securing external grants.

Enquiries: Professor Peter Hiscock T: +61 2 6125 4421 E:

Closing Date: 9 December 2012 -

Boise State University 1 Dec 2012 (Original AAA posting 31 Jan 2012) - DEADLINE PASSED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Boise State University invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor, starting August 20, 2013. The successful candidate will contribute to the department's focus on human evolution, ecology, and behavior. Applications from individuals with interests in human behavioral ecology, life history theory, evolutionary archaeology, evolutionary modeling and simulation, and an active field research program and external funding experience would be particularly welcome. The geographic area of specialization is open. A Ph.D. in hand is required at time employment begins. The successful applicant will teach up to 3 courses per semester within the Anthropology undergraduate and Master's curriculum, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and pursue an active research program. Please submit a letter of application indicating your interest and qualifications for this position. Attach a CV that includes employment history (including dates of employment) and three professional references with contact information. Application materials should be emailed to: ("preferred method") or mailed to: John P. Ziker, Chair, Search Committee Search #SS-0008-23 Boise State University 1910 University Dr. Boise, ID 83725-1950. Deadline for applications is December 1, 2012.  •Any word on this?  Why/when was it deleted from the wiki?

  • -never saw this one posted anywhere.  weird.
  • I don't think this was ever posted on the website until now.  It was posted on the SAA website though and they sent a solicitation for applications to my department head.  The original application deadline was in January and then they moved it forward.  Anyway, I'm always a bit suspicious of department quality when a university doesn't advertise well.  I received a request for publications immediately after I applied back in October (?), but haven't heard anything since. 
  • Wow, when did they move up the the deadline and where (if anywhere) was this date change advertised?  The university website seems to have conflicting dates within the job listing itself.  Very strange.  Guess I'll cross that one off my to-do list...  [FWIW, there's a VAP there who fits the ad, now I'm interested to see how this one turns out.]
  • Email stating that I was not selected for an interview.  Bummer.  I like potatoes. (1/18) (x3)
  • Anyone hear anymore about this yet? I haven't recieved a reject email, but also no other news (02/15)

Brown University – Sept. 6, 2012 - DEADLINE PASSED[]

Assistant Professor of Environmental Remote Sensing

Environmental Change Initiative

The Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) (, Brown University, invites applications for a Brown University tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Remote Sensing. We seek a scholar who uses remotely sensed data to analyze the multiscalar and complex relationships between human societies and the natural environment. Requirements include a Ph.D. in an environmentally-relevant social or natural science, a record of achievement in the use of remotely sensed data in environmental science-focused research demonstrated by peer reviewed publications and/or externally funded research, and a commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching. We seek candidates whose research interests and expertise complement and strengthen existing ECI research foci in land change science, biogeochemical processes, and conservation science. The successful candidate should integrate research efforts with environmentally relevant natural and social sciences spanning sociology, ecology, evolutionary biology and geological and climate science and have experience working in an interdisciplinary team. In addition to remotely sensed data, we are interested in candidates who broadly incorporate geospatial technologies in their research. S/he will maintain an active, externally-funded research program and be involved in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. ECI fosters interdisciplinary research and education in the environmental sciences at Brown. The University is making investments in the ECI including new resources for interdisciplinary research, post-doctoral research appointments, graduate education and a cooperative graduate program with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole. The candidate will be a core faculty member of the ECI with an appointment in a tenure-granting department such as Sociology, Geological Sciences, or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Appointment is expected at the Assistant Professor level, although exceptional circumstances would warrant appointment at a higher level. The department appointment will require that the candidate’s qualifications are commensurate with the tenuring department’s standards for a tenured or tenure-track appointment.

Requirements include a Ph.D. in an environmentally-related discipline, a record of achievement in the use of remotely sensed data in environmental science-focused research, and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest addressed to Jack Mustard, Search Committee Chair, Environmental Change Initiative, along with a current CV, teaching and research statements, and 3 letters of reference for the Assistant Professor position. Applications should be submitted through Interfolio at and must be received by September 6, 2012 in order to receive full consideration. For administrative questions regarding this position please contact Bonnie Horta at or (401) 863-3032. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

  • I worked with these folks at Brown and it's a great research department. I think they would welcome an archaeologist in this position who had a really strong handle on remote sensing, vegetation and landform reconstruction, or the like, and linked that with social questions.
  • Really, letters of rec for wave 1??? Rude.
  • ^ This times a million.
  • Sorry folks, this is pro forma in plenty of non-anthro disciplines. You may have noticed that this is a non-anthro search. It is a pain, but not unusual for other fields, especially Geography.
  • Sorry, it shouldn't be pro forma in any discipline. It is an incredible waste of time and energy.
  • ^ Totally agree, especially when using a nightmare system like Interfolio that all the old professors etc who are providing you with references find utterly perplexing. Anyway, does anyone have any news about this?
  • A series of speakers listed on their web site are almost certainly job talks for this position, so I guess it's game over on that one. No archaeologists, all of the candidates are very run-of-the-mill contemporary land-use/land-cover change people.
  • Polite rejection letter via Interfolio for those not among the 'final list of candidates' (Jan 03 2013)

Central Michigan University[]

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Central Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in anthropology, with a focus on Great Lakes or Midwestern archaeology and Cultural Resource Management, to begin August 2013. The department maintains a four-field Anthropology Program with a strong undergraduate major. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate anthropology program and a developing interdisciplinary graduate program in Cultural Resource Management, combining Anthropology, History, and Museum Studies. Courses may include such subjects as archaeological method and theory, field and laboratory techniques, Cultural Resource Management/NAGPRA, regional archaeology courses, and the candidate's area of specialization. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop a summer archaeological field school in the Great Lakes region. Candidates for this position must have a PhD in Anthropology; ABD's with a completion date of no later than August, 2013 will be considered.

Harvard University - October 1, 2012 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

The Department of Anthropology at Harvard University invites applications for a Tenure Track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or untenured Associate Professor in the field of Paleolithic Archaeology. We seek a candidate with expertise in the archaeology of hominins in Eurasia and/or Africa prior to ca. 10,000 calBP. Preference will be given to candidates who have active field projects and are also proficient in one or more aspects of archaeological science/technical studies (e.g., lithic analysis, geoarchaeology, environmental archaeology, archaeological statistics, etc.) complementary to existing department strengths. Candidates are expected to be able to offer introductory as well as advanced courses to undergraduates and graduate students and to demonstrate a promise of excellence in both research and teaching. In addition to a cover letter, applicants should provide a statement of present and future research as well as a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three to five references. In addition, the application should include a CV, teaching evaluations and two or three writing samples/ publications. Please submit the materials through the ARIES portal (, no later than October 1, 2012. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2013 and a Ph.D. is required by the start date.

  • Letters requested (10/20)
  • Requests made for campus interviews
  • Rejection email (12/03)
  • Strange late rejection email (03/27) x2

Johnson State College (Vt.) - Feb. 15 - DEADLINE PASSED[]


  • Ph.D. in anthropology or sociology at the time of appointment
  • Commitments to teaching, advising, collegiality, and early and ongoing student success are essential.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Teach introductory, theory, and methods courses in either anthropology or sociology.  Areas of expertise for additional courses are open.
  • Guide undergraduates in small-scale “field” projects, often in local communities. 
  • Excellent teaching and advising, an active research program, and service to the college and community are expected
  • Commitment to the college-wide goal of early and ongoing student success.

Application procedure: Review of applications will begin February 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should send a letter of application, including a statement of teaching philosophy and professional and scholarly interests; curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation, and a completed JSC application (available for download here), cover letter, and resume to: Final offer of employment is subject to a fingerprint supported criminal background check.  JSC strongly encourages applications from members of ethnic minority groups and other under-represented backgrounds. JSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of the Vermont State Colleges system.  In compliance with ADA requirements, we will make reasonable accommodations for the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant.

  • Is this strictly an anthropology position, or are they actually looking for an archaeologist? 
  • I read it as one of those "subfield open" positions, and applied accordingly. But I haven't contacted the person listed to ask specifically. Applicant beware, I suppose.
  • On the AAA website it is listed under the category "social/cultural"
  • My guess is that they are trying to replace their only anthropologist. He specializes in medical/cultural and is of retirement age. Additionally, the AAA job announcement mentions including transcripts (unclear on official or unofficial) while the college's employment listing does not. The AAA description also mentions the ability to contribute to a "Wellness" program as a plus while the college site does not. Archaeologist beware?
  • Very nice email from search chair, "thanks for the chance to read your application, but no." (3/25).
  • This one was a bummer, it was precisely the type of school I always hoped to work for. A quick search revealed that they were phone interviewing sociologists back in early March. Classic waste of time.

Minnesota State University- Mankato (CAMPUS INTERVIEW, Mar 5)[]

The Anthropology Department at Minnesota State University Mankato invites applications for a tenure-track position in Anthropology at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 19, 2013. We seek an archaeologist specializing in Latin America with an ongoing research program having the potential to involve students. Applicants should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeology
and anthropology; mentor students; and otherwise contribute to a four-field
undergraduate and master's program. A Ph.D. in Anthropology by time of appointment and experience in teaching undergraduate or graduate level Anthropology or related courses required. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 14, 2013. To apply for this position and reference a complete job description, please visit our website at:http://agency/ AA/EOE and a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: A complete online application will include the following attachments:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
  • Anyone heard anything on this one? (x 1, 2/4)
  • I know they were reviewing applications last week because somebody from Mankato googled for me.  Coincidence?  I think not!
    • Just curious--how can you tell when people google for you? ISP search?
    • Google Analytics allows you to place a line of code on your site that then logs each visitor, his or her location, ISP, page views, time on site, google search terms, etc.  It is like but more in depth.  I can only tell that they google for me if they visit the site.  I don't have a friend at google that keeps an eye out for me.
    • Thanks for the info! Very cool...
  • Received e-mail for a phone interview, proposed for the next day.  Srsly?  Yes, I'm sitting around waiting to talk to someone in Minnesota, I have nothing better to do.  Not impressed, Mankato.  (2/5) (x3)
    • You must be in a better current position than I am, then!  There are few enough jobs out there that when it comes to interviews, if someone says "jump," I say "how high?" ("like" x1)
    • I am stoked to be interviewing at Mankato.  I hope the cold winters and short turn around scare off everybody else!  Seriously, it was -30 F last week, your car won't start, and snot freezes in your nose.  Stay away!
  • Received an email requesting to contact my references. (I had a phone interview). (x3)
  • Received phone call to schedule on-campus interview. (3/5; x2)
  • Ahhh, the classic Mexico City vs St Louis University matchup! (as Gandalf would say, "hide your IP addresses, you fools!")
    • whatevs.  O como decimos aquí en México: al huevo.
    • Ha! Nice try. I am "St. Louis" but I don't live there.  TOR proxy rulez.  Thanks for the advice Gandalf...
    • Anytime. Good luck Frodo! Watch out for huevos.

Southeast Missouri State University - Nov. 25 - DEADLINE PASSED[]

(This one never got posted somehow, so I'm adding it now for anyone who applied.)

Cut and pasted from general section:  Could someone comment on a job not advertised here but in Chronicle of Higher Ed ( Southeast Missouri State University, Assistant Professor of Anthropology tenure track in Department of Global Cultures and Languages. Is there a reason to believe there is a strong internal candidate for this position?

  • They do have an adjunct listed who fits the ad, but it's impossible to know based on that alone.
  • Paper affirmative action survey card received (12/12) x3
  • Anyone hear anything from them?
  • Not me. (2/7) I came across a document on the hiring process here pretty straightforward so not sure what's taking them so long, unless the search is cancelled. (x2)
  • I wrote to them and asked about the position, they said that no decisions have been made yet concerning applications (2/28). Thanks for keeping us posted!
  • Phone interview requested for the week of 3/4. 
  • Anyone else contacted for a phone interview? Nope, looks like you beat us to it! Good luck!
  • Could you let us know if the phone interview request came via email? Thanks.
  • Yes, it was through e-mail. 

Thomas University - Febuary 1, 2013 - DEADLINE PASSED[]

Thomas University (Thomasville, GA) is seeking a full-time faculty member to teach anthropology and archaeology for its program in Applied Anthropology and Cultural Resource Management. The best candidates seek engaged teaching in a university environment that fosters students' personal transformation and professional readiness. Thomas University is committed to diversity; rank and salary are commensurate with experience. 

A Ph.D. in Anthropology or closely related discipline is preferred. Proven excellence in teaching and in the use of instructional/online technology and its pedagogy is required. Qualifications should include experience in program design and curriculum development, proven record of securing external funding, experience leading field schools and/or archaeological projects, experience in CRM and public archaeology (ideally in the southeastern US). The successful candidate will also co-direct an archaeological research project in Yucatán, Mexico, and will assist in the coordination of Thomas University's international study abroad programs, in addition to teaching responsibilities. 

In addition to teaching and advising responsibilities, full-time faculty members also serve on departmental and university committees, pursue professional development, participate in community partnerships, and collaborate on research and grant opportunities. For more information on Thomas University, see

Position begins Fall semester 2013; pro rata grant development may begin immediately. 

Please send curriculum vita, teaching philosophy, three current letters of recommendation, and transcripts to Karen Burgess, Division Chair of Math and Science; Thomas University; 1501 Millpond Road; Thomasville, GA 31792 or email Word documents to Review begins February 1, 2013, and continues until position is filled.


  • Wow, they don't give you a lot of time to ask for letters, do they?  My letter-writers like to have at least 2 weeks lead time. 

Tulane University - November 1, 2012 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Mesoamerican Archaeologist, specializing in Highland Mexico (non-Maya)

The Department of Anthropology at Tulane University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in the archaeology of highland Mexico, beginning July 1, 2013. Applicants should indicate their areas of expertise and methodological interests. Completed Ph.D. required, previous teaching experience preferred. An 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.

Candidates should submit a letter of application describing their research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to: . Applications received by November 1, 2012 will have full consideration. However the search process will remain active until the position is filled. EOE/AAE. Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All eligible candidates are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.

  • Any news on this one? 12/4
  • Letters requested 12/11 (X5)
  • Request for SKYPE interview 1/29 (x5)
  • Campus interview scheduled 2/6
  • Can anyone confirm that the full short list has been contacted?  There were 10 people invited for a SKYPE interview but only one here invited for a campus interview.  Can we assume that the other 2-3 just don't update their status on Wiki?
  • Yes, the full short list has been contacted. They selected three people for on-campus interviews after the skype interview. It is probably more likely that the people they are interviewing don't use this wiki page at all.
  • unless they lurk like me.

University of California, Los Angeles--- CAMPUS VISITS SCHEDULED[]

Over the next one to two years, the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks to hire two anthropologists for tenure-track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level who will contribute theoretical and empirical innovation at the leading edge of the discipline. We invite applicants in any subfield(s) of anthropology and encourage applications from those whose work creatively bridges subfields. Our department is committed to building a more diverse faculty as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

To apply, please visit and submit (a) an application letter including statement of research and teaching interests, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) up to three publications or article-length writing samples (d) names and email addresses of three references who will write letters of recommendation. Please reference Recruitment Job #1085-1213-01. Review of applications will begin on January 31 and will continue until the positions are filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. The appointment can begin as early as July 1, 2013.

The University of California is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer devoted to both excellence and diversity; women and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

  • Update via Cultural Anth wiki : "FYI I have it on good authority that the seach committee has NOT started soliciting phone interviews yet." (2/13) 
  • My referees are now being contacted to send their Letters of Recommendation, but I have not been contacted for a phone/preliminary interview.  Seems they are compiling their long list. (2/18)
  • I also have had folks contacted for letters, but I am beginning to think that it was an automated thing.
  • I've heard from an inside source that there are 400+ applicants for this job; SC is dividing them up by subfields and categories of interest; don't know how they are going to narrow this down in a timely manner! Anyone get contacted yet for the long list; phone/prelim interview? (2/24)
  • The ad for these positions has been removed from the Chronicle's online job listings. Apparently, they have enough (and more) applicants. (2/28)
  • Has there been any progress on these positions? Anyone receive a phone interview or campus invite? (3/18)
  • Diversity survey (3/19) (3x)
  • Campus visits scheduled in April  (3/22)
  • Polite rejection letter via email saying they'll nonetheless keep my application on file (3/29)
  • Bizzare rejection email gaff (?).  One line, "I'm sorry you did not get this job." Yeah, me too (10/7/13)

University of Colorado, Boulder- November 1, 2012 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Assistant Professor in Southwestern Archaeology

The University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor specializing in Southwestern archaeology. Preference will be given to candidates whose regional expertise does not duplicate that of current faculty and to candidates whose technical expertise includes ceramic, faunal, or archaeobotanical analysis or another specialty not represented among our faculty. Applicants should also have expertise in archaeological theory and will be expected to develop an active field research program. A strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. The successful candidate will teach two classes per semester, and, on a rotating basis, a summer field school. Applicants must have PhD in hand at the time of application.

Application materials are accepted electronically at Please include a letter of application outlining your experience and qualifications, curriculum vita, and names and contact information for at least four references. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012 and continue until finalists are identified. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at:

  • References contacted for letters (11/20) x3
  • anyone heard anything more on this? (12/08)
  • References had 30 days to submit letters of recommendation, so that deadline won't happen until 12/19 or 12/20. (12/09)
  • Request for additional information -- a research/teaching statement specific to CU (12/17) x2
  • Short list has been made and campus interviews scheuduled (1/25/13)

University of La Verne – January 15, 2013 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The appointment will begin Fall 2013 with the 2013/2014 academic year. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, a commitment to the four field approach in Anthropology, and the ability to contribute to the curriculum in some area of physical anthropology, forensics, and/or archaeology. Teaching responsibilities include six courses a year, and there are opportunities to develop courses for the department and in general education for non-majors. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching and have some experience as an instructor/professor or as a teaching assistant; commitment to multiculturalism and the diverse nature of La Verne’s student population is expected.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of teaching, research, and service at a liberal arts college and be committed to the four-fold mission of La Verne: 1) A Values Orientation, 2) Community and Diversity, 3) Community Service, and 4) Life-long Learning. The department is situated within a College that is engaged in developing The La Verne Experience, a University-wide initiative that integrates curricular, co-curricular, and community engagement. As a holistic educational approach, it focuses on Learning Communities, Theory-to-Practice, Experiential Learning, and Integrated Learning/Reflective Practice. Candidates will be expected to collaborate in departmental efforts with The La Verne Experience, including interdisciplinary approaches to education and innovative undergraduate research.

Employment is contingent upon successfully passing a complete background investigation. The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse, and dependent children, and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.

Review of applicants will begin January 15, 2013, and will continue until position is filled.

Please send a cover letter describing your qualifications, teaching philosophy, and a summary of research interests and goals, a curriculum vita, and the names of three references in Word or PDF format to: or mail to Human Resources, University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne CA 91750. Reference position #3256

The University of La Verne is an accredited private institution of higher education located 35 miles east of Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution had has a high graduation rate for underrepresented minorities.

  • Anybody know anything about this school/department/area?
  • Has anyone heard anything yet or is it too soon? (2/6)
  • I applied, have heard nothing. As an aside, I didn't even get a form confirmation of materials received - I had to contact them to verify. (2/7) (x3)
  • Anyone heard anything at all from this one? (3/6)
  • not a peep (03/07)
  • phone interview on 2/19 (x3)
  • Request for an on campus interview on 3/12

University of Memphis - Nov. 1, 2012 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Deadline: November 1, 2012

The Department of Earth Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in geoarchaeology beginning August 2013. PhD by start of employment is required. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012 and may continue until the position is filled. Although other regions of the world will be considered, the research and teaching interests of the ideal candidate should be in eastern North America with research interests in such things as lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, archaeological material science, raw material and artifact sourcing, and/or archaeometry. The successful candidate will join a growing, vibrant faculty who are engaged in national and international interdisciplinary research, and will share in development of late Quaternary to late prehistory research in geoarchaeology, active tectonics, and landform/landuse evolution. Candidates should have a strong commitment to field research as well as advising, mentoring, and teaching at the BA, MS and PhD levels. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop a research program supported by external funding. Visit our website at? . Apply electronically by visiting Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Dr. David H. Dye (901-678-3330;? or Dr. George H. Swihart (901-678-2606; Search Committee Co-chairs, Department of Earth Sciences, 109 Johnson Hall, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152 . The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer that strives to increase its ability to serve a diverse student population by enhancing its diverse faculty and staff.

  • Did anyone other than me apply for this one? It's odd that more then 2 weeks after the deadline there are no updates. Is this the employer moving slow or did no one else apply?
  • I applied too, and I've heard nothing as well. Two weeks, though, isn't very long at all. I think that most of the other searches seem to be moving really fast this year. The committee may see little need to rush.
  • I also applied. Department Head suffered a serious medical problem and is in hospital. May/May not be effecting search. Haven't heard yet 11/20.
  • Haven't heard yet 12/09.
  • Still nothing for everyone?  I wonder if the search has been called off?
  • Nope, nothing here (1/16)
  • Campus interview scheuduled (1/20)
  • Interesting!  No requests for letters or more info?  Straight to campus interview? (x2)
  • Even more interesting- just got contacted for a PHONE interview (3/4)
  • Apparently this department/university is run something like a Burger King:
    • "Thank you for your recent application for employment at the University of
      Memphis.  Our records show that you applied for the following position:
      Assistant Professor in Earth Sciences, Earth Sciences
      Please be advised that this position has been filled."

University of Michigan (Job #1) - Sept. 1, 2012 - OFFER MADE[]

Deadline: September 1, 2012

The Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology invite applications for a joint professorial and curatorial appointment, to start September 1, 2013. We are seeking an individual with expertise in the archaeology of circumpolar region, with the time period and specialization open. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand at time of application, and applicants who are currently at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank are encouraged to apply. Please send BY EMAIL ONLY: 1. A letter of interest, 2. A curriculum vitae, 3. A statement of current and future research plans, 4. A statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 5. Evidence of teaching excellence, and 6. Names and complete contact information for three referees by September 1, 2012, to with “Circumpolar Archaeology Search Application” as the subject line. any word on this (or Job #2)?

  • request for publications and reference letters to be submitted by October 1st (9/20/12)
  • Anyone hear anything since the latest round of submissions? (The silence is deafening.)
  • short list has been generated. job talks scheduled for this month and early december (11/9/2012)
  • any word yet on this one? (12/17)
  • I heard they made an offer before the holiday break but nothing finalized (1/8) 

University of Michigan (Job #2) - Sept. 1, 2012 - DEADLINE PASSED[]

Deadline: September 1, 2012

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. The Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology invite applications for a joint professorial and curatorial appointment, to start September 1, 2013. We are seeking an anthropological archaeologist with expertise in the origins of human culture, with the time period and specialization open. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand at time of application, and applicants who are currently at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank are encouraged to apply. Please send BY EMAIL ONLY: 1. A letter of interest, 2. A curriculum vitae, 3. A statement of current and future research plans, 4. A statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 5. Evidence of teaching excellence, and 6. Names and complete contact information for three referees by September 1, 2012, to with “Origins of Culture Search Application” as the subject line.

  • Anyone longlisted?
  • Request for referee letters and publications (Sept.27)
  • short list has been generated.

University of Missouri - Nov. 14, 2012 - OFFER MADE[]

The University of Missouri—Columbia Department of Anthropology seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Archaeology beginning Fall 2013. We seek an archaeologist who can contribute to our current focus on human adaptation, ecology, and evolution. Regional and methodological focus is open, but a regional focus outside of the Southwestern U.S. is particularly welcome. Demonstrated excellence in research and teaching is required. Will teach 2 courses/semester, advise graduate/undergraduate students, publish, seek outside grant funding. Typical courses: introductory archaeology, archaeological methods, and prehistory of a geographic area. Apply at

Application review begins Nov. 14, 2012 and continue until position is filled.

  • anyone heard anything about this search? (12/07)
  • Received email requesting reference letters and publications due on Jan 10 (12/11) (x4)
  • I have never before had a department send ME the request for reference letters. Is this unusual? Also, since the original application required "reprints", do they want additional publications?
  • No, it's not unusual.  In fact, my requests  have been about 50/50.  As for pubs, they say please send writing samples "if you have not already done so".  I can't even remember what I sent them, so I might have to get back on that horrible website to figure it out.
  • Received email rejection; form letter (01/24)
  • Were you on the long-list or no?
  • No rejection and no request for more many times can I be in limbo? (x2)
  • Campus interviewes scheduled. 
  • Offer made

University of Nebraska-Lincoln - September 25 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

Assistant Professor

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks to hire additional faculty for its cluster hire in digital humanities. In this second phase of our effort, we hope to hire two or three additional tenure-track assistant professors to further propel this signature program. Field of expertise is open within the humanities. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in the building of digital projects, archives, editions, models, tools, and other creative scholarly works in the digital medium. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype.

Candidates should be accomplished digital humanists able to contribute to a thriving interdisciplinary initiative and to a home department.

Candidates must provide evidence of successful teaching and an active research agenda. PhD required by August 2013. The participating departments seek specialists who would contribute to UNL’s research profile and teaching capacity in digital humanities.

Applicants should go to, requisition 120608, and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative Information form and apply online. Applicants should be prepared to attach the following to their online application: a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and a PDF or a link to one representative sample of their digital work.

Please do not send paper applications. Review of applications will begin September 25 and continue until suitable candidates are found. For further information contact Kenneth Price, search committee chair, at 402-472-0293 or The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

Web sites:,

  • Request for Skype interview 10/22
  • on campus interview scheduled 1/12

University of Toronto - 15 January, 2013 (East Asia) -  CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a tenure-stream position in the area of East Asian Archaeology. This tenure-stream appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2013.

We seek candidates who have an excellent record of research and teaching, and ability to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will have an established program of archaeological or bioarchaeological research in East Asia (China, Korean Peninsula and/or Japan preferred). Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and in research that is science based and focuses on one or more of the following themes: material studies, historical ecology, method and theory, and evolutionary anthropology.

The appointment is at the University of Toronto Mississauga, which has an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern and spacious campus. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded and internationally recognized research program. Demonstrated excellence in research and in teaching sought. Candidates should have a Ph.D. on appointment (or soon thereafter).

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests and three representative publications. If you have questions about this position, please contact Professor Jack Sidnell . All application materials should be submitted online.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to Professor Jack Sidnell, Chair, by e-mail to by the closing date, January 15, 2013. However, this search will remain open until filled. For more information about the Department of Anthropology, please visit our homepage at

  • Any news?
  • Rejection email (04/04)
  • Campus Interviews Scheduled next 2 weeks

University of Tulsa- January 1, 2013 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

The University of Tulsa, a selective private institution, seeks for the fall of 2013 a tenure-track assistant professor of archaeology as part of a newly approved Ph.D. program in its Department of Anthropology. The successful candidate will have the Ph.D. in hand. Regional and topical specialties are open but we are especially interested in applicants with expertise in lithic analysis, museum studies and other areas that complement those of the existing faculty. Preference will be given to candidates who have been successful in securing outside funding for their research. Applications will be strengthened by demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, teaching evaluations (if available), and contact information for three professional referees. Those who applied for our assistant professor position last year need only send a letter of interest noting new accomplishments since the previous application and providing additional teaching evaluations.

Electronic applications are preferred. Paper applications may be sent to Michael E. Whalen, Chairman, Department of Anthropology, Harwell Hall, The University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104. Please send electronic applications, questions or requests for further information to

  • any word on this?  I didn't see a date listed anywhere in the job ad, but here it says January 1
  • Emailed the chair and he confirmed the unwritten deadline.
  • any word on this one yet?
  • confirmation e-mail that search chair received app material (1-8)
  • Has anyone heard if a long list (or a short list) has been made? (01/23) No (01/29)
  • Campus interview scheduled. (02/01) x1
  • Campus interview requested (02/04)
  • were letters of recommendation requested or straight to interviews?
  • Rejection e-mail received (2/6) x6 (its not you, its us)
  • Received an email today asking me to fill out affirmative action survey... after receiving email two weeks ago saying I wasn't being considered for the position. Why on earth would I bother, and why didn't they send this out with initial applications.... (2/18) x3 (should have been sent right after initial application!)
  • Has anyone heard if an offer has been made? (3/7)

Washington University in St. Louis - Nov 16, 2012 -  CAMPUS INTERVIEW[]

We invite applications for a tenure-track appointment in anthropological archaeology at the level of Assistant Professor to begin in fall 2013.

We seek an anthropological archaeologist to fill an entry-level tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This appointment is part of the department's development of a new Anthropology track called Global Health and Environment and the successful candidate must be able to offer courses broadly related to these topics. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in innovative theoretical and methodological approaches that complement the existing strengths of the department. Active fieldwork is required. Area and time period of research are open, with preference for candidates working outside of North America. Candidates with research focused on the following topics are especially encouraged: human interaction with climate and environment; foodways and diet; archaeological science; multiregional interactions and political economy; societal diversity and identity. The candidate is expected to work with graduate students in developing research projects, and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Duties include teaching courses, advising students, conducting sponsored research and writing for publication, and university service.

Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing current research and teaching interests, and names of three referees. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment. All materials should be sent as MSWord files or PDFs via e-mail with “Archaeology Search” in the subject line to: Melanie McDowell ( )

Priority will be given to applications received on or before November 16, 2012, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

  • Referees contacted directly for letter of reference (12/05/12) (x6)
  • they sent you an email or just referees? answer: just referees - referees notified me
  • Campus interview scheduled
  • Email informing me that I am no longer being considered (01/24) (x7)


Mississippi State University (Nov. 16, 2012)- DEADLINE PASSED[]

The Department of Anthropology & Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) at Mississippi State University seeks applications for the position of Department Head to begin July 1, 2013. AMEC ( is a young, rapidly growing department. Undergraduates receive basic grounding in four-field anthropology. The applied M.A. program has two tracks: archaeology/bioarchaeology and cultural anthropology. Faculty areas include environmental anthropology and archaeology, human skeletal analysis, household and settlement pattern archaeology, and medical anthropology. Applied aspects include cultural resource management (CRM), forensic anthropology, isotope studies, geophysics, and human-environment interaction. The Department Head will serve on graduate committees and as major professor for a limited number of students. Teaching expectation is one course per semester. AMEC is in the College of Arts & Sciences, which includes 14 academic departments and eleven programs. The department is housed in the Cobb Institute of Archaeology ( , an endowed institute with office and lab space, a research library, a museum and a CRM office. The Head of AMEC will work in consultation with the Director of the Cobb Institute to coordinate activities and meet shared goals of the Department and Institute. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology and have or be eligible for tenure at the rank of Professor. Candidates should have a substantial publication record, experience with grants and contracts, and a research agenda complementing the department’s B.A. program in Anthropology and M.A. program in Applied Anthropology. Subfield, interest area, and geographic area are open. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, statement detailing the applicant’s vision for and fit in an applied program, evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness, and names & contact information for at least three references to Chair, AMEC Search Committee, PO Box AR, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Applicants must also apply online at (PARF # 6854). Review of applications will begin Nov. 16, 2012, although applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.


Far Eastern Federal University - Vladivostok, Russian Federation (10 May)[]

The School of Humanities at Far Eastern Federal University seeks candidates for Visiting Professors for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Far Eastern Federal University, located on the Sea of Japan near Russia's border with China, was established by presidential edict in 2009, combining four well-established Russian institutions. FEFU is a unique university that launched its new, ultramodern campus during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2012. Russian and international partners are working together to offer world-class opportunities at FEFU, providing English-language educational programs across each of its nine schools. FEFU is committed to prioritizing these opportunities, utilizing funding for faculty development, exploring innovative R&D projects, and targeting research for commercialization.

Open Positions
Applicants are invited to apply to teach courses within the master's degree program "Archaeology of the Northern Pacific." The search committee is eager to review applications of individuals with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Responsibilities include graduate teaching and advising. Applicants should have a Ph.D., have university teaching experience, and a record of research accomplishments in the form of peer-reviewed publications. Courses to be taught are listed below:

  • "Theoretical Archaeology"
  • "Archaeology of Nomadic Empires"

Salary offered will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. Benefits include accommodations, travel compensation, and medical insurance.
Applicants should fill out our Visiting Professor Program Application, send a C.V., list of publications, and names and contact information for three references to Stephanie Plant by May 10. Please specify which course or courses you are qualified to teach in your application or cover letter, and for what duration you are able to teach (1-9 months). For additional information about the university or positions, please visit our website

North Carolina State University - PASSED DEADLINE (31 Mar) - SKYPE INTERVIEW[]

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology invites applications for a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in anthropology.  Ability to teach upper division courses in the candidate’s specialty, and some experience in teaching introductory courses in archaeology is preferred. Successful applicants should demonstrate motivation to teach and mentor undergraduate students, and show evidence of an ability to publish research in their substantive specialty.  The Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar will be expected to teach two courses each semester and the Scholar will also be expected to pursue their own research agenda.  This is a one year position with the possibility of renewal.

Ph.D. in hand is required at time of appointment, and the applicant must have received their Ph.D within three years of the date of appointment. To apply to the position, please visit the job posting on NC State’s website: . After submitting the application, applicants should submit a letter of application addressing current and future teaching and research interests, along with curriculum vitae and sample teaching evaluations (if applicable) to: Dr. Tim Wallace, Postdoctoral Teaching Search Committee, Box 8017, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, We will begin reviewing applications on March 31, 2013. NC State is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications from women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged.

  • Personal response from search chair confirming receipt of my application (2/23). Very classy and considerate. x5
  • Any news? (4/14)
  • I received a request via email to let the entire department faculty view my application documents (4/7). Like the above note suggests, they were very classy and considerate. The message said they would like to complete the review process by the end of the month.
    • Why, don't we implicitly give the permission to do that when we send our application materials?
    • I don't know. It certainly would not have bothered me had they just shared my materials, but it was nice they asked. The note also added that this was occurring after the search committee had chosen a group of candidates out of the larger pool. So, I suppose the general faculty will pare that list down some more, and they will contact people.
  • Skype interview scheduled
    • Any updates? I didn't hear anything after the interview and the department isn't responding to queries. (6/11)
  • It likely relates to probable cuts in the state budget that are currently being worked out for the entire UNC system. [posted 6/17]

Northern Arizona University (March 15, 2013) - PHONE INTERVIEWS[]

Lecturer in Archaeology to begin in August 2013. This academic year appointment is renewable, depending on performance, funding and departmental needs. The Anthropology Department at Northern Arizona university seeks a full time, non-tenure track Lecturer position with an emphasis in Archaeology. This is a non-tenure eligible regular faculty position focused on our undergraduate liberal studies program and anthropology major. The position includes a 4/4 teaching load, with some flexibility for revised assignment to meet other departmental needs, including curriculum development, research (especially with undergraduates), and service duties. Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology conferred by Aug. 1, 2013 and at least 1 year of teaching experience in undergraduate anthropology curricula. Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate should have an educational background in archaeology, with at least 1 year of teaching experience in undergraduate anthropology curricula, especially introductory level anthropology courses. Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level is highly desirable, particularly in face-to-face classes, including large liberal studies classes and focused classes for anthropology majors. Evidence of experience with web-based instruction is desirable. Education, experience, or expertise in bioarchaeology is desirable. Candidates are encouraged to provide evidence of a research record that includes engagement of undergraduates in research experiences; grants, contracts, and fund-raising; and professional publications and presentations. Evidence of experience or expertise in curriculum development, pedagogy, and applied activities (for example, community-based or public archaeology) is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates who provide evidence of commitment to and success in working with diverse communities and populations.

  • To apply, please send a curriculum vitae; names of at least three references; a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and addresses the criteria listed above; unofficial transcripts; and a concise statement of your teaching philosophy, experience, and approaches to a diverse teaching environment to: NAUANTHROPOLOGYSEARCH@NAU.EDU
  • Review of applications starts on March 15, 2013
  • Web site: NAU HR Website

Northern Arizona University is a 25,000-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 65,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU's emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.  Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

  • $43,000 to $45,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
  • The SAA website has March 10th for a deadline.  Probably better to get this one in early.
  • Any news? (4/18)
  • Phone interview scheduled (4/30)

Northern Kentucky University (15 Jan) - SKYPE INTERVIEWS[]

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy invites applications for a full-time Non-Tenure-Track Renewable Lecturer in Archaeology beginning August 2013. Geographic area negotiable, but Old World or Mesoamerica preferred. Candidates must be prepared to teach world prehistory, introduction to cultural anthropology, and one of the following: Archaeology of Europe, Archaeology of Mesoamerica, Archaeology of Egypt. Candidates must be willing to develop a course in area of specialization or other archaeology courses. Ph.D. in anthropology preferred; ABD in anthropology may be considered.

Candidates must have evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, a willingness to involve undergraduate students in research; willingness to write grant proposals is a plus. Salary competitive. Please submit your application with a cover letter, vitae, the names of at least three professional references, and evidence of teaching excellence at Letters of recommendation will be requested upon narrowing the candidate pool. For additional information on the program visit Department representatives will be available at the AAA meetings in San Francisco to informally meet with select candidates as time permits (email to schedule a meeting). Review of applications will begin January 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

  • Informal AAA job meeting scheduled - (11/6/2012)
  • Received an email saying they are just beginning to review application materials now (2/13). Apparently, they had to find a new chair and hire a TT bio-anth person first. (x4)
  • Request for skype interview and teaching evals (3/22)

Rowan University (15 Dec) DEADLINE PASSED[]

Instructor of Archaeology and director of museum. 4/4 teaching load. 

  • Anyone know what's going on with this job? It was only circulated nationally for a few days - insider candidate? 

St. Mary's College of Maryland (immediate review)[]

St. Mary's College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary's City invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position as Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor in Anthropology beginning in August 2013, pending budgetary approval. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a three-course load per semester in a range of lower and upper-level classes. Classes for the fall semester, 2013 include ANTH 101, Introduction to Anthropology (four field approach); ANTH 280, Archaeology and Prehistory, and ANTH 385, Seminar in Research Methods. PhD or ABD in anthropology or archaeology is required. Preference will be given to applicants with a focus on the Atlantic World or the African Atlantic.

Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution located in Historic St. Mary's City, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., has been designated as Maryland's public honors college. With highly selective admissions policies, academically talented students, and a rigorous curriculum, we offer a small college experience similar to that found at exceptional private colleges. The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and by our proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

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

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

This position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits.

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:

University of Central Arkansas (March 15, 2013) - PHONE INTERVIEWS[]

The University of Central Arkansas, Department of Sociology, seeks a broadly trained anthropologist with expertise and teaching experience for a one-year visiting assistant professor position in archaeology and/or biological anthropology, beginning August 2013. The duration of the position may be extended, contingent upon funding. The ideal candidate should be prepared to teach courses in the Archaeology of North America, Biological Anthropology, a four-field Introduction to Anthropology, and other upper division courses in their region(s) of specialization. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of application. The department offers a major and minor in sociology and a minor in anthropology. Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas is an accredited state institution with an enrollment of approximately 11,000 students and a faculty of more than 400. Conway, a community of over 55,000, has three colleges and universities, and is located thirty miles north of Little Rock, the state capital. UCA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of graduate transcripts, and full contact information for three current references. Apply to: Dr. John Toth, Chair, Department of Sociology, Irby Hall 306, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72035. Forward questions to: 

  • Received equal employment data form, to return by mail (c'mon!) (3/5)
  • Any word here? (4/14)
  • phone interviews last week (4/17)

University of Otago (14 Dec) DEADLINE PASSED[]

University of Otago


(Part-time, Fixed Term)

The recently re-named Department of Anthropology and Archaeology has long been at the forefront of education and research in New Zealand, Oceanic and East and Southeast Asian archaeology. We are seeking a colleague to contribute to our archaeology teaching programme at undergraduate and graduate levels (i.e. Otago papers with 100-300 and 400 numerical codes respectively). Departmental duties for the successful applicant include primary responsibility for the teaching and coordination of the programme’s core methods paper ARCH 201 (Archaeological Methods). The successful applicant will also contribute to a basic 100-level module on human cultural origins and the emergence of complex societies (ARCH 101 Human Origins and Civilisations), and other current 200-400 level archaeology courses related to the lecturer’s specialisation, skills and interests. Potentially, these upper level contributions might include historical archaeology, archaeozoology, material culure studies, Oceanic archaeology and instruction and training in archaeological practice.

This is a fixed-term position for three years. Teaching materials are available for all of the courses that the successful applicant shall contribute to.

The successful applicant shall have full access to archaeological laboratory and other technical and research facilities in the department. In the last regard, the lecturer will be encouraged to apply for grants to support additional archaeological research employment (up to 0.5 EFT) while at Otago. Post-graduate student supervision is not required of the lecturer, but may be permitted.

The department is seeking applicants with an appropriate PhD degree and experience in University teaching. Preference will be given to applicants with research and/or teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas; historical archaeology, archaeozoology, material culture studies, New Zealand and Oceanic archaeology and archaeological practice. It is anticipated that this position will be of particular interest to people with a recent PhD who wish to establish an early-career teaching and research profile. Applicants should be available to commence teaching duties in the department by February 2013 or by negotiation. Specific enquiries should be directed to Associate Professor Jacqui Leckie, Head of Department, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, contact details below. Applications quoting reference number 1201448 will close on Friday, 14 December 2012.

Additional Information

Contact Jacqui Leckie Tel: +64 3 479 8760

Position details Information Statement

Further Information Department Website

Create or send a link to this vacancy Copy this link

Location About Dunedin

  • rejection received in late Dec. (sorry for late posting, 3/5)

University of Washington - Seattle (15 December 2012, Lecturer) - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS[]

The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle) Department of Anthropology seeks applications for a bioarchaeologist lecturer (renewable every 3 years, non-tenure track appointment), who would teach upper and lower division courses in our Archaeology and Biocultural Programs, to begin September 15, 2013. Expertise in human osteology required. This full-time 9-month appointment would be 50% in the Archaeology Program and 50% in the Biocultural Program. We seek an enthusiastic instructor to teach an introductory course in biological anthropology, an upper division course on human osteology, and four additional courses. Those additional courses might include, but are not limited to, world or regional prehistory, public archaeology, and forensic anthropology. The lecturer will offer a total of six courses per year, including two upper division courses in the UW Evening Degree Program. The University of Washington and the Anthropology Department value colleagues who have a strong commitment to an academic environment that promotes diversity. The University strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service. Applicants must have earned a doctorate by the date of appointment; applicants who have not completed their PhD at the time of application will be considered.

To apply, send a single PDF file including the following items in the specified order: (1) a cover letter that describes the applicant’s teaching interests and experience and academic preparation and publications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) up to two course syllabi; (4) contact information for three professional references; and (5) a brief statement on how your teaching addresses diversity and encourages inclusion of individuals and groups from underrepresented backgrounds in the classroom and larger university community. Send this file to with the following subject header: ‘UW Lecturer Position – Your Name.’ Cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Patricia Kramer, Chair, Bioarchaeology Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Anthropology. Applications received by December 15, 2012 are assured consideration. Questions should be directed to Dr. Patricia Kramer at

  • This was originally listed in the Tenure-Track category
  • Additional materials requested via email (1/18)
  • campus interviews scheduled
  • campus interview complete (4-19)


The Lloyd Cotsen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in World Archaeology (January 31, 2013)[]

Established by Mr. Lloyd Cotsen as a permanent endowment at the University of California, Los Angeles, this prize will be awarded every three years to an active senior archaeologist for lifetime achievement in archaeological research and mentorship.  The prize includes an unrestricted cash award of US $40,000 to the senior laureate and US $10,000 to one of his or her former Ph.D. students who is currently engaged in research and teaching in archaeology.  

The Cotsen Prize is intended to recognize great scholarship and mentoring in the field of archaeology.  The prize is open to all professional archaeologists from any country irrespective of nationality, race, creed, or ideology.  All individual scholars or established research insitutions are eligible to nominate a candiate for this prie.  Nominators should provide an approximate 1000-1500 word description of the senior nominee's contributions to archaeological research and mentorship.  The nomination must be accompanied by letters of support.  There is no limit to how many letters can be inclued, but this should be a reasonable amount sufficient to convey the significance of the nominee's achievements in research and mentorship.  Nominators must provide at least one mentee of the senior nominee for consideration for the junior award.  The work of the mentees must be described in 1000 words or less, for each nominated mentee.  Nominators should maintain confidentiality.

People holding any kind of academic appointment from UCLA now or in the last ten years are disqualitfied, as are members of the jury and their immediate family.  Self-nominations will not be accepted.  Submission deadline: Midnight, PST, January 31, 2013.  Questions regarding the award may be directed to Dr. Abigail Levine (  Please consult the program website for addtitional information on the submission procedure.



Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany (February 15, 2013) - DEADLINE PASSED[]

The Archaeological Stable Isotope Laboratory at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel invites application for a post-doctoral position in stable isotope analysis to begin April 1, 2013.  We are seeking a highly motivated individual to conduct research involving the analysis of stable isotopes to address issues relating to animal and human mobility, animal exploitation, and crop management in modern and archaeological contexts, although other research topics will be considered.  This position involves some teaching with a requirement of 4 LVS per fourteen week semester (approximately 3 in-class hours per week; two semesters per year).

The post is intended to further additional scientific qualification (e.g. Habilitation). The duration of this limited term, full-time post is for three years at the TV-L13 level. An extension is not expected. 

Requirements include a Ph.D. in anthropological archaeology or geochemistry and a record of achievement in the use of stable isotope analysis.  The Christian-Albrechts University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of female scientists in research and teaching, and strongly encourages female applicants. Women will be given preference in case of equal suitability, competence, and professional performance.  The University is also committed to the employment of disabled persons, and such individuals will be accorded preference if suitable. 

The application deadline is February 15th, 2013. Preferred start date is April 1st, 2013. Please send a cover letter, CV, a statement of research, and 2 letters of recommendation (direct from letter writers) via e-mail to, as well as a hard copy to:

Prof. Dr. Cheryl Makarewicz

Institut fuer Ur- und Fruehgeschichte

Christian-Albrechts Universitaet zu Kiel

Johanna-Mestorf Strasse 2-6

D-24118 Kiel

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Archaeology Deadline: June 12, 2013[]

Area:Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences

Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,784 - $77,764)

The University of Queensland (UQ) invites applications for a limited number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in 2014, to be awarded to early career researchers of exceptional calibre wishing to conduct full-time research at the University in any of its disciplines. In particular, the scheme aims to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University in areas of institutional research priority. All applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria listed in the Guidelines. The period of appointment will be for three years and appointees are expected to commence in early 2014. The current salary range for the award is on a four-level scale from A$69,784.00 – $77,764.39, plus 17% superannuation. Each appointee will be entitled to maintenance funds of A$20,000 over the term of the Fellowship to support research costs. Appointees relocating from interstate or overseas will be entitled to reimbursement of travel and relocation costs.

The Guidelines, Conditions of Award and Application Form are available online at:

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

School of Social Science: With around 35 academic staff and 80 higher degree students the School of Social Science is one of the largest and most prestigious of its type in Australia. It is a research-intensive School comprising the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, criminology and sociology. Facilities include the internationally-recognised Archaeological Science Laboratories and the Anthropology Museum. The School also has a consultancy arm - the UQ Culture and Heritage Unit.

Enquiries: To discuss this role please contact Professor Marshall Weisler (Head of Archaeology) phone +61 7 3365 3038 or email

All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

Stanford University, California (15 March) - Postdoc in Archaeological Science []

The Stanford Archaeology Center invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in archaeological science. Preferred fields of expertise are materials science, GIS and/or quantitative/statistical/database applications in archaeology. The candidate is also expected to teach one course per year in archaeological science and engage with faculty and graduate students at the Center. The faculty sponsor of this postdoc will be Prof. Lynn Meskell.

The appointment carries a twelve-month salary commensurate with the University Provost established minimum pay levels based on research experience. The appointment may be eligible for renewal for up to two years based on satisfactory performance and the existence of funding. Post-doctoral scholars are required to be in residence in the Stanford area during the term of the appointment. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. by September 1, 2013. U.S. citizenship is not required.

The application receipt deadline is March 15, 2013. The position will begin September 1, 2013.

Submit your print materials via U.S. mail to: Postdoctoral Fellowship Search Committee Stanford Archaeology Center Stanford University P. O. Box 20446 Stanford, CA 94309

All applications must include the following:- A current curriculum vitae - A statement of proposed research - A dissertation abstract or summary - An undergraduate/graduate course proposal, inclusive of syllabus - A writing sample (dissertation chapter or other paper) - Three sealed letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommender to the address above.

Please direct inquiries to

  • rejection received via email (5/13)

Stanford University, California (15 March) - Archaeobotanist (Posdoc)[]

The Stanford Archaeology Center announces a postdoctoral position for an archaeobotanist with experience in phytolith analysis. The research area is open, but priority will be given to someone working on East Asian materials. The candidate is also expected to teach one course per year in archaeobotany, assist with lab management, and engage with faculty and graduate students at the Center. The faculty sponsor of this postdoc will be Prof. Li Liu.

The appointment carries a twelve-month salary commensurate with the University Provost established minimum pay levels based on research experience. The appointment may be eligible for renewal for up to two years based on satisfactory performance and the existence of funding. Postdoctoral scholars are required to be in residence in the Stanford area during the term of the appointment. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. by September 1, 2013. U.S. citizenship is not required.

The application receipt deadline is March 15, 2013. The position will begin September 1, 2013.

Submit your print materials via U.S. mail to: Archaeobotany Postdoctoral Fellowship Search Committee Stanford Archaeology Center Stanford University P. O. Box 20446 Stanford, CA 94309 All applications must include the following:- A current curriculum vitae - A statement of proposed research - A dissertation abstract or summary - An undergraduate/graduate course proposal, inclusive of syllabus - A writing sample (dissertation chapter or other paper) - Three sealed letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommender to the address above. Please direct inquiries to

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (Jan. 15th, 2013) - DEADLINE PASSED[]

The Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher with a specialization in faunal analysis. We will consider favorably researchers developing novel or interesting methods addressing such faunal topics as, for example: human subsistence, organic artifacts, bone surface modification, bone as fuel for fires, seasonality, and taphonomy. We are not seeking a researcher who primarily specializes in isotopic analysis. Experimental programs are welcome, and the department is prepared to invest in equipment to support a research program. Chronological and spatial overlap with the Department’s current research interests is preferred. However, we will also consider researchers specialized in Upper Paleolithic or LSA assemblages/artifacts who are prepared to start a program of comparison with earlier assemblages. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The application deadline is January 15, 2013. Please send a one page research agenda along with a CV and the names of three references via e-mail to Diana Carstens (, as well as a hard copy to: Jean-Jacques Hublin Department of Human Evolution Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Deutscher Platz 6 D-04103 Leipzig (Germany)

  • This is the THIRD time this job has been posted. Good candidates were interviewed the first two rounds, yet no one was hired.
  • Has anyone heard anything about selection results?
  • They are interviewing people in March. 

Closed/Cancelled/Completed Searches[]

Arizona State University – OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Assistant Professor of Archaeology

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

The Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change invites applications for an assistant professor in archaeology. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology, regional specialization in the U.S. Southwest and/or Mesoamerica, the ability to direct sustained fieldwork that involves students, and the ability to contribute to undergraduate and graduate education. Desired qualifications include peer-reviewed publications and external grants, and an established research focus on topics such as urbanism and other complex social formations, resilience, technology, or other themes related to existing strengths of the ASU anthropology/archaeology program.

Application deadline is December 1, 2012. Applicants must apply online at and include curriculum vitae, a cover letter no longer than two pages that includes a brief statement of professional goals and teaching philosophy, and the names and email addresses of three references. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. You may address your cover letter to Professor Ben Nelson, Archaeology Search Committee Chair.

Information about the School can be found at . A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. See . ASU job ID# 10201.

  • Email stating that the application period is now closed and that they will begin the review of applicants.  Also stated that communications with applicants will be limited until a later date.  Paraphrasing..."don't bug us about the status of your application" (x4)
  • I applied for this job but didn't get the above email - I'm wondering if that means that my electronic application did not actually go through.  I can't remember the website they used, but I thought it was horrible.
  • I think everyone did get the above email, it is possible your applicaiton didn't go through or you entered your email incorrectly. 
  • Recommendation letters requested directly from referees, I was not contacted by ASU (x4 - 12/12)
  • Request for pubs and teaching effectiveness (x6 - 12/12)
  • I am interested to see the region of expertise for those who received requests for more info.  
Primarily Southwest (1)
Primarily Mesoamerica (x3)
Both (x?)
  • Heard through the grapevine the vast majority of applicants work in Mesoamerica.
  • Interesting, I have heard that each contingent was vying to bring one of their own in.  It seems that the current faculty is slightly in favor of the SW.  Of course, the search chair has worked in both regions, and that would probably be their ideal choice.  Who knows.
  • Short list made and on-campus interviews scheduled last week through next week.
  • Thanks for letting us know. Apparently no one on the wiki page was invited. Good luck to the interviewees.
  • I heard that they used the Wiki to eliminate candidates, therefore every one here was automatically excluded!  Ha, that's just what I tell myself to feel better about not getting even the slightest interest.  
  • Impersonal rejection email (3/21).
  • Offer made a couple weeks ago. Candidate just accepted. Position filled.
  • Yeah, I just got two emails. The first was impersonaly saying the job was filled.  The second came about 2 hours later saying who the position was offered to.  I never had that happen before.  It goes beyond impersonal to in-your-face territory.
  • well, can't blame the candidate for that. Im sure he'd rather not have his name sent around to everyone who applied. not sure what you mean about "in-your-face" as the only person affected by that email is the person whose name was sent out. make sure to not drink that wine, it's a tad old.
  • There was no blame implied to the successful candidate.  I know that person's work and it is good, if not transformative in the region they work in.  By in-your-face I meant it was not information that should have been presented to the other candidates.  There was no need, and I wonder why the school felt it necessary to do so. It is impolite, sort of like your comment about "old wine", which is exactly why I have not posted that person's name here. 
  • This isn't as bad as the awkward rejection letter sent by one of the schools this year, which stated that they hired somebody who "more closely fit the job description."  I had a phone interview with this school for pete's sake.  Why would they interview somebody who didn't closely fit the job description?  I know that's not how they meant it, but it was still easily misinterpreted as "you're unqualified for this position."
  • My apologies on the old wine comment. I suppose I was tasting sour grapes myself....sigh. Can't wait for next year!!!!
  • No worries!  Too many of us are in the same boat.  Too many to land these types of jobs anyway.  To take the rotten fruit metaphore a step further, I wonder what our shelf-life is after graduation before we become untouchable.  I always thought 3 years, but I had an encouraging email from a different search committee chair saying it took him 6.  Who knows.  Good luck to everybody next year.

Beloit College - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Three semester replacement archaeology position Beloit, WI

Archaeologist. Beloit College invites applications for a three-semester replacement position beginning January 2013. Except for North America, the geographical specialization is open. The successful candidate must exhibit exceptional enthusiasm for, and commitment to, undergraduate teaching. Preference will be given to individuals who can teach quantitative methods and/or anthropological research design. Teaching load is 5 courses per year, 2 to 3 courses per semester. Beloit College has a long history of excellence in anthropological education and the department offers courses in all four fields and has close ties with the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Interest in using the Logan Museum for teaching or research is a plus. A Ph.D. and a record of successful undergraduate teaching are preferred. Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit College is a highly selective liberal arts college of approximately 1250 students from 48 states and 40 countries. Strong candidates must be able to employ effective pedagogical strategies to teach and work with this diverse student body. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty. Recognized as one of the Colleges that Change Lives, Beloit is committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, description of research agenda, and contact information for three references via email to

  • Review of applications will begin September 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. AA/EEO Employer. Job Posted: July 26, 2012
  • 09/01/2012: Email acknowledgement of receipt
  • To the above poster: did you send it much earlier than the 1st? I have not received an acknowledgement...
  • Sorry, should have made that clearer, I sent it in just before the deadline, on the 31st I think. However, I did also get a request for reference letters today (09/04/2012).
  • Got the letter request today as well (9/4) (x3), after asking the above. I wonder if they're requesting letters from everyone.
  • I (third person in this list) received a letter request on 09/04/2012 as well.
  • With the (x3) above, that's at least 5 people. Considering how soon these requests came after the due date, think it's pretty likely that they're asking for letters from everyone. Too bad.
  • I hear they're scheduling phone interviews (9/18/12)
  • They are in the campus interview process now - (10/20/2012)
  • An offer has been made and accepted

DePauw University - October 22, 2012 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Sociology and Anthropology, DePauw University. Anthropological Archaeology. Tenure-track position beginning August 2013. Rank/salary commensurate with experience. Ph.D. preferred, ABD considered. Required: Excellent teaching, active scholarship, commitment to teaching undergraduates in liberal arts setting, willingness to work closely with colleagues in both anthropology and sociology. Preferred: Expertise complementing existing specialties; fieldwork complementing current faculty work in Latin America, Africa and South Asia; scholars who include students in fieldwork projects or research. Teaching load: 3-3 including introduction to physical anthropology, archaeology, topics courses, and upper division core courses such as theory and senior seminar. Course development in specialization encouraged. See Pre-tenure leave and funding for professional and curriculum development available:

Send application letter, cv, copy of transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness (syllabi and course evaluations), and three letters of recommendation to Matthew Oware, Chair; Sociology and Anthropology Department, DePauw University, 100 E. Seminary, Greencastle, IN 46135. Application review begins October 22 and continues until filled. DePauw University is an EEOE. Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Preferred Education: Doctorate
NOTES: Employer will assist with relocation costs

  • There was a similar post last cycle (not on the wikia page) I applied for, never heard anything. Anyone know what happened with that search?
  • If I remember correctly the last search was a temporary VAP position.
  • Acknowledgement of application and Equal Opportunity Information Request Form received (10/29 x8)
  • Request for phone interview (11/12) x2
  • Campus interviews being held.
  • Wow, that was one of the fastest searches I've ever seen!
  • Offer made and accepted, congrats to the new hire.

George Mason University (November 5, 2012) -  OFFER ACCEPTED[]

George Mason University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology announces a Tenure-Track/Tenured opening for a mid-level Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor of Anthropology, specializing in the bioarchaeology of the New World, beginning in the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. We seek a New World bioarcheologist specializing in forensics and human osteology, with regional and topical interests that complement the interests and specializations of the department. Experience in establishing and running an archaeology lab on campus is strongly desired. We also seek a candidate with an ongoing field/research project who is able and/or has experience providing training to students in a lab setting. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a successful research, publication and funding trajectory. They should also be outstanding in both large and small classroom teaching settings. The successful candidate must be competent to teach introductory and advanced courses in forensics/osteology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and in his/her specific areas of interest. 
George Mason University’s undergraduate program includes offerings in all four fields of anthropology with many opportunities for collaboration across sub-disciplines. 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 successful candidate must have teaching experience in forensics, or demonstrable training in that area. Women and minority candidates are especially urged to apply. For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F8612z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload 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 Dr. Andrew Bickford, Chair, Bioarchaeology Search Committee, at: ABICKFO1@GMU.EDU or 703-993-1424. Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2012. George Mason is located in Fairfax, VA, about 30 minutes from Washington D.C.

Hamilton College (JAN 15) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Hamilton College invites applications for a one-year visiting position in archaeology beginning July 1, 2013. We are seeking candidates who are effective teachers and mentors and who have broad training in archaeological science. The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor or Instructor level. The teaching load will be the equivalent of five courses per year and will include introductory archaeological principles, human evolution, and area or topical courses in the candidate’s specialty. Hamilton College ( is a residential liberal arts college located in upstate New York. Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community. Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates should submit letter of application, curriculum vita, statement of teaching, and arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to Dr. George T. Jones, Department of Anthropology, via the Interfolio system at Review of applications will begin January 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Anyone heard anything yet?  (3/2/13)  
  • No (3/6)
  • Offer made and accepted (4/12/13)

James Madison University - Nov. 2, 2012 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in historical archaeology at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2013. Preference will be given to candidates who work in the Middle Atlantic region, or who can regularly provide undergraduate students with local laboratory and field experiences.

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory and upper level courses in archaeological method and theory, historical archaeology and courses that reflect their research interests.

Qualifications: Ph.D. by time of appointment is required. Candidates should be excellent teachers in small and large classroom settings and maintain active scholarly research programs.

Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience

Special Instructions: To apply:

Step 1: Applicants must complete the online faculty application via JMU JobLink at

Step 2: 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 and summaries of course evaluations, if available), up to three samples of scholarly writing and contact information for three references to: Dr. Julie Solometo Archaeology Search Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, MSC 7501, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

Review of applications will begin November 2, 2012.

  • Any word on this yet? (11/12)
  • request for phone interview (11/19) x2
  • request for campus interview (12/19)
  • 3 on-campus interviews held in February
    • offer made and accepted [posted 3/2/13]

Michigan Technological University - Dec. 1 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University seeks a tenure-track faculty member in Anthropology/Archaeology/Heritage Studies to join an interdisciplinary social sciences faculty.

The Department of Social Sciences offers an M.S. program in Industrial Archaeology and a Ph.D. program in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology. In addition it offers B.S./B.A. programs in Anthropology, History, and general Social Science as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Environmental & Energy Policy. The successful applicant will teach undergraduate courses in his or her fields, contribute to graduate teaching and research, and seek/secure external funds to support graduate research. Potential areas of expertise might include heritage planning; industrial and historic site development, interpretation, and management; material culture and industry; and analyses of historic/industrial landscapes. Stand-alone teaching experience and experience seeking external funding are preferred for this position; teaching load is typically 2/2. This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2013. An earned Ph.D. in anthropology, archaeology or related disciplines is expected at the time of appointment.

Michigan Tech, a research university with 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, values diversity, cross-disciplinary faculty, and student contributions to research. Located on Lake Superior in Houghton, Michigan, its community offers year-round recreational and cultural opportunities. This environment, combined with a competitive compensation package and an average cost of living, results in an excellent quality of life.

Applicants should send: a letter of interest and details describing their teaching experience and their research plans pertinent to contributing to an interdisciplinary social sciences department; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for three referees. Review of the applications will begin on December 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit application materials via electronic transmission to at the Human Relations office of Michigan Tech. Contact person: Dr. S.R. Martin (

  • Skype Interview scheduled (December 7)
  • Campus Interview requested (12/20)
  • Offer accepted.

Millsaps College - VAP - POSITION FILLED[]

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Millsaps College invites applications from archaeologists for a one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology beginning in Fall 2013. A candidate’s teaching and scholarship should extend beyond the department’s current strength in Maya and Mesoamerican archaeology. Applicants should be prepared to teach Introduction to Archaeology and Archaeological Method and Theory and be able to offer a range of electives that will complement current offerings. The teaching load will be three courses per semester. Candidates with PhD in hand will be given preference, but advanced ABDs will be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application materials, including a letter of interest, statement of teaching philosophy, CV, and references, should be sent to Dr. Julian M. Murchison, Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Box 150738, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39210. Application materials can be sent via email to
Millsaps College is a nationally-ranked liberal arts college in the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi. One of only 40 colleges in Colleges that Change Lives, Millsaps is committed to academic excellence and pedagogical innovation. Millsaps is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities. Employment will be contingent on complete background verification.

  • Personal email from chair confirming receipt of application. Very nice of 'em (x4).
  • Anyone hear any news? (4/14)
  • They will keep us posted as they proceed with the review (4/15)
  • Position filled, according to email from chair (6/4/13)

Missouri State University - Oct. 8 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Missouri State University located in Springfield, MO invites applications for a tenure-track position in anthropological archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2013.

Applicants should be prepared to teach introductory, advanced, and graduate courses in archaeology and anthropology; advise students and mentor thesis research; and otherwise contribute to a four-field undergraduate program and a master's program in applied anthropology. Applicants with expertise in North America and another region of the world are especially encouraged to apply. A willingness and ability to offer opportunities for students to engage in research projects, fieldwork, and laboratory or study abroad experiences is also welcome.

A Ph.D. in Anthropology by time of appointment,a record of excellence in teaching and research, and applied experience are required. The university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment; the ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Apply on-line at , attaching a letter of application identifying experiences and qualifications pertinent to the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin October 8 and continue until the position is filled.

  • any movement here? (11-4)
  • nice email on 11/11 that they would be at AAA if I wanted to meet (generally, NOT an interview) to ask questions about the department. Also, that I would be contacted soon regarding the status of my application.
  • I applied, but haven't gotten any confirmation, or an email like the one above. Not sure what (if anything) that means...X2
  • Request for letters, transcripts, teaching evaluations etc. (11/12) X3
  • Phone interviews scheduled (12/7) X4
  • Anybody get an interview?
  • I was phone interviewed but haven't heard about a campus visit. (1/18) x2
  • Form rejection e-mail from HR (2/08) x1
  • No contact of any kind, including form rejection email.  I am obviously not getting the job so it shouldn't matter, but every time I don't get a rejection and others do, I wonder why, and have horrible visions of my application getting lost on the job website or buried on someone's desk.  I guess that paranoia is the downside of the wiki...
  • campus visits underway (2/13)
  • offer accepted (2/22)

Northwestern University (November 1, 2012) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology announces a tenure track Assistant Professor position in the archaeology of complex societies, starting fall 2013. Geographical area and methodological focus are open. Preference will be given to candidates whose research complements existing faculty specializations. We are particularly interested in candidates who have expertise in one or some of the following areas: Prehistoric archaeology/ancient society; Gender/Identity/Body; Environment/Landscape. We encourage a diverse range of applicants. Candidates should have a strong commitment to active field research, undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring, and a four-field approach in anthropology. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012. A letter of application, vita, and names of three referees must be submitted electronically via our web site, AA/EOE. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

• Letters of recommendation requested directly from references to be submitted electronically (29 Oct) x2
- Request for interview at AAAs (05 Nov) x3
- Request for Skype interview (05 Nov) in lieu of attendance at AAAs - to take place after Thanksgiving
- Letters of rec requested directly from references (30 Nov)
- Sounds like they've narrowed it down pretty fast.  Tell us, is  the person with letters of rec requested one of the same that was interviewed?  
- Yep, I was interviewed at AAAs and I posted above regarding rec letter request. Pubs also requested. 
- they sent you an email, or just references?
- both. Materials to be reviewed in coming weeks and shortlist made in early Jan.
- Campus Interview Scheduled (09 Jan) x2
-I know an offer was made. Can't imagine the person did not accept.
-Offer accepted.

Ohio State University (November 1, 2012) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology seeks an archaeologist for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning academic year 2013-2014. The Department of Anthropology is recognized nationally for its strengths in the study of the human past, including social, cultural, and biological/evolutionary dimensions. The Department of Anthropology seeks to recruit a junior-level archaeologist with interests in the cultural and social dimensions of the human past. The expectation is that the successful candidate will have evidence of an ongoing field program, a strong record of research and publication, and a record of teaching excellence. The geographic region and specialization are open, but preference will be given to applicants working in North America. Teaching and research interests should be compatible with the department’s focus on evolutionary anthropology, human ecological adaptations, and quantitative approaches in anthropology. The successful candidate will strengthen collaborations with other OSU departments and colleges, especially in units that share common interests in the study of the human past. Ph.D. required. Application deadline is November 12012. Send letter of application, CV, and contact information for three references to Chair, Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, 4034 Smith Laboratory, 174 W. 18th Avenue, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1106. To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State University encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer.

  • anyone notice that the job isn't listed on the Ohio State website, and isn't on the AAA website anymore either? Just wondering if the search was still active, I've always seen the job ads on the university's websites...
  • Acknowledgement of application and Equal Opportunity Information Request Form received (11/3/2012 x4)
  • Request for more information (research statement, rec letters, etc.) (11/9/2012) x4
  • Campus interviews scheduled for late January/early February (12/20)
  • has anyone had a rejection?  I have heard nothing (2/11)
  • Unfortunately, we have to get used to not hearing anything. Most schools never contact you at all. 
  • Many schools have sent letters to the university from which I graduated and whose letterhead I use, even though I specifically put my home address on the letter and ask to be contacted via that address (which means I don't get them anymore, because I live somewhere else).  At any rate, if campus interviews are scheduled, you should probably just assume that you are out of the game.  Then if by some odd chance they end up contacting you, it will be a pleasant surprise. 
  • An offer has been made and accepted (3/8/13)

Rochester Institute of Technology - Nov. 4, 2012 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Rochester Institute of Technology seeks an archaeologist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, beginning late August, 2013. We seek applicants who balance field research, technical expertise, and culturally and theoretically significant inquiry to contribute to a dynamic, growing department and its degree programs. Applicants must have PhD in hand by start date, and have both field research experience and a technical specialization that would strengthen existing Institute expertise, such as Archaeometry, GIS, remote sensing, or materials science. Applicants must have at least one year of teaching experience, a record of publication and funded research, an active research agenda, and a commitment to students. Applicants will be able to teach courses in introductory archaeology, themes in archaeological research, regional archaeology, field methods, as well as develop new courses for the expanding degree programs. The teaching load consists of five course sections per year.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers two undergraduate B.S. degree programs: Sociology & Anthropology and International & Global We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to RIT’s core valueshonor code, and statement of diversity.

Apply online at careers.rit.eduFaculty Search: IRC60437. Upload via this website a cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a curriculum vita with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references; a sample publication; and a list of courses you are prepared to teach. You can contact the search committee chair with questions on the position at: Professor William Middleton, Application deadline is November 4, 2012. Preliminary interviews will take place in November by telephone or at the AAA meetings.

  • No small irony in the fact that the online application portal for the Rochester Institute of TECHNOLOGY is the most cumbersome online system I've seen this year?
  • No kidding! Dear God, that was painful.
  • Seriously, I have never been happier to have done an application before the deadline.
  • This was nothing compared with the UK job applications I've done, which generally seem to involve re-typing my entire CV and cover letter into a series of little boxes. It gets much worse!
  • Email to inquire about my availability at AAAs or by phone for preliminary interview, but sounds as if they are still finalizing their list of who to interview and will do so by tomorrow (12 Nov); AAA interview scheduled (13 Nov x2)
  • Email to set-up a phone interview (I'm not attending the AAAs) the week of Nov 26 (11/13). (x2)
  • Shortlist being generated week of Dec. 3.
  • Anyone offered an on-campus interview or given a rejection yet? (Dec. 4) I was told they are making a short list by Dec 7th and candidates should be notified around then for campus interviews in early Jan (Dec 5)
  • They're on quarters, so classes continue until the 22nd of Dec. so still plenty of time.
  • I was under the impression the short-list might have been made by now. Has anyone been contacted? (Dec 13)--Nope. I was also under this impression--perhaps no one who made the shortlist is active on the Wiki? (Dec 13)
  • Phone call requesting a campus interview (Dec 18)
  • Rejection letter (dated Jan.22)x2
  • Is anyone else in limbo without a rejection letter or a preliminary interview/phone call? (x1)
  • I am!  I got an application confirmation, but no further communication.  Maybe the mail was slow and a letter is on its way?  This has happened to me before, and I never figured out why.
  • Offer made and accepted.

Simon Fraser University (August 1, 2012) DEADLINE PASSED[]

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.

  • Also posted at Archaeology Jobs 2011-2012 & Physical Anthropology 2012-2013
  • Does anyone know how serious the "possibility for renewal" is? How likely is it that they would receive approval to make this a tenure track position?
  • (10.5.12) This program has been hit hard by attrition over the last 5-6 years. I think that this is a department that will be likely to hire a few times over the next few years. I would rate the likelihood for renewal or opportunities for TT at SFU to be pretty good. Good luck!
  • long listed August 17, 2012. Letters of reference due by September 6, 2012.
  • also longlisted in August 2012. Anyone heard anything more?
  • on-campus interviews have begun (10/19/12)
  • received very politely worded rejection letter -- still a rejection, but a considerate one (11/5/12) x3
  • agree with above about rejection letter--classy and considerate, and actually included brief but very nice comments about my research program. Rare these days to not get a form letter. x2

Southern Connecticut State University – 30 November 2012 -  CANCELLED[]

Southern Connecticut State University’s Department of Anthropology seeks an archaeologist for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to begin fall 2013. Area of specialization is open, although preference will be given to those working in the Americas. Candidates with experience and/or strong interest in developing a field school preferred, but not required. Teaching responsibilities will include overseeing the development of the archaeology concentration of a four-field, growing undergraduate program.

Courses to be taught include introductory courses in archaeology and cultural or biological anthropology, as well as upper-level undergraduate courses in the candidate’s specialization. Substantial involvement in the university’s new Liberal Education Program is expected. Normal teaching load is four courses per semester.

All faculty share student advising and departmental and university-wide committee assignments.

Please mail letter of interest, current CV, official graduate transcript(s), names and contact information of at least three references, and two sample course syllabi (one intro level, one upper-division) to: Chair, Search Committee; Department of Anthropology; Southern Connecticut State University; New Haven, CT 06515-1355. Also, please send the letter, CV, reference information and syllabi electronically to:

In order for your application to be given full consideration, all materials must be received by November 30, 2012. Position will remain open until filled.

SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

SCSU representatives will be conducting interviews at the AAA meeting in San Francisco.

  • Do you suppose a copy of "official graduate transcripts" is OK for the first round? Those things cost money, dammit.
  • I would send unofficial transcripts and say that official transcripts availble upon request. An aside, I have found that the jobs that ask for Letters of Rec and official transcripts up front typically do so to discourage 100s of applications. In some cases, these same jobs had an inside candidate. Might not apply here, but I agree, don't waste you money on transcripts up front, make them request it. They may come back at you and say that you application is not complete, so definitely follow up with an email before the official deadline and ask if your app is complete. Give youself enough time to go through the channels of the officiat transcript process.
  •  disagree with the above post. If they have 100s and they need to reduce the number, why give them another excuse to "circular file" your app?
  • You might look into using a service like Interfolio if you expect to need a lot of official transcripts. I had an offical transcript sent there and can now send it out for less than half the cost of ordering additional ones from my univeristy. There's an annual fee for Interfolio, so it may still be more expensive, but if you need to send out other confidential documents (like letters of rec uploaded by your references, etc) it can sometimes be worth it.
  • AAA interview requested- 10/24 (x5)
  • Mass email AAA interview request - 11/5 (x6)
  • How many recieved this email? (see bullet point above?)
  • Perhaps a better question would be, did anyone not get an invite?
  • (regarding above bullet) I did not receive an interview request, but I emailed the search chair specifically to say I wouldn't be going to the AAAs due to current teaching obligations
  • ^^Did the chair respond to that email? (11/08)
  • I removed some content here that was not related to the search (about AAA interviews) and posted it in the Discussion section below.
  • I emailed the dept. chair in response to the AAA interview announcement, since I could not be there. He said their plan is to conduct telephone or Skype interviews with a long list of approximately 10 candidates in December.
  • Thanks, and thanks for passing that along. Sounds like that pool will come in part from AAA meetings and in part from those who couldn't get there.
  • It might be worth to mention that the official cut off deadline for this according to their website is December 15.
  • Its a bit late now, but I heard from the chair of the search committee on Wednesday (Dec 12), who said the deadline was indeed Dec 15
  • Mass Email - SEARCH CANCELLED (Dec. 21 x 2)
  • Damn, I had hoped we were past that sort of thing.

St. Cloud State University - Feb. 22 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Date of appointment: August 21, 2013 Vacancies at SCSU are contingent on university funding and budgets. Description: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has a New probationary (tenure-track) position in Archaeology with expertise in Cultural Resources Management (CRM). For more information about the department, go to: Responsibilities: Teach core graduate and undergraduate courses, including introductory general anthropology for undergraduates and electives at all levels. Graduate-level courses include CRM I and II and Technical Writing. Advise M.S students and chair master’s committees.

In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: teach and/or perform assignment effectively in other current assignments, produce a record of scholarly/creative achievement or research, continue preparation and study, contribute to student growth and development, and provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B)

Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at:

Application Review begins immediately; for best consideration apply by February 22, 2013; position is open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include the following:

Cover Letter that addresses applicant’s philosophy of cultural resource management as well as above-stated qualifications and experience Curriculum Vitae • Contact information for three (3) current, professional references Transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate/PhD). Unofficial copies are acceptable for preliminary screening; finalists will be required to provide official transcripts during the application process. Contact Information: Dr. Debra Gold, Search Committee Chair Phone: 320-308-2159

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. St. Cloud State University is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

  • Any news on this? There are 2 archaeologists on staff and one with an extensive CRM focus. Internal candidate?
  • There is someone who teaches a lot of the graduate CRM courses but who is not listed as current faculty. So yes, maybe an inside candidate?
  • Any word on this one? (Apr 3)
  • Interviews/short list generated (4/19)
  • Apparently position has been offered and accepted (5/28)

Texas A&M University - Nov. 15 - POSITION FILLED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Paleoamerican archaeology to begin September 1, 2013. We seek a candidate with expertise in first Americans archaeology who is also proficient in one or more specialty area such as lithic analysis, environmental archaeology, or geoarchaeology. Regional focus is open and can range from northeast Asia to the Americas. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Center for the Study of the First Americans. The candidate’s research focus should complement or supplement existing department and center strengths. The successful candidate will teach four courses over the academic year at both the undergraduate and graduate level. These will include a combination of existing courses and new courses that reflect the candidate’s research interests. Candidates are expected to be excellent teachers and maintain an active scholarly research program that provides undergraduate and graduate students with laboratory and field experiences. In addition, the candidate should have a proven record of successfully obtaining external research funding. Ph.D. by January 1, 2013 is required. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Deadline for submission of application is November 15, 2012. Applicants should submit: (1) a letter outlining their experiences and qualifications, their current and future research, and courses they are qualified to teach; (2) CV; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness; (4) up to three samples of scholarly writing; and (5) contact information for three references to: Dr. David Carlson, Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 4352 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4352. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  • 100% shoe-in for this one, trust me
    • I second that
    • can anyone elaborate on that a little? (10/21)
    • Do they mean there's an inside candidate?
    • yes
  • In all seriousness, do not let this deter anyone from submitting an application. As one of these shoe-ins from last year, there are all sorts of things that can (and do) happen during the search process. Also, the internal candidate may get a better offer. If so, the department will have to consider the applicants. Only those who apply will get counted, might as well be among them, right?
  • right, and we need to make the search competitive to be successful
  • I concur that there is a likely inside candidate, who is already associated with the CSFA. 
  • reference letters requested 12/06 (x3)
  • I heard an unconfirmed rumor (gossip) that there were only 18 applications for this job. Seemed unbelievable to me until I looked at the wiki and noticed the comments. 
  • Deleted posting that clearly identified the "inside candidate" (12/17)
  • there was a posting that clearly identified the "inside candidate"?
  • I don't know how "clearly" I identified the inside candidate, I just stated they were shortlisted for another job which three other people were also short-listed for... well, okay, I guess if one did any searching it would have become obvious pretty quick.  Not sure why it would matter though, since "inside candidates" for other searches are VERY clearly identified.  Maybe it was the "inside candidate" who erased my post?  Anyway, it seems stupid not to apply for a job just because there is an inside candidate.  Lots can happen and it doesn't take long to write an application like this.  I didn't apply for the job because it's in Texas and I don't like hot, dusty places.
  • The internal candidate "identified" above is not the internal candidate of whom I was aware. Perhaps there are two. 
  • Or maybe they are just looking to fill another position there.
  • While I've never posted on this wiki, I often follow it out of couriosity; however, I find the commentary on this post irrelevant and uniformed. For example why would readers care if someone did or did not apply for this position? Save your status updates for FB ("like" x4).
  • Really?  Is this the only post with commentary that you find irrelevant and uninformed?  And why would anyone care if you find it to be particularly so?  If people feel like making irrelvant or uninformed commentary, which they very often do on quite a few of these job postings, why not ignore it and move on without being condescending. ("like" x 2)
  • Wait-there's now TWO inside candidates?!
  • There are always two . . . a master, and an apprentice.
  • From second-hand info, the short list was made some time ago. (01/18)
  • Does anyone have any additional insight into what's going on with this position? I wonder if it's time to give up on it.
  • They are currently conducting interviews...
  • I just heard (second-hand) that the inside candidate got the job. What a shocker.
  • In fact, this position was created for the insider. It is such a BS...
  • Yeah, it sucks.  But it's not like they have a choice to advertise the position. They generally can't hire someone without a legitimate search.  Anyway, this person probably needs a stable job just as badly as any of the rest of us.
  • 'Search legitimacy' seems kind of artificial in many spousal hire situations.
  • Many of these posts are ridiculous !  The "insider" and person who was given the job offer also intereviewed at Harvard and Michigan, so this person was a legitimate candidate that deserved the job offer. Those of you with sour grapes should quit complaining and get to work!!
  • Agreed that this sounds like sour grapes, but between two equal candidates, the inside one often has an advantage because the department already knows her or she can preform.  If indeed a position is created for an adjunct or spouse, that insider has a distinct advantage.  In this case the person was clearly well-qualified and an inside candidate (double threat!).  And I don't think our work ethic is directly correlated with being hired, but it certainly helps.

University of California, Riverside- December 15 (Meso) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Anthropology: University of California, Riverside. Department of Anthropology invites applications for Associate Professor in Mesoamerican archaeology, beginning July 1, 2013. Ph.D. in Anthropology required. Seek applications from broadly trained anthropological archaeologists with expertise in complex societies of ancient Mesoamerica, including highland Mexico and the Maya area. Research foci may range from ancient agriculture to ecology, settlement patterns and/or bioarchaeology. Successful candidate is expected to have an active field program in Mesoamerica and be capable and willing to incorporate and mentor graduate students in this research. Position will strengthen department's emphases in applied and critical medical anthropology and interconnections of health, social inequality, human diversity, and the environment. It articulates with the campus-wide health initiative and with interests in Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Biomedical Sciences, Conservation Biology, Botany and Plant Sciences. Successful candidate will teach lower-division, upper-division and graduate courses in his/her field of specialization. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Applications should include Curriculum Vitae, letter describing current and future research and teaching directions, copies of up to five publications, and names with contact information of three references. Send application materials to Professor Karl Taube, Chair, Search Committee, (, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0418. Electronic application and submissions of materials is preferred. Application reviews begin December 15, 2012, and continue until position is filled. University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. UC recognizes domestic partners in its employee benefit packages.

  • This was originally listed in the Assistant Professor category: Job posting at AAA
  • Offer made and accepted.

University College London, Qatar- November 5, 2012 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Lecturer (Assistant Professor equivalent in UK), Archaeological Materials Science

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 8. The salary range will be £37,012 - £44,166 per annum paid locally in Qatari Riyals + generous support package (see link below), exclusive of London Allowance.

The role holder will oversee the operation and further development of UCL Qatar's Archaeological Materials Science Laboratories, contribute to teaching at postgraduate level, particularly in the MSc in Conservation Studies, and the supervision of postgraduate students (MA, MSc and PhD level), as well as support research-active staff (permanent and project-staff) in planning and conducting laboratory-based research.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for establishing laboratory procedures, developing and implementing analytical protocols, establishing and monitoring calibration curves tested against certified reference materials, data quality assurance, and advising on interpretation and publication of data.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Archaeological Science or in a relevant related subject.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience in setting up and running an inorganic archaeological materials laboratory, and have first-hand research or work-related experience, ideally in the Gulf region and/or wider Arab/Islamic world.

Applications are sought from candidates with a track record of research and peer-reviewed publication, ideally in an area relevant to the material culture in the Near East and / or Islamic world, and will continue to undertake high quality research relevant to UCL Qatar's remit. Experience in the study of archaeological ceramics is particularly desirable.

To apply for the vacancy please click "Apply" below.

For general enquiries about this post, please email Simona Duranti (PA to Director) at <>

Closing Date: 5/11/2012 Interview Date: TBC

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Criminal Record Bureau check.

    • An offer has been made and accepted.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (30 April) - Lecturer - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to hire an anthropological archaeologist for a one-year visiting lecturer position beginning August 16, 2013, pending final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester. We are particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated teaching excellence and research interests in complexity, gender, pottery analysis, and materiality who can engage other research units on campus. Ph.D. required. Applications must be submitted online via For full consideration, applications (CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for 3 professional references) must be received by April 30, 2013. Salary commensurate with experience. Questions may be directed to: The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (


  • (4/17) "Ph.D. required" - does this mean ABD need not apply?
  • Yeah, I'd assume ABD would get culled off the top (4/19).
  • Any news on this one?
  • Offer accepted  (5/29)

University of Michigan - Dearborn   - Dec. 1, 2012 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Job Description: The UM-Dearborn Anthropology Discipline seeks a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Archaeology. Appointment begins on September 1, 2013. This new faculty member will be expected to develop additional courses in archaeology, providing depth in their regional area of expertise. Among the geographic areas that we would prefer would be an expert in Latin America, North America, or the Middle East. In addition, this new faculty member will be expected to develop a course in Anthropological Museum Studies and work in conjunction with the bioanthropology faculty to curate the Anthropology Laboratory Collection. This individual will also coordinate the endowed UM-D Anthropology Field School Scholarship Program, which supports student participation in field schools in any of the Anthropology subdisciplines.

The Anthropology program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is part of the Behavioral Sciences Department. There are 22 full-time faculty in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology. UM-D values a teacher/scholar model and high-quality undergraduate education.

The teaching load is three (3) courses per term. An active program of research/ scholarship is also expected. We encourage student engagement in teaching and research. Many courses take part in our student-mentor program in which upper-level students mentor beginning students.

Application review begins Dec. 1, 2012.

  • Anyone hear anything on this one yet?
  • Nope (1/14)
  • Followed up on a call made to me (no message though, just number ID) from these folks. I returned their call, leaving a voice mail message of same, but haven't received a response of any kind. I had assumed this was probably a request for prelim interview or more info for my application. That was 2 days ago. What do you make of that?  (1/18) (x1)
  • Was it even a human voice? Was it live or recorded?
  • The call placed to me showed the number on my caller ID; The caller from U MI-Dearborn did not leave a voicemail message, they just hung up when I didn't pick up after 4 rings and were routed to my voicemail.  I called the Anthro/Behavioral Dept. back and got the dept. admin.  My call was routed to HER voicemail, as she didn't pick up.  I left the message that I was returning a call that had been placed to ME.  I left an alternative number and reiterated my email.  Still haven't received a response.  (1/20)
  • I sent an email that apparently went into a black hole (1/19).
  • I called the dept. this morning to follow up on my own mysterious phone call and talked with the dept. secretary. She told me it was "probably" the chair of the search committee calling, although why he didn't leave a message is unclear. Best to contact him directly? (1/21)
  • Email from chair of the program, asking me to contact my letter writers for recommendations. (1/21- x5)
  • Did anyone who applied NOT get asked for letters? It wasn't clear from the e-mail if they had a long-list, or if they were asking almost everybody for letters. 
  • I applied and have not gotten a request for letters (1/22). (x3)
  • I got the same phone non-message as the person above, but they did reach me a day or two later.  They were calling their prospective long list (or some of it?) to see whether we were still on the market.  I got the same email on 12/21 as listed above, I hope the person with the phone call problem got it too!
  • I did!  The email apologized for the process taking so long after the position was advertised - and thus, yes, the calls were to establish whether people who made their initial long list were still interested before moving forward with the request for Ltrs of Rec.  He mentioned there had been far more applicants than they had expected (100+) and the committee took some time going over them all. 
  • Request for phone conversation (2/4)
  • campus interview for sometime in march
  • Offer made and accepted

University of South Florida (January 15, 2013) - POSITION FILLED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF) invites applications for a full-time, nine-month Visiting Instructor position, to begin August 7, 2013, with a focus on Archaeology. The position will be for one year with possible extension for a second and/or third year.
The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of 4 classes per semester, which might include core undergraduate courses in archaeology as well as advanced undergraduate courses or graduate courses in her/his specialization. Ability to teach quantitative methods at the graduate level is especially welcome.
For further information about the department and university, visit our web site:

Applicants should submit: (1) a letter detailing experience and interest in position, including details of courses taught; (2) a CV; (3) evidence of teaching/ability; (4) names and contact information for three references, who should be able to address teaching ability. Applications must be received by Jan. 15, 2013.

  • Anyone heard anything about this one yet? (3/5)
  • They did interviews and selected a candidate already. Third-hand info.
  • Generic rejection email. (3/11) x3
  • Still no email for me, yet still no contact. 
  • I got both the rejection email, and a rejection letter by mail. Letter said they hired someone, and the person accepted, so for the person above me, maybe they didn't even get your application? 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Nov. 15, 2012 (Environmental) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure track position for an archaeologist specializing in environmental, ecological, or landscape studies, with methodological expertise in zooarchaeology, GIS, or other skills that complement existing departmental strengths. We are looking for a colleague who can contribute to our Ecology and Evolution concentration and interact productively with one or more of our department’s other concentrations or programs.

Faculty teach two courses per semester and are expected to engage actively in both research and graduate and undergraduate training. See further details at We encourage applicants to examine the department’s website (, along with those of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology ( and the interdisciplinary Curriculum in Archaeology ( These provide for further information about the program, as well as current faculty and student interests.

Qualified applicants should submit an application online, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching interests, and the names of four referees. The link to the online application is: Informal inquiries about the position are welcomed at Please direct questions regarding the application process to

Applicants should reasonably expect to have PhD requirements completed by starting date of July 1, 2013. The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are particularly encouraged from women and minority scholars. Review of applicants will begin on November 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Any word yet?
  • None here...  It hasn't been long and it's a busy time of the semester, so I'm still hoping...
  • I wouldn't worry yet, I'm only just getting requests for searches with mid-November deadlines
  • Request for additional materials (12/17) x10
  • Did anyone not get the request for additional materials?  - Yes, I did NOT receive a request (x4)
  • Long lists are usually 10-15 people, so of those people being active on the wiki isn't very surprising.  Several other jobs were the same, where 5-8 people got requests.  Believe me, these guys aren't going to want to sort through everyone's reference letters and publications in January.
  • What is taking this guys so long!!!???!  Has anyone heard ANYTHING?!
  • Nope. (x6)  Sometimes that means they're not done, sometimes that none of the small number who got a campus interview post here, so this is a rough time for those of us in purgatory...
  • Heard last week that they were still working on the short list (2/6)
  • Phone interviews are being scheduled (week of 2/12)
  • Did the person above (or someone else) get a call/e-mail for an interview, or is this someone who's just familiar with the progress of the search?
  • Invitation for CAMPUS interview (not phone interview) received 2/12.
    • That's interesting-- I had a phone interview that week, and I know someone else who did too.  I wonder why they did both?  Anyway, if there's any further news I'd appreciate being put out of my waiting-game misery.  The last jobs of the year are the hardest to let go of...
  • Futher info for the person who posted above...I did NOT do a phone interview. I received an email requesting a campus interview although the email requested that we speak in person to make the arrangements. It was a brief conversation about the campus interview process.
  • Offer made
  • Offer accepted 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Nov. 15, 2012 (Roman) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Department of Classics - Roman archaeologist - UNC Chapel Hill is an EOE employer. Women and minority scholars are encouraged to apply. Applicants apply online at and attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names of four people who will write letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by November 15, 2012 for consideration. The four letters of recommendation should be sent directly to: Donald C. Haggis, Chair, Roman Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Classics, CB# 3145, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145. E-mail inquiries should be addressed to: In the application letter indicate teaching and research interests that are complementary to existing strengths in the archaeology program (

  • March 2013 - position accepted by Jennifer Gates-Foster

University of North Carolina Wilmington - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, to start August 2013. The successful candidate will be an anthropologist with interests in ecological/evolutionary approaches to past or present populations that complement, but do not overlap with those of current departmental faculty. Research areas may include health, reproduction, diet and nutrition, biological aspects of language and ethnoecology, or primate behavior and communication. Area of geographic concentration should focus outside the Western hemisphere.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, and be able to provide evidence of success in teaching, publications, and funded research. Candidates should also be willing to engage undergraduates in research. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to A. Midori Albert, Search Committee Chair, and filed electronically at http://consensus.uncw.ed No e-mailed, mailed or faxed applications will be accepted. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are specifically preferred. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 1, 2012.

  • Department has a VAP, I'm told on good authority he won't be applying for this. Really good faculty, nice environment there.
  • Form letter request for references to be sent by October 17th (10/10/12)
  • A very helpful / kindly worded email to say I am not under active consideration (10/19/12) (x2)
  • Campus interviews being held (11/8).
  • I just received an email stating that the search focus has changed slightly and asking if they might reopen consideration of my application.  This is odd... has anyone else received a similar email or know what happened?
  • An offer has been made and accepted (3/3/13)

University of Vermont - November 1, 2012 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The University of Vermont Department of Anthropology seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in archaeology. We invite applications from broadly-trained, anthropological archaeologists with expertise in the study of complex societies (geographic area and time period open). Candidates that pursue one or more of the following themes in their research are especially encouraged to apply: landscape archaeology with GIS or remote sensing applications; cultural interface with environment or climate; or materials science. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an active program of field and laboratory research and to obtain extramural funding to support these pursuits. In addition to teaching, faculty members are expected to advise and mentor undergraduates and, whenever practical, involve students in their research. UVM is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Prospective candidates should submit a letter detailing their areas of expertise and their potential research and teaching contributions along with a curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. Apply online at by searching for the position under the department name (Anthropology) only. The position will remain open until filled but priority will be given to applications submitted by November 1, 2012.The hire must have a Ph.D. in anthropology. The anticipated start date is August, 2013.

  • Request for letters of reference sent directly to referees (09 Nov) x4
  • I heard from a reliable source they received over 300 applications x2
  • Request for additional materials (12 Nov) x5
  • I have also heard over 300 apps. If you haven't heard anything yet, don't worry, I doubt that they are anywhere close to weeding out the applications at this point. Maybe by the end of the week? Was the request for "additional materials" above for letters of reference? Or, did they request something different?
  • My references were contacted on 9 Nov, and I was contacted by search committee chair for additional materials (pubs, teaching stuff, etc) today (12 Nov). X5
  • Received rejection email (15 Nov). X11
  • Got the Sea Bag Drag, kudos to Vermont for being polite enough to send a note. Last year I had an on-campus interview and the university just never got back to me. Rude!
  • I have received neither a request for more materials nor a rejection email. Any ideas? Are they still weeding through applications? X3
  • No ideas, but that happened to me with a job last year. It was super frustrating! I still wonder what the heck happened to my application (although as it turned out, I would never have had a chance at the position anyway).
  • My guess is that they have several piles. One for interview right away (these are probably the favorites for the hire), one for reject right away (these were determined to not be a good fit using whatever criteria), one for "wait to see how the initial interviews go", and finally one for applications that they haven't gotten to yet. EDIT: Maybe they haven't had enough time to notify the 250+ applicants of their rejection yet. If this is true, many of us should expect rejections today.
  • Still never heard anything on this one....(I presume interviews are scheduled?)(12/3)
  • I haven't heard any news on interviews. My references were contacted and I also got the request for additional materials.They may have not had a chance to move following the request for additional information. Then the AAA meetings and Thanksgiving were back-to-back and now we are at the end of the semester. I would not be surprised if they wait until January to move again. Of course, that may just be hopeful thinking on my part :-) (x2)
  • The request for additional materials said they were going to start reviewing them on or around Nov. 30th. That's just five days ago, so there's plenty of time yet.
  • Request for phone interview (after review of additional materials) (12/10 x6)
  • Rejection email -- I did not receive a request for additional materials (12/10)
  • No rejection or request for phone interview (after review of additional materials) (12/11) (x5)
  • Email saying that short list will be made by Jan. 14.  (12/27)
  • Campus Interview Scheduled (1/8) x3
  • Any word?
  • Offer Accepted

University of Washington - Seattle (1 December 2012, Assistant Professor) - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle) Department of Anthropology seeks a PhD archaeologist for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor (9 months) beginning in September 2013. The successful candidate will be actively engaged in, or willing to develop, a research program on the Pacific region with an emphasis on the North American Pacific Northwest region. In addition, this individual must also have a track record in a least one of the following three conceptual foci: archaeological information science, contemporary/indigenous/ community archaeology, or the archaeology of human-environmental dynamics. Applicants must have earned a doctorate by the date of appointment. For applicants who meet the above criteria, we will select those who best complement the current faculty. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring. The University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The Department of Anthropology values colleagues who have a strong commitment to an academic environment that promotes diversity. The University of Washington is an affirmative equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

To apply, send a single PDF file including the following items in the specified order: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching portfolio, (4) diversity statement (a brief statement on how your teaching, research and/or service contribute to diversity through scholarship or by improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups), and (5) the names of three referees to with the following subject header: ‘UW Archaeology Position - Your Name’. Cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Marcos Llobera, Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology. Alternative methods of submission may be acceptable with prior approval of the search committee chair. Applications received by December 1, 2012 are assured consideration.

  • Does anyone have any comments about this posting?!  I've applied and therefore v. curious on any info. (15/12)
  • I have a friend inside the department.  The short list has been generated at this point, and short-listers should have been contacted by now (1/21).
  • Oops.  Turns out they're doing a "long-short list," and this is what has been completed, not the final short list for interviews and campus visits.  Apologies.
  • I got a request for letters of recommendation, publications, and a research statement a few weeks ago that were due on 1/21 (I haven't checked this site in a while), so I'm guessing it will be a few more days before the short list is contacted.  - X3, except mine were due on 1/23. Strange.
  • oops, I just double checked, mine were due 1/23 too, I just assumed it was due on a Monday
  • Heard they have invited candidates for interviews.....
  • Campus interviews are complete 3/12
  • Any News????
  • word on the street is that an offer has been made

University of Western Australia (8 June 2012) - OFFER MADE[]

Assistant Professor - 2 positions, Professional Archaeology & Rock Art Studies• 3 year appointment

• Salary range: Level B $81,400 - $96,663 p.a.
• Plus 17% superannuation
• Closing date: Friday, 8 June 2012In an exciting development for Archaeology and Heritage at The University of Western Australia, applications are invited from two researchers keen to join a dynamic, growing and diverse community of archaeologists.

We are seeking a scholar to implement and oversee the development of the new Master of Professional Archaeology program. This course is designed to respond to the shortage of professional archaeologists, in particular in relation to the growth of the industrial and mining sectors of Australia and is designed to provide advanced archaeological training in the skills, values and knowledge of a professional archaeologist. Applicants with teaching experience are requested to submit a teaching portfolio as part of their application. Some assistance with relocation expenses (if applicable) may be negotiated.

  • Is the salary listed in AUD or USD?
  • An offer has been made

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology/Archaeology is seeking a dynamic archaeologist who is looking to teach motivated students in a collegial, supportive, and collaborative atmosphere. Our open position is for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Archaeology to begin late August 2013. We seek applications from individuals who hold a Ph.D. in anthropology by time of appointment.

Preference will be given to candidates whose areas of expertise incorporate any of the following: human osteological/faunal analysis; materials analysis (ceramics, lithics, historics, etc.); and/or hunter/gatherer or early indigenous agricultural societies. Candidates with research experience in North American (excluding Mexico) prehistoric or historical archaeology are especially encouraged to apply, but all applications will be considered from candidates whose geographic and theoretical focus complements, rather than duplicates, current faculty interests. Candidates who have experience with a variety of teaching methods, have the potential to obtain research funding, and have a strong desire to incorporate undergraduate students in their research activities are preferred.

The successful candidate will be foremost an inspirational teacher, role model, and mentor to students with varying career goals. The successful candidate must express their dedication to high quality undergraduate education and have the experience necessary to supervise and mentor undergraduate students. Responsibilities include: 1) teaching General Education courses in Archaeology, Historical and Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology, and upper level courses in the applicant's area of expertise that meet curricular demand; 2) periodically teaching a summer field school; 3) supervising undergraduate research in the sub-fields of anthropology; and 4) advising archaeological studies majors and anthropology minors.

The Archaeology Program at UW-L is part of the Department of Sociology/Archaeology. Qualified candidates will join the 16-member department, 7 of whom are anthropologists. The Archaeology Program serves 107 archaeology majors, 84 anthropology minors, and 6 archaeology minors. The program is built around a strong core of foundational courses with the expectation of close student-instructor interaction, opportunities for in-depth participation by our students in all aspects of anthropological research and internship experiences. For more information about our program, or the Department of Sociology/Archaeology, see
The Department of Sociology/Archaeology values diversity and supports the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in its effort to be a leader in Wisconsin's movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness. The position is open until filled; however, the review of applications will begin on November 8, 2012.

Applicants must provide a letter of application, vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and future research, and the names and contact information of three references. For your reference contact information document, please include the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 professional references. Your "Other" document must be a statement of future research. The maximum size of each document you upload during the application process is 1.9 MB.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Tim Mc Andrews, Search and Screen Chair, at

  • Anyone have some word on this search and department? I seem to recall numerous listing for this position over the last two or three years. Am I imaging this or have they lost/failed recent searchers or hires?
  • There was a posting for an interdisciplinary position in Ethnic and Racial Studies last cycle. I applied, and was told they made a hire. I applied for basically every archaeology position advertised last cycle, and I don't see any record of one at UWLAX.
  • If I remember correctly from a couple of cycles ago, this is a 4/4 position with high research expectations paying at adjunct levels. Plus it is subject to all the chaos of working in a public WI institution (furlough fun days). So I suspect that they have trouble finding and retaining people.
  • Sorry I am not American, what do you mean by chaos in public WI institution? Why? And what does it mean "Salary at adjunct level", that is lower? Thanks!
  • Wisconsin public workers, including faculty at public universities, have had to take numerous "furlough" days in the past few years. Furlough is a forced unpaid day where you're not allowed to do anything related to your work -- you can't come to work, you can't do research, you can't communicate with students, etc. The reasons are complex especially if you're outside the U.S., they deal with budget issues and priorities and devaluing of public education and labor. "Adjunct" level pay is considerably lower than tenure-track faculty pay. I can't personally confirm what the reply above says on that.
  • Thank you for your reply!
  • Careful on the online system, there's also an open cultural anthro position that I accidentally applied for. As usual, if there's a way to screw up something, I found it.
  • They advertised for an archaeologist, "Midwest preferred," in the 2010-11 cycle. That person was there for the 2011-12 academic year and left, and is now listed as a lecturer at another university. I don't know why he left or anything else about the department, I just looked at the last few issues of their dept newsletter and an old list of job ads.
  • And to add to the history/mystery, during the 2009/2010 cycle, they had interviews with several candidates and ended up choosing NONE of them. Don't know why, but no one was exactly what they were looking for.
  • I heard the guy that was there for only a year and ended up leaving to become a lecturer elsewhere had health problems and that he was ABD. Don't know if these contributed to his going elsewhere, but from what I've seen in the department listings people tend to stay for many years - it doesn't look like one of those "revolving door" departments that can't keep its faculty.
  • Mass email confirming search has started (8 Nov)
  • I did not get an email confirming the search has started, but I got an email weeks ago saying they received my application. What does that mean? (x4)
  • I got this like most of 138 other applicants. After submission I asked for confirmation becuase the online app system is a little weird. Perhaps they were obligated to answer all if they answered 1.
  • They likely sent out confirmation emails in two waves, this one was just before the deadline, I would not worry.
  • Contacted for phone interview 11/12; this sounds quite preliminary, they haven't contacted my references or anything.
  • Phone Interview conducted 11/09. I was informed that finalists from preliminary interviews conducted at AAAs or by phone, will be contacted in December to schedule on-campus interviews sometime after the New Year.
  • Has anyone been contacted about AAA interviews? I don't see anything to that effect above.
  • Form email, no longer being considered for the position. Notes 138 applicants. (11/21) (x4)
  • Email saying I'm no longer being considered (I had one of 11 phone or AAA interviews). Too bad, it sounded like a nice department to me. (11/23)
  • Email inviting me for campus interview (11/22)
  • Please keep us informed. The history of this position makes it very interesting (x3). 
  • any word here? (12/18)
  • I have a campus interview in February. Sounds like they want to make a decision before the end of the month (2/3).  (x3)
  • Offer made and accepted

Washington College - Oct 15, 2012 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washington College seeks a dynamic and energetic anthropological archaeologist who can teach a wide range of introductory and upper-level courses. Subfield specialization and temporal/geographic are open, although the ability to build on the strengths of our department in experiential learning and the human-environment relationship is strongly preferred. Pending budgetary approval, this tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor begins August 15, 2013. Ph.D. in-hand is required. The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students and supervise senior theses. Tenure-line faculty are expected to contribute courses to the college-wide first year writing and research program (see The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, show a strong interest in developing a career as a teacher-scholar in a liberal arts institution, and show significant promise as a scholar.

The rapidly growing anthropology major at Washington College has a strong foundation in student-centered, field-based research and we highly value multidisciplinary teaching. With the goal of strengthening ties with programs such as Environmental Studies, International Studies, and Gender Studies, our ideal candidate will have a broad background in the four fields of anthropology and the interest and ability to teach the following existing courses: Cultures and Environments of the Chesapeake, Sex, Gender and Culture, and Biological Anthropology. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop new courses relating to topics such as museum studies, cultural resource management, origins of inequality, or genocide. The ability to contribute to our summer field schools and research efforts at the Center for Environment and Society ( and/or GIS Labs ( is strongly desired. Because no single candidate is likely to match all of these desired areas, we are seeking a vibrant anthropologist who can contribute to the diversity of interests found in our anthropology major.

To apply, please submit electronic copies of a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, graduate transcript, and the names of three references through our online portal Consensus, at If you have more than one document you would like to include under "Other Documentation," please combine them into one Word (.docx) or PDF file and upload under "Attach Other Document." Review of applications will begin on October 15th, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Pending budgetary approval, preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AAA meetings in San Francisco in November 2012. Washington College is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants: Any word on this one?
  • Request for AAA interview 10/29 (x7)
  • After I said that I couldn't make AAAs they said that they would schedule a skype interview if necessary after the AAAs, even though initial request for AAA interview said that inability to meet in SFO would not negatively affect one's chances. Doh! (x1).
  • Has anybody received an email about a preliminary interview that was sent after 10/29????
  • FYI - the current anthropology teaching fellow in the department is an archaeologist and is married to one of the current faculty members. Likely a spousal hire?
  • Doubtful, she does not have a PhD, and based on the courses that they want taught, Seidel is the one that is reituring or at least going to part-retirement.
  • Maybe...she received her Ph.D. in 2004 (U. Georgia). She seems very integrated into the department, and has taught several of the courses mentioned. I would be very surprised if they did not hire her, but this is just my opinion. No hard feelings -- she seems like an excellent researcher and teacher.
  • I would suggest withdrawing your application x2, one less person to worry about.
  • I know of several cases at prominent universities where one spouse has a TT job while the other has been a visiting or adjunct forever. The department's attitude has been, we know the spouse is not going anywhere, so why not just keep them as a Visiting or Adjunct.
  • I stand corrected on the no PhD comment, I was looking at the OTHER husband and wife couple in that department.
  • Some departments do not like to make spousal hires. Some spouses do not want to be full time instructors. In other instances, departments cannot make a desired spousal hire until the administration creates a new line, which depends on budgets and not faculty preferences. In this case, seems as though this job could reflect any of these scenarios... So... Hope for the best! +1
  • Reference Letters requested 11/30 (x2)
  • I hope whoever was bellyaching about inside candidates, got a Ref. Letter request. (nope)
  • Campus interview requested 12/21 (interviews scheduled for Feb.) (x2)
  • Call stating that the job had been offered to & accepted by another candidate...Total bummer -- I enjoyed my campus interview at this school and really wanted to work there.
  • FYI -- was in fact a spousal hire (Markin + Lampman)

Washington State University - Nov. 15 - OFFERS ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, invites applications for a full-time permanent tenure track position as Assistant Professor in Anthropological Archaeology beginning August 16, 2013. We seek an exceptional scholar who has a demonstrated ability and an innovative approach in the archaeological sciences as their primary research, which can include (but is not limited to) molecular, earth or environmental sciences, archaeometry, geochemistry, remote sensing methods or quantitative/spatial analysis (GIS). The WSU Archaeology program has strengths in many aspects of archaeological method and theory with a particular emphasis on materials analyses. We are keen to acquire a faculty member who can capitalize on the collaborative and interdisciplinary opportunities offered by the recent integration of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges at WSU. The position includes teaching, research, and service. Minimum Required qualifications for applicants include: •Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field completed by July 1, 2013; •demonstrated specialization in archaeological sciences •active program of field and/or laboratory research with the ability to integrate and provide opportunities to graduate students •ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropological Archaeology We prefer candidates who have the following strengths: •track record of high impact publications •an indication of past and future success in extramural funding •evidence of teaching excellence •complements and builds on existing faculty strengths •addresses research questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries See the full Notice of Vacancy (available at Candidates must supply a letter of application summarizing qualifications, curriculum vitae, and contact information (including e-mail and phone numbers) for at least three references. Please apply online through WSU Human Resources ( To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by November 15, 2012. Send email inquiries to Dr. Colin Grier, Search Committee Chair, at

  • Received email requesting that I have my referees send letters of reference and that I send them 3 pubs and a 2 page statement about my specialty in the archaeological sciences 12/9 (x9)
  • Request for Campus interview (x4)
  • I have heard that in order to be placed on the long-list here you had to have a transferrable NSF grant and 10+ publications. 
  • How is the above useful information to anyone now that they're doing campus visits? Please just post useful stuff, otherwise there is a section for rumors at the bottom of the page. Thanks.
  • It is useful for anyone who is applying for jobs and not getting one, especially this one, given that most of us probably didn't even know how they were ranking applicants. I see this information as useful as knowing that some schools are getting 300 plus applicants.  
  • If I had applied to a job and the bar was set this high, I would want to know.  I'd find it relevant. (x2 I agree!!)
  • I interviewed for the job and I have neither a transferrable NSF nor 10+ publications. 
  • Did you get the job?
  • Offer accepted (FYI - they hired 2 people out of the applicant pool)

General Discussion, Rumors, and Speculation[]

Does it bother anybody else when applying that these forms ask for our "Gender" and then give us the "Male" or "Female" choice?  The people who make up these BS forms obviously didn't take Anthro 101.  C'mon, don't confuse sex and gender, people.  Let's not even start on the race/ethnicity mess.

  • I support this comment 100 percent.

Well this year shows just how insignificant getting a AAA interview is. I did not get a single one, but I made the long list on 8 jobs (which I did not find out about until December) and got on two short lists/campus interviews.

What in the hell is going on with the format of comment bullet points on this page?!  Why do I keep checking the RSS feed only to find that somebody has added 14 bullet points in front of the comments?  Is this a Wikia standard or does it serve a purpose that I do not understand?

  • No idea.  I fixed a couple of them, but then realized that will just spam everyone with notifications.  Anyone not seeing the crazyness?
  • Ahh! The bullet points were driving me nuts so I fixed a bunch. (yes I am procrastinating)
  • It makes it tough to see the actual honest updates in the sea of reformatting.  The point of the wiki site is to keep up to date, no?  I am sorry the bullet points drive you nuts, but having to click through a dozen formatting posts to find an update seems like it would drive everybody nuts, not just one person?

Do folks generally not apply to community colleges? I have not noticed any posted on this wiki. 

  • Thanks for the information (I asked the question above). I am finding that I am inclined to devote more energy to teaching, so I am working on applying for some CC jobs. Most of them desire PhD applicants now. I don't really care about the prestige, although I am finding that my collegues are incredibly judgemental about my applying to these positions. Thanks everyone for the information. 
  • As others indicate below, CC jobs can be a viable, even great, option to explore, particularly if you are more inclined toward teaching. It is true, from what I understand, that such jobs tend to pay better than research U. TT jobs. I think the reason why CC jobs don't often appear on the wiki is that they usually don't follow the same "season" or cycle as TT Research jobs; the process is a bit different and less trackable on the wiki, I think (at least I've noticed that to be the case in other fields). However, if there are CC Archeo. jobs that look good and that you'd like to try to track here, I don't see any reason why you couldn't add them to the list above.--Admin.

Not sure, I suspect a lot of people are not interested. The Ph.D. is, after all, a research degree and a community college generally leaves little time, facilities, or support to do research. You don't need a Ph.D. to work at a CC (a M.A. will suffice), meaning that you're overqualified. They also offer little prestige, though I find it hard to believe many of us got into archaeology for prestige.

I have a friend in one, he makes 70K+ plus summer pay (and can expect to top out 120K+ in 15 years), the tenure clock is only three years, is eligible for semester-long sabbaticals every five years, runs a international field school, has modest professional development $, and has a nice pension that allows him to retire at age 55 (if he wants). He teaches the occasional upper division school at the nearby small liberal arts college. Obviously one of the better community colleges out there. In terms of base salary, professional development, the ability to get some research done, etc., it sounds better (to me) than your average "State U. at X City" position. I think it is insane that many of these assistant professor positions are starting people at <50K, regardless of the area of the country.

I have been an adjunct at a community college.  I was stepping in for the tenured archaeology prof. there, who was on sabbatical.  He regularly led students on study-abroad semesters and was well paid.  He chose to teach more classes to earn more money and not do research, but he could have had a course reduction and done research.  He also had the summers free (if he wanted them) for fieldwork.  Most of the students were in community college to get their grades up and then transfer to a 4-year institution, and so they were serious and hard working.  You probably won't get a 2/2 load and funds for fieldwork (sometimes I wish I was a cultural anthropologist so I could run a field season on enough for a flight, rent, and food!), but it comes down to what you want in life.  Teaching 4/4 is pretty easy when they are the same 4 to 8 courses on a rotation.  I teach 4/4 now as full-time sabbatical replacement, finished a book, articles, grant proposals, and applied for jobs, so it's possible.  I have not noticed many community college postings on HigherEd, the Chronicle, AAA, or SAA job boards, and I wonder if they are hiring their adjuncts.

Ugh. Whatcom Community College cancels their search as per email today 2/25. I know nobody cares about cc's here but I would have loved that job.

^^^Some people care about cc jobs here!  Where did you hear about the Whatcom job?  I follow the Chronicle and fairly carefully and didn't see it listed there.

The application deadline was early in January and I saw the ad in The Chronicle in December. If you go to their HR website you may still be able to see the ad and if what they say in the email is true, they will reopen the position next year. I got the suspended search infor in an email on Feb 25.

I have noticed a number of jobs not listed, including ones from the University of Mississippi and University of Tulsa, among others. Does anyone else think this suggests that fewer folks are using the wiki, due to the soul-crushing nature of the whole thing? :-)

I suspect you can take the number of people reported to use the wiki (a little over one hundred) and triple it. There is a tremendous backlog

To anyone discouraged by the reports of pre-deadline interview requests: I've been called for interviews before the official deadline passed and not made the short list, and so have other people I know. I've also been asked for an interview over a month *later* than others on the wiki, and made the short list. So I wouldn't read too much into posts reporting super-early interview requests-- it doesn't mean the committee has already made up their minds, it may just mean the long list is very long, or that a place with a pretty general ad hasn't decided what direction to go in yet.

Is it my imagination, or are there more snail-mail-only applications this year than last? Seems strange-- I would have thought digital would be easier for reviewers (as well as applicants).

What ever happened to the two University of Michigan jobs that were posted? One was for culture origins and the other for arctic archaeology? A: Now posted above (5/28/12)


Lots of jobs appear to be opening up now, I guess maybe the myth of the baby boom retirement is starting to become real??

Which part of the inevitable process of aging and eventual retirement (or death) is mythical?

In grad school, I was told by older faculty members that many, many positions would be opening in coming years as the ranks of tenured faculty swollen by baby boomers who had entered the academy when it was in a period of expansion began to retire in large numbers. Perhaps it was just meant to comfort, or perhaps that's a widely held assumption. Regardless, the past few years have had, by many estimates, remarkably few new openings. To me, it doesn't seem like a stretch to make a reference like the writer did. Funny thing, hyper-literalism: It's never quite as funny or charming when stated as it seems in the mind.

1) The post-WWII Boom lasted approximately 20 years. Shouldn't we expect their retirement to span approximately 20 years as well? If we take 1946 to be the start of the Boom, the oldest are just now approaching retirement age.

2) In this economic climate, some may choose to delay retirement (if permissable).

3) If the Boomers got in at a time of expansion, mightn't this time of contraction mean that not every retirement results in an advertised vacancy?

Faculty in my department may have fed me some b.s. along the way (knowingly or otherwise), but they also taught me to think critically.

Absolutely right on all counts, though my understanding is the baby boom effect was a bit delayed as children born right after WWII would have entered universities after Vietnam, with many of them on the GI Bill. Your points, especially 2 and 3, is what makes something that's a demographic reality in one sense a "myth" in another. As far as being "fed BS but thinking critically," OK.

The "boom effect" meaning departmental swell? That some Boomers may have entered universities and the job market later than today's "traditional" students/job-seekers, does not change their present age or proximity to retirement.

No, but they are delaying retirement into their late 60s or even 70. In addition, many universities are not replacing their lines, so it doesn't matter much if they retire or not. With the Baby Boom came a lot of students entering college in large numbers, and hence the need to expand departments. Although there have been mini-booms over the years, many universities are cutting back. Studies showing that anthropology is the worst college major are not helping (and AAA needs to get in front of that and get more public about what this major is good for). BTW, I first heard these rumors in 1993.

This following post from Stephen Chrisomalis' blog might be of interest: The numbers are for anthropology jobs in general (all sub-disciplines), and only come from AAA postings, but still... food for thought. Would be nice to know the breakdown by sub-discipline.

To our moderator, if such exists: Is there a reason why in this Wiki we do not mark the old jobs as "DEADLINE PASSED"? I think this would give our contents page more transparency and easiness of search. I'll be happy to do this. Admin here: go ahead!

Just a note for people on committees: In case anybody on a committee actually reads this site (which I don't as it seems to always destroy the hope that comes with ignorance), I have a suggestion. Recall  few years back when every school switched to electonic submissions and all asked for letters of rec as part of the initial process? There was such an outcry that the AAA actually posted that that should be avoided. I wish something similar would be done with the excessively complicated and unreliable e-submission procedures some schools are using, such as ASU and Tulane. Ok. Now that I vented, I wonder if it was worth it....

Question for the board. How many people do you know that received their Ph.D. in 2009 or later, sought tenure track positions, and actually have them now? I'm curious as to what new archaeology graudates are up againt. I personally know of five out out of 27. Three from 2009 and two from 2010.

I graduated in 2009, landed a tenure track position in 2009.  I have at least three friends who graduated at the same time or slightly after me who also have tenure track positions.  Can't say it was all that easy, though, and I have several more friends who have not been able to get tenure track positions after graduating.

  • 2010: 1
  • 2011: 1

(AAA discussion from the Southern Connecticut State job) This may be a dumb question, but how can interviews be held mid-November when the application materials are due at the end of the month? Secondarily, what is with all the AAA-based 'interviews'? How many graduate students constrained by pittance salaries will choose to attend the AAAs instead or in addition to, the SAAs? This is feeling more like an elitist poll tax than an opportunity for an initial job interview. (x1)

Job interviews always take place at the AAAs. They are rarely scheduled for the SAAs. If you are on the market, you should go to the AAAs. Good luck!

Thank you for the reply, although I am still curious about the discrepancy between mid-Nov interviews and end of Nov deadline for materials, if anyone else can clarify. I am completely broke, so I guess I'm SOL this year for any interviews. My department does not advocate archaeologist attendance at the AAAs, so this news is both disheartening and unexpected.

Totally agree with the above. I'm able to attend AAAs only because of travel funds in my VAP position. I'll say the AAA "interviews" in my experience are more like meat markets: rush them in, ask a few questions, rush them out. I've also had one experience where I was one of THREE interviewees in the little booth with the committee. In two cases, I had phone interview follow-ups after AAA "interviews," and in others, no movement. In short, the AAA interviews seem more like an initial screening than anything else. And not every school shows up at AAAs, and certainly candidates are hired that committees don't meet at AAAs. (This is all, of course, based on my own limited experience. Your results may vary).

One can always ask for a Skype or phone interview in lieu of AAAs. Can't hurt to ask. Overall, if on the job market and choosing between AAAs and SAAs, choose AAAs. It's not fair, nor is it ideal. Neither is the job market. Good luck. (x2)

I don't think it's a big deal for people asked for a AAA interview who aren't attending to be given a phone interview instead (at least, it's worked that way for me before). Some departments do relatively few interviews at this level while others do a LOT. It doesn't sound like anyone's references have been contacted here, so I would guess these AAA interviews are more like the initial screening someone mentioned above. I have no inside knowledge of this place, but not attending the AAAs definitely does NOT take you out of the running in general. (x3)