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Aarhus University (DK) - Assistant/Associate Professorship in Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology - Deadline: 9 June 2015[]

The Department of Archaeology at the School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for an assistant professorship or an associate professorship in Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology.

If an assistant professor is appointed, the position will be a three-year training position. An associate professorship will then be advertised in the same subject area. If an associate professor is appointed, the position will be a permanent, full-time position.

The position is available from 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Research: The successful applicant will have a strong research profile in medieval and/or post-medieval archaeology, methods and theories, and material culture in Europe including, in particular, Scandinavia (1050 AD to present). We welcome applicants with a broad range of interests. Research areas of particular interest include: churches and monasteries, Norse archaeology, as well as technology and artefact studies.

Qualifications: Applicants for the assistant professorship must hold a PhD degree or similar qualification within the field of medieval and/or post-medieval archaeology. Applicants for the assistant professorship must also have teaching experience corresponding at least to the experience gained during a PhD degree programme. Applicants for the associate professorship must hold a PhD degree/similar qualification, have scholarly qualifications at an international level and a teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship.

Applicants for the associate professorship must furthermore be able to document: A strong international research profile. A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile. Experience of participation in collective research projects and interdisciplinary cooperation. Teaching experience in areas of relevance to medieval and post-medieval archaeology as well as mastery of academic English in the classroom. Participation in national and international networks. Experience of attracting external research funding. Experience of supervising student projects and an interest in researcher talent development.

Applicants for the assistant professorship must be able to document experience of or an interest in the above points at PhD level at least. Applicants are expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

Please state clearly whether you are applying for the assistant professorship or the associate professorship.

The application must be uploaded in English.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

For more information about the application procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn,

American University in Beirut, Lebanon - Modern Middle Eastern History/Archaeology or Islamic History/Archaeology) [Senior Hire] - Deadline: 20 Jan. 2016[]

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Beirut seeks an established scholar of prominent standing in his/her field of specialization for visiting appointment to the Alfred H. Howell Endowed Chair in History and Archaeology

The applicant will be a recognized senior academic specializing in Modern Middle Eastern History and/or Islamic History. This position is also open for senior archaeologists.

In addition to the normal functions associated with the occupancy of a Chair at AUB, candidates are expected to teach two undergraduate or graduate courses per semester, supervise student research and MA or, in the case of History, PhD theses. The language of instruction is English. The period of visiting appointment is initially for one year. The appointment is to begin on August 15, 2016.

Interested applicants should send a letter of application and a CV, with the names of three references to: Patrick McGreevy, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut c/o 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017-2303

Arizona State University (AZ) -- Honors/Open Field/Open Rank (Renewable/Non TT)[]

Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University invites applications for a renewable multi-year position in the core Honors faculty. Barrett Honors Faculty Fellows are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers with competitive salaries and generous benefits.

The main teaching responsibility rests on a rigorous two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Event, in which students examine diverse intellectual traditions from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.

Arizona State University as an institution is committed to accessibility and excellence. Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. The typical Barrett freshman is in the top five percent of their high school class.

We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year Human Event seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate teaching excellence, including experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2016; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.

Qualifications: A PhD in any academic field that adds richness to our college. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing and leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired. We welcome applications from candidates whose teaching and scholarly activities address the diversity of our student population and seek a diverse candidate pool.

Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching; (4) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in the first semester of The Human Event (HON 171), and a schedule of readings for that course. Further information on this course can be found at Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at

  • Application review will begin at 5:00pm on February 4, 2016.

Binghamton University (NY) - TT Assistant Professor - Ecology - 1 Dec. 2015[]

The Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor studying the responses of ecological systems to complex environmental changes that fundamentally affect the sustainability of the Earth ecosystem. The position is open with respect to ecological system (e.g., terrestrial, aquatic, urban) and scale (e.g., population, community, ecosystem). Special attention will be given to applicants developing research programs with these strengths:  1) integration of basic research with broad-scale environmental challenges, e.g., global climate change, urbanization, degradation of water quality; 2) coupling dynamics of natural and human systems required to implement science-based research in real-world situations; 3) consideration of evolutionary responses to environmental changes, 4) a strong field component in research. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally funded research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching. He/she will join the Ecology-Evolution-Behavior group within the Department of Biological Sciences ( and will contribute to EvoS, Binghamton University's campus-wide evolutionary studies program ( and the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program (

Requirements:  Ph.D. in Ecology, Post-doctoral experience. Publications in peer review journals. Must be able to teach a majors course in ecology.

Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, selected reprints and preprints, and statements of research and teaching interests to Applications should indicate how their future programs are consistent with Binghamton University's mission of achieving excellence of both research and teaching. Please enter contact information to enable three letters of recommendation to be sent to the application website.

  • Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • I'm wondering why this job is listed here? The requirements say specifically "Ph.D. in Ecology". Does anyone know if they're actually considering people in other disciplines, or was this posting a mistake?
  • An archaeologist working on issues of past populations in relation to the enviroment (pollen,macrobotanical, faunal analyses, etc.) could definitely meet the requirements of the position as stated. Someone who has worked on a coupled human-natural system, for example, would be ideally suited. The interdisciplinary nature of the ad also indicated they are looking for someone who can be connected across related areas.

California State University-Chico (CA) - TT Asst. Professor of Archaeology - Deadline: 11 Jan. 2016 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The Position: The Department of Anthropology is searching for a tenure track Assistant professor with a primary focus in archaeology to start August, 2016. California State University, Chico is seeking faculty who are competent in their field, collaborative with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success. Position is contingent on funding.

Minimum Qualifications: The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in archaeology. We are looking for an anthropological archaeologist with a concentration in Western North America as well as the capability to maintain cooperative relations with regional Native Americans, and to contribute to the Cultural Resource Management Program. Candidate must have a clear theoretical framework, an active research program, the ability to teach courses for the Anthropology Major and Graduate Program, and a strong record of professional and scholarly activities complementing those of current faculty.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who complement our current faculty, but also to those with expertise in California, prehistory, contact, and zooarchaeology. An active field research program that has the potential to incorporate and engage MA level graduate students is highly desirable. In addition, candidate should demonstrate potential for successful grant and contract activity that supports scholarly or applied research. Willingness to contribute to an evolving curriculum including on-line offerings and course redesign is positively viewed.

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

The Department: The Department of Anthropology enrolls approximately 180 majors, undergraduate and graduate. It is committed to the four-field approach and offers certificate programs in Museum Studies, Applied Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Resources Management, and Forensic Anthropology. The department also supports a respected MA program producing graduates that have gone on to distinguished doctoral programs or obtained relevant employment. The Department is noted for excellence in teaching and for its student-centered learning environment. For additional information, as well as this position announcement in its entirety, see

  • Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on January 11th and continue until the position is filled. How to Apply : All applicants must apply online at:
  • Is this the same position that was cancelled a couple of years ago?
  • Phone interviews taking place....
  • Campus interviews scheduled (3/4)
  • Any word on this one? 

City University of New York Graduate Center (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Digital Humanities; Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds; or Data Visualization - Review Begins: Nov. 6 2015 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]


Performs teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.

The Graduate Center (GC) defines the standard of contemporary graduate education: rigorous academic training and globally significant research. lt is recognized for outstanding scholarship across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and is integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events - lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform.

The M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS) at the CUNY Graduate Center, an interdisciplinary Master's Degree program serving a broad range of Master's students, has an opening for an Assistant Professor in one of the following tracks of study: Digital Humanities; Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds; or Data Visualization.

This is a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor that will begin at the CUNY Graduate Center in Fall 2016 or earlier. The incumbent will report to the Executive Officer of the program.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Strengthen and further develop curriculum in related MALS tracks.

Teach graduate courses in Digital Humanities; Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds; or Data Visualization, helping to develop new courses aligned with these tracks, as needed.

Serve as administrative officer of the Master's Program.

Advise students on an ongoing basis.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

MALS seeks applicants whose work spans one or more of the tracks in Digital Humanities, Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds, and Data Visualization - all areas of recent growth within the program. We seek candidates who have demonstrated academic strengths in these areas and also experience administering master's level programs.

A preferred candidate should have: Doctorate in Archaeology, Digital Humanities, Data Visualization or a related field; Demonstrated track record of publication in field of appointment; Graduate-level teaching experience; Significant experience in the administration of a master's level program.

COMPENSATION CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

HOW TO APPLY: Click on "Apply Now", create or log in to a user account, and provide the requested information. If you are viewing this posting from outside our system, access the employment page on our web site and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title. If you already have a user ID, please use your existing ID to apply.

Candidates should upload a cover letter, CV/resume and statement of scholarly interests along with three (3) professional references (name, title, organization, and contact information).

  • CLOSING DATE: Open until filled with review of applications to begin on November 6, 2015.
  • Request for Skype Interview (12/7) x 2
  • Campus Interview Scheduled (12/23)

College of William and Mary (VA) - Tenured or TT Professor - Historical Archaeologist - Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE (2/2)[]

William & Mary’s Anthropology Department seeks applications for a tenured or tenure-track (open rank) historical archaeologist, or anthropologist with training in historical and/or archaeological methods, with an active program of research in the Atlantic World. We seek a candidate with an PhD in Anthropology in hand at time of appointment (August 10, 2016), whose theoretical and regional expertise can strengthen our graduate and undergraduate programs in historical archaeology and historical anthropology.

We are particularly interested in candidates whose work will enable the Department to expand working links with other local institutions doing research in the Chesapeake region.

Preferred candidates will have a strong record of teaching, publication, and grant writing.

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and one writing sample to the William & Mary hiring site found here: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015.
  • The online application form states references 'will automatically receive an email providing a link to allow the recommendation to submitted'; that reads like stating reference requests will go out regardless of whether a candidate is shortlisted or not. Can anyone clarify?
  • I submitted my application and references have not yet been contacted.
  • Email re: scheduling phone interview for after Thanksgiving (11/19) (x3)
  • Does anyone know if their references have been contacted yet? (12/16)
  • My references have not been contacted yet and the Skype interview has not been scheduled, despite an inquiry about availability about three weeks ago. No idea what is going on. Tried to inquire around 11/30 and got no response. (12/16)
  • I did interview with them early Dec, but have not heard back since, and my refs have not been contacted either. (x3)
  • Committee expected to decide on shortlist soon after Jan 19th (01/08)
  • Campus interview requested (2/2)

Colorado College (CO) - Assistant/ Associate Professor, Archaeological Anthropology - Deadline: 30 Oct. 2015 - PHONE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED[]

The Anthropology Department at Colorado College invites applications for a tenure-track archaeologist to begin in the fall of 2016, preferably at the beginning assistant professor level, but advanced assistant or associate level applications will also be considered, depending on experience.

Geographical area is open, while strengths in community engagement and the ability to develop fieldwork and courses in the region (whether defined as Southwest, Rocky Mountain West, etc.) will receive special attention. Cultural geography; material culture; identity and social memory; and/or bioarchaeology are also of interest. The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the archaeology program and should be prepared to teach courses from introductory through advanced levels as shaped by the candidate’s interests, but including a regular course in field archaeology.

  • Application deadline is October 30, 2015.
  • NOTE: Your referrences will be contacted automatically when you submit your application.
  • Can any others confirm scheduling of phone interviews? This has been posted and removed a few times this weekend (11/15)
  • I was the intial poster, and I can confirm (later changes and adds were not made by me) 11/16
  • Email rejection indicating interviews scheduled (11/24) (x2)

Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ) - TT Assistant Professor of Humanities - Deadline 15 Feb. 2016[]

University College's School of the Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant Humanities professor with expertise in digital humanities. Humanities majors and minors pursue a concentration in an interdisciplinary area such as American Studies, British Studies, Digital Humanities, Global & Cultural Studies, Sustainability, or Liberal Studies. The ability to teach across three or more of these fields is an asset. Many of the majors also pursue teacher certification. The ideal candidate would have a commitment to program building and collaboration.

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in a humanities related discipline in hand at the time of appointment; strong preference given to degrees in humanities, cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, or religion in a global context
  • Expertise in digital humanities and technologies as well as evidence of digital humanities projects
  • Experience with innovative, quality online instruction
  • Demonstrated excellence teaching interdisciplinary courses and/or courses in multiple disciplines at the university level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience assessing student learning outcomes

Requirements of the position:

  • Teach a broad variety of humanities courses (typically a 4/4 load)
  • Develop interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty in other departments or schools
  • Advise students in majors and minors
  • Evaluate and mentor adjunct faculty
  • Conduct learning outcomes assessment
  • Recruit students to the major and minor
  • Participate in curricular revision and development
  • Perform service at the departmental, school, campus and university levels
  • Pursue a scholarly research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications
  • Perform other relevant duties that may arise

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Candidates for hire will be required to sign a waiver authorizing the background check and produce a Social Security Card.

Status: Full-Time

Campus: Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ

Harvard University (MA) - Senior Professorship of the Archaeology of Israel - Deadline: 30 Sept. 2015[]

The NELC Department at Harvard invites applications for a senior Professorship of the Archaeology of Israel. The research and teaching of the successful candidate will focus on the peoples and lands of ancient Israel and its environs, their archaeological remains, culture, and history. The successful candidate will have proven scholarly excellence in archaeological methods and technology, and teaching excellence in the archaeology of Israel and the Levant in the periods between the third millennium BCE and the Roman era. Oda; ering undergraduate surveys as well as doctoral seminars, the successful candidate will actively participate in the ongoing revitalization of NELC, and collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines and departments such as Anthropology, Classical Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture, Religion, and the Harvard Divinity School. The successful candidate will work closely with the director and collections of the Harvard Semitic Museum.

Candidates are required to have a doctorate. Familiarity with the Hebrew Bible in the original is desirable. Candidates should be at the rank of associate professor or full professor, or a comparable rank, at the time of application.

Applications are accepted only via the Harvard Employment web site:

  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by September 30, 2015; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Georgia Southern University (GA) - Academic Professional in Anthropology or Archaeology (Full-Time - Non-TT) - Deadline: Oct. 1 2015 - PHONE INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of Academic Professional.

Georgia Southern University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the University System of Georgia. As the largest and most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia, the University is a residential campus of more than 20,500 students representing 48 states and 89 nations.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Southern offers a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master's and doctoral programs through eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Information Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Public Health, Science and Mathematics, and Graduate Studies. With an emphasis on academic distinction, excellent teaching, research, and student success, Georgia Southern offers both undergraduate and graduate students an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery, and personal growth.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern lays claim to being the most beautiful campus in the state. Comprising more than 900 acres, the University grounds are an arboretum-like treasure featuring gently rolling lawns, scenic ponds, and soaring pines. Located in Statesboro, a safe Main Street community of approximately 30,000 residents not far from Savannah and Hilton Head Island, Georgia Southern provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a smaller college.

Within this setting, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is committed to excellence in research, teaching, service, and to preparing students for success in a global economy. The department offers a BA in Anthropology, a BS in Sociology, and an MA in Social Sciences. The degree programs in sociology and anthropology are designed to foster intellectual development in logical thinking, literacy, numeracy, historical consciousness, scientific inquiry, diversity, and social values.

Position Description. Reporting to the department chair, the Academic Professional of Anthropology will serve as the director of the archaeology lab and the curator of the repository. S/he will be expected to direct collections curation, laboratory activities, equipment and fleet purchasing and maintenance, and will typically teach two specialty archaeology courses per year. Collections curation will include direction of a new 6200 square foot repository; development and/or implementation of a management system for artifacts, documents, images, and data; upgrading existing collections; creating protocols, forms, and institutional documents related to curation activities; and directing student labor. Laboratory activities include organization and operation of approx. 8000 square feet of research and teaching lab space; coordination of archaeological analysis by students and visiting researchers; and liaison to Information Technology services on campus. Equipment and fleet responsibilities include inventory, purchasing, and maintenance of field and laboratory equipment, and coordination of periodic maintenance of the archaeology transportation fleet. Typically the academic professional will work business hours, with some nights and weekends. The position is a full-time, non-tenure-track position with a 12 month contract. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Anthropology or Archaeology; Demonstrated experience in curation and collections management; Research and/or teaching experience in one or more archaeological specialties: curation, shallow geophysics, archaeobotany, zooarchaeology, compliance archaeology, etc.; Demonstrated experience in supervising archaeological analyses; Excellent organizational skills; Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution. Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with advanced archaeological technology; Knowledge of Compliance Archaeology. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation.

Applications and nominations should be sent to: Dr. Heidi Altman, Search Chair, Search 67340, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Georgia Southern University, P. O. Box 8051, Statesboro GA 30460-8051. Electronic mail: Telephone: 912-478-5723. More information about the institution is available through or

  • Screening of applications begins October 1, 2016, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is July 1, 2016.
  • Contacted to schedule phone interview (11/9/15)(x2)

Liverpool John Moores University (UK) - Lecturer in Archaeology - Deadline: 5 December 2015 - INTERVIEW STAGE[]

Title: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Grade: Grade 8. Salary: £38,511 – £47,328 per annum. Contract: Permanent. Hours: Full time.

Location: School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Faculty of Science, James Parsons Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool. Role Summary: The appointed person will be expected to make broad contributions to the academic work of the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology through research and teaching.

  • --The deadline being so close to the vacation, I contacted HR to ask if they had notified the shortlist and they have not and they didn't have the shortlist from the search committee yet (22/12/15), which probably means this will be a very slow process (in UK terms) and the shortlist won't hear until the new year.
  • Any news on this?
  • 11 Jan 2016: I rang HR, the shortlist has still not be made.
  • 15 Jan 2016: The shortlist has been made and all candidates notified.
  • 15 Jan 2016: Rejection email received, best of luck to short-listed folk (x2)

McGill University (CAN: QC) - Classical Archaeology - Deadline: 1 Nov. 2015[]

The Department of History and Classical Studies of McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Classical Archaeology, effective 1 August 2016. The successful applicant is expected to hold a Ph.D. at time of appointment, to show promise of excellence in teaching and to have an innovative research portfolio. An active field research program is desirable. The successful applicant can expect to teach and develop courses in Archaeology, Ancient History, and Classics. The ability to teach ancient Greek and/or Latin is essential.

Applications should be submitted electronically, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page teaching statement, and three letters of reference uploaded by the referees, at Enquiries may be directed to

  • The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015.

North Carolina State University (NC) - Open Rank - Visual Narrative (can include archaeology) - Review begins 10/12/2015, open until at least 12/1/2015 - INTERVIEW STAGE[]

As part of the our Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks candidates for four faculty positions to provide key leadership in research and teaching around visual narrative. We seek innovative and transformative academic leaders whose scholarship will advance NC State’s position as one of the premier universities of its kind. These hires will build on a nationally leading, campus-wide strength in visual narrative, games and interactive storytelling, image analytics and digital humanities.

The Visual Narrative cluster aims to push the shared frontiers of engineering and humanistic research to set a new agenda for advanced multimodal scholarship, opening research pathways in immersive experience, data visualization, image analytics, and computational media. Collectively, the cluster merges its research into new critical narratives about visuality and its digital transformations. It aims to broadly impact our notions of media through its interdisciplinary work and to prepare innovative applications of visual narrative for the emerging challenges of research and human communication in our mediated world. Four new faculty will be recruited to meet this aim – one of those positions is in the Department of History.

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks expressions of interest and nominations for an open rank, tenure-track faculty member in digital history to join the Visual Narrative cluster. We seek innovative and transformative academic leaders whose scholarship will advance NC State’s position as one of the premier universities of its kind. Ideal candidates will be visionary, innovative researchers whose interests include creative use of visual sources in digital history, including visual culture, spatial history or visualization. The successful senior candidate will be recognized as a pioneering leader in the development of new approaches in these areas with innovative applications. The successful junior candidate will demonstrate strong potential for such leadership. Successful candidates should show a willingness to engage in collaborative efforts with engineers, computer scientists and artists as well as other humanists. Strong collaborations with other faculty within the cluster and NCSU’s existing efforts are expected.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in history, digital history, art history, public history or other related field from an accredited institution.

The candidates should have a strong capacity to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including the capacity to mentor doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Priority will be given to candidates who have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations that can cut across academic units.

Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives, and thus university goals. The university is particularly interested in candidates with experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

You will be required to attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and a one-page statement describing your approaches to interdisciplinary work and to collaboration across disciplinary boundaries (Other Document 1). In addition, please arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly to the Search Committee Chair at

A comprehensive review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The target start date is August 2016, however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated. Questions about the positions may be directed to the cluster directors at

Job posting:

Visual Narrative page:

  • Archaeologists are eligible to apply for this job even though the ad does not explicitly state that they are eligible. When cluster hires are made at NC State, successful applicants are typically housed in the most appropriate department (in this case it would be history or anthropology, most likely). There are several other jobs advertised for this cluster in art and design, computer science, and engineering -- but the history position is the one most appropriate for archaeologists.
  • Interview requested (1/12)

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC- Curator, Research Archaeologist - Deadline Extended to March 10, 2016 - ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUESTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is seeking an archaeology curator who will perform scientific research and professional curation in Anthropology in the general field of archaeology, specifically human interaction with the environment and human ecology.

The successful candidate will develop research based on Smithsonian collections, expand collections use and build collections, in addition to conducting  research on human environmental interactions in the past and present, human ecology, historical ecology, archaeobiology (archaeobotany/zooarchaeology).  Research will investigate the complex relationships between humans and the natural environment while also addressing major research themes within anthropology and archaeology.  Curators are expected to regularly publish scholarly manuscripts in reviewed journals, participate in departmental and other public programming initiatives, serve as consultant and expert advisor on professional matters in area of expertise, and seek external funding via grants and other funding sources.

This position will be offered as a four-year Federal term position, which is comparable to a tenure-track position, and the position will be filled at the GS-12 level.  The museum’s authorized salary range for this position at this time is $76,378 - $81,471 per year.  U.S. citizenship is required.  College transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study must be submitted online by the closing date of announcement or your application will be disqualified.  

To learn more about the Department of Anthropology, please view our website:<>

  • For complete requirements and application procedures go to and refer to Announcement 16A-JW-301080-DEU-NMNH.  The announcement opens January 21, 2016.  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on-line by March 10, 2016 and must reference the announcement number. All applicants will be notified by email when their application is received.
  • Please note the deadline was just extended to March 10, 2016 for this position. 
  • For people who may be interested in applying with non-USA PhD degrees (e.g., Oxford, Cambridge) there must be Department of Education verification prior to the submission of your application. The advertisement above has links to places that can help do this. Sorry for any confusion.
  • Anyone else having problems uploading PDFs to the Smithsonian part of the website? It wont accept any of the documents I am trying to upload.
  • Any news on this?
  • Got a form email today (4.14.16) that I "meet the minimum qualifications" and my app is being passed on to the hiring coordinator.  So, no news really. (x2)
  • Any further word on this?
  • Request for additional materials (5/20/2016)
  • Rejection email. I am not among the "best"

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (AR) - TT Assistant Professor in Anthropology - Archaeology - Deadline: Nov. 29, 2015 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville solicits applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of archaeology to begin August 2016.  The teaching load will be competitive, but the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to growing our introductory service course.  Supervision of graduate students in the Department of Anthropology’s MA and PhD programs is expected, as well as interdisciplinary teaching and research with allied units including the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), the Department of Geosciences, and the PhD program in Environmental Dynamics (ENDY). 

The successful candidate is expected to have a demonstrated background in research and teaching, and to have been awarded a Ph.D. in Anthropology by the time of appointment.  We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests and expertise in spatial analysis of settlement systems; ground, air, or space-based remote sensing; 3D modeling and visualization; or archaeological GIS.  Geographic specialization is open. 

To apply, please submit cover letter describing research and teaching background, Curriculum Vitae, and two writing samples to  The names, titles, email addresses, and contact numbers of three professional references willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

  • For full consideration, applications should be received prior to November 30, 2015.
  • "The teaching load will be competitive" -- what does that mean?
  • I think R1 - as in a 2:2. More research emphasis than teaching.
  • Most of the Bio Anth and Archaeo faculty do a 2:1, as long as they have a decent research program.  If not, they might end up with a 2:2, but 2:1 is pretty much the norm in the Dept these days.
  • Letters of recommendation requested (12/21) (X2)
  • Also had letters requested but only just found out. Were applicants notified directly or just the referees?
  • Initially found out from one of my references, but got a reminder email today as one of them hadn't yet submitted anything.
  • The advertisement has been reposted due to a clerical error (it is open to PHDs in Anthropology, Archaeology, and related archaeological fields). This is the only change made, and the new closing date is January 1. All applicants that have already submitted are still under consideration so no followup is necessary.  New applicants will be considered following the same criteria as before with the addition of PhD in these related disciplines.
  • Skype interviews for 10 of the 121 applicants.
  • On campus interivews scheduled.
  • Any word on this?
  • Campus interviews completed.

University of California, Davis (CA) - TT Assistant Professor in Anthropology - Molecular Anthropology - Deadline: Oct. 30, 2015[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Molecular Anthropology. Ph.D. must be completed by the first day of courses (September 2016). This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee’s qualifications.

We seek applicants with a strong commitment to original research and scientific publication on using genetic and genomic data to illuminate human or non-human primate evolution (phylogeny, demography, adaptation), with a background in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and/or population genetics. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional promise as scholars and teachers.

The position is a nine-month appointment within the Department of Anthropology. The proposed start date is July 1, 2016. Teaching duties will be four courses per academic year (quarter system) at the introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate level. Courses will include an introduction to Human Evolutionary Biology, an advanced undergraduate course in Anthropological Genetics, and a graduate seminar. The candidate will develop additional classes, perform undergraduate and graduate advising, and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research. The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Anthropology are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus environment that supports equality and diversity.

Applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a cover letter that outlines completed research, current research program, and teaching experience; (3) copies of up to three publications; and (4) the names and addresses of three referees. Applications must be submitted online to:

  • For full consideration, applications should be complete by October 30, 2015. The position is open until filled.

University of California, Riverside (CA) - Assistant Professor - Mesoamerican Archaeology - Deadline: 12 Oct. 2015 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Mesoamerican Archaeology. We seek applications from broadly trained anthropological archaeologists with expertise in complex societies of ancient Mesoamerica. Candidates with a research focus in western Mesoamerica including Central Mexico and Oaxaca are especially encouraged to apply, though other regions will also be considered. Research focus should complement current faculty expertise. The successful candidate will teach lower-division as well as upper-division and graduate courses, and will pursue an active field program in Mesoamerica in which UCR students will participate. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The appointment will begin July 1, 2016. A Ph.D. in Anthropology is required at the time of appointment.

  • Complete applications will include a current CV, a cover letter of interest describing current and future research and teaching directions, copies of up to three publications, evidence of teaching excellence, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin October 12, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications and supporting material received by October 12 will receive full consideration. Application materials may be submitted using UCR’s on-line application system located at Electronic submission is strongly preferred.
  • (10/23)  References Contacted
  • Any word on this job? seems to have gone cold, has been over a month and no action...?
  • I'd suspect that it's a timing thing. References contacted toward end of October and given a couple weeks to send their stuff. Once everything arrives, T-Day holiday. Then you have to imagine you have the end of the semester rush and then another holiday. I'd suspect the committee has had little time to meet and deliberate on the next step.
  • Invited for campus interview
  • Good luck! 6 years of trying with pubs, grants, etc., and now I'm officially out of the game. Movin' on to greener pastures. If only 40 year old me could go back to 23 year old me and have a reality check. Good luck to the candidates.
  • Pretty sure this should be moved to offer made and accepted, from what I've heard

University of Denver (CO) - TT Asst. Professor - Deadline: end of October/Until position is filled (posted 7/24/15) - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

University of Denver, Department of Anthropology, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning September 1, 2016. Applicants are sought who will contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs. The graduate MA program includes tracks in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and museum and heritage studies (which includes material, visual and expressive culture) . In particular we seek candidates with experience using technology to engage communities; for example, through digital curation/repatriation, real-time archaeology, and open source mapping. The successful candidate will have a track record of theoretically-grounded scholarship, publically-engaged research, and success with integrating technological skills into pedagogy. Course load is five courses per year taught over three academic quarters. PhD must be in hand at the time of application.

  • Candidates must complete an on-line application at This will include a letter of interest, curriculum vita, a teaching statement detailing teaching philosophy and brief description of courses they are prepared to teach, a research statement, and a list of five references.
    • Wow. Sounds excessive for a first round, no? Why not just CVs, letters, and a list of three refs for stage 1. Then they can cut based on CVs and then intro letters. Then they can request refs. Then from the folks that pass that, they can ask for a more specific teaching statement, sample syllabai, etc.
  • Deadline: not stated as of 07/24/15. 
  • On their website it states "Candidates should apply by the end of October to be considered for an interview at the AAA meeting in Denver. Full consideration will be given to anyone who applies until the position is filled."
  • STATUS UPDATE: Job will not be posted on University of Denver Website,, until 7/31/2015.
  • Also posted at Cultural Anthropology 2015-2016
  • Anyone know how you're supposed to apply for this one? All the job postings have vanished... did the position get scrapped? It isn't located online anywhere that I can find, and it was removed from AAA's career center. 
  • It's still on the UDenvery silkroad job database. Search for "anthropology" and it will pop us. I believe you pay for a AAA posting, which has an expiration date.
  • cc
  • What's "cc" supposed to mean?
  • Interviews at AAA scheduled
  • STATUS UPDATE: The job is no longer fully listed through the DU website, perhaps it is cancelled.
  • (A very nice) rejection email stating that four finalists were invited for on-campus interviews (01/28)

University of Hawai'i at Manoa - TT Assistant Professor - Hawai'i/Pacific Archaeologist - Deadline: Feb. 01, 2016 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

Hawai'i/Pacific Archaeologist, position 82398, 9-month appointment, permanent, tenure-track, general funds, full time, to begin August 1, 2016, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.

DUTIES: Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses in archaeology, as well as upper division and graduate-level classes in the applicant's areas of specialization. The successful candidate will have a theoretically informed research focus, an established geographical commitment to Hawai'i and/or the Pacific islands, and a demonstrated ability to expand their reach beyond the traditional classroom setting. Our ideal candidate is capable of leading archaeological field schools and will engage with local communities in Hawai'i and/or the Pacific islands. Other duties: supervise MA and PhD students; mentor graduate students; publish scholarly, peer-reviewed research; maintain an active research program through extramural funding; engage in departmental, university, and professional activities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Anthropology (with a specialization in archaeology) or Archaeology from an accredited college, university or foreign equivalent with geographical expertise that includes Hawai'i and/or the Pacific islands; record of scholarly and instructional achievement or promise in the field as evidenced by teaching, publications, and research. Theoretical orientation and analytical expertise that complement those of existing faculty.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Active field-based research in Hawaiian and/or Pacific archaeology. Willingness to develop and lead archaeological field schools and engage with local communities. Demonstrated ability to successfully compete for extramural research and training grants. Ability to contribute to the Department’s MA track in Applied Archaeology and to expand her/his reach beyond the traditional classroom setting. Candidates who can develop and supervise laboratory-based archaeological research on campus.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY: Applications will be accepted online only at Send cover letter stating how you satisfy the minimum qualifications and summarizing your teaching and research interests, a CV (including a list of courses taught), a writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Have three letters of reference sent to

  • Full review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016 and will continue until position is filled. Applications received by that date will be given priority.Inquiries: Christian Peterson, Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2424 Maile Way, Saunders 346, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA. Phone: (808) 956-8193; email:
  • Skype Interview stage (2/15)
  • Campus Interviews Scheduled (2/29)

University of the Highlands and Islands (UK: Orkney) - Lecturer - Archaeology - Deadline: 08 May 2016[]

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is a world-class teaching and research organisation dedicated to advancing our understanding of the historic environment through the creation, interpretation and dissemination of archaeological knowledge. The Archaeology Institute wishes to appoint a full time Lecturer in Archaeology to be based at the Orkney College campus, located in one of the most archaeologically significant parts of Britain. 

The successful applicant will be required to offer research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to undertake research degree supervision, and to be involved in the administration of teaching and research activities of the Institute. Applicants will be research active with a specialism which complements our existing research and teaching activities: 

  • European prehistory, especially from Mesolithic to Bronze Age 
  • Landscape archaeology 
  • Heritage Management, and Public archaeology 
  • Archaeological Science 

Applicants will require a PhD in Archaeology or a related discipline, proven teaching ability at Masters and undergraduate level and a research portfolio with the potential to generate significant external funding and high calibre research outputs at an international or world-leading level. 

The appointment will commence September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. Prospective applicants may discuss the post by contacting Professor Jane Downes, Archaeology Institute Director, on 01856 569320 or email 

University of Michigan - TT Asst. Professor and Curator - Ancient Art and Archaeology - Deadline: 1 Dec. 2015[]

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a recent writing sample, a teaching statement and other evidence of teaching excellence, materials related to prior museum experience, and a statement of current and future research plans. The applicant should also arrange to have three recent letters of reference sent to the committee. All materials should be sent to: Christopher Ratté , Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, 434 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1390, Tel: (734) 764-5400, Fax: (734) 763-3559.

The Department of the History of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Ancient Art and Archaeology with a focus on the interaction between Greece and the Ancient Near East to begin in September 2016. We seek a scholar who brings a contemporary art-historical perspective to the study and teaching of ancient art, and who is committed to museum research and education.

The successful candidate will help build the curriculum in ancient art and archaeology, teach two courses per year ranging from lower division lecture courses to more specialized graduate seminars, and advise students in History of Art and the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA). At the Kelsey Museum, the successful candidate will have the regular responsibilities of a curator, including participation in the exhibition program and stewardship of the collections (including the Hellenistic and later materials from Seleucia on the Tigris in Iraq).

Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline prior to assuming the appointment.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • First-round interviews will be conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in San Francisco in January, 2016 or via Skype for candidates who are unable to attend the meeting. Second-round interviews will be conducted on campus shortly thereafter until the position is filled.

University of Missouri (MO) - TT Assistant or Associate Professor in Anthropological Archaeology - Deadline: 15 Nov. 2015 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The University of Missouri’s Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Anthropological Archaeology at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level starting August 2016. We seek someone who can contribute to our focus on human adaptation, ecology and evolution. Regional and methodological focus is open (excluding the Southwestern United States). The successful candidate is expected to have an externally-funded and active research agenda leading to publication in leading peer-reviewed journals and student research opportunities, and to be committed to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our department emphasizes scientific approaches to the study of human biology, behavior, culture, and evolution and our current and affiliated faculty include a member of the National Academy of Science and multiple AAAS fellows. The University of Missouri is one of the nation's top-tier institutions, the flagship of the four-campus University of Missouri System and a member of the Association of American Universities since 1908. MU is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus, allowing our faculty easy access to many research facilities and research collaborators on campus.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Anthropology or a closely related field, conferred by July 1, 2016. Candidate must show the ability to work with interdisciplinary, collaborative groups, and evidence of strong teaching effectiveness. Cover letter including names and contact information of three references willing to write letters of recommendation, CV, evidence of teaching ability, research agenda/statement, and three published or in-progress journal articles or book chapters are also required. Applications must be submitted online through the University of Missouri website

  • Screening will begin November 15th and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
  • that is a steep demand for application materials!! I guess this is the new normal?
  • Seems for some. I mind this less (as we all likely have prepared a research statement and evidence of teaching) than when they require LOR up front (and therefore having my committee slog through another round of recs without even knowing if you are in the Top 15 or One of 100). Some much paper, though, especially as the First Round gets just a couple minutes apiece. Why waste additional time, when we all coupld be using our extra energy publishing?
  • agreed on the steep demand for materials up front...I guess they think their new NAS hire makes their department extra special...I would not waste any time applying unless you are really strong on the neo-Darwinian paradigm.
  • Horrible online application system!
  • This is looking like a rougher and rougher department and university to join. Given some of the controversial faculty with old and recent issues and the strikes and various protests happening now, does anyone have experience here?

Nothing on this yet?

  • Request for letters of recommendation on December 4th (x3)
  • Was this request sent to the applicant or directly to the references?
  • To the applicant 
  • Request email noted that there were over 100 applicants for the job.
  • Any further news on this?

Other than letters or reference request in December, has anyone heard anything further?? (01/27)

  • I heard from someone who got one that campus interviews were already scheduled.
  • Word is that this search was cancelled due to budget cuts. Anyone else hear this?

Université de Montréal (QC, Canada) - Archaeology of the Americas - Deadline: 9 Nov. 2015 - SHORTLISTING[]

The Département d’anthropologie is seeking applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Anthropology, specialist in archeology of the Americas with a geographical preference for the greater Northeast (Quebec and neighbouring regions, including the eastern Subarctic and Arctic, Atlantic provinces, northeastern United States, and lower Great Lakes).

Responsibilities: The appointed candidate will be expected to teach at all three levels of the curriculum, supervise graduate students, engage in ongoing research and publication, and contribute to the academic life and reputation of the University

Requirements: Ph.D. in Anthropology or in a related discipline completed before June 1st, 2016. Dossier of relevant publications. Ability to develop a programme of field research in Quebec and to add to the Department’s established analytical specialisations

Teaching experience: Proficiency in the French language

Linguistic Policy: Université de Montréal is a Québec university with an international reputation. French is the language of instruction. To renew its teaching faculty, the University is intensively recruiting the world’s best specialists. In accordance with the institution’s language policy [1], Université de Montréal provides support for newly recruited faculty to attain proficiency in French

Salary: Université de Montréal offers a competitive salary and a complete range of employee benefits

Starting Date: On or after June 1st, 2016

Constitution of application: The application must include the following documents: - a cover letter - a curriculum vitæ - copies of recent publications and research - Three letters of recommendation are also to be sent directly to the Department Chair by the referees.

  • Deadline: Application and letters of recommendation must be sent to the Chair of the Département d’anthropologie by November 9th, 2015 at the following address: M. Guy Lanoue, directeur, Département d’anthropologie, Faculté des arts et des sciences, Université de Montréal, C. P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville, Montréal (QC) H3C 3J7. The complete application may also be sent to the following email: by November 9th,2015. However, the signed originals are required. For more information about the Department, please consult its web site at:
  • Did anyone receive confirmation that application received? Submitted by deadline (both snail mail and electronically) and no acknowledgement yet that app was received.
  • No confirmation that the app was ever recieved by snail mail. No word from them at all yet [11/24]
  • Shortlist contacted [12/18]

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (NC) - Research Archaeologist (Full-Time - Non-TT) - CAMPUS INTERVIEW COMPLETED[]

Research Archaeologist

Full time, permanent, non-tenure track.

The Research Archaeologist will curate and provide access to the N.C. Archaeological Collection and implement Federal laws pertinent to the collection (including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA). The person will train undergraduate and graduate students in archaeological laboratory and field methods, teach archaeological field schools, and serve on student thesis committees. The Research Archaeologist will design and carry out research on the archaeology of North Carolina and nearby regions. Additionally, the person will engage with the public by fielding requests for information, giving presentations, and working with museums and other organizations to design exhibits and programs.

PhD in anthropology, archaeology, or a related field preferred; all but dissertation will be considered.

Experience in eastern U.S. archaeology, with strong interests in North Carolina archaeology. Mastery of archaeological laboratory and field methods. Strong interpersonal, organizational, writing and communications skills. Ability to plan research and to write successful grant proposals. Experience with archaeological collections, databases, public programming, and NAGPRA implementation is desirable.

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Associate or Full Professor - Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology - Deadline: 12 Nov. 2015[]

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seek to hire a leading archaeologist at the Associate or Full Professor level to fill the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology. We are looking for candidates with outstanding research and publication records who can bring innovative ideas, techniques, and new kinds of data to broad questions of current anthropological significance.

This will be a dual appointment in the Department and the Museum. For the Department, the successful candidate will teach two classes per year ranging from scientific research methodology to the department’s core archaeological curriculum, including undergraduate courses and seminars on theory and her/his regional/temporal specialty. Within the Museum, he or she will hold a curatorial position, and be expected to provide leadership in discussions of collections-based research. The ideal candidate would also be able to contribute to the Museum’s new laboratory-based Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in both teaching and research.

Temporal focus and geographical area are open, although some preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Africa, Oceania, South Asia or the Maya World. An on-going field and/or laboratory project is essential and researchers who have made major contributions to archaeological science should emphasize this in their applications. The ability to collaborate with archaeological programs in other departments is also desirable.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV at

  • Review of applications will begin November 12, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Does anyone know what stage this hire has reached? Has anyone been contacted for letters of recommendation or asked to interview?
  • Any word on this?  It's been posted for a long while?  Any experience generally when it comes to Penn's hiring process?

University of San Diego (CA) - TT Assistant Professor of Anthropology - Southwest Archaeology - Deadline: 1 April 2016 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The Department of Anthropology of the University of San Diego invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology, with a specialization in archaeology, beginning September 2016. A Ph.D. in Anthropology is required. The successful applicant should have an interest in South West Native American culture and prehistory, proven fieldwork, museum curation experience, teach undergraduate classes, and participate fully in program development.

USD is an Equal Opportunity employer, and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates from underrepresented and underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

To apply, go to and look for job IRC19613. Please register as an applicant and send brief (limit two pages) letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of three referees to:

Angelo Orona, Chair Department of Anthropology University of San Diego 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492

  • Application review begins April 1, 2016.
  • Any word on this?
  • References contacted for letters 4/15 - but I didn't hear anything from them directly.
  • Campus interview scheduled 4/20 (same user as above)
  • Did anyone else have their references contacted?
  • Any news yet on this job?  Has a position been offered to a candidate?

University of Texas at Arlington (TX) - TT Assistant Professor of Anthropology - No deadline - CAMPUS VISIT STAGE[]

Position/Job Description: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Anthropology position in New World Archaeology with a preferred focus on topics related to the environment as altered by humans in response to changes (e.g., in climate), sustainability, and societal resilience. PhD must be completed by time of appointment (September 1, 2016); PhD prior to January 1, 2016 preferred. The successful candidate's areas of research expertise may include, but are not limited to, the following: human ecology, human adaptation, large-scale migrations, and alterations of landscapes. The new hire will be skilled in the analysis of large datasets (e.g., through GIS and/or other appropriate methodologies), and will be able to demonstrate applicability of his/her research to interdisciplinary endeavors.

Posting Number: JOBPOST0011167


  • Required Application Materials: Candidates must submit a letter of interest that describes teaching and research interests and experience, a C.V., and a list of three references. Screening will begin immediately upon receipt of a completed application. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. A criminal background check will be conducted on the finalists.
  • Does anyone know if this is intended as an inside hire? They already have a Senior Lecturer teaching New World archaeology with a climate change focus. Wondering if they are looking to make him permanent.
  • This is not an inside hire -- the Senior Lecturer is not applying for the position.
  • Letters of recommendation requested directly from the references and request for a Skype interview (2/1) x2
  • Invitation for on campus visit (2/14)

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - TT Asst. Professor - South American Archaeology - SKYPE INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites applicants for tenure-track appointment in anthropology to begin August 2016. Applicants should be broadly trained in the archaeology of South America and must be able to teach introductory courses in cultural anthropology, archaeology, archaeological field methods, and human evolution as well as courses in area of specialty. Research interests in the archaeology of food and field experience with both pre-historic and historic sites are especially welcome. Developing a field site for undergraduate research is desirable. The candidate will have an active research agenda, be committed to quality undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and engage in service. Prospects for effective teaching and development of a successful anthropological research agenda that involves publication, external grants, and community and student engagement are critical criteria in the selection process.

  • Skype interviews being scheduled (2/12)


American School of Classical Studies at Athens - Fellowships - Deadline: 15 Jan. 2015[]


The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science Announces Funding Opportunities

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers three different types of Fellowship funding: Post-Doctoral (3 year term), Pre-Doctoral (2 year term), and Senior (5-10 months), as well as shorter duration, more focused Research Associate positions. Applicants are welcome from any college or university worldwide. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

Priority will be given to question-driven research projects that address substantive problems through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources not available on site.

Senior Fellowship o Current competition begins in fall of 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year (January 15 deadline for applications) o 5 to 10 month terms o Eligibility limited to individuals who received their Ph.D.s at least 5 years previous to application o Stipend: $15,000 for a 5 month term, $30,000 for a 10 month term

Research Associate o Current competition begins in fall of 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year (January 15 deadline for applications) o Term variable, up to 9 months o Eligibility limited to individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program and individuals with a higher-level degree in a relevant discipline o Stipend: variable up to $7,000 Post-Doctoral Fellowship o Next competition begins in fall of 2016 for the 2017-2020 academic year o 3 year term o Eligibility limited to individuals who have received their Ph.D. within the last 7 years. o Stipend: $35,000 per annum

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship o Next competition begins in fall of 2016 for the 2017-2019 academic year (January 15 deadline for applications) o 2 year term o Eligibility limited to individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program who have passed all qualifying exams and have an approved Ph.D. proposal o Stipend: $20,000 per annum

For more information and instructions on how to apply:

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment

6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540-5232 Telephone: 609-683-0800 Fax: 609-924-0578. 54 Souidias Street, GR-106 76 Athens, Greece Telephone: +30-213-000-2400 Fax: +30-210-725-0584

  • Deadline: 15 Jan. 2016.

Bryn Mawr College (PA) - Lecturer - Review begins: 22 March 2016[]

The Department of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position to begin August 1, 2016. This position is contingent upon department staffing needs. The position is for one year, with the potential for renewal for one additional year, contingent upon department staffing needs and a successful review of teaching. We seek a bioarchaeologist who will add to and complement the existing curriculum. The teaching load is 3/3. The successful candidate will co-teach the lectures and teach the labs for the introductory course on biological anthropology and archaeology, teach human evolution, and an archaeological area course. Additional upper-division electives each year will focus on the candidate’s geographical and topical interests. These might include, but are not limited to: bioarchaeology, nutritional anthropology, demography of past populations, mortuary studies, and bioarchaeology of health, disease, violence, and warfare. A Ph.D. in hand by the start of the position is required and previous teaching experience is preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter that addresses teaching and research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi (no more than 3), and names and contact information (including email addresses) of three references via Interfolio at

Located in metropolitan Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College is a distinguished liberal arts college for women and has strong consortial relationships with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr has a student body of 1,300 undergraduates, as well as 350 graduate students in coeducational graduate programs in social work, humanities and science. We are a diverse and international community of faculty, students and staff who share an intense commitment to intellectual inquiry and a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world. The College supports faculty excellence in both research and teaching and is committed to social justice and inclusion in the classroom and in the community at large. Bryn Mawr College is an equal-opportunity employer; candidates from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Review of applications will begin on March 22, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Skype interviews 4/22/16

Dartmouth College (NH) - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) - Deadline: 12 Feb. 2016[]

We seek applicants for 1-2 independent postdoctoral fellowships in the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES) Graduate Program at Dartmouth College. EEES is a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative research in the natural sciences and interdisciplinary environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, environmental economics, geography and earth sciences. Quality candidates will possess a PhD in an appropriate disciplinary or interdisciplinary field and have a strong background in interdisciplinary research, advanced analytical and writing skills, and an interest in undergraduate and graduate level education. The successful candidates will be expected to initiate and develop creative independent research projects. In addition, the fellows will have the opportunity to enhance graduate student education and professional development by leading a seminar course or working group dedicated to developing a research product. The ideal candidate will be a strong contributing member of the vibrant EEES community at Dartmouth and foster productive discourse both within and beyond the program.  Applicants should identify in their cover letter one or more potential faculty mentors from the EEES program.  (program website:

Starting date: Negotiable. Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package. Research stipend: TBD. Term: up to two years pending satisfactory annual performance

Please submit the following application materials through Interfolio: -Cover letter -Curriculum vitae - PDF copies of up to five representative publications or manuscripts -Names and addresses of three references -A one-page prospectus for an interdisciplinary graduate seminar or working group -A statement of scientific purpose that describes your research interests and aspirations. Questions about the fellowships can be directed to: Dr. Doug Bolger (dbolger

  • Deadline: Review of applications will begin Feb. 12.

Florida Public Archaeology Network (FL) - 2 post-doc and 1 director position[]

Position 1: Director, Southeast and Southwest Regions (Deadline - 1/10/16)

The Department of Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University, invites applications for a full-time position as Director of the Southeast and Southwest Region Public Archaeology Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). The Center operates from FAU's campus in Ft. Lauderdale.

We are seeking a Public Archaeologist, topical specialization open, for the position of Director. Applicants must have an MA or Ph.D. in Anthropology with a preferred focus on the archaeology of Florida or the southeast United States. The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in public archaeology, outreach, and leadership roles. Most important is a willingness to develop opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse publics on archaeological issues. As Director of the SE Region Public Archaeology Center the responsibilities will include supervision of the Center staff and oversight of all administrative and budgetary responsibilities of the Center. Applications may be submitted electronically at, position #01003185.

Position 2: Post-doc in Program Assessment, FPAN Headquarters (Pensacola) (Deadline - 2/15/16)

FPAN’s stated goal is to stem the deterioration of the state’s buried past. Toward this end, FPAN staff develop and deliver a variety of programs intended to engage and educate audiences about Florida’s archaeological past in the belief that an informed populace will make preservation-minded decisions about the protection and study of archaeological resources. But are our programs having the desired effect? We expect the incumbent in this position to 1) analyze FPAN’s existing education, outreach, and engagement programs to identify appropriate assessment methods, 2) conduct a study of program effectiveness, and 3) evaluate audiences reached (or not reached) to identify socio-cultural, economic, and regional underserved groups. The long-term goal is to create strategies to gather data that can be used to develop, change, or even phase out programs to better meet FPAN’s goal of archaeological resource preservation in Florida.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

Position 3: Post-doc in Heritage Tourism, FPAN Headquarters (Pensacola) (Deadline - 2/15/16)

The 25 counties of FPAN’s Northwest and North Central Regions contain some museums and heritage tourism attractions, but huge gaps exist in the programs offered to engage and educate citizens and visitors. The attractions in place possess a range of resources in terms of heritage, funding, and interpretive expertise, and enjoy little cooperation in order to leverage visitation. We expect the incumbent in this position to 1) inventory and analyze the existing heritage tourism infrastructure and gauge its current economic impact, and 2) develop a strategic plan for assessing interpretive approaches and for creating and/or enhancing heritage tourism attractions. The long-term goal is to improve Northwest and North Central Florida’s heritage tourism infrastructure to better deliver a cultural heritage preservation message while promoting economic development through heritage tourism.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

MacEwan University (CAN: AB) - Environmental Archaeology (3-year term) - Deadline: 1 Mar. 2015[]

MacEwan University inspires students through a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences. Located in culturally enriched, downtown Edmonton, our comprehensive undergraduate university offers over 65 programs to 19,000 full- and part-time students. With a dedication to teaching excellence informed by scholarly research and creative activity, MacEwan provides an exceptional collaborative and supportive learning environment with a commitment to environmental sustainability and opportunities for community engagement. In support of faculty professional development, unique and enhanced services are provided through the Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ).

The Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University invites applications for a 3-year limited-term appointment in archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2016, subject to final budgetary approval.

The Department is seeking an environmental archaeologist who can teach both introductory and senior anthropology courses. This appointment will carry an instructional workload of seven (single-term) courses per calendar year.

Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant area of expertise and will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including recent teaching evaluations), statement of research interests, and academic transcripts. Three letters of reference, quoting the competition number, should be sent directly from referees to

Questions about this opportunity may be addressed to Dr. Shahid Islam, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science, at

This position is included under the Faculty Association collective agreement.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

  • Any news on this one? (11 Apr)

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Germany) - Postdoc in East Asian Archaeology - Deadline: 1 Jan 2016[]

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is offering a position for a full-time postdoctoral researcher in the field of East Asian archaeology. The position is tied to the Eurasia3angle research group. Funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, this interdisciplinary group will work on “Millet and beans, language and genes. The origin and dispersal of the Transeurasianfamily.” The position is for 4 years, beginning between April and September 2016. Candidates need to have completeda PhD in East Asian archaeology and have an understanding of multivariate statistics. If interested, please send following application documents to the group’s principal investigator, Martine Robbeets ( by January the 1st, 2016: (i) a letter of motivation detailing how you meet the qualifications (max. 500 words); (ii) a brief research proposal specifying how you could contribute to this project (max. 1000 words); (iii) a curriculum vitae indicating educational background,previous research experience and publication history; (iv) a copy of your PhD dissertation; (v) contact information for three references; (vi) recommendation letters from three referees sent directly from the referee to Martine Robbeets.

  • Deadline: 1 Jan. 2016.

McGill University (CAN) - Temp Non-TT Asst. Professor - Deadline: 15 June 2016[]

The Department of Anthropology at McGill University invites applications to fill a temporary 9-month non-tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Anthropological Archaeology, beginning September 1, 2016. The successful candidate will have a strong, theoretically driven research program likely to generate significant insights into the relationship between the human past and present. Competitive applicants must have a record of successful teaching and demonstrable commitment to pursuing an active research program. Successful candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in theory and/or methods, and courses in their areas and topics of specialization. Candidates should have already completed the PhD or be very near completion.

  • Review of applications will begin by June 15, 2016. Applicants must fill out the online application form at and upload a cover letter addressing the candidate’s research interests and teaching experience, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, and contact information for three referees. For more information, please consult the Department of Anthropology website at ( Enquiries may be directed to

Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) - Open Rank - Anthropological Archaeologist (3year contract/renewable) - Review Begins 27 Nov. 2015[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Nazarbayev University invites applications for an open rank anthropological archaeologist with a specialty in the material culture or prehistory of Eurasia, to begin in August 2016. We are particularly interested in those who bring methodological approaches that compliment but do not duplicate those of the existing faculty (e.g., GIS, bioarchaeology, ethnoarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, and geoarchaeology).Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, preferably from a leading international university. ABD candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand by the starting date in August 2016. Responsibilities include a 2/2 teaching load, research, and departmental and school service. Benefits include an internationally competitive salary, medical insurance, housing, and travel. The University offers opportunities for research support. Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as a premier national and regional university, partnering with some of the most internationally recognized names in Higher Education. The strategic partner of the SHSS is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Admission to NU is highly competitive, and the student body is selected from the top high schools throughout the country and region. Most students participate in a foundation year program that is partnered with the University of Warwick, and thus enter the School of Humanities and Social Sciences with extensive English language training and academic preparation. SHSS programs emphasize student-oriented learning, with small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio of about 12:1. All classes are taught in English. 

  • APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: The position is open until filled, however, for full consideration please submit materials by 27 November 2015. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, names and contacts of three referees, teaching and research statements, transcripts, and samples of written work to .

University of Maryland (MD) - Postdoctoral Associate - Review begins: Nov. 16, 2015[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland solicits applications for a postdoctoral researcher for an 18-month term beginning in January 2016. The position supports interdisciplinary research on two pilot projects working at the nexus of global climate change, cultural heritage, resource management, and governance. The Postdoctoral Associate will analyze socio-environmental relationships (past and present) related to water use and water security in the Middle East and North Africa region as part of an international multidisciplinary climate research team, whose purpose is to develop a regional center for water research and modeling. Job duties will involve travel to the MENA region. The Postdoctoral Associate will also investigate governance issues for cultural heritage resources in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation, including carbon management in heritage sites and practices.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in anthropology or a related field, with specialization in environmental change and/or cultural heritage, and have a demonstrable record of research and publication. Candidates should have a strong background in interdisciplinary research methods and/or working in multidisciplinary teams. In addition to conducting research on these topics, the successful candidate will contribute to major grant proposals, so applications should demonstrate previous funding success and/or experience in grant writing. 

  • Candidates should send the following information: (1) a letter of application that details their experience and research interests, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) contact information for three references, and (4) two writing samples.  Electronic submission only to (Position #113893).
  • Also posted in Cultural Anthropology 2015-2016

University of Montana (MT) - Dept. of Anthropology - Visiting Assistant Professor[]

University of Montana invites applications for a non-tenure-track Visiting Assistant Professor position in Anthropology, beginning August 2016, focused on Bio-archaeology and/or Forensic Anthropology.  The teaching load will consist of 3 courses per semester, which will range from introductory courses through graduate seminars and will include classes in introductory physical anthropology lecture and lab, osteology, bio-archaeology and other subjects in biological anthropology.  Duties will also include advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, including serving on graduate committees.  The successful applicant will work with the Montana State Medical Examiner on forensic anthropological casework. For more information and to apply please visit

  • Applications are due by May 23rd (which is different from what is listed on the website, however the faculty reviewing the applications have decided to keep things open until then as we know this is last minute).
  • Also posted at Archaeology Jobs 2015-2016

Wellesley College - Postdoctoral Fellow - Review begins: March 4, 2016[]

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Anthropology Department at Wellesley College seeks applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellow, with an expected start date of July 1, 2016. We are seeking an archaeologist whose work will compliment our existing faculty and enhance the educational experience of our students, with special consideration given to expertise in bioarchaeology or ethnoarchaeology. The fellow will be asked to teach two courses per year, including an introduction to archaeology course. The fellow will also be affiliated with the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. The successful candidate will demonstrate innovation and excellence in scholarly research as well as a strong commitment to teaching within the Liberal Arts context. All candidates should have Ph.D. by start date of employment.

Applicants must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (dissertation chapter, article), and the contact information for three references.

  • All items must be submitted electronically no later than March 4, 2016. Wellesley College is an AA/EOE and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups, as well as others who will bring additional dimensions to the college’s research and teaching missions.

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2015-16[]


Auburn University (AL) - TT Asst. Professor - Archaeologist - Deadline: 1 Nov. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Anthropology program within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 16, 2016. We seek an Archaeologist who is broadly trained in the four fields of Anthropology. A Ph.D. in Anthropology must be completed by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will have an active research agenda, a strong commitment to involving undergraduate students in archaeological fieldwork and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence.

Applicants will need to provide a current vita, cover letter describing research activity and teaching experience, and name, phone number, and email addresses for three references.

Minimum Qualifications: We seek an Archaeologist who is broadly trained in the four fields of Anthropology. A Ph.D. in Anthropology must be completed by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will have an active research agenda, a strong commitment to involving undergraduate students in archaeological field work, and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence.

  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Letters of recommendation will be submitted upon request.
  • Apply at:
  • Are they automatically contacting references when the application is submitted? They have you individually enter the reference information, but it isn't clear if they will immediately contact them.
  • Any requests for AAA interviews?
  • Has anyone heard anything?
  • References contacted for letters of recommendation (12/2) X5
  • Campus visits scheduled (1/14)

Bates College (ME) - Lecturer - Archaeologist (long term/renewable) - Review Begins: 15 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED (2/8)[]

Bates College seeks to hire an archaeologist for a renewable, long-term position as Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, beginning in September 2016. The successful candidate will teach four courses each year (a full course load is five courses) in addition to advising theses, with service requirements and research expectations subject to negotiation. Two of the successful candidate’s courses will be: Introduction to Archaeology and Introduction to Human Evolution. We hope the third course (taught every year or every other year) will be a field-based one that provides students with the opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation during our five-week April/May Short Term. Geographical area of interest is open, but preference will be given to candidates who work in Native North America, or South or Central America. Bates and the Anthropology Department are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus and the curriculum. We welcome applications from all individuals with the ability to contribute to the college’s continuing commitment to social and cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and the transformative power of our differences. The search committee expects applicants to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas and describe how their research, teaching, and/or outreach can further this goal.

  • APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Review of applications begins on October 15, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and statements on teaching and research, including plans for involving undergraduates in a research program. Please also arrange for the submission of at least two (preferably three) letters of recommendation. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
  • Also posted at Physical Anthropology 2015-2016
  • So does the language "arrange for the submission of at least two letters" mean submit them now as part of the initial application or just contact recomenders about the possibility. Seems a little vague...anyone know?
  • Might be too late to help, but Bates asks for letters up front.
  • Skype interviews scheduled for later this month. (11/10)

Binghamton University (NY) - Postdoc - Geospatial & Remote Sensing Research Educator (RE) for Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) Program - Review begins 1 Jan. 2016 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program at Binghamton University will hire a Research Educator (RE), to begin 18 August 2016. This full-time position is for a two-year duration and candidates must have graduate degree before starting. This position is for Geospatial & Remote Sensing (open to Ph.D.’s with geospatial & remote sensing background on research in one or more of these areas – Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Archaeology).

Information about the FRI program and the faculty team for this research stream:

Responsibilities: The Research Educator (RE) oversees the daily research activities of the research stream. The RE will work with a faculty team to design, post and implement course materials for the research stream (e.g., lab manual, lab protocols, YouTube for procedures, and so forth). In coordination with the faculty team, the RE plans and delivers mini-lectures for the research stream courses. The RE oversees the operation of the research stream laboratory (e.g., ordering equipment and supplies), supervises teaching assistants (graduate teaching assistant and undergraduate peer mentors), helps FRI students with their projects, serves as a mentor to the FRI students, and facilitates the formative and summative assessments of the research stream and FRI students. The RE participates in a weekly FRI training and preparatory session. The RE also designs and implements a summer version of the academic year FRI. In addition, the RE assists with administrative work of the FRI program (e.g., tracking student progress and completion in the FRI) and co-teaches the FRI Research Methods course (delivered in flipped mode) with other FRI staff. The RE reports to the FRI director, but also works closely with the faculty team of the research stream. Thus, the RE is responsible for implementing the policies and procedures of the Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program related to the FRI undergraduate courses.

Required Qualifications: Strong candidates must have a graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a discipline that matches the research stream goals; minimum of two years of experience as a teaching assistant in higher education; ability to train undergraduate researchers and evaluate their work; ability to train, evaluate and supervise graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate peer teaching assistants; ability to manage a research laboratory; effective communication skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and web access software; ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency; ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively. Must have strong professional, organizational and interpersonal skills and be able to speak, write and communicate in an articulate and successful manner. Must have the ability to problem solve, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks as well as to analyze and organize information and materials for a variety of research projects.

Additional Information: Binghamton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application materials required:

  1. Cover letter (1 page maximum) telling us why you are interested in the position, why you feel you are qualified, and your contact information
  2. Curriculum vita
  3. List of three references who can address your qualifications for this position and their contact information
  4. Your philosophy of teaching science research (250-500 words)
  • Review of applications begins 1 January 2016 and continues until the position is filled. Electronic applications are required; please submit your application materials to:
  • Offer made and accepted. Skype interviews were last week. Wondering if any other archaeologists were interviewed or if this was held close to the vest?...

California State University San Bernardino (CA) - TT Asst. Professor - Mesoamericanist - Review Begins: 1 Dec. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The CSUSB Department of Anthropology seeks a Mesoamericanist whose research and teaching interests bridge cultural and archaeological perspectives, and are grounded in community-based engagement. Possible topical areas of interest include cultural heritage, expressive and material culture, identity formation, environmental resilience, and gender. The ability to teach courses on both Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnography is highly desirable, as will be contributing more broadly to the department's curriculum, while complementing existing departmental strengths.

The successful candidate will join an intellectually stimulating and innovative academic environment that embraces diversity. New faculty members are encouraged to develop and participate in activities that support the University's strategic plan which emphasizes: 1) student success; 2) faculty and staff success; 3) stewarding resources; 4) community engagement; and 5) enhancing the campus identity.

California State University, San Bernardino is a comprehensive regional university that serves approximately 18,000 students, and offers 47 undergraduate, 30 graduate and doctoral degree programs and 13 academic programs with national accreditation. CSUSB is committed to providing learning opportunities that are driven by teaching and research excellence, intellectual interaction, creativity and diversity. We invite candidates who share this commitment and dedication to the development of the next generation of students.

Typical Activities: Depending upon interests and experience, the successful applicant will teach undergraduate courses in the BA in Anthropology and perhaps allied fields, and may also contribute to teaching in the MA program in Applied Archaeology. The successful applicant will also be expected to maintain a robust, ongoing research agenda, and to mentor students, particularly in the area of student research. In addition to teaching and professional growth activities, the successful candidate will also provide service, as appropriate, to the university and broader community.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful applicant must have a PhD in anthropology or a closely related discipline in hand by the time of appointment. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Supplemental Information: Upon submission of application, applicants are asked to submit electronically a letter of interest that describes their teaching experience and interests, and their research and scholarship record and interests. They must also submit a vita, copy of transcripts, and the names and full contact information of three references. To learn more about our department, visit our website at

If you are interested in our position, apply at:

  • Formal review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. However, preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, November 18-22, in Denver.
  • Also posted at Latin American History 2015-16 and Cultural Anthropology 2015-2016
  • Received an automated request for letters of recommendation (26 Oct)  (x3)
  • Received a request for an interview at the AAAs (9 November)
  • Didn't apply, but sad to see programs are still doing AAA interviews. You know, because flights to national conferences are free for the unemployed.
  • CSUSB phone/skype interviews will be scheduled soon for candidates unable to attend AAA
  • This is ridiculous. How can you have prelim interviews but a review date listed as Dec 1. This sounds like a problematic position.....
  • A lot of places are doing this now. It is an opportunity to have a face to face and really get a better understanding of the people you may be working with. I prefer it over talking on the phone. I am not a fit for this, so not applying, but I know the person perviously in this position was incredibly successful, and the department faculty are great.
  • Request for Skype Interview (12/4)
  • I'm confused.  Are the Skype interviews a "substitute" for AAA interviews, or a necessary step regardless of whether someone had a AAA interview?
  • The skype interview is a substitute for the AAA interviews. One or the other. Not both.
  • Anyone know if Skype Interview requests are still going out? It seems they were going out sporadically, rather than all at once.
  • -Request for campus interview (1/23)
  • Offer made and accepted

California State University San Marcos (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Archaeology - Deadline: 1 Dec. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at California State University San Marcos invites applications from exceptional teacher-scholars for a tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 2016. The Anthropology Department at CSUSM provides an applied, collaborative, and interdisciplinary course of study, with particular and current strengths in Indigenous Anthropology and Medical Anthropology in the areas of health, cultural competency, and sustainability.

Minimum qualifications: Ability to develop new course offerings in archaeology. Experience conducting community-engaged research and scholarship. Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaborative relations with local communities and institutions. Demonstrated record of teaching and scholarship in environmental archaeology. Commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. Must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2016.

Desired/preferred qualifications: While regional and chronological expertise is open, work in the Americas is of particular interest. Previous experience working in California archaeology, interpreting archaeological findings for the public, curating archaeological and/or museum collections, and cultural resource management at a supervisory level are a plus. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research, and/or service.

DUTIES: Candidate will be required to teach at all levels of the major, including lower division introductory courses, upper division courses in the major, and upper division community-based field research courses. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of an archaeological field school, innovative and collaborative field research opportunities for students, and international engagement opportunities for students. Candidate will also engage in service at the department, college and university levels at CSUSM.

Applications must include: Cover letter; Curriculum vitae; Statement of teaching philosophy and interest in a career at a state university; Copies of publications or other public exhibition of academic work; Evidence of teaching excellence, including course evaluations from two different courses Three letters of recommendation; Faculty Application. Submit application and direct any inquiries to:

  • A review of applications will begin on October 10, 2015 in order to reach potential candidates at the 2015 annual AAA in Colorado, however final review of applications will take place by December 1, 2015. The position will be opened until filled.
  • Same nonsense as San B. C'mon
  • Any word on early interviwes for this position?
  • Request for letters of recommendation (-ish)--automated email saying that the application is incomplete and requires 3 letters.  EDIT--LOR due with the initial application...
  • Since the LOR were requested outright and the email was automated, I wouldn't read too much into it...not to rain on the parade. They also requested for the voluntary form on the same day, to the applicats with LOR (12/15)
  • Whoops!  Thanks for the head's up. Sorry to bump this up. 
  • Relatedly, got a confirmation that application status was complete. (12/21) (x2)
  • Any word on this position? (x2)
  • Nothing yet (02/09)
  • Request for skype interview (2/25)
  • Has anyone been invited to campus? (3/21)
  • Rejection email (3/21)
  • Request for campus interview (3/24)
  • Offer made and accepted

Colgate University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Archaeologist of the Americas (excl. Northeast) - Review Begins: Oct. 1 2015 - SEARCH COMPLETED[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Anthropology at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2016. Completion of Ph.D. is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire. We seek an archaeologist of the Americas (excluding the Northeast), broadly trained in anthropology, with an excellent teaching record, an active research agenda, and a strong commitment to including students in archaeological fieldwork. The ideal candidate would possess research and teaching interests that address one or more key global issues surrounding indigenous archaeology, such as: antiquities trafficking, repatriation of cultural patrimony, international law and world heritage protection, collaborative archaeology, tourism, or construction of memory.

Colgate University is home to the Longyear Museum of Anthropology, which houses a teaching collection of archaeological and ethnographic materials from the Americas, as well as contemporary Native American art and African sculpture ( The Longyear collections of archaeological materials of indigenous cultures from the Americas, in particular, provide a key resource for the successful candidate’s work, and we especially welcome applications that demonstrate the ability to feature and expand the Longyear’s collection through the candidate’s research and teaching.

In addition, the successful candidate will teach Introduction to Archaeology, upper-level electives in the candidate’s areas of specialization, contribute to the capstone seminar in Anthropology, and will also be expected to participate in all-university programs, including the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (

All applications should include: a cover letter specifying the applicant's interest in the position and how that interest intersects with the applicant's teaching and research experiences, a C.V., one article-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (ideally, at least one letter will address the candidate’s teaching qualifications). Sample syllabi and other evidence of strong teaching experience are welcome. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter their approach to teaching and/or scholarship in a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. All application materials should be submitted through:

Colgate is a highly-selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in central New York. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the Department of Sociology and Anthropology may be found at

  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Request for online interview (10/28)
  • What the H-E-Double hockey stix is an "Online interview?" Skype or Bluejeans?
  • Campus interview request (11/16)
  • Has anyone been offered this job? (1/27)
  • Position has been filled (2/16)

Cornell University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Bioarchaeology - Deadline: 1 Nov. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position focused in bioarchaeology. We construe bioarchaeology broadly to include a range of approaches to understanding the human body in its material setting both historically and theoretically. The ideal candidate will help to strengthen links among departmental research interests in archaeology, biological anthropology, and medical anthropology. We seek candidates who ground their biological interests in archaeological field work and whose research involves a concern with archaeological context, innovative approaches to theoretical interpretation, and sensitivity to the ethics of practice. Although we have a particular interest in applications from candidates conducting research in Latin America (including the Caribbean) and Asia, geographic area of expertise is open. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates should be prepared to teach a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that contribute to the overall mission of the department and develop their own area of specialty. They should also be committed to mentoring graduate students. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

Applications should include: 1. a detailed letter describing current and planned research activities, teaching qualifications and interests at both graduate and undergraduate levels; 2. a full curriculum vitae; 3. the names and addresses (including telephone and e-mail) of three academic referees. Applications should be submitted online at: Or by mail to: Recruitment Committee Chair Department of Anthropology Cornell University 261 McGraw Hall Ithaca, NY 14853

  • Anything on this one? It's been a while.
  • I haven't heard; nothing on the phys anth job wiki either. *shrug*
  • Additional materials and letters requested (12/11) x3
  • Campus Interview Scheduled (2/2)
  • Kind rejection email after campus visit (4/1, not an april fool's joke...)
  • Offer accepted (4/27, not by me)

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA) - TT Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology or Archaeology - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2015 - SEARCH CANCELLED[]

We seek candidates broadly trained in the four field approach. Subspecialty is open, but we are particularly interested in hiring a cultural anthropologist or archaeologist who can contribute to the newly formed Institute for the Forensic Sciences. In cultural anthropology areas of interest include, but are not limited to, human rights, genocide, trauma and conflict, and race and ethnicity. In archaeology, we are particularly interested in forensic archaeology, mortuary studies, or public archaeology.

The candidate should be able to offer courses in general anthropology, introductory courses in their subfield, and either ethnographic or archaeological field methods; advise and mentor students; and develop new courses in their area of specialty. The candidate is expected to involve undergraduates in research and field activities. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic department with a tradition of developing vital and aggressive student-oriented programs, collegiality, and collaboration with other programs.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, show evidence of excellence in university teaching, and demonstrate an active research program.

  • Preference will be given to applications received on or before October 15, 2015. Recruiting will continue until a candidate is identified. Finalists may be required to complete an interview and/or demonstration. Fluency in English language for final candidates will be assessed.
  • Just received email that the search has been cancelled and a new description for the position will be posted February 2016. Did candidates already have campus visits? This seems crummy...(x3) (1/13)
  • The campus visits had been partially scheduled, but none had yet occurred. (1/13)

Fort Lewis College (CO) - TT Assistant Professor in Archaeology - Deadline: 31 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Historical Archaeology at the Assistant Professor level to begin in the fall of 2016. PhD in Anthropology (in hand by August 15, 2016 is required. We seek a teacher-scholar broadly trained in anthropology with college or university teaching experience; demonstrated knowledge and experience working with museum collections and archives; and expertise or interest in ethnohistory, protohistorical and historical societies, critical museum studies, and public archaeology. Ability to secure extramural funding, a field research background and expertise in the American West are also desirable. The teaching load is 12 credit hours per term (usually three courses per semester). The successful candidate must expect to devote the majority of his or her energy into undergraduate classroom instruction that ranges across a wide intellectual field and contributes not only to the Anthropology curriculum, but to certificate programs in Heritage Resource Management and in Museum Studies. Courses the candidate may expect to teach are Intro to Anthropology and World Archaeology; Intro to Archaeology; Intro to Historical Archaeology; Topics in Social Archaeology; Legal and Ethical Issues in Anthropology; History of Anthropological Thought and/or Anthropological Research Methods, in addition to areal and topical courses appropriate to the candidate’s areas of expertise and the needs of the college curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to be knowledgeable about archaeological and historic preservation policies in the United States and abroad and to work with the Director of the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies in mentoring summer undergraduate researchers, and who can generate extramural funding for their research program. Successful candidates must participate in departmental and College governance and professional service.

Applicants should send by 31 October 2015 a CV, an application letter that includes a 1-2 page statement of professional and research interests and a 1-2 page statement of undergraduate teaching philosophy, and contact information for three referees to: Dr. Charles Riggs, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Historical Archaeology Search, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301-3999, Electronic submission is encouraged but not required.

  • Applications received by October 31, 2015 will be given full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. Additional information may be obtained at
  • For anyone else confused by the above wording, the cover letter, TS, and RS are wanted as three separate documents. Along with the CV and Reference List, there are five components to the application.
  • Recieved notification of making phone interview list - interviews to take place late November to early December (11/12).
  • Any updates on this position? It's the only one I applied for - I know that no news is bad news, but I'm also watching here until I get the official rejection.
  • Notified that phone interviews have been postponed until January due to committee scheduling issues. No exact date yet. 
  • Received email scheduling phone interview. (1/19) (X3)
  • Letters of rec requested (1/22) (X3)
  • Campus interviews being scheduled (2/2)

Georgia Southern University (GA) - Assistant or Associate Professor - Historical or Conflict Archaeology - Deadline: 1 Oct. 2015 - SEARCH COMPLETED[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Anthropology.

Position Description. Reporting to the department chair, the assistant or associate professor of anthropology will be expected to teach Introduction to Anthropology, and to develop other undergraduate and graduate courses related to historical archaeology, compliance archaeology, conflict archaeology, and/or Civil War archaeology. This individual will serve as the Director of Archaeology at Camp Lawton, a Civil War prison site located 40 miles from the university. The successful candidate is expected to hold a terminal degree and be an active member of the department and university community as demonstrated by pursuing an active research agenda, by serving on committees, and by mentoring students. Specific rank will be determined by experience and productivity. The position is a tenure-track, 9-month appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Anthropology or Archaeology; Demonstrated research productivity in Historical or Conflict Archaeology; Experience teaching archaeological field school; Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

A minimum of 5 years full-time college/university teaching experience at the assistant professor level is required for the rank of associate professor, along with a strong record of research and service, with publications and presentations in professional venues

Preferred Qualifications: Research interest in Civil War archaeology; Experience working with advanced archaeological technology; Knowledge of Compliance Archaeology; Expertise to teach an introductory biological anthropology course; Demonstrated track record of extramural funding.

Applications and nominations should be sent to: Dr. Heidi Altman, Search Chair, Search 67339, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Georgia Southern University, P. O. Box 8051, Statesboro GA 30460-8051. Electronic mail: Telephone: 912-478-5723. More information about the institution is available through or

  • Screening of applications begins October 1, 2015, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2016. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation.
  • Phone interview completed, references contacted.
  • Campus interview scheduled (12/1)
  • Received email stating position had been filled (2/29)

James Madison University (VA) - TT Asst. Professor - Archaeology in the Americas - Deadline: 31 Oct. 2015 - POSITION FILLED[]

The department seeks an archaeologist working in the Americas who can expand and complement existing expertise in the department and shares our commitment to four-field undergraduate teaching. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in the archaeology of complex societies, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, and with theoretical and methodological strengths in innovative material culture studies or environmental archaeology. The ideal candidate will have an excellent teaching record, an active program of research and publication, and be able to provide students with laboratory and field experiences. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory and upper level undergraduate courses in world prehistory and archaeological method and theory, and courses that reflect their areas of specialization. Ideal candidates will also provide students with laboratory and field experiences.Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. by time of appointment is required. Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English are also required. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Applicants must complete the online faculty profile at for their candidacy to be active. Applicants must also attach a letter of interest outlining experience and qualifications, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and summaries of course evaluations, if available as Other Document #1) and up to three samples of scholarly writing as Other Document #2.The names and contact information for three references will be requested at the end of the application. Each reference listed will receive an e-mail requesting that they submit a letter of recommendation through the JobLink system

  • Closing date: 10-31-2015.
  • Application link says job is no longer posted, has anyone heard if this search has been canceled? (checked 10/10)
  • I just heard from my references that they did not recieve the automated request for letters (same problem with Kenyon). I called the number listed on the "View Reference Status" page, and sent an e-mail to the department, will update when I hear back.
  • Here is the responsie I received: "You can have your references send their letters electronically to Jobs at and our Human Resources office will upload them to your application."
  • So...they want them at the offset, still? Being somewhat unconcerned about letters for the deadline, but still wanting them (if you then email them about it) - annoyance is high
  • Phone inverviews being scheduled for early December (11/17)
  • Campus interviews scheduled (12/8)
  • Offer accepted (3/1)

Kenyon College (OH) - TT Asst. Professor (Archaeologist) - Deadline: 1 Nov. 2015 - POSITION FILLED[]

Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Anthropology at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2016. Completion of Ph.D. is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire. We seek an archaeologist specializing in Latin America, broadly trained in anthropology, with an excellent teaching record, an active research agenda, and a strong commitment to including students in ongoing research. A strong willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues in International Studies, Latino/a Studies, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures is also preferred. Theoretical specialties should complement existing strengths within the Anthropology department.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant's teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; and, 3) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders. All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website.

Responsibilities include teaching a 3/2 course load over two semesters. The successful candidate will teach at least one section of Introduction to Archaeology each year, upper-level courses in Archaeology, and classes dealing with the modern cultures and histories associated with Latin America. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to the senior exercise in Anthropology and will be expected to engage with the College's liberal arts curriculum and with colleagues and students in interdisciplinary programs.

  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Surprise! They want the teaching philosophy as a separate document, not integrated into the cover letter, as their description implies.
  • Why the deletion of the query about a potential inside candidate? Are we pretending such things don't happen? Or that it's inappropriate to want information about the possibility? Edited to add: It wasn't my query, but its removal puzzles me.
  • I didn't delete it, but I can't figure out how to undo its deletion. But, in reading it, it basically said "Looks like there's an inside candidate. Any knowledge?" Pretty general. That said, I think it is a negative comment. It doesn't do anything than open the door for anxiety-fueled venting. What purpose does it really serve, other than giving folks some kind of emotional crutch for a possible eventual rejection? There are probably so many jobs with inside candidates or particular targets. But non-inside folks always have a chance. That said, it is interesting to learn about these kinds of politics.   
  • I also didn't delete it, and I don't fit the criteria for this position (and am, thus, not applying), but I saw the notes above in recent edits and wanted to contribute to this conversation: I've commented in previous years when I thought or knew of an inside candidate. Yes, there could always be an inside candidate and yes, saying that there is - or may be - may increase anxiety. But 1) I would certainly prefer to know if someone else knows or suspects that and 2) I would still apply if that were the case but would be more careful about time spent trying to land a specific job (including agreeing to long and stressful campus interviews if I suspect I'm not actually in the running for the position).
  • Agreed. I think it's valuable information and I don't see any harm in sharing what we know. The job search is awful. For everyone. Inside candidates and outside one.  I certainly lean towards having more information rather than less. That said, I have exactly no information about this particular search.
  • I guess I agree that it is good to know, but I definitely disagree that that kind of info really is productive. If you feel you are qualified, invest. If you get a campus interview but don't go because you suspect that there's an inside candidate that is not a good idea at all. In fact, I'd really, really, really try to talk you out of it if I knew you. If there is an inside candidate, there is nothing you can do about it other than try your hardest. Plus, I've seen inside candidates not get jobs. I admit I like knowing that kind of stuff. I like gossip. But it doesn't do anything.I don't think it really increases anxiety as much as it offers a pre-fashioned way to buffer one against rejection. Plus, it distracts from focusing on what you need to do to get a job: focus on yourself not on possible fears and anxieties surrounding some mysterious other person; there are already enough of them
  • In the case of this particular job, I'd say it's productive to know if a search has a predetermined outcome (as some do... though certainly not all jobs with "inside candidates"). That information is pertinent for many people -- and is not "gossip" -- because this institution is requesting letters up front. Three letters is a significant amount of lost human capital if a search isn't a bona fide one and I don't take requesting these letters lightly. If a position is already presumed to be going to a particular person, that would help me decide whether to bother my letter writers or not.
  • I don't take information about inside candidates as disincentive to apply. Just as useful context when writing my cover letter. Sometimes knowing about the inside candidate can tell you a lot about what they're looking for, and the inside doesn't always get the job.
  • I have to say I disagree and I agree with this exchange. I'll explain both sides of this. On the one hand, of course it's gossip. And as gossip it has that negativeness that the academic job hunt has. And negative energy is poison, especially with this. Not trying to fully apply for a job because of early letters of rec and a possible inside candidate is foolish. It's a pain in the butt, and schools requesting letters so early should be publicly shamed. But assuming that means there is an inside candidate is not necessarily the case. It could be, but who knows. Even if it is, not trying is a bad idea. Here's another reason why, inside candidates often do not get the job. I'm a case in point. I am in my second tenure track position (I come here to just read about the job market and what folks are saying, but I am not on the market now [maybe if a job comes up that does make sense for me, I'll pursue it, but that is unlikely]). Nevertheless, both jobs I received, there was an inside candidate. Both. I had no idea when I applied or when I interviewed, and I am glad for that. It would have been extra stress and may have had contributed to a self-defeating attitude. But there was an inside candidate for both jobs. For one, there was a visiting professor and for the other there was a former post-doc. I don't know how I got the jobs, but I like to think it is because I did a good job at the interview and the job talk. But who knows? Maybe the inside people were so confident that they needlessly shot themselves in the feet? Maybe the inside candidates were not everyone's inside candidate and politics led to me getting hired? Maybe it was luck? Maybe I am still not the person either university really wanted/wants and I should go somewhere else or do something esle? Either way, both times there were inside candidates. Both times knowledge of that did not help me and could have hurt me. Both times I got the job. Ok. That's my take on why I think its gossip, negative, and unhelpful. Now, here's my other take. This, unlike the other side, is based less on experience, but sort of now that I've seen what can happen in academic departments. Having an inside candidate is shitty. It's crappy. It should be viewed as unethical. There is no way, absolutely no way, none whatsoever, that any inside candidate is beyond compare in job qualifications. Not in this job "market." There are people with big grants, many articles, awards, books, tons of teaching experience, etc., looking for jobs. There is no way that any inside candidate can be guaranteed to be the best. Just no way. So, if a department has a committment to an inside candidate before a search, it tells you a lot about the department. That it's political. That it's whatever. It also can tell you what you might expect if you get an interview or, like me, the actual job. Things might be turbulent or rocky or not every faculty member welcoming. I don't know. But it is gossip. It is negative. But it can be useful information. But it should absolutely in no way prevent you from applying for the job and trying to get the job. 
  • Is anybody else having problems with the online recommendation system at Kenyon? My references aren't getting the automated email with the link to upload. If anybody has a solution, please advise. (x3)
  • I am also having trouble with their online system.
  • I'm having an idential problem with James Madison, posting here hoping one solution works for both.
  • I think that the request for letters from your recommeders will not be sent until you upload all of your application materials and hit the submit button. This is likely also the issue for the James Madison system.
  • Thanks for the response, though I had already submitted my materials and the e-mails still never came through. Hearing back from the department about this, they asked me to have my writers send their letters to the depatment admin. staff and they will upload to the system.
  • Request for AAA interview (11/12)
  • Any news on campus interviews? (12/11)
  • They just finished up Skype interviews this week, so it might be a while before they schedule campus interviews. 
  • Any news in the new year? Has anyone been invited to campus? (19 Jan.)
  • Campus interview request (1/22)
  • Rejection email 4/4 that the position has been filled (4/27)

Mississippi State University (MS) - TT Asst. Professor - Bioarchaeology with capabilities in Forensic Anthropology - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure track position in biological anthropology, with a specialization in bioarchaeology and capabilities in forensic anthropology, beginning August 16th 2016. The preferred candidate will have a regional focus in the Southeastern U.S. and/or the eastern Mediterranean. AMEC is a dynamic, growing department offering an anthropology major and Middle Eastern studies minor, with an applied anthropology MA program including a bioarchaeology track. AMEC is housed within the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, and the successful candidate will be a Senior Research Associate in the Cobb. A strong, active research agenda with the potential for involving graduate students is crucial to this position. The successful candidate will contribute to our track in applied archaeology, as well as our biological anthropology subfield, and must demonstrate a strong commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Interest in developing a bioarchaeology field school would be beneficial. The position carries a 2:3 teaching load and a nationally competitive salary. Mississippi State University is a top 100 major research university, designated as a “very high research activity university” and recipient of a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Mississippi State University is located in Starkville, MS, which is a progressive, growing, sun-belt community.

Basic qualifications: Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Anthropology or closely related field. Ph.D. must be in hand by August 15th 2016. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong research activity and an excellent record of teaching.

Position available: August 16th 2016, with academic year beginning Fall 2016. To apply: Applicants must complete the online Personal Demographic Data Information Form at (reference PARF 9231). Send the following materials, as PDF files only, to the Search Committee Chair, Molly Zuckerman ( The following materials are required for the application to be considered complete: Letter of application, which should address the candidate’s current and future research agenda and teaching philosophy; Curriculum vitae; Names of three references willing to write a letter of recommendation if solicited.

  • Closing date: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than August 15th 2016.
  • Also posted at Physical Anthropology 2015-2016
  • Long list interviews scheduled [posted 11/11]
  • The Physical Anthropology wiki page has this listed at campus interview stage.

New York University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Anthropological Archaeology - Deadline: 16 Nov. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology invites applications from outstanding scholars for a tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, to start September 1, 2016, pending administrative and budgetary approval.

The department is looking for scholars with exceptional records in teaching and research in anthropological archaeology, specializing in landscape and environmental archaeology, archaeobotany, and/or geoarchaeology. Regional and chronological expertise is open, but applicants specializing in the Old World are preferred. All candidates are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Center for the Study of Human Origins.

Posting Date: 08-14-2015

Special Instructions: To apply, please upload a letter of application and curriculum vitae through the following link:

  • Closing Date: All posts close at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on the date listed: 11-16-2015.
  • Anyone know what the story is here? This appears to be exactly the same search as last year --- the one that got over 400 applicants, took forever, and was accepted by someone at the end of March. Did the funding fall through?
  • I wonder if there is already a candidate in mind since they went through the same search last year.
  • They made offers to two candidates last year, but both turned them down and stayed at their home institutions
  • This is not true at all. I am not sure if they made two offers or not. But they definitely made one offer, and the individual most definitely accepted. The individual was on a post-doc, and negotiated a start at the end of the post-doc. This job does indeed sound similar to last year's, but with one key exception: "applicants specializing in the Old World are preferred." The candidate who accepted the job last year was a New World archaeologist.
  • You are right... I stand corrected. It only appears to be the same search. As you suggest, last year's was geographically open while this one is Old World preferred. And I am very glad to learn that we received a false report (though not so glad to be reminded just how reliable wiki information really is). It does help to restore just a little faith in the process.
  • There were two possible hire spots. Offers were in fact made to three individuals for the hire: the one candidate accepted, the two others stayed at their home institutions. 
  • Has someone else noticed that the link to the application is not working in the NYU website?
  • Last year they asked for reference letters from the beginning, not this year?
  • Apparently not this time. They probably ask for letters once they got a pool of short-listed candidates.
  • Request for letters of recommendation in e-mail to applicant (12/13) (x2)
  • Short list contacted (1/13)
  • Rejection email received (14/3) (x1)
  • Heard this was offered and accepted

Northern Kentucky University (KY) - TT Asst. Professor - Archaeology - Review Begins: 1 August 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology with an archaeology focus, beginning August 2016. Primary Responsibilities: Research interests are open, but candidates should be prepared to teach introduction to prehistory, archaeology method and theory, archaeological laboratory methods, North American prehistory, and a local annual summer field methods school. In addition, candidates must be able to develop upper-division courses in their area of expertise. Preference given to prehistoric Ohio Valley and Southeastern United States, but other regions will be considered.

Qualifications: Candidates must have Ph.D. in Anthropology, preferred candidate will have evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, a current research project, completed professional papers and/or publications, success in writing grants, willingness to involve undergraduate students in research, and willingness to participate in civic engagement.

Applications should include a cover letter, current vita, and names and email addresses of at least three references. Letters of recommendation will be requested upon narrowing the candidate pool.

  • Skype interviews held August 14th, references called a few days after
  • Has anyone heard any news about this?
  • A friend of mine was invited for a campus interview, but I don't remember when it was supposed to happen. So I guess they've moved beyond the Skype interview stage, at least. [posted 10/1]
  • No news at all about anything - glad I checked...was wondering what was going on - this is their second or third attempt at filling this position. Good luck to those with interviews. (10/23)
  • This may be old new given this job has been listed here as offer made/accepted for quite some time now, but just received a rejection e-mail from HR today saying the hiring department has moved forward with select candidates to fill this position. (12/1)

Ohio University (OH) - TT Asst. Professor - Archaeology - Deadline: 9 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Ohio University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology in archaeology. The successful candidate will have research and teaching specializations in Geographic Information Systems ( GIS ), Midwest/Eastern North America, settlement/landscape archaeology, and/or cultural resource management. The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper‐level courses in courses such as North American Prehistory, GIS , and their areas of expertise, as well as Introduction to World Archaeology. Anthropology faculty at Ohio University currently teach 2 courses per semester. Minimum Qualifications: ABD with PhD in Anthropology by the time of appointment; demonstrated teaching excellence; established research agenda; established or promising publication record. Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Anthropology; demonstrated teaching excellence; established research agenda; established or promising publication record.

Apply at:

  • For full consideration, please submit your complete application by October 9, 2015. Questions may be directed to Haley Duschinski, Search Committee Chair, at
  • This is an interesting search. Two archaeologists are retiring. They started as Mayanists, and continue to be Mayanists, but also started working in Ohio since they were the only archaeologists there and could do field schools. They just hired an archaeobotanist who works in the same area. I wonder if they are trying to eliminate the Meso-aspect and build up the N. American, or if they hire last year already moved on to another program. ANy info?
  • Any news on this one? Some other jobs with similar deadlines are already down to shortlists...
  • On campus interview already conducted.
  • Selection expected by now. No news.
  • Rejection letter 12/1/2015 (x2)
  • At least it was a very nice real paper rejection letter sent in a timely manner.

Pennsylvania State University (PA) - Professor of Archaeology (Tenure Track, Open Rank) - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology ( at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure track position in archaeology starting in August 2016. Rank is open.

We seek an outstanding archaeologist whose interests and skills are consistent with the Anthropology Department`s integrative, scientific, and quantitative approach to research, and its long tradition of sociopolitical, population, ecological, and evolutionary research. Candidates’ areas of interest might include (but are not limited to): the development of sociopolitical complexity, food production, economic interaction, population structure and change, anthropogenic environments, and complex adaptive systems. Candidates must be engaged in active field and laboratory research that complements existing strengths in our program.

Methodological expertise is open. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, an ability to obtain external funding, and a strong publication record.

We encourage collaborative research projects within the department and affiliation, when possible, with a diverse array of inter-disciplinary life-science, environmental, and population-related research centers and programs on campus (e.g., Population Research Institute, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment; Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

  • Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Direct questions regarding this faculty position to Dr. Kenneth Hirth ( Applications should include: 1) a curriculum vitae with educational background, employment history, and list of publications; 2) a statement concerning research and teaching interests; and 3) the names, addresses, and emails of at least three references. Apply online at
  • Has anyone applied to Penn State yet? The lack of a 'submit' button on the online service is disconcerting - or am I missing it?
  • I started my application, but didn't finish it and received an email acknowledging my application but noting the absence of some documents. So I think as long as things are saved on the website, they are "submitted"
  • Yes, I started the application and immediately got a confirmation email. Once I had submitted all the documents, I got an email from the search committee chair (~24 hours later) confirming that my application had been received. (10/14)
  • It's not clear from the ad, but the cover letter can contain your teaching/research statements, a separate statement is not needed. 
  • Any news from those who applied for this position? Does anybody know how many applications they received?
  • Any news on this? (11/5)
  • Pretty sure it went to a long list around the end of October... 
  • Does this mean that thay have already contacted a number of candidates?
  • I know someone who was contacted early for add'l info, but his impression was there will probably be others followed up with later. Whatever that means, but temporary consolation? 
  • Well, I have no idea how long this kind of process can take. I guess it all depends on the number of applications they receive. Is there a moment when hopes are lost?
  • For this same search last year additional materials were requested about a month out from the application deadline, if that helps.
  • Does anyboby have been contacted? Complete silence from the institution and the online recruiting system tells that the job status is active.
  • Rejection email 12/4 - they culled out anyone that was not a PhD by 10/15/15
  • Well apparently also people who had a Ph.D. since 2008 as in my case. I have received nothing, but as we know.. no news bad news!
  • Same here. I haven't received any word, either good or bad.
  • The online status of the application is open and active.. but I guess this is just a formality until they fill the position
  • Ditto - haven't heard anything.
  • Four candidates have been invited for interviews in January. 240 applicants in total.
  • Original post above, read: "Four candidates have been invited for interviews in January. The remaining 236 applicants can continue searching." 
  • Reversed an edit that removed the snootiness from a Penn State IP address (the comment directly above this). If that's the tone at Penn State regarding this search, let everyone see their true colors.
  • Agreed. That attitude does not does not bode well for the department culture.
  • That is the most disgusting, DISGUSTING thing I've seen in a long time. Whoever wrote that should be outed and shamed if a faculty member. I am going to find out if it is. Some wiki users are dumb, dumb, dumb.
  • Yeah, not cool.
  • Nice rejection email stating over 220 applicants (2/10) x3
  • I would assume that this means it has been offered and accepted
  • Second-hand info: This has been offered and accepted.

Rollins College (FL) - Archaeology - Deadline: 1 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology is seeking an Assistant Professor, tenure-track, beginning in August 2016. Must be committed to excellent undergraduate teaching, as well as to the liberal arts, and interest in maintaining an active program of research and publication.

Requirements: Must have PHD in hand by June 1, 2016; Research expertise in archaeology; Teaching experience preferred; Position requires teaching three courses per semester; Preference given to those who can also teach introductory cultural anthropology courses.

Interested candidates for this position must apply online through Rollins' employment website at and submit the following: (1) cover letter, including a statement of teaching philosophy and interest in a career at liberal arts institution; (2) curriculum vita; (3) contact information for three references.

  • All applications must be submitted by October 1, 2015. Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Apply link:
  • Quick heads up: there's a diversity/inclusion statement required as well.
  • Additional materials requested (10/16)
  • Skype interview scheduled (10/27) X2
  • Campus interview scheduled (11/25)
  • Campus interview scheduled (1/7) 

Rutgers University (NJ) - TT Assistant Professor in Archaeology (Old World Prehistory) - Deadline: 1 Dec. 2015 - POSITION FILLED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, invites applications for a tenure-track professor in Archaeology (Old World Prehistory) to start in Fall, 2016, subject to the availability of funding. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses during the regular academic year, and to maintain an active research program in their specialized field. Ongoing and active membership in a research team is a desirable feature, as is an enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who are capable of contributing to Rutgers' program in Evolutionary Anthropology.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D., and should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and creative scholarship. Applications should include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter that includes a statement about teaching, research, and future interests. In addition, they should include the names of three referees. Materials should be sent electronically through interfolio If you have any questions, please contact Jovani Reaves, Administrator of the Anthropology Department (

  • Review of applications will begin December 1.
  • Sorry. The post needed some cleaning since whoever posted it just pasted it in the Rollins post. If someone can make this editable (and fix the SDSU post too), it would be appreciated... ---> Done [10/14]
  • Also posted at Physical Anthropology 2015-2016
  • Does anyone have an understanding of whether they mean Old World Prehistory in the narrow sense (i.e. Paleolithic) or the broader more literal sense?
  • I expect that it refers to Palaeolithic and perhaps also Neolithic. Anything later generally isn't considered "prehistory" in the Old World because there is writing.
  • If anyone on the search committee is reading this: thank you for the simplest, most straight-forward electronic application I have encountered. Clean, easy: a model.
  • Anyone get word on this yet?
  • Nope
  • They are accepting applications until Jan 15, so I wouldn't expect much action before that date.
  • Huh. That's new. When did that change?
  • The Interfolio page says review of applications begins Dec. 1, but it is open until Jan. 15
  • Letters of recommendation requested (1/20)
  • Request for Skype interview (2/11)
  • Campus interviews being scheduled
  • Offer made and accepted

San Diego State University (CA) - TT Asst. Professor - Human-Environmental Dynamics Arch. - Deadline: 21 Sept. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor in the archaeology of human-environmental dynamics beginning in Fall 2016. The successful candidate will join and contribute to the interdisciplinary Area of Excellence Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology or related field, a proven record of excellent publication, and potential for securing external funding. Specialty interests may include GIS, paleoethnobotany, archaeometry, geoarchaeology, or other skills that complement existing departmental strengths and articulate with issues of climate change. Regional focus is open. Excellent teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels is necessary, including general anthropology courses as well as specialized upper division courses. Ability to teach quantitative data analysis is desirable.

  • What happened to this job last year? If anybody connected to the search reads this wiki, please read this: DO NOT SEND OUT REQUESTS FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION SO FREAKING EARLY! This was not done due to some crappy automated system like a lot of jobs; the search committee requested them (or requested that applicants request them). It seemed really symptomatic of a problematic search, and I was not surprised it was cancelled. But, whatever, it really wastes the time of everyone.
  • I was interviewed not long after letter requests went out. Campus visits occurred, offers were made. Search was cancelled for the next year.
  • So why was the search cancelled? 
  • The search was cancelled because the person they offered the job accepted another offer somewhere else.
  • They didn't ask everyone for letters, just the people they were genuinely interested in. (I was asked for letters, but didn't get an interview.) It seemed like a perfectly normal search to me, but maybe I missed something. It just didn't work out with any of the four candidates they interviewed, and the search committee wasn't very happy about it, either.
  • My apologies. I totally got this one confused with another job where the search was cancelled. But, on another note, was this the case where the candidates did not accept the job? That seems to have happened a lot last year for many jobs either because the candidate took another job or, what seems more likely, people had jobs and stayed put after the offer was made. That must be very frustrating for those in need of jobs, when nobody gets hired at all since the candidate wasn't attracted from the job she/he already has. I believe the NYU job didn't hire some people last year due to this, and the U of A job was a complete debacle: U of A. SW job. And they hired nobody since all the candidates turned them down. U of A. SW job. That is some surreal crazy sh%t. U of A couldn't hire a SW person. Crazy, crazy, crazy. That place must be problematic, but maybe SW archaeology is in decline. At least NYU is hiring again. I think another job search was cancelled last year since the retiring person changed his mind. Nice. Anyway, the market doesn't look too good this year. Hell, even the wiki doesn't seem that active. But, it's still August, I suppose. Maybe things will improve. I plan on getting 5 campus interviews and 7 job offers this year, but I won't accept anything that does not come with an endowed chair and full tenure, and a ferrari (and I don't even have a driver's license).
  • (10/5) Has anyone else logged into Interfolio lately?  The dossier now posts as "incomplete." They added two additional categories since I submitted on 9/4, including "Research Statement" and "Three Letters of Recommendation."  I have received no message, and have no reason to believe this is a personalized request for additional materials.  Any thoughts?
  • I see the same thing on my Interfolio account. However, it says submitted so hopefully it's fine (X3, 10/5).
  • Just an observation, but if they're pulling this nonsense again and requesting letters so early in the process (my interfolio has the same as above) I'm just going to let this one go past. Not going to put my references through doing that again when it's clear they're just asking for this from *all* applicants.
  • A friend received an e-mail from Interfolio requesting letters of recommendation and a research statement. I'm guessing (note that this is only a guess - I have no insider insights into this search) that everyone who applied for this job, regardless of whether they are now being considered further, will now see the option to upload these materials in their Interfolio account and that their application is "incomplete", even if the search committee only wants materials from people who received e-mails to that effect.
  • Rejection email received 10/6 x 4
  • This rejection was sent very quickly!! Makes me think that this was a "search" in name only... No real data to back it up, but wonder if they already had someone in mind from last year's search?
  • Whether they did or not, kudos to them for telling people so quickly!
  • Any news on this position? Have campus interviews been scheduled? Thank you in advance for any info you can provide.
  • Campus interviews are in process. [posted 11/11]
  • Any word on this job? I was not on the short list, but I'm just interested considering what happened last year
  • Offer made & accepted in mid/late December, I think.

Southern Methodist University (TX) - TT Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology (Archaeology) - Deadline: 9 Nov. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The SMU Department of Anthropology invites nominations and applications to fill a tenure-track appointment in biological anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2016. We seek a creative and innovative biological anthropologist whose research interests are in biomolecular archeology, and who is looking for an opportunity to be involved in a dynamic interdisciplinary program in Anthropology. We are particularly interested in candidates with technical skills that include an expertise in analyzing aDNA, proteins and lipids. Candidates must have an established field and laboratory program, demonstrated excellence in obtaining external funding and experience in multidisciplinary and collaborative research, a strong publication record, and evidence for outstanding teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Geographical area is open, but scholars working in areas that complement departmental strengths will be preferred. The candidate is expected to develop graduate and undergraduate courses that enhance the Department’s offerings and articulate with the new Interdisciplinary Institute. While an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor tenure track is anticipated, extraordinary candidates at all levels will be considered.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Anthropology, demonstrated expertise in teaching undergraduate courses in archaeology and graduate courses in the applicants field or specialty, demonstrated ability to generate external funding for research projects and a strong record of scholarship.

Application: Applications may be submitted electronically (pdf format preferred) or by letter, and should include a curriculum vitae, a statement on how the applicant’s research and teaching interests fulfill the parameters of the position and complement the strengths of the Anthropology faculty at SMU, and contact information for three references. Applications should be sent to: Dr. David J. Meltzer, Chair of the Biological Anthropology Search Committee, Southern Methodist University, Department of Anthropology. PO Box 750336 Dallas, TX 75275, Please cc all application materials to Pamela Hogan,

  • To ensure full consideration, the application must be received by November 9, 2015, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. A review of applicants will begin November 10, 2015. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled.

State University of New York at Oswego (NY) - TT Asst. Professor of Archaeology - Deadline: 15 Sept. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a tenure-track position for an archaeologist at the level of assistant, depending on qualifications.

Posting Date: August 6, 2015

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. For more information on benefits for full-time UUP faculty, visit:

Date of Appointment: August 2016

Description of Responsibilities: Will be required to teach a broad range of courses in archaeology including existing courses such as Archaeology and Human Evolution, Introduction to Archaeology, and Digging Up the Past: Humans and the Environment Through the Ages. Will also develop courses relating to public policy and historic preservation law, cultural resource management and preservation, archaeological theory, quantitative analysis, and the archaeology of a region other than the northeast United States. Will be expected to provide students with opportunities for significant fieldwork.

In addition, this position will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology at time of appointment, and teaching and research experience in archaeology. Strong record of accomplishment in teaching undergraduates, successful grant writing and fieldwork.

To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to:

  • Review Date: Review of applications will begin September 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Any word on this? (x2) (11/19)
  • Request for phone interview (x3) (11/30)
  • Phone Interview scheduled (11/30)
  • Notification of campus interview selection and references requested (1/4) (x1)
  • Offer made and accepted.

Texas A&M University (TX) - Instructional Assistant Professor (long term/renewable) - Review Begins: 15 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a renewable, non-tenure track position as an Instructional Assistant Professor beginning August 2016. Salary commensurate with qualifications. We seek an energetic scholar who can bridge anthropology and collections management to collaborate with our faculty and advise undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to manage the department’s Anthropological Research Collections (including lithic, ceramic, glass, metal, faunal, and floral material; project documents and photographs; and human skeletal remains), teach four courses each year in anthropology and/or museum studies including the introductory “Museums and Their Functions” course and a for-credit museum internship course coordinated with area museums; coordinate the consultation process required by the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); provide research and collections management experiences for graduate and undergraduate students; prepare grant proposals to enhance the condition and usability of the collections; and advise undergraduate students on graduate programs in museum studies.

Qualifications: Applicants are required to have a PhD in Anthropology or related discipline at the time of application, demonstrated experience in collections management and anthropology and be qualified to teach a range of undergraduate courses in anthropology and museum studies. Previous experience in managing collections in a museum or archaeological collections facility, experience in the NAGPRA consultation process, and teaching experience will be considered as strengths in the search process. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas A&M.

  • APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, teaching evaluations, and contact information for three references preferably as a single pdf file by email or mail to Dr. David Carlson (, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Mailstop 4352, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4352.
  • Skype interviews have started. (11/9)
  • Campus visit scheduled (11/20)

University of Alabama (AL) - Latin American Archaeology - Deadline: 15 Nov. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology of The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Latin American archaeology to begin August, 2016. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. We seek an anthropological archaeologist who can direct graduate–level field research, chair M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations, and teach graduate–level research methods. The proposed archaeology hire will strengthen the department’s research emphasis on the “Archaeology of Complex Societies of the Americas.” We seek an archaeologist with an on-going field research project in Mesoamerica or Andean South America. The successful applicant will also contribute to the newly created Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program and Minor ( LACLS ) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

To apply, go to complete the online application (Job # 0809706) and upload (1) an application letter with research interests, goals, and the names of three references with contact information; (2) a CV; (3) examples of manuscripts (for submission as publications and/or published articles) and (4) teaching evaluations (if available).

  • Review of applications will begin November 16, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • I realize that this is a wiki, which means that there is little if any central oversight, but someone made a big mistake with this job posting. Note, above the title states that the "Deadline" is November 16. The job ad states that review of applications will begin on November 16, which means that the deadline was, effectively, November 15. I am not sure if this error has hurt anyone's chances for this job--I am not applying, so no stakes in this conversation besides a "heads up."
  • Okay, now that I posted that, I noted that the deadline langauge for many of these job ads is a bit strange. Many of them state in the job ad title that the deadline is on a specific date, but then the ad states that the department will begin to review applications on that date. Why not just post the date for the application review? I know for certain that some search committees start the application review on the date listed, so if they list that they will review applications on November 16, for example, it means that the applications should be submitted beforehand, by November 15... right? In these cases, shouldn't the wiki list the day before as the deadline and not the day that the review will begin? 
  • I've been on the market for several years and only this year did I notice this sort of language as well. As a result, I've started trying to submit at least a day before the deadline. But I wonder how many deadlines I've actually "missed" previously.
  • I realized my application was a day late for this reason too, unfortunately. Thanks to whoever recently updated the wiki to Nov 15, but alas, it was long after I had copied the information into my personal files.
  • E-mail confirmation of materials received and review underway (11/16)
  • Inside source told me: There are about 100 applications. Applications received on 11/16 are under consideration. Skype interviews will be held in early December. 
  • Any news on Skype interviews? (12/4)
  • Letters of recommendation and skype interview requested (12/4)
  • Skype interviews underway. Seems like a very collegial department with broad interests. Good luck everyone!
  • Has anyone heard anything since skype interviews in December?? (01/27)
  • Campus interviews are happening from late January - February. 
  • Any news? (3/3)
  • Offer made. Negotiations underway (3/4)
  • Offer has been accepted. 

University at Albany, SUNY (NY) - Archaeology of the Northeastern US and Central Canada - Application Review Begins: 1 Dec. 2015 - SEARCH COMPLETED[]

The Department of Anthropology of the University at Albany/State University of New York seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of the archaeology of the Northeastern United States, Central Canada (Quebec and Ontario) and/or adjacent regions. Preferred candidates will have methodological expertise in environmental archaeology, for example, paleoethnobotany, isotopic analysis, ancient health, paleoclimatology, human ecology, or similar methods and approaches. Strong candidates will be expected to teach methodological courses in one or more of these topics as well as offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to become directly involved in research.

Requirements: Applicants must have a record of, or show strong promise for, generating external funding. Publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as evidence of an active research program and excellent teaching are required. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in anthropology or archaeology, with an emphasis on archaeological field work, from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization. PhD in hand by December of 2015 is required. Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population.

Additional Information: Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor. Start date: September 1, 2016. Please apply online via

  • A review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Interviews will begin in January 2016.
  • Seems as though the deadline has been changed to December 31, 2015, according to the link above?
  • Letters of reference requested (12/14).
  • Any word on this one? (01/21)
  • Had a Skype interview in mid-January. No word on short-list yet (01/21). 
  • Campus interview scheduled (01/27)
  • Offer accepted (2/28)

University of Calgary (CAN) - Archaeology of Urbanism - Deadline: 5 Jan. 2016 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Faculty of Arts, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the area of Archaeology of Urbanism. The anticipated start date is July 1st, 2016.

We are seeking a scholar who will establish and maintain an active research program in the Archaeology of Urbanism. The geographic focus for this position is open. Preference will be given to scholars with expertise in the analytical methods of research areas such as, but not limited to, paleobotany, ancient DNA, or archaeological chemistry, that will enhance the strengths of the department, especially in the area of human-environment interactions.

The successful candidate will be expected to produce high impact research and scholarship, to secure external research funding and will play an active role in teaching and graduate supervision in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. Service to the department, faculty, University and community will also be expected.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or in Archaeology, and must demonstrate research excellence through evidence of, or potential for, publications in high quality journals. Demonstration of teaching excellence is also expected through a strong statement of teaching philosophy, outstanding teaching evaluations and evidence of commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, student supervision and mentorship.

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology is a research intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. For more information about the Department, please visit

  • All applications must be received by January 5, 2016. Please provide an up to date curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, samples of course syllabi), three samples of scholarly work, and the names and contact information for 3 referees. The materials should be directed to: Julie Boyd Department of Anthropology and Archaeology University of Calgary Archaeology of Urbanism Earth Science 620 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4. These materials can also be sent electronically to All applicants are strongly encouraged to visit to obtain additional information on our department.
  • Request for letters of reference (1/25) (x3)
  • Any news? (2/10)
  • Campus Interview Scheduled (2/12)

University of Central Arkansas (AR) - TT Asst. Professor of Anthropology - Deadline: 30 Nov. 2015 - POSITION FILLED[]

The University of Central Arkansas Assistant Professor is responsible for teaching, research and service. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy. The position is tenure track and a nine-month appointment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities: Teach a range of lower and upper-division courses across multiple subfields of anthropology, including courses in Native American cultures, biological anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological theory. Take an active role in advising students within the department’s new major in anthropology. Develop and supervise experiential learning opportunities, including lab-based exercises and off-campus field trips. In addition to excellence in undergraduate teaching, faculty must maintain appropriate levels of scholarship and service to the department and university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Broad-based knowledge of and training in anthropology with a commitment to undergraduate teaching. Specialty areas and interests should include direct research or field experience in Arkansas and/or the region that can be built upon to engage anthropology majors in locally and regionally focused projects. At least two years of recent full-time university teaching across multiple subfields in anthropology. Demonstrated experience in planning and leading hands-on learning experiences for undergraduates. Documented willingness to advise and mentor students. Ability to maintain university service and scholarship obligations.

Apply at:

  • Deadline: 11/30/2015.
  • Anyone know if this application automatically requests references after submission? App says "If references are required for this posting, your references will be automatically contacted using the information you enter below."  
  • (10/16)  Answering my own question ^ - after submission it automatically asks for letters.  Added to AAA violation list.
  • Word on the street is that this is an inside hire.
  • Received an email that they have already selected an applicant to fill the position (1/7)

University of Edinburgh, (UK) - THREE lectureships in Archaeology - Deadline 24th Feb 2016 - POSITIONS FILLED[]

College of Humanities and Social Science

Applications are invited for three lectureships (UK Assistant Professor equivalent) in Archaeology to complement and develop our current research and teaching areas in the subject area of Archaeology and across the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. The preferred fields of specialism are:

  • Later Scottish prehistory/especially early historic archaeology in its Insular context; and with a commitment to fieldwork.
  • Environmental archaeology/Geoarchaeology
  • Digital Archaeology (including GIS and visualisation studies) cf. ‘Digital humanities’
  • Osteoarchaeology, both human and animal, including Forensic archaeology and DNA studies
  • Near Eastern Archaeology, extending to Egyptology and the archaeology of north Africa
  • Landscape Archaeology preferably with an interest or specialism in the British or European Bronze Age

The appointments are tenable from August 2016. All three appointments will be made at Lecturer grade (UE08). At least one of the posts will be expected to contribute significantly to the development of an innovative Archaeology MSc DL programme in collaboration with History within SHCA. A joint History-Archaeology programme extending the current successful History offering is the primary target, to foster increasing collaboration between History and Archaeology within the School. In addition, there are many opportunities to interact with other parts of the University and beyond in order to further the candidates research agenda.

The successful candidates will have a PhD or equivalent experience, and will be established researchers in Archaeology, with enthusiasm to undertake original research, and the ability to engage with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and academic supervision.

  • Closing Date: 5pm GMT on Wednesday 24th February 2016
  • Interviews will be held in Edinburgh in April 2016.
  • Has anybody had any news about these posts? I heard they received 300+ applications (March 9)
  • Havent heard anything, but 300 applications isnt so bad for three positions.
  • I think 300+ is a large number for UK positions. When would you expect to hear from Edinburgh? Isn't it common for UK posts to have the shortlisting done relatively quickly, ie within 2 weeks from the deadline?
  • No news on this?
  • Shortlist done (17.3); invited for campus interview
  • Rejection email (21/3)
  • I haven't heard anything yet (neither rejection nor interview request). Anyone else in the same boat or know what that might mean? (21/3)
  • Any word on the hires? (19/5)
  • I heard through word of mouth weeks ago now that they had alredy been hired. [posted ~ 5/20]

University of Leicester (UK) - Permanent Lecturer in Archaeology (equiv. to tenure track assistant prof in the US) - Deadline: 11 Aug. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

In this position you will undertake teaching, research and administrative duties in Archaeology in line with the School's learning and teaching, and research strategies.

The position will require you to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (campus-based and distance-learning) in Archaeology in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History and contribute towards research and administration as detailed below. You will be required to take up the post on 1 October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This post will develop the School’s strong track record in more recent periods of archaeology. Specialisms of particular interest are heritage and historical archaeology (in a broad sense). Period/area specialisms within these fields could include Mesoamerica, Western Asia and archaeologies of the Islamic world, although others which complement existing staff interests and activities will be considered. Additional desirable skills include standing buildings (including digital methodologies in this area), fieldwork and other practical archaeological skills or some relevant aspect of environmental archaeology or archaeological science.

  • The closing date for this post is midnight on 11 August 2015.
  • Any news on this position? ​
  • I know several people in the department; those sources are unanimous in telling me that it's taking longer than normal (by UK standards) to finalise a shortlist as they were advertising for several positions simultaneously, including several fixed-term positions alongside this permanent one. They now have to shortlist for all of them. In addition, they've only just appointed a brand-new Acting Head of School.  So logistical and bureaucratic issues have led to a delay.
  • I know that the lectureship in ancient history has been filled. So I guess this lectureship also by now (11 Sept)?
  • As of today (14 Sept) it has not been filled to the best of my knowledge.
  • Does this mean that the shortlisting process is still ongoing?
  • To the best of my knowledge (16 Sept), yes - though this could change imminently.  British hiring processes differ from many North American processes.  They typically go straight to the final campus presentation & interview stage without any intermediate stage of Skype interviews or similar.  So they're trying to whittle this down to the final 5 or so candidates, but have had very strong interest in the position, and are also simultaneously hiring for fixed-term teaching fellowships.  The scale of the task has led to a delay.
  • This is a sort of some good news. I know people who applied for the job and they had lost hopes!
  • Campus interviews scheduled to take place the 24th of September for the five shortlisted candidates.
  • Given that most readers of this wiki are North Americans, it's also perhaps worth adding quickly that all of the shortlisted candidates are currently based at UK institutions.
  • Rejection received (following campus interview) - best of luck to whoever was successful, both department and other candidates were very friendly.
  • Paradoxically, given the advert phrasing, they hired a prehistorian and specialist in the pre-Columbian Caribbean; this was the only candidate whose research wasn't focused on the archaeology of a historical period (in a broad sense).

University of Louisville (KY) - Latin American Archaeology - Deadline: 1 Nov. 2015 - SEARCH COMPLETED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Louisville invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Latin American archaeology with a focus on complex societies, beginning August 2016. Research area is open but preference will be given to those that complement our program. We are seeking candidates with research specializations that will enhance our undergraduate and graduate programs. Ideally, these include specialties such as materials analysis (e.g., ceramics), applications of geospatial technologies to archaeological problems, and bioarchaeology. The preferred candidate will have an active research program, theoretically grounded publication record, interest in fostering community engagement, and willingness to involve students in research. Candidates should be prepared to teach introduction to archaeology, courses on Latin American archaeology, and to develop additional courses in their area of expertise. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment.

  • Applicants must apply on-line at for Job Opening # 32080 and attach one document containing a cover letter, current vitae, and names and email addresses of at least three referees. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the anthropology program at UofL, visit
  • AAA interviews are now being scheduled. (11/13)
  • AAA interview scheduled (11/16) x3
  • References Contacted (12/3)
  • Any news? (12/17)
  • Campus interviews are being scheduled
  • Any Word? (2/25)
  • Rejection email (3/2)

University of Melbourne (AUS) - TT Lecturer in Classics and Archaeology - Deadline: 15 Nov. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Faculty of Arts, The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Salary: $92,654 - $110,022 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The School of Historical & Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) is at the forefront of teaching and research in the humanities in Australia. We have a team of dedicated academic and professional staff in the disciplines of History, Philosophy, Classics, Archaeology, History and Philosophy of Science, Cultural Materials Conservation, and Hebrew & Jewish Studies. The Classics & Archaeology program in particular offers a wide range of courses in areas including the archaeology of the ancient Aegean, Mediterranean, Near East and Levant; ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Syriac, Egyptian); Greek and Roman history; and ancient literature in translation.

The Faculty welcomes applications from archaeology specialists to fill the role of Lecturer in Classics and Archaeology (Greek and/or Roman, Early Dark Age through Late Antiquity), to work within the Classics & Archaeology program and to compliment its strengths as set out above. You will be expected to research, teach and administer at levels commensurate with the level of the position. You must have demonstrated field and practical skills in Classical Archaeology; potential to achieve a high level of research performance through the steady production of refereed publications in Greek and/or Roman archaeology; and potential to attain academic promotion. You will have a proven capability to make a significant contribution to research and engagement in Ancient World Studies and Classics, and will aspire to cultivate research links and networks with other groups on campus, as well as nationally and internationally. You will be expected to demonstrate significant grant-winning potential in these fields; and a capacity to teach to a high standard at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. You will be expected to teach subjects in both Greek and Roman archaeology, as well as practical archaeology, and contribute to other subjects as appropriate.

You will be required to work with colleagues in Classics and Archaeology to refine and deliver academic programs. In addition to teaching Classical Archaeology, you will be required to contribute to the team-taught undergraduate subjects in the Ancient World Studies major and team-taught post-graduate (PhD) subjects, and successfully supervise research theses in the honours, post-graduate diploma, and research higher degree (MA and PhD) programs to completion.

This is a level B position available on a full-time, continuing basis. The start date is negotiable.

  • Close date: 15 Nov 2015.
  • Any news from this job?
  • Request for Skype interview and additional materials (21/12/2015)

University of Minnesota (MN) - TT Asst. Professor - Archaeology OR Cultural Anthropology - Deadline: 15 Dec. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in archaeology or cultural anthropology at the assistant professor level beginning Fall 2016 (08/29/2016). We seek an anthropologist whose research focus critically engages natural worlds and the natural sciences broadly defined, in contemporary, historical, or prehistorical contexts. We invite applicants who think creatively about the relationship of humans to non-humans and to the material world on topics related to (for example) the environment, biology, geology, climate change and ecology (including indigenous forms of ecological knowledge). Our priority is to hire an archaeologist or a cultural anthropologist.

A joint appointment may be possible with a partner unit within the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Biological Sciences, or the College of Science and Engineering, with the tenure home in Anthropology.

The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to contribute at all levels of our undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department of Anthropology has a strong commitment to diversity. We encourage scholars from underrepresented groups to apply. We welcome experience working with diverse students, in multicultural environments, and interest in developing curricula related to diverse populations.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in anthropology or closely related field is expected to be in hand at the time of the appointment. Advanced ABDs may be considered for appointment at the rank of tenure-track instructor with the understanding that the Ph.D. is conferred in the first year of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: Geographical area, methodological focus and theoretical interests are open. We encourage applications from candidates whose research and teaching complement and enhance, rather than duplicate, specializations currently represented in our program.

Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation, the strength of their research and its relevance to the department’s academic priorities and the field of inquiry, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and the quality of recommendations.

About the Job: Faculty in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or creative activity that includes publication, exhibition, or performance; teach undergraduate and graduate level courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the level of appointment to the department, college, university and profession. The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Anthropology are available at: The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at

About the Department: For nearly a century the Department of Anthropology has prepared students in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics. With 17 full-time faculty members and about 55 graduate students, the department teaches approximately 2000 undergraduate students each year. The faculty offer a rich array of courses, teaching across geographical, chronological, an analytical frameworks. Our faculty and students regularly receive research grants, awards, and prizes for their teaching and research. An extensive program of colloquia, lectures and public events enhances our instructional programs. A lively community of scholars, faculty and students alike are engaged with research and teaching, connecting with colleagues in the humanities and social sciences through the College of Liberal Arts as well as the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Biological Sciences.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. .

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the wo rld. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

  • The priority deadline for application materials is December 15, 2015. This position will remain open until filled.
  • With this kind of listing, I wonder if you have a case of a very-well integrated department or a very fractured one that is bound to be contentious? Any knowledge of the place?
  • They were pushing for 2 positions and only got authorization for one. This was originally going to be an anthro position but the archaeologists were able to open it up for us as well.
  • Just saw that this is listed as one of the best places to live in the country....
  • Depends. Do you enjoy four or five months of snow without any mountains for skiing?
  • Depends. Are there good pubs?
  • Yes! The Twin Cities have an abundance of good (and diverse) food and drinking holes, cultural events, etc.
  • Anyone know if a bioarchaeologist would fit the position, or if they really want either cultural or archaeo?
  • Any news? Hoping to try one of those pubs.
  • Nothing yet. Probably too early given the Dec. 15 deadline and the holiday period.
  • Anyone heard anything on this one?
  • Request for additional materials (rec letters, syllabi, teaching statement, articles) (1/22) (X4)
  • Care to share what your subfields are? Curious to know if they went with archy or cultural - or something else...
  • I received the request and I'm arch, but also something else...
  • Also received request and am an archaeologist, no mysterious and intriguing "something else" :) 
  • I'm also an archaeologist but I am currently doing ethnographic research and have taught Cultural Anthro so pitched myself as doing both
  • Any rumblings on this? (2/25)
  • Got email late last week that said one of my referees had not submitted the letter. So, they were still compiling info by last Friday (2/26)
  • Contacted to be on short list (3/4) (x2)
  • Whatever happened to this job? Never got shortlisted but also never got a reject

University of Nevada, Reno (NV) - TT Asst. Professor - Zooarchaeology - Deadline: 1 Nov. 2016 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno ( UNR ) invites applications for a tenure-track position in anthropology with a focus on zooarchaeology; geographic area and time period open, but preference for Western North America. We seek a scholar who will develop an active research agenda and contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

The successful candidate will teach a 2-2 load of introductory, upper division, and graduate courses in zooarchaeology and archaeology in line with their specialties. This position will contribute to a growing and dynamic department with teaching, research, and service relevant to our region.

The University of Nevada is the state’s historic land-grant institution; it serves 20,000 students. The university is ranked as a Tier 1 institution by “U.S. News and World Report” and offers an array of degree programs at all levels. Reno is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe. Reno/Tahoe is recognized as a world-class outdoor recreation area. Additional nearby areas of interest include the Black Rock Desert, Sacramento, Yosemite National Park, Napa/Sonoma, the San Francisco Bay Area. University of Nevada homepage:

  • For full consideration, applications must be submitted by November 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin immediately following the close date.

University of New Mexico (NM) - Assistant or Associate Professor of Southwest Archaeology - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2015 - SEARCH FAILED[]

The UNM Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Anthropological Archaeology at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. We seek a scholar who will complement a three-subfield department (including ethnology and evolutionary anthropology) with national recognition for scholarship and graduate training.

Applications must include letter of intent addressing the applicant's qualifications for the position, as well as a description of the applicant's current research activities, teaching interests and experience, and five-year research plan. Please also include a curriculum vitae and full contact information of three references. Electronic submissions are required; please visit: Applicants who are appointed to a UNM continuing faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

  • Applications received by October 15, 2015 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
  • Contacted 10/28 for pubs, letter writers were contacted directly.(x2)
  • Contacted 11/30 to schedule a campus interview
  • Just to update this one: campus interviews late Jan to early Feb. (1/28)
  • I heard this search was cancelled but the person I talked to wasn't sure why :( (2/16)
  • Strange, as I got a generic, auto-generated rejection letter the other day saying my application was considered but not selected.
  • I confirmed thus with one of the people that interviewed in person. They aren't hiring anyone at this point.
  • Yep, failed search. 
  • At least 1 short-list candidate withdrew in advance due to another offer.

University of Oklahoma (OK) - TT Asst. Professor - Archaeologist - Deadline: 9 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The University of Oklahoma's Department of Anthropology seeks to hire a tenure-track archaeologist at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 15, 2016. The normal teaching load is two courses each semester.

The successful candidate will help fulfill the strategic priorities of the department and its archaeological subfield. The archaeology subfield is focused on the history and cultures of Native North Americans, with an emphasis on the Great Plains, Southwest US, and Southeast regions. Additionally, the hire will help create opportunities of collaboration within our department, as well as across academic units and provide essential mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students with interests in Native North America.

Department Preferences: Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in the post-Paleoindian archaeology of the Greater American Southwest, methodological expertise complementary to other faculty, and teaching experience. Applicants must be committed to a four-field anthropological approach. OU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Special instructions to applicants: Send a single .pdf file containing a letter detailing research interests and teaching experience, curriculum vita, and contact information for three references by e-mail to, with a "cc" to the search committee chair (

  • Review of applications begins October 9 and will continue until position is filled.
  • Long list contacted for letters, pubs 10/22. 
  • Heard they have scheduled campus interviews for mid-December.
  • Email rejection (1/16)

University of Victoria (CAN: BC) - TT Asst. Professor - Roman Art and Archaeology - Deadline: 15 Nov. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Greek and Roman Studies invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in Roman Art and Archaeology. Applicants should hold a PhD and be demonstrably active in fieldwork. Ideal candidates will have begun publishing and will have a demonstrable research and publication plan. The successful applicant should be able to offer a broad range of courses in Roman Art and Archaeology, to introduce innovative courses related to her/his research areas, and to teach Roman Art and Archaeology at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. In addition, the successful candidate should be able to supervise MA and PhD students concentrating on Roman Art and Archaeology and to participate in other relevant components of our Graduate program. The Department is particularly looking for an individual who is able to teach international field schools involving study-travel and to organize student-integrated field research. The successful applicant will provide evidence of an excellent teaching record that ideally will include some experience with Greek archaeology and culture and Latin language at the undergraduate level. The potential to serve as an effective role model and mentor to our undergraduate and graduate populations will be an asset. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2016.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please send by email a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample no longer than 30 pages, and a brief teaching dossier to the Chair ( In addition, please send three confidential letters of reference addressing research and teaching strengths.

  • For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by November 15, 2015 to: Chair, Department of Greek and Roman Studies P.O. Box 1700, STN CSC University of Victoria Victoria, BC V8W2Y2 Canada Email: Telephone: 250 721 8514 Fax: 250 721 8516 Web:
  • Received a rejection email saying the department had made an offer, which was accepted, on February 22.

University of Wisconsin La Crosse (WI) - Assistant Professor of Archaeology - Deadline: 2 Nov. 2015 - SEARCH COMPLETED[]

The Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is seeking a dynamic archaeologist who is looking to teach motivated students in a collegial, supportive, and collaborative atmosphere. We have one of the largest Archaeology programs in the country with approximately 100 undergraduate majors and 8 archaeology and anthropology faculty members. Our open position is for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Archaeology to begin late August 2016. We seek applications from individuals who hold a Ph.D. in anthropology or archaeology by time of appointment.

Preference will be given to candidates with methodological expertise (e.g., bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, lithic analysis, etc.) that complements existing faculty specialties. Candidates with research experience in North America (excluding Mexico) are especially encouraged to apply, but all applications will be considered from candidates whose geographic focus complements, rather than duplicates, current faculty regional interests. Candidates who have experience with a variety of teaching methods, have the potential to obtain research funding, and have the ability and 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 a four field approach to high quality undergraduate education in anthropology. Responsibilities include: 1) teaching World Archaeology, Historical and Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology, Senior Thesis, and upper level courses in the applicant's area of expertise that meet curricular demand; 2) providing students with fieldwork/research opportunities; 3) supervising undergraduate research; and 4) advising archaeology majors and anthropology minors. The Department of Archaeology & Anthropology 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.

Applicants must provide a letter of application, vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and future research, evidence of effective teaching, and the names and contact information of three references. Specific details on how to submit all application materials can be found at the link listed below. If you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in the hiring process, please contact the chair of the committee, Kate Grillo, at (608)785-6781 or to make appropriate arrangements.

  • The position is open until filled, however the review of applications will begin on November 2, 2015.
  • "Excluding Mexico"? That seems rather arbitrary. Why would a Mayanist who studies in Guatemala or Belize be more welcome than one who works a few kilometers away in Mexico? They have an Andeanist but nobody else working in Latin America. How about "No left-handed people need apply"?
  • I would imagine that it's because undergrads can't participate in excavations in Mexico? Or when they talk about North America, they don't mean to include C. America and thus aren't looking for a Mayanist per se.
  • Mexico is part of North America ( so I took the exclusion to mean they will give preference to scholars who study the prehistory of the US or Canada. The exclusion is a technicality.
  • I don't believe undergraduates can participate fully in Guatemala, either. North America can be interpreted to mean everything north of Panama, but I imagine they mean the cultures that would fall under a "North American Prehistory" course. Indeed, good luck to the applicants.
  • Heard they started doing Skype interviews. Anyone else got any info? [posted 11/20]
  • Haven't heard anything. 11/21
  • Can anyone verify that this has reached the Skype interview stage? (11/24)
  • Yes, they conducted Skype interviews the week of Nov. 16th [posted 11/24] x2
  • Campus interviews in progress [week of 12/14]
  • 12/23 got rejection email saying they had selected the Best Fit candidate (x2)

Washburn University (KS) - TT Assistant Professor Anthropology in Archaeology - Deadline: Jan. 11th, 2016. - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Washburn University’s Sociology & Anthropology Department invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Anthropology, with a specialization in archaeology, beginning August 2016. We seek an archaeologist who is broadly trained in the four fields of anthropology who can expand and complement existing expertise in the department. This is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment. A completed Ph.D. is required for tenure-track appointment. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  (1) Ph.D. in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology; ABD applicants will be considered. (2) Demonstrated evidence of teaching experience and active research agenda.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: (1) University-level teaching experience. (2) A research agenda in archaeology. (3) Specialization in history/prehistory of the Great Plains, the Western United States, and/or the Americas, although other geographic specializations that complement those of existing faculty will be considered. (4) The ability to develop fieldwork and courses in the region and strengths in community engagement will receive special attention. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will teach four courses per semester (usually two lower- and two upper-division courses), which may include courses in intro to archaeology, historical archaeology, archaeological methods, cultural anthropology, and courses in area of specialization. The ideal candidate will provide students with active and engaging learning opportunities in the classroom, laboratory, and field. Opportunities exist to gain additional training to support our new B.S. Degree in Anthropology (Forensics Concentration). Washburn University stresses excellence in teaching as one of our highest priorities. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a strong commitment to undergraduate education, interdisciplinary work, and a research program involving undergraduates. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications begins January 11, 2016 and continues until a suitable candidate is identified. Send cover letter, vita, teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations from two most recent courses, copies of transcripts, and names/address/phone/e-mail of three professional references to Ms. Tammy Schlingmann at (use “archaeology search” in the subject line). Only electronic application materials will be accepted. Questions may be sent to Dr. Sharla Blank, Search Committee Chair, at The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire and to submit official transcripts. Washburn University is an EOE. To enrich education through diversity, candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

  • - Request for additional materials (1/28) (2/19)
  • - Scheduled online interview (2/15) (2/29)
  • - Has anyone heard anything further on this search? Has anyone received a rejection email/letter, or an invite for an on-campus interview? (2/25)
  • Contacted for campus visit (3/9)
  • So far I have heard of no one who has actually received a rejection letter or email. Are they holding onto their entire pool of applicants as possible back-ups in case their short list doesn't work out? Very frustrated with the lack fo any communication, particularly since this search is drawing out deep into the spring. (3/14)
  • Heard they will only be bringing in 2 people for campus interviews (3/14)
  • Have the campus interviews been completed?
  • I don't know if all the campus interviews have been completed, but at least one is complete.
  • Offer made and accepted 
  • Still no contact with applicants who weren't interviewed. Very classless handling of the whole process.

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - TT Asst. Professor - Anthropological Archaeologist, Americas (excl. Maya) - Deadline: 23 Oct. 2015 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

We seek an anthropological archaeologist working in any part of the Americas except the Maya region to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, to advise students, to conduct research, to perform other scholarly activities including publishing in scholarly journals, and to participate in departmental governance and university service. Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology is required. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in original theoretical and methodological research that complements the existing strengths of the department. Active fieldwork or lab research is required. The candidate is expected to work with graduate students in developing research projects and must have a demonstrable commitment to innovative undergraduate and graduate instruction, ideally including experience teaching introduction to archaeology.

Candidates with research focused on the following regions and topics are especially encouraged: South America; the Intermediate Area; human interaction with climate and environment; foodways and diet; societal diversity and identity; multiregional interactions and political economy.

Applications should consist of a Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter describing ongoing research and teaching interests, and the 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: Lauren Valle <>.

  • Priority will be given to applications received on or before Friday, October 23, 2015, but the search will continue until the position is filled.
  • "(excl. Maya)" ha ha ha. Funny how an entire generation of professors have zero intention of retiring.
  • We all know that after the recession, a ton of end-of-career professors hung on for a few extra years to rebuild their retirement savings, and we continue to wait for these positions (if they are replaced at all). In this case, however, Mayanists are not excluded because of the retirement schedule of current faculty. It is more complicated. This is a great department. Good luck to all applicants. Mayanists may find succor in the relatively high number of Latin American positions available this year.
  • New email for applications (last name changed).: All materials should be sent as MSWord files or PDFs via e-mail with “Archaeology Search” in the subject line to: Lauren Horton <>.
  • Did anybody receive a confirmation email after submitting their application?
  • Yes, confirmed about 24 hours after submitting. Copy/paste email from the admin assistant handling the apps. 
  • Has anyone heard any news on this job?
  • Nothing yet.
  • Rejection email (11/18)x4
  • Additional Materials requested (reference letters and course evaluations) (11/18) x2
  • Campus interviews scheduled (12/14)
  • Received rejection letter from search committe chair, stating that campus interviewees have been selected. It is a great department and university. I wish the interviewees good luck. (I had been asked for additional materials)
  • Rejection email (01/08/16)
  • Oh, horrible, oh, horrible, most horrible! If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not. Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damnèd incest. But howsoever thou pursuest this act, taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven and to those thorns that in her bosom lodge to prick and sting her. Fare thee well at once.The glowworm shows the matin to be near, and 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire. Adieu, adieu, adieu. Remember me. (x3)
  • Position filled (3/3)



Hope things thicken out. Looking pretty grim this year, like two years ago.

  • Speaking of two years ago, the Vitae Job Tracker website has posted the results of the 2013-2014 job season. Only 102 jobs in all of Anthropology that year.
  • That website missed a great number of the archaeology candidates who got jobs that cycle -- I wouldn't count on it as accurate in the slightest. Hopefully that gives you at least a tiny bit more hope...

Special Request: Help with job market research[]

This article highlights some interesting trends in the music theory job market, and it’s only possible because of the way academic musicians use this wiki (see also CreativeWriting_2016): when they accept a job offer, they post their name, where and when they earned their PhD, and what job they’re moving from. I’d like to do something similar for anthropology, but it depends on you. If you’d like to help us understand who gets which jobs and how quickly, please consider posting your name and info when you accept an offer. Thanks! DanielG_AAA (talk) 17:47, March 21, 2016 (UTC)

A Running List of Schools Requesting Reference Letters Upfront (Contrary to AAA Career Center Request)[]

The AAA has requested that search committees refrain from asking for letters of recommendation until initial screening of applicants has been completed:

"Solicitation of letters of recommendation should occur only after an initial screening of candidates to minimize inconvenience to applicants and referees. Names of references may be requested, however."

Despite this (at least four year-old request), many institutions persist in requiring letters of recommendation as part of an initial application package.  This places a burden on both the applicant and his/her reviewers and places undue stress on advisor/advisee relationships.  Please list here the names of schools/job posts asking for up-front letters of recommendation so that we may alert the AAA to violations of their request:

  • Bates
  • Cal State San Marcos
  • Colgate
  • Colorado College
  • James Madison University
  • Kenyon College
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Saskatchewan

Possible "quick-reference" spreadsheet addition to this Wiki?[]

Could someone with the necessary skills to successfully manipulate complex Wiki entries please create a quick reference spreadsheet for all jobs on this wiki--perhaps appearing just below and similar in format to the "Current Users" section? And perhaps with these simple column headers?

INSTITUTION     JOB_TITLE    DEADLINE     PREFERRED_FOCI     STATUS   (and any other headings deemed appropriate...)

This would be a much more convenient way for everyone to quickly check in on employment opportunities (and presumably more useful than stats on current users of the wiki)...would happily do it myself but I have no idea how to make it work...

  • Thanks for this suggestion. In my long experience with this wiki as an admin, I can say this kind of jobs table has been tried on various pages over the years, but it has proven difficult for users to edit and maintain. Fields that manage to set this up usually abandon it. A table to keep track of Users (like above) is easier to keep up, but when the full season is in swing and lots of jobs and updates are coming in, a table that involves more complex code and editing skills tends to fall apart, generate lots of complaints and waste a lot of time. If somebody can come along with a fabulous hack to make tables work better on this wiki, great; I have yet to see it happen and it's beyond my skill set .... In the meantime, the best way to follow updates to this page (new positions added, interview info. etc.) is by subscribing to the RSS feed for this page: A rudimentary RSS reader is embedded at the top of the page; more sophisticated RSS readers are recommended here: - Hope this helps! --Una74 (talk) 17:15, July 26, 2015 (UTC)