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Postings in Physical Anthropology 2013-14[]

Welcome! This page has been created to reflect the 2013-14 academic year job search.

  • NOTE: Please post only jobs that begin in 2014 on this page. Jobs with a start date in 2013 should be posted at last year's page: Physical Anthropology 2012-2013 .
To view the aftermath of the 2010-11 season go here.
To view the aftermath of the 2011-12 season go here .
NOTE: a new page for jobs that begin in 2015 has been created here.
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2013-14 Open Searches: Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions[]

Arizona State University - Two Assistant Professors, Evolutionary Anthropology (Deadline passed: Nov. 15.)[]

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University seeks to fill two positions in evolutionary anthropology at the assistant professor level, reflecting our continuing investment in global leadership in the area of evolutionary social science. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment in anthropology, psychology, or a closely-related field, and a strong record of empirical or theoretical research. Desired qualifications include (1) research that focuses on the evolution of modern behavior, especially within the areas of evolutionary psychology, gene-culture coevolution, mathematical evolutionary theory, and the evolution of technology, or (2) research that focuses on the evolutionary basis of social behavior or cognition in nonhuman primates, especially as related to aspects of social complexity.

Additional desirable qualifications include evidence of or potential for obtaining external funding; teaching experience in anthropology or related fields; commitment to mentoring and supporting students; and collaborative experience with interdisciplinary research projects. Anticipated start date August 2014.

  • We will begin reviewing applicants on November 15, 2013. Reviews may occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. Applicants must apply online at and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. You may address your cover letter to Professor Joan Silk, Evolutionary Anthropology Search Committee Chair. ASU Job ID: 10547.
  • So this means they are not explicitly hiring one person for description 1 and one person for description 2, but it's more fluid? The wording suggestions they have two topics of interest, but they are not listing them as separate jobs, so I'm guessing they have a lot of freedom to hire the two "best" candidates?
  • The AAA job posting states that they are looking to fill two positions, one in each area.
  • They anticipate two more similar hires next year, so if they found two incredible primatologists in this year's pool, they could potentially count on getting two human-oriented positions next year (and vice versa).
  • 12/6: Request for additional material (x3)
  • 12/6: Strangely worded email saying no additional materials were needed from me at this time. If more materials were requested of someone else (above), I guess this email is a rejection? I wish they would have just said that. x5 - I guess it means we haven't made the shortlist. ---From my (limited) experience on search committees, I would guess that a letter saying we don't need any further materials from you, but doesn't outright reject you, means that they want to keep you in reserve in the unlikely case that none of the candidates on the short list work out.---
  • 12/7: The wording is different, but they sent out a similar e-mail last year.  I think it means we are in the limbo back-up pool. Last year, they sent rejections to some applicants at the same time. Can anyone confirm if they've sent out any rejections?
  • 12/7: This same time last year they sent out requests for more materials for a long list of candidates (some of these candidates got interviews, others did not). If it's the same this year, then these emails are pretty much rejections.
  • 12/9: I received a request for additional materials, but at least one my references did not receive a request for a letter. Anyone have references that have been contacted by the committee already?
  • 12/9 I've receved nothing, which I guess is the absence of confirmation of application receipt.
  • 1/11: Invited (by email) for campus interview in February, decision to be made by mid March
  • 3/19: Offers were made for both positions
  • I'm sure they are badasses; these positions seemed very cool. Congrats to them!
  • 4/7: Rejection email

Armstrong Atlantic State University (review began October 1, 2013)[]

Armstrong Atlantic State University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Criminal Justice, Social, and Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts. Appointment will begin August 2014.

Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate in Anthropology from a "four field" program. ABD candidates may be considered, but degree must be completed before August 2014 contract date.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with background in cultural and physical/biological/forensic anthropology. Experience in an interdisciplinary academic environment. Experience in online instruction and development. Experience in undergraduate research projects

Essential Duties Summary: Responsibilities include core level course instruction in all areas of Anthropology and the development of upper level undergraduate curriculum and programs in the area(s) of the successful candidate's specialization; advising; maintenance of expertise in areas of responsibility. Participation and service in departmental, college and university committees and initiatives. Ongoing scholarship and service in the professional discipline is also expected. Standard teaching load is a 4/4.

Armstrong Atlantic State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Georgia is an Open Records state. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

  • A review of applications will begin October 1, 2013 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. For best consideration, please apply by this date.
  • To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply online at the following link:
  • 10/1 Letter requests auto-generated with application
  • 11/11 Phone call indicating that Dr. Finlay passed away in a car accident.
  • 11/15 Kind email describing position and asking interesti in phone interview (x2)
  • 2/16 Invited for on campus interview
  • I know that one offer was made and kindly declined
  • 4/29: E-mail rejection
  • My favorite part of this was having all my references auto-contacted for letters on a Friday, followed by the rejection email on a Monday

Brandon University, CA (review began Dec 1st)[]

The Department of Anthropology at Brandon University is seeking to fill one (1) probationary tenure-track position in Biological Anthropology. A Ph.D. in Biological/Physical Anthropology is preferred but ABD applicants who will have completed their degree requirements at the time of appointment will also be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses involving human and animal remains including zooarchaeology, forensic anthropology, osteobiography and human osteology. The successful candidate will normally offer the archaeology field school every second year. Applicants must have an active research and publishing program as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching. Rank and Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred start date is 1 July 2014. Deadline for applications is 30 November 2013 or until the position is filled.         

Interested candidates should forward their vita and supporting documentation providing evidence of teaching and research accomplishment, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Dr. Bruce Strang, Dean of Arts, Brandon University, 270-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 6A9, or to For additional information on Brandon University visit our website at           Short listed candidates will be expected to provide copies of credentials at time of interview. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

  • 1/16 - Invited to on-campus interview (via email)
  • 1/16 - Invited to on-campus interview
    • 1/16: Are you a Canadian citizen?

California State University, Los Angeles (closed Nov. 15)[]


STARTING DATE: September 1, 2014

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology from an accredited institution of higher education. Candidates must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physical anthropology. Candidates should provide record of /or potential for scholarly activity involving students, as well as the demonstrated potential for effective teaching. Candidates should also demonstrate an ability or interest in teaching in a multicultural, multiethnic campus.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Topical research specialty in biomedical anthropology; human biology, growth and development; paleoanthropology; and/or bioarchaeology. We prefer applicants who can include undergraduate and graduate students in ongoing research and provide hands-on opportunities for students to gather, analyze, and present anthropological data.

DUTIES: We seek a colleague committed to serving one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and to sharing the responsibilities of undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and creative activities, and university service. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a research program and garner external funding; publish research articles in peer-reviewed journals; participate in student advisement and mentoring; engage in Department, College and University committee service.

SALARY RANGE: Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

THE UNIVERSITY: California State University, Los Angeles, a comprehensive urban university and one of 23 campuses that comprise The California State University system, offers programs in more than 50 academic and professional fields. The campus is located at the eastern edge of Los Angeles, adjacent to the western San Gabriel Valley, with more than 22,000 full and part-time students reflecting the rich, ethnic diversity of the area. The University is committed to student-centered learning, free scholarly inquiry and academic excellence.

The Department of Anthropology is part of the College of Natural and Social Sciences. The Department offers a B.A. and minor degrees in Anthropology and an M.A. degree in Anthropology with options in Sociocultural Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, and Archaeology. Faculty offices and laboratories reside King Hall and the Biological Sciences Building.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Candidates should submit a letter of application, a detailed curriculum vitae, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a plan of proposed research activities (2-3 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages), three letters of recommendation, and the University's Application for Academic Employment form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Receipt of official transcripts of doctoral degree required for appointment.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2013. Address application, required documentation and/or request for information to: Faculty Position-Physical Anthropology, Attn: Jo Ann Arriola, Office Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8220.
  • 11/19: Application confirmation
  • 12/17: Anyone heard anything about this position?
    • 12/17: Someone there googled me a few weeks ago, but that's all I got
  • Anyone know if any decisions about this position have been made?
    • 1/21: Haven't heard anything
  • 1/23/14: Phone interview scheduled
  • 1/23: Phone interviews are being scheduled beginning Jan 27th. Notified by email, but they said that they had tried to call me first.
    • 1/24: Ditto, also told after the phone calls they'll move to short list of 4 candidates to fly in for interviews
  • 2/7: Has anyone heard anything since the initial phone interviews?
    • No, but when I interviewed (Jan 27th) they told me it would probably be about 3 weeks before they contacted people. 
  • 2/12: Invited for campus interview (chair contacted me via phone).
  • 5/5: Very nice rejection e-mail; formal letter to arrive via mail (according to e-mail).

Harvard University - Tenure-track and/or Tenured Professor, Human Evolutionary Biology (review begins Nov 15)[]

The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University is seeking to make one or more full-time appointments at the tenure-track and tenured levels in human biology and physiology. This area includes any aspect of physiology, such as energetics, nutrition, the microbiome, disease ecology, life history, and evolutionary medicine. Applicants’ interests should be explicitly related to human evolution, and we encourage candidates whose research integrates laboratory and field components. The appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2014.

  • Basic Qualifications: Candidates are required to have a doctorate in Anthropology, Biology or related fields.
  • Additional Qualifications: The Department administers a large and successful undergraduate concentration in Human Evolutionary Biology, hence excellence in undergraduate teaching is a priority. A strong research program, including the ability to offer graduate courses, is also expected. Our Doctoral program stresses integration of laboratory and field research and the cooperative training and mentoring of PhD candidates.
  • Special Instructions: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013.  Please note that the application process is different for tenure-track and tenured levels.
  • 1/17: Invited for interview (x2)
  • Shortest rejection letter yet (but kind) for junior position (3/3)

Indiana University - Northwest - (review began January 15, 2014)[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Indiana University Northwest invites applications from physical/biological anthropologists for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in August 2014.

One of the eight comprehensive universities in the Indiana University system, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 5 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The campus has a diverse student population of nearly 6,500 students and offers primarily Baccalaureate and Master degrees in a variety of disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate programs are available in arts and sciences, business and economics, education, nursing and health professions, public and environmental affairs, and social work. The campus is also home to the IU School of Medicine Northwest. IU Northwest emphasizes high quality teaching, peer-reviewed research and creative activity, community engagement, and service. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity and engagement.

Applicants should have Ph.D. in hand, proven teaching ability, and evidence of a research agenda. Teaching assignments will include introductory biological anthropology, as well as more specialized undergraduate courses. Candidate research specialization is open.

• 2/7/2014 Has anyone heard anything about this position?

  • 2/27/14: This position is on hold because the faculty member this position was replacing may be changing his mind about retiring.
  • Anyone know if the faculty member decided to retire or not? (2/27 post person?)
-2/7/14: No, but it hasn't been that long.
-I think this is the last job left on here that has yet to contact people?
  • 3/17/14: To my knowledge, the faculty member hasn’t decided yet. I assume the faculty member was given a deadline for when to decide, but I don’t know when that date is and requests for this information have been ignored.
  • 5/5/14: Received email stating due to budget, position no longer being offered, but invited to apply for one year visiting instructor with a possible second year. Teaching load is 4/4 (x3)
  • 6/16/2014: Has anyone heard anything about this position? I have followed up with e-mails, but never get a response.
    • 6/16: Was offered the job last week (without an interview), but I've already accepted another position
    • 6/17/14: Thanks for the info. I am really surprised they would make an offer without an interview. May I ask what starting salary they offered you? Also, congratulations on the other position!
    • 6/17/14: I didn't get the full offer details because my new position is tenure track and I thought it more polite to cut them off. However what first year bioanthro assistant profs are making is surely much less than the assistant prof averages per university published by the Chronicle. Is anyone (anonymously) curating that data?
    • 6/17/14: Makes sense. Thanks for the info! I would expect something like $45-50k for a visiting assistant professorship, although I am sure those numbers vary by institution.
    • 6/19/2014: Also, if you dont mind me asking, was the job offered to you by Dr. Gallmeier or Dr. Bloom? I recall that when the job ad was posted Dr. Gallmeier was Dept. Chair and listed as the contact, but then Dr. Bloom took over as Dept. Chair.

Kent State University (OH) - Two TT Positions (review began October 15th, 2013)[]

Kent State University’s Department of Anthropology invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions: one in Biological Anthropology and one in Cultural Anthropology. The successful candidates will join a growing department with excellent research and educational programs. An additional hire in Archaeology is expected for the 2015-2016 academic year. These positions are part of an expansion of research-focused departmental faculty and the disciplinary focus of the individuals we seek will complement the research strengths of the current faculty. For the Biological Anthropology position, applicants with a specialization in primate or human paleontology, anatomy, or developmental biology are strongly encouraged to apply. For the Cultural Anthropology position, the area of theoretical specialization is open, but applicants with a focus in cultural ecology, medical anthropology, or culture and cognition will receive favorable attention.

  • Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation by email to for the Biological Anthropology position; to for the Cultural Anthropology position; or by mail to: Chair, Biological Anthropology Search Committee or Chair, Cultural Anthropology Search Committee Department of Anthropology Kent State University 750 Hilltop Dr., Rm. 226 Lowry Hall P.O. Box 5190 Kent, OH 44242-0001 Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.
  • Review of applications for both positions will begin October 15, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled.
  • Also posted at Cultural Anthropology 2013-2014
  • When they ask for letters of reference with the application, is that essential or can you just include the names of three references?  It seems like a bad idea to bother references (even though they would be willing) to go through the effort unless you know you've been long-short-listed--especially for the Associate position, where referees might write a more tailored letter instead of a standard form one.  Does anyone know the actual protocol on this, how bad it would be to just include contact information?
  • I've never been on the other side of the job search, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think that not providing everything they ask for just gives them an excuse to pass your application by. I suspect you could get away with it if you were by far the most attractive applicant - they would have an incentive to chase you for the letters - but most of the time any job is going to have dozens of appropriate applicants. I think requiring letters upfront is profoundly rude and shows a great lack of respect for the time taken by letter writers, but until we're on the search committees I don't think it's an issue we can address. (9/23/13)
  • As a member of a search committee (although not this seach committee), if an application is incomplete, we are not supposed to consider it unless we contact every applicant - regardless of whether we would be willing to short list him or her - to ask for the rest of the application materials.   (9/23/13) 
  • But perhaps they mean for your recommenders to submit the recommendations their selves? The Stony Brook listing was updated from similar working to clarify that, yes, they want the recommendations right away, but no, you don't submit them yourself. I think that is part of the confusion here since they are asking for all the documents submitted together.
  • Thanks for the perspectives on that.  The consensus is clearly to include them (or rather, maybe have them sent).  I agree that it's inconsiderate to require the letters up front, though.  Hence the question.  It sounds like extra work for the letter writers but also for the search committee if they have to track them all down.  Hopefully future job posters will be reading this post and take this to heart.  Thanks again.
  • Letters of recommendation that are not submitted by the letter writers or submitted by the applicant in an unsealed and unsigned envelope are of limited value in a search (and in general). In such a case it must be assumed that the applicant has seen the letter, i.e., it lacks confidentiality. Thus, one should always have the letter writers send the letter (or include it in a sealed and signed envelope). Also, one clarification about requesting letters upfront. This is common in searches with many applicants (e.g., it is standard in most bio searches). It (a) helps the committee to wade through many applications and (b) helps to conduct the search in a shorter amount of time. Yes, it is more work for the letter writers, but there is another side of the coin: it makes the search faster and the life of a committee member easier. Thus, in my opinion it is not inconsiderate. There are very good reasons for doing it this way. (10/13/13)
  • Well, as long as it makes it easier for the committee member . . .
  • Application acknowledged (10/15/13)
  • 11/8/13 I am having a hard time understanding how a committee having letters up front saves time. Now committee members have to read the application materials AND the letters of recommendation (LORs). How does that save time? Are you saying the committee only reads the LORs and then decides whether to read the cover letter and other application materials? I suppose if letter writers bad-mouth applicants that could save some time. Is this common? Unfortunately about half of the jobs I have applied for require letters up front and my letter writers have occasionally complained about having to do so many. This is why I find it annoying when a department requires LORs with the application. I cant change the rules, but if I could I would only require LORs when people have been short-listed. After all, you should be evaluating me as an applicant based on my research credentials and potential for teaching, research, grantsmanship, and service. Anybody can get someone to write them a good LOR, so I don't see why LORs would be weighted very heavily, if at all. Since I have never been on a faculty search committee, any insight you can provide would be helpful. Also, which is better, LORs that paint a picture of the individuals as perfect in every way or letters that provide a balanced review on the application (e.g. s/he is a great researcher and grant writer, but can be quirky or socially awkward)?
  • 11/8/13 If letters are not submitted upfront, the committee goes through all files, meets, and selects applications for a long list. For those folks on the long list letters are requested (perhaps additional material is requested from the applicant as well). Usually the letter writers get some time, e.g., 2 weeks, to respond. Then the committee reads the letters (and other material), meets again, and makes the short list, i.e., those being invited. If letters are submitted upfront all the time in between is cut. That's why it saves time; ballpark is 4 weeks. And this time might be important when departments want to be among the first to make offers. In terms of the other issues, letters are part of the whole package, i.e., one piece of the puzzle, and don't weigh 50% or more. Also, yes, you might get someone to write you a good letter. But that doesn't cut it. Good is not sufficient.
  • 11/9/13 Yes, I agree with the above - the time saving is potentially cutting the step of having a long list.   I also agree that letters are just part of the puzzle - a strong letter is nothing without a well concevied cover letter / research / teaching statement and good CV.   A strong letter should be: 1) tailored to the position so that the skills your referees are emphasizing match the department  - i.e. anthropology vs. anatomy vs. EEB might be different letters, or small liberal arts college vs. large research institution; and 2) should give some specifics - I've seen letters where the referree was so general, the letter could have been written for anyone.  I think honesty is important in a letter, but a good referee should be able to paint you in the best possible light without coming off artificial.
  • 11/12/13 The two explanations above help a great deal. Thank you. 
  • Campus visit scheduled for mid-January (11/21/2013)
  • 12/7: are the campus visits scheduled for both openings, or just for one? Assuming the searches have separate lists as they are for separate subfields.
  • 3/13 rejection letter in mail.

Nazarbayev University, Kazahkstan (review begins December 1, 2013 (even though it was just posted to the AAA career site Dec 6th)) [accepting applications until filled][]

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University invites applications for a full-time faculty member in Anthropology at any rank. Subdiscipline is open, but specialties that complement and do not duplicate our existing strengths and contribute to the development of an integrated university research community are especially encouraged. Expertise of local or applied interest are particularly valued. Responsibilities include teaching, program development, and conducting research. The salary and benefits package is highly competitive by European and North American standards and includes medical benefits, housing and travel. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester, and the University offers opportunities for research support. The university encourages research integrated teaching. SHSS has a faculty-student ratio of approximately 1:8, and classes are taught in English.

  • Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in hand or expected by the starting date in either January 2014 or August 2014, preferably from a Western or leading international university. Send a letter of application, C.V., a short writing sample, and a list of three references to Application reviews begin on December 1, 2013; positions will remain open until filled. Please contact Daniel Pugh ( with informal inquiries about the position, the university, or living and working in Astana.

Pacific University (OR) - (closed Oct. 1)[]

Assistant Professor of Anthropology. The undergraduate Department of Anthropology at Pacific University Oregon invites applicants for a full-time, tenure track position in the area of medical anthropology, or physical anthropology with an emphasis in health, to begin fall of 2014. Located in Forest Grove, Oregon, twenty-five miles west of Portland, Pacific University Oregon is a selective liberal arts college with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The Anthropology program at Pacific is located in the multidisciplinary Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work/Public Health.

The position is open to a variety of topical research areas, though a regional focus in Asia or Latin America is preferred. The successful candidate will teach five courses (or twenty credit hours) per year and should be able to design courses in medical or physical anthropology in addition to courses in cultural anthropology, including introductory and theoretical courses. Additionally, successful applicants should maintain an active research agenda amenable to student involvement. An ability to work closely with and mentor students in a small, liberal arts environment is essential. In order to better prepare our anthropology students for post-graduate success we intend to forge partnerships with organizations open to hosting internships with our students. Qualified applicants will be able to assist in this process as well as in the expansion of the anthropology program at Pacific. Successful applicants should have PhD completed by the time of hire.

  • Please submit a letter of application (addressed to Dr. Jessica Ritter, Department Chair), CV, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of teaching evaluations, and a statement of research agenda. Electronic submission (in pdf format) is required. Application materials and inquiries should be sent to Ms. Pam Kofstad, Administrative Assistant for the School of Social Sciences: The deadline for all application materials is October 1, 2013. The search committee expects to conduct preliminary phone interviews by mid October to be followed by on-campus interviews for finalists in early November, 2013. Position begins in late August, 2014.
  • Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified. The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position. Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check. If the position is posted on our job board at it is an available position and you may apply. No phone calls please.
  • Contacted for a intial phone conversation; not a formal interview, 10/16/13.
  • E-mail rejection after e-mailing to ask status, 10/29/13 (x1)
  • I wasn't contacted for an interview, but I haven't gotten a rejection email either, 11/4/13
  • Went back and looked at the e-mail. Dr Ritter said they narrowed it down to 3 applicants who have been scheduled for interviews on campus.
  • Campus visit scheduled for Nov. (x1)
  • 12/9: Rejection letter in the mail (x3)

Stanford University - Human Environment Interactions (closed Oct. 1) []

Stony Brook University - Anthropology, Musculoskeletal Biology (closed Oct. 28)[]

Assistant Professor REF#: F-8135-13-09

Department: Anthropology Campus: Stony Brook West Campus/HSC

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with diverse imaging modalities (e.g., confocal microscopy, SEM, CT, micro-CT) and their application to the study of the paleontological record. Research interests that dovetail with those of current faculty in the proposed Musculoskeletal Biology cluster initiative. Good history of external funding and publication. Promising plans for future research.

Responsibilities & Requirements: The Assistant Professor will complement current strengths in human and primate evolution, functional morphology, and bone biology in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Anatomical Sciences, and Department of Biomedical Engineering. The candidate will be expected to offer courses in their area of expertise, and to advise graduate students in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences.

Special Notes: This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously. Anticipated start date: Fall 2014.

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

Application Procedure: Those interested in this position should submit a State employment application, cover letter stating research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, up to three examples of publications, and three references letters (to be submitted by the reference writers through AcademicJobsOnline.Org).  Electronic submission to is highly preferred.  Written applications may be mailed to Musculoskeletal Biology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364

  • Applications for this position must be received, as specified in the Application Procedure Section, no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on 10/28/2014, unless specifically noted otherwise in the Special Notes Section.
  • 9/17: So they want us to submit our own reference letters? That doesn't seem right
  • 9/20: You're right, it is not. Please see clarified instructions.
  • 11/14: They arrived at a short list. Rejection by email.(x3)

Stony Brook University -  Anthropology, Primate Behavioral Ecology (closed Nov. 15)[]

Assistant Professor REF#: F-8196-13-10

As part of an interdepartmental initiative in Human Evolutionary Biology, Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Anthropology at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in the fall of 2014. The successful candidate for this position will have an outstanding research program, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and will participate in a new undergraduate major in Human Evolutionary Biology jointly offered by the Departments of Anthropology and of Ecology & Evolution.

The Department of Anthropology seeks a scientist specializing in the behavioral ecology of primates. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology, biology, psychology, or a closely-related field at the time of employment and the ability to teach a class on the evolution of human behavior. Desired qualifications include a strong record of field, laboratory, and/or model-based research, evidence of research productivity (grants, publications), and teaching effectiveness. Research focus is open, but multidisciplinary approaches including genetics or physiology of behavior are particularly welcomed.

The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate course on “Evolution of Human Behavior” for Human Evolutionary Biology majors and will be expected to teach additional undergraduate courses in her/his area of expertise, secure external research funding, and play an active role in our highly ranked graduate program.

  • Applicants should apply via AcademicJobsOnline.Org: (Position ID: 3213). Applications should include a cover letter (which includes research and teaching interests), curriculum vitae, up to three examples of publications, and three reference letters (to be submitted by the reference writers through AcademicJobsOnline.Org). Applications should be addressed to the Behavioral Ecology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364, USA. For full consideration applications and letters of reference should be submitted before November 15, 2013. Questions about the search should be directed to the Behavioral Ecology Search Committee at < >. Stony Brook University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.
  • 11/24/13-- Received email stating that they have begun processing applications and are expecting to have a short list by the beginning of December.
  • 12/16/13 -- Received an email stating that my application is no longer being considered (i.e. I did not make the short list).
  • 12/16/13 -- Invitation for campus interview by email (x3)
  • 3/21 -- rejection email

SUNY Oswego - Biological Anthropology (review begins Nov. 15)[]

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

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 18, 2014

Description of Responsibilities: Will be required to teach courses in Introductory Archaeology and Human Evolution, Biological Anthropology, Forensic and Advanced Forensic Anthropology, Human Osteology, Research Methods, and Nonhuman Primates. Will assume responsibility for analysis of human remains and reporting for an ongoing NAGPRA project. Will be required to maintain working relationships with regional medical examiners.

In addition, the person 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. and teaching experience in biological and forensic anthropology, including primatology, and demonstrated expertise in forensic analysis. Strong record of accomplishment in teaching undergraduates, successful grant writing, and experience in interdisciplinary programs.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong commitment to working with students to increase internship and coop opportunities. Experience in NAGPRA implementation.

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

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail: Dr. Jing Lei, Search Committee Chair, 315-312-4190,

  • Official transcripts are required prior to appointment. Files must be complete to be considered. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Looks like there is an inside candidate
  • Offer made (Jan 1, 2014)

University of Alaska Southeast - 9-month term (Tenure-Track) - (reposted 12/2/13, Initially posted on 09/13/2013)[]

The UAS Ketchikan Campus is seeking an anthropologist with a broad background to teach a wide range of lower and upper division anthropology classes. Applicants must be able to teach on-campus and eLearning courses including introductory courses in general anthropology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology. Applicants must be able to teach courses in Alaska Native cultures as well as upper division classes in specific topic areas of cultural anthropology. The successful applicant will have experience with online and classroom delivered instruction. Experience teaching students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles is preferred.

This is a 9-month tenure-track faculty appointment, covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Successful applicant must relocate/reside in Ketchikan, Alaska.

  • Required:
Master's degre and/or ABD in Anthropology or related field, PhD perferred
Strong communication skills
College teaching experience, perferred
  • Job Duties:
Develop and teach undergraduate courses.
Responsible for teaching one or more undergraduate courses in a manner consistent with the specific course content description.
Faculty are expected to hold office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught.
Be proactive in developing and modifying curriculum for delivery and other teaching modalities.
Provide University and Community service.
  • Salary commensurate with education and experience, $55,000/annually(min)
  • Initial review of applications begins on October 9th, 2013. Position is open until filled. No notice will be provided for the closing date.
  • Applications must include: Resume or Curriculm Vitae, Cover letter, References (3), Philosophy of teaching, Copies of educational transcripts.Official transcripts will be required at the time of employment offer.
  • Must apply online at
  • For assistance with the application process or form information regarding this position call Gwenna Richardson, at 907-228-4509, or email at Contact: Gwenna Richardson, Personnel Services, University of Alaska Southeast. Phone: (907) 228-4509. TDD: (907) 465-6001. Online App. Form:

University of Arizona - Biological Anthropology (closed Dec. 1)[]

The School of Anthropology (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in biological anthropology, to start August, 2014, contingent upon availability of funding. We seek an outstanding scholar conducting innovative research into questions of human evolutionary significance. Specializations can include, but are not limited to, behavioral ecology of humans and nonhuman primates, physiology, anatomy, life history, genetics/genomics, and evolutionary medicine. While the specific area of work is open, research interests that bridge current strengths in biological anthropology are highly desirable, and applicants should explicitly describe in their cover letter how they envision integrating with current program in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology. Applicants should have Ph.D. in hand, a strong record of research and publications, and a commitment to teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Evidence of success in generating external funding is desirable.

  • For details and to apply online, go to Position closes 12/1/13. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer - M/W/D/V
  • Although the search closes 12/1/13, the website says that review begins on November 15th.
  • Request for letters (12/13/13) (x6)
  • Invited to on campus interview (1/9/14)
  • Could you say whether by e-mail, phone call, letter etc? thanks! (1/11/2014)
  • It was by email. 

University of California, Berkeley - Anthropology of Race (closed Oct. 1)[]

University of California, San Diego (closed October 15, 2013)[]

Description: The Department of Anthropology within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We seek a Biological Anthropologist with research and teaching interests in human diversity. The successful candidate will contribute to our department's exploration of the multi-faceted origins and dimensions of human variability. We seek an anthropologist with a commitment to cross-disciplinary inquiry, including, when pertinent, co-teaching with departmental colleagues. Sample areas of interest to the department include (but are not limited to) anthropological dimensions of epigenetics, genomics, and the physiological bases of human variation.

Anthropologists with an evolutionary perspective that emphasizes the mutual interactions between human biology and factors (including construals of race and ethnicity) that produce social, cognitive, economic, or health disparities in human societies are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be judged both on research accomplishments and potential for and demonstrated leadership in areas contributing to diversity. This appointment is a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning July 1, 2014.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

  • Closing Date: Application deadline is October 15, 2013. To Apply: Applications are accepted at: Please include electronic versions of: an application cover letter, research and teaching statements, a curriculum vitae, samples of written work, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and names and current contact information for three referees (do not send letter of recommendation and/or placement files). Additionally, applicants are required to submit a separate statement summarizing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity. (See for further assistance regarding UCSD's diversity expectations). Please select the following recruitment: Assistant Professor (10-590) – Biological Anthropology. AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity
  • Contact: Guillermo Algaze, Search Committee Chair, Department of Anthropology - MC 0532, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
  • Check out the 2012-2013 jobs page. Apparently this position was listed last year and after bringing candidates out, they decided not to hire anyone.
  • E-mail exchange with Dr. Algaze (11/7) indicates that they have barely started to go through applications..
  • 11/14: Not surprising, last year they were incredibly slow as well (only to not hire anyone in the end). Makes you wonder if you'd even wanna be in such a department
  • maybe the administration is involved. A few of the jobs in Bio have been slow to review applications for that reason. (Nov/27/13)
  • 12/1 told by referrees that they were contacted for letters. (x2)
  • 12/9 anyone else contacted for letters? or receive any info from this department? -- Yes - added above.
  • 12/10 I haven't heard anything at all
  • 1/31 - Heard there are interviews scheduled
  • 3/18 I know there were interviews. Has any offer been made?

University of California, Santa Barbara- Bioarchaeology (closed Nov 15th)[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a physical anthropologist who specializes in bioarchaeology at the Assistant Professor rank with an appointment date of July 1, 2014. Preference will be given to a scholar with a strong theoretical focus and a broad regional and temporal perspective. Skills in quantitative analysis, including multivariate statistics, database management and programming, and the ability to manage the department’s Human Morphometrics Laboratory with its 3D laser scanners are also desirable skills. Programmatically, this new faculty member will be expected to continue several aspects of our existing program including undergraduate classes on Bioarchaeology, Human Variation, Human Evolution, and Comparative Osteology, and a graduate seminar on Physical Anthropology. This position entails other contributions to the department’s research, teaching, and public service activities, including management of the department’s Ossuary and interaction with Native American communities. Experience with issues relating to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and in forensics are also welcome. It is essential that this position be filled by a candidate able to maintain and expand the types of contributions that the late Professor Phillip Walker made to our educational programs, research programs, and public outreach. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

  • The successful candidate must have Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2014, although the search committee will give preference to candidates with Ph.D. in hand at time of application. Applicants should apply and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and a statement of teaching via UCSB’s Recruit website at no later than November 15, 2013. Please direct any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Amber VanDerwarker at The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
  • 12/6--anybody hear anything on this one?
  • 12/6: No, but it hasn't been that long
  • 12/12: Emailed entire applicant pool for additional documents and then retracted it an hour later (x2)
  • 12/13: There was an error in the system. They requested letters today.
  • 12/16: So, just to be clear -- have people had official requests for reference letters or not?
  • 12/16: Yes. My references were requested (on 12/13) to provide letters.
  • 1/9: Rejection email (x3)
  • 1/15: Were those rejections for folks who had reference requests?
  • My references were not contacted and I got a rejection email
  • Are there any more news?
  • 3/12 - offer made

University of Connecticut (closed Dec 1st)[]

The University of Connecticut solicits applications for a tenure track appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking an evolutionary anthropologist whose research focuses on human cognition, cultural evolution, and religion. Candidates should be engaged in active field research but geographic area of specialization is open. This position includes undergraduate and graduate teaching assignments in the Department of Anthropology. The appointment begins August 23, 2014. The compensation package will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience.

Minimum Qualifications: 1) A completed Ph.D. from an accredited United States university or equivalent foreign terminal degree at the time of appointment, and evidence of 2) excellent scholarly activity and a strong publication record 3) significant ethnographic research experience 4) quantitative research skills, and 5) effective undergraduate teaching.Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of 1) ability to obtain external funding, 2) commitment to mentoring and supporting graduate students, and 3) collaborative experience with interdisciplinary research projects.

To be considered a candidate for the position, applications must include: 1) a cover letter indicating your research focus, 2) your curriculum vita, 3) two published works or works in progress, and 4) statement of teaching pedagogy and copies of your teaching evaluations.

Applications MUST be submitted online at:

Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct two reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.

  • If you have questions about the position, contact Dr. Richard Sosis, Chair of the Search Committee, at . Interested qualified candidates are urged to apply by December 1, 2013.
  • 12/18/2013 -- Invitation for skype interview in early January
  • 1/20: Rejection email after skype interview

University of Georgia-Assistant Professor, joint-appointment in Geography and Anthropology (Jan. 6)[]

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. The Departments of Geography and Anthropology at the University of Georgia invite applications for a joint-appointment tenure-track assistant professor position for Fall 2014. A Ph.D. in anthropology, geography or other related area is required. We seek an individual engaging in interdisciplinary studies of the longterm relation between human activities and landscapes during the late Quaternary, with a particular strength in one or more of the areas of biogeography, environmental archaeology, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, and/or paleoecology. The individual would be expected to foster a strong orientation to field-based research and an analytical approach to evidence. A commitment to graduate and undergraduate instruction is essential, and the expected teaching load is four courses per year. The successful candidate will have a solid record or potential for publishing and obtaining external funding, and have the ability to teach required and specialty courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Research and teaching should complement and enhance existing strengths in the Departments of Anthropology and Geography, yet also engage students and faculty from other relevant units and leverage existing strengths and resources associated with the University of Georgia.

Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities ( UGA is a land and sea grant institution located in Athens, 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, the state capital (; The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is an EEO/ADA/AA institution. Faculty members are expected to support the college’s goals of creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

  • Candidates should apply at where you will upload curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, two representative articles, and contact information for three referees. Inquiries about the position should be directed to
  • Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Also posted at Geography_2013-2014 and at Archaeology_Jobs_2013-2014
  • Contacted directly for reference letters (14-Jan)
  • Geography wiki indicates campus interviews scheduled (11-Feb)

University of Hawaii - West O'ahu (review now begins Nov 22th)[]

    • Was tenure-track, but has been changed to non-tenure track and the deadline moved back from Sept 30th to Nov 22nd**

This position will be responsible for teaching upper and lower division courses in Physical Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology. Responsibilities include teaching some combination of existing courses--Humankind Emerging, Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Lab, Human Skeletal Biology, Human Ecological Adaptation, Forensic Anthropology, Advanced Techniques in Forensic Anthropology, and/or Senior Practicum--plus related courses in areas of the professor’s expertise. In addition to teaching within their disciplines, all faculty members at UHWO are expected to engage in scholarly activity, participate in curriculum development, provide service to the profession and broader community, teach courses using distance methods, participate in program assessment, advise students and supervise senior projects, practicum and readings courses, and participate in faculty governance. The person hired will also work closely with our partners for an undergraduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Anthropology with faculty at the nearby Leeward Community College and staff at the Joint Pacific Account Command/Central Identification Laboratory.

  • Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, curriculum vita, names and contact information of 3 professional references, and copies of official transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of hire) by email as a MS Word or PDF file attachments to: . Please be sure to include the position title and number in the subject line. Copies of selected publications and student evaluations summaries may be requested during the search process. If ABD, submit a letter from the committee chair attesting that all degree requirements will be met by August 1, 2014. Please redact out references to social security numbers and birth date on transcript copies. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All items become the property of the University of Hawaii-West O‘ahu and will not be returned.
  • 12/10 - Has anyone heard back from UH?
  • 12/10: Got an email back in October about the line being turned to non-tenure and asking if I was still interested (I was). I haven't heard anything since then. (2x)
  • 12/10 had Skype-interview 2 weeks ago (2x)
  • 01/15: Updates, anyone?
  • 01/24: Nothing after skype interview...
  • 02/21: Rejection email (x2)...and it looked like a spam email

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Biological Anthropologist (closed Dec. 2)[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to hire a biological anthropologist for a full-time (nine-month) tenure-track or tenured position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Target start date is August 16, 2014. We are interested in candidates with established research programs in Life History Theory, Human Ecology, Human Health, Growth and Development, Epidemiology, Epigenetics or Evolutionary Medicine. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching human gross anatomy, and whose research complements existing strengths in the Department of Anthropology.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in hand at time of appointment. Applications from medical scholars (MD/PhD) are strongly encouraged. A successful candidate at the level of Assistant Professor should present evidence of an active research agenda, effort in seeking external funding and a strong commitment to teaching. Candidates for Associate Professor should demonstrate a record of scholarly publications, grants and awards, and excellence in teaching and student mentoring. Scholarly excellence is our primary criterion for evaluation. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

  • Instructions for the application process can be obtained by visiting the following web address: . To apply please upload PDF files of your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements. The online application will require names and contact information for three references.
  • Please contact Karla Harmon ( if you have questions. In order to ensure full consideration, applications materials (in PDF format only) must be received by December 2, 2013.
  • 12/8: Email requesting letters of rec (x4)
  • 12/10 The secretary says all files are still under review, but since letters of recommendation are being requested I assume they have a short or long list of people they are interested in. Has anyone been contacted for an interview?
  • 12/10 I think it might be a long short list, based on the number of people that responded here (which, I assumed is fewer than the people contacted). The letter deadline is December 20th. I expect they'll contact people for interviews after that/after Christmas.
  • 12/10: The email I received indicated that on-campus interview decisions will not be made until after review of letters (which seems logical). Given the Dec 30 deadline, I'm assuming we won't hear anything until early January.
  • news?
  • 1/21: Nope
  • Invited for on-campus interview on 1/24 by email with follow-up phone call

University of Michigan-Dearborn (MI)  - Review began Dec 1[]

The UM-Dearborn Anthropology Discipline seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in biological / physical anthropology. Appointment begins on September 1, 2014. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. We are especially interested in candidates who are able to teach and conduct research from a biocultural and evolutionary perspective. The committee seeks candidates whose work provides a long-term perspective on populations past or present in areas such as nutrition, human growth and development, disease and health, genetics, paleopathology, or bioarchaeology. The geographical area is open. We encourage faculty to develop new courses, especially ones that meet our mission to teach students about national and global diversity.

The Anthropology program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is part of the Behavioral Sciences Department. There are 35 full-time faculty lines in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and Health Policy Studies. UM-D values a teacher/scholar model and high-quality undergraduate education.

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

Evidence of teaching excellence and research potential is required. Candidates should be able to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in biological/physical anthropology, including nutrition and human development, human evolution, human genetics, human body growth and heath, as well as a general four-field introduction to anthropology. Candidates for this position must have earned or will earn a PhD degree or equivalent by September 1, 2014.

  • Please send hardcopy versions of: your CV, a letter describing your teaching and research goals, and names of three (3) references to Rachel Buzzeo, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan 48128. Evaluation of applicants will begin on December 1, 2013. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

-- Is the letter describing teaching and research goals meant to be the cover letter? Or an additional statement? (11/29)

  • I took it to mean your cover letter needs to include your teaching and research goals, not separate statements
  • 12/3: I was just contacted saying my application was incomplete because I didn't submit separate statements. Apparently that is what they want plus teaching evaluations as well. (x3 - - it was very unclear) (The job ad I read definitely didn't ask for those documents, only a cover letter & CV. How frustrating!)
    • 12/4: And now I got another email saying "oops, nevermind"
  • 12/4-I seem to remember one of the two job ads I looked at was very clear about having a separate statement of research and teaching and the other one wasn't. I would hope that, due to the discrepancy in the ads, no one would be penalized and not considered...
  • 12/4 -- If thats not confusing enough, I sent in only a cover letter, CV/references and got confirmation that my appplication is complete.
  • 12/5 -- And I sent only a cover letter, CV, and list of references and I haven't heard anything back at all... has everyone else gotten some kind of confirmation?
  • 12/5 -- I didn't get any confirmation at all either but I did send a statement along with the letter and CV and refs.
  • 12/5: Sent cover letter and CV, got email asking for research statement, teaching statement and teaching evaluations (3 additional documents), no "oops, nevermind" email yet
  • 12/6 now i got the "oops, nevermind" email explaining that they mixed up the requirements from other searches going on. they confirm that CV, cover letter, and references is all that's needed for now. however, they also say that "If you have already sent me the additional materials, they were placed in your file"
  • 12/6--FYI: I was one of the people above who didn't get a confirmation. I followed up and was informed they hadn't received the snail-mail materials. They took the materials via email which was great. If you haven't heard from them, you might double-check!
  • 12/9 Thanks for the advice! I am trying to find out if my materials ever arrived. Hopefully they will make a short-list soon.
  • 12/10 Ms. Buzzeo says that if you received an e-mail from Norma Rahal with a self-identification form to complete, then this is your confirmation that your application is complete.
  • 12/11 Having NOT received an email from Norma Rahal, I contacted Rachel Buzzeo today and found out that they had no file on me. I had emailed in my materials (I got permission from Ms. Buzzeo to email rather than mail ahead of time) AND applied via the University of Michigan's online system. 
  • 12/12: Hopefully you saved the confirmation number when you applied online. Theoretically HR should be able to track your application that way. I was never able to access the online application, so I initially e-mailed my app and was then asked to mail it as a hard copy.

12/27 Request for additional materials (x2)

  • 12/30: Many people already submitted additional materials early with the above mix-up. Was anyone who already submitted the extra materials earlier contacted (or only those who had not)? Has anyone's references been contacted?
  • 12/31 E-mail from the department requested letters from references and stated "the search committee has placed your name on a short list." (x2) 
  • 1/25 Invited to campus in Feb/early Mar (edited - January, not December)
  • 2/5 I'm confused by this,did they schedule campus visits before they contacted shortlisted people? Has only one person been invited to campus?
  • 3/13: Strangely the job was just reposted on their employment website:
  • 3/10: Offer made and respectfully declined
  • 3/13 I e-mailed and Buzzeo says it is the old ad and not a new one. No explanation for why it was reposted.  
  • 3/13 How bad was the offer? Did they lowball you?
  • No, the offer was great and the faculty and staff were kind and gracious...I just recieved offers from other U's

University of Otago (Biological) - May 30 2014[]

Lecturer in Biological Anthropology in the Department of Anatomy

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic researcher to join a growing and highly committed group of biological anthropology researchers and teachers in a large, diverse and research-oriented Department. A confirmation path/permanent position, commencing at the Lecturer level, is available.

Applicants will hold a PhD or equivalent research qualification. All applicants must have proven research ability within the field of biological anthropology, with the potential to develop an on-going and active independent research programme capable of attracting external funding. Ideally, the successful candidate’s research will align with the Department’s current research strengths in anthropological genetics, including aDNA, and bioarchaeology projects in the regions of SEAsia and the Pacific Islands.

The successful applicant will be required to teach biological anthropology, at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and contribute to other relevant teaching at the undergraduate level.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Neil Gemmell, Head of Department, Department of Anatomy, contact details below.

  • Applications quoting reference number 1400794 close on Friday, 30 May 2014.
  • - Does anyone know anything about this dept? I've been googling and it looks like all t:he biological anthropologists and most of the archaeologists did their PhDs in New Zealand. Do they have something against PhDs from outside New Zealand? Is it even worth applying?
  • - I was a student at Otago, not staff, so take this for what it's worth. I don't know if they don't want to hire PhDs from outside New Zealand, or just can't get them to move to New Zealand and stay. I do know that two of the younger more energetic members of staff (an archaeologist and a physical anthropologist) with PhDs from outside New Zealand (Berkeley and Stanford) just quit to take jobs back in the US after being here only a few years, but I don't know either of them well enough to ask why they're leaving. 
  • -I know a little bit about this system and department and would be very surprised if the search committee held any bias with respect to degree-granting nation. I think NZ often (but not always - Mattisoo-Smith is a renowned researcher, for example) loses its staff to other nations because NZ is just a little far away from everything. I would not take it as a reflection of their program and I would definitely consider applying if you are interested in moving to NZ for a long time.
  • Rejection email from HR (16 June).

University of Saskatchewan (Biological/Bioarch) - Apr. 30th[]

Applications are invited for a full-time, 12-month term position in biological anthropology and/or bioarchaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2014. The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology and must have a proven commitment to high quality teaching and academic collegiality.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in introductory archaeology, human evolution, bioarchaeology, and other related areas, and to contribute to the collegial governance of the Department.

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is a vibrant Department committed to teaching and research excellence. Our areas of expertise lie in environmental and cultural archaeology, bioarchaeology, the Plains and Boreal Forest regions, as well as environmental, medical, and public anthropology.

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences, and the sciences and is home to over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 325 faculty, including 15 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international collaboration. Information about the Department, the College, the University and the city of Saskatoon can be found on the web at and .

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 21,000. The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and a sample of written or published work, and should arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Dr. Pamela Downe, Head
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan
55 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5B1
(306) 966-1974

For information about the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, the College of Arts and Science, and the University of Saskatchewan, see our websites:
  • The closing date of applications is April 30, 2014, or until the position is filled.
  • 3/25: But the website states "Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and interests, and the names of two references to...", why the discrepancy?
  • 5/28: Email stating 2 candidates are being brought out for interviews, but I'm on the longlist as a back up

2013-14 Open Searches: Visiting Positions / Limited Term Appointments / Postdocs[]

Dartmouth College: One year visiting assistant professor (Review began March 1st)[]

Dartmouth College Department of Anthropology seeks a biological anthropologist for a non-renewable position as a visiting assistant professor. We seek a scholar with demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching, whose research complements current departmental strengths in human ecology and medical anthropology. Areas of preferred specialization include, but not limited to, human evolution, primatology, functional morphology, population genetics and/or human biology. Applicants should be equipped to teach existing and innovative undergraduate courses at both introductory and advanced levels. The appointment will begin September 1, 2014, is full time and benefits eligible, and will run consecutively for at least three of the following terms: Fall (mid-Sept-late Nov), Winter (early Jan-mid March), Spring (late March – early June) and Summer (late June – late Aug) quarters. The successful candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. prior to commencing this appointment. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience since Ph.D. Formal review of applications will begin by March 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references via INTERFOLIO here:

  • 3/16: Any news? or on the postdoc there?
  • 3/27: Request for additional materials (x2), but I have accepted a position elsewhere and asked to be removed from the pool
  • 4/25: Offer made
  • Dang, the deadline for additional materials was only 2 weeks ago. They moved quickly.
  • 4/30: Rejection email

Ohio University: One year visiting assistant professor (please apply by June 9, 2014)[]

Ohio University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a one-year position in Biological Anthropology in 2014-2015. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach introductory and upper-division courses in Biological Anthropology, including Human Evolution. The successful candidate will also be expected to work with existing faculty in developing the program’s internship program. Expected teaching load is six courses over two semesters. We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. To apply, please submit: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) recent teaching evaluations (if available); (4) sample syllabi; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Letters of recommendation will be requested after an initial screening of candidates to minimize inconvenience to applicants and referees. Submit your application online at There is a preference for Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

  • Position open until filled, for full consideration please apply by June 9, 2014.
  • 7/9 Had Skype interview. Has anyone heard anything?
  • 7/22: Offer made and accepted.

University of California, Santa Cruz - Two-yr. VAP, Biological Anthropology (Jan. 2)[]

Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Biological/Physical Anthropology, under the direction of the Department Chair. Responsibilities include conducting research, teaching, advising and mentoring students in the area of biological/physical anthropology, and service to the department. We seek a researcher whose area complements current strengths in MolecularAnthropology, Human Ecology and Forensic Anthropology, including, but are not limited to, Paleoanthropology, Skeletal Biology, or Bioarchaeology. Applicant should be prepared to teach primarily undergraduate courses, including a selection of advanced biological anthropology courses.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation*, and peer-reviewed publications (minimum of one, up to three articles and/or book chapters). Applicants are encouraged to submit course syllabi, teaching evaluations, and a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through their research, service, and/or teaching. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

  • skype interview on 2/6
  • 2/26: Rejection email (x2)

University of Tennessee - Haslam Forensic Anthropology Postdoctoral Fellowship[]

The Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, invites applications for the Haslam Forensic Anthropology Postdoctoral Fellowship program. It provides support for a motivated scholar to execute research using our resources, primarily the Anthropological Research Facility and/or the extensive collection of donated and documented skeletons of modern Americans. Teaching opportunities may also be available, if desired. Salary is $47,000 and up to $10,000 will be available to support research each year of the two-year term.

Skills: Qualifications include a recently awarded doctoral degree, demonstration of research capability as a graduate student and a record of external funding. Applicants are encouraged to submit individual or collaborative research proposals for NIJ, NSF, NIH or similar granting agency prior to or upon acceptance of position. Appointment can be as early as Jan. 2014, for a two-year term with the possibility of renewal for a third year.

In addition to the online application, applicants should submit: a letter of interest, CV, description of research to be conducted, any current grant proposals, examples of recent publications, and names of three references to Dr. Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0720.

University of Utah - Post Doctoral Fellow (closed Nov. 15)[]

The Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Anthropology. Fellows may come from any sub-field of Anthropology, as long as their proposal relates to research of at least two faculty members in the Department. Potential research topics may span the full range of research interests of the faculty.

The Fellowship will be awarded for 12 months and may be renewable for up to 24 months, depending on the scope of the proposal.Candidates should receive their Ph.D. before the beginning of the Fellowship year and must be in residence at the University of Utah for a minimum of six months during the Fellowship period. The Fellow is expected to take an active part in the intellectual life of the Department, including giving a research presentation and attending other Departmental events.

Potential candidates should submit the following materials: - CV - Statement of Research (not to exceed 5 single-spaced pages) - Writing Sample (an article or a chapter of the dissertation) - Contact information for 3 academic references

Responsibilities: Candidates should receive their Ph.D. before the beginning of the Fellowship year and must be in residence at the University of Utah for a minimum of six months during the Fellowship period. The Fellow is expected to take an active part in the intellectual life of the Department, including giving a research presentation and attending other Departmental events.

  • Apply at
  • Close Date: 11/15/2013.
  • 11/26 Notified by a reference that they asked for letters
  • 12/30: Does anyone know if a decision has been made?
  • 1/11: I once enquired some days ago and they said the selection committee was still reviewing applications
  • 1/27: Rejection email

Utah State University - Temporary Instructor of Biological Anthropology (Review begins May 8)[]

The Anthropology Program at USU seeks a Temporary Instructor in the area of Biological Anthropology, for a 9-month, 75% appointment beginning August 11, 2014. Ph.D. or ABD in Anthropology preferred, but will consider Master's degree in Anthropology with emphasis in Biological Anthropology. Teaching experience in biological anthropology is required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach five undergraduate courses in biological anthropology and to advise undergraduate students in the biological anthropology track.

Review of applications will begin on May 8 and continue until the position is filled.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will teach Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Perspectives on Race and three courses in other areas of biological anthropology, and advise undergraduate students in the biological anthropology track.

University of West Georgia - Limited Term Instructor - Biological Anthropology[]

The University of West Georgia seeks to hire a full-time limited term Instructor for the Academic Year 2014-15, beginning in August 2014. The ideal candidate will be a biological anthropologist with demonstrated excellence in teaching who can teach a four-field Introduction to Anthropology and an upper division undergraduate course in one’s area of expertise; and who will participate in relevant teaching-related service and assessment at the departmental level. The teaching load is 4-5, divided between two semesters. Salary is competitive. Please submit a cover letter, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names of three references to Yolanda Kelley at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of West Georgia ( ) is a coeducational, residential, liberal arts institution located 45 miles west of Atlanta in Carrollton, Georgia. UWG is a regional comprehensive university and is part of the University System of Georgia. The Department of Anthropology offers a B.S. in Anthropology. Minority candidates and women are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of West Georgia is an AA/EOE.

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Postdoctoral Research Assoc. - Primate Sensory Evolution (posted June 26; open until filled)[]

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral position in primate sensory evolution.  We are seeking a qualified individual to join our research into the evolution of sensory systems in humans, non-human primates, and other mammals with phylogenetic or functional relevance to primate origins. The successful applicant will examine signatures of selection acting on sensory genes - especially olfactory receptor genes - in relation to ecological variation (diet, habitat, activity pattern) and phylogenetic history. Our approach is multifaceted, combining laboratory and field-based work with computational biology.

  • This is a 12-month appointment, beginning October 1, 2014, with the possibility of a one-year extension. Candidates must have completed all of the requirements for a PhD at the time of appointment. Interested applicants should send a CV, a list of three referees, and a letter of application stating research interests, a detailed summary of relevant skills and expertise, and career goals by email to the PI, Amanda Melin - Please use the subject heading “Primate Sensory Evolution Postdoc.” Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Western Michigan University - 1 yr. Asst. Professor, Biological Anthro.[]

Department of Anthropology seeks candidates for a one year Assistant Professor position in Biological Anthropology who specializes in bioarchaeology to begin August 18, 2014. Research area and specialty are open, but we are most interested in candidates who complement our existing interests in issues of human health, nutrition, and disease disparities and inequalities in a global context. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology in hand by fall 2014 and evidence of teaching effectiveness, including the ability to teach lab-based and on-line introductory and general education courses, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Responsibilities include teaching at the undergraduate level, specifically Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Race, Biology and Culture, as well as a topics course in his/her specific area of expertise. The successful candidate will also advise MA students, serve on MA thesis committees as appropriate, and perform departmental service assignments as appropriate.

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 25,000. The university’s vision is founded on three pillars and aspires to distinguish itself as learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities. For more information on the University’s vision and strategic plan, visit For more information on the on the College’s new strategic plan, see

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter describing qualifications, accomplishments, and professional experiences related to the position; CV; contact information for three (3) references, and student evaluations of teaching, if available to Questions about the position can be sent to Dr. LouAnn Wurst, chair Anthropology Department, at Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state laws. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.   

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14 []

2013-14 Closed Searches[]

Australian National University - Lecturer, Human Behavioural Ecology (closed Oct 16)[]

The School of Archaeology and Anthropology in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Biological Anthropology broadly specialising in human behavioural ecology to contribute to its research and teaching program, commencing in 2014. We seek to appoint a Lecturer with an active commitment to research, who is able to translate that research interest into lively and engaging courses taught at the undergraduate level and above, and to supervise postgraduate research students. That person will be able to demonstrate energy and expertise in teaching, research and publication, at an early-career level.              

  • This isn't really a limited-term appointment as such; they just start you at 4 years and then "continue" you (that's when you're made permanent). This is more or less equivalent to assistant prof. here from what I understand.
  • 10/16: Application acknowledged via email
  • 11/26: Rejection via email
  • 11/20 - Interviews being held by Skype
  • 11/25 - received rejection email.
  • 12/1- I haven't been rejected or contacted for a skype interview. Anyone else?
  • 12/3: now I was rejected (X2)
  • 12/2 - Me neither. Were the interviews held already, or was the 11/20 comment stating only that candidates would not be flown in?
  • 12/30 - Any updates since the Skype interviews?
  • 12/10: Offer made

Beloit College - Bioarchaeology (review began Sept. 1)[]

Beloit College invites applications for a tenure track position in bioarchaeology beginning August 2014. Except for North America, geographic specialization is open. Interest in complex societies preferred. Areas of interest may include health and disease, conflict, human rights, identity, analytical approaches, or demography and population studies. The successful candidate must exhibit exceptional enthusiasm for, and commitment to, undergraduate teaching; develop a research program that engages undergraduates; contribute to all-college programs, interdisciplinary studies, and international education; and serve in leadership roles in campus governance. Preference will be given to individuals who can teach quantitative methods and who are committed to providing summer field opportunities for students. Teaching load is 5 courses per year, 2-3 courses per semester. Beloit College has a long history of excellence in anthropological education. The department offers courses in all four fields and has close ties with the Logan Museum of Anthropology, an AAM-accredited museum with extensive archaeological collections. Interest in using the Logan Museum for teaching or research is a plus. A record of successful undergraduate teaching is preferred. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment.

Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit College is a highly selective liberal arts college of approximately 1250 students from 48 states and 40 countries. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty. Recognized as one of the Colleges that Change Lives, Beloit is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. Strong candidates must be able to employ effective pedagogical strategies to teach and work with this diverse student body.

  • Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, description of research agenda, and contact information for three references via email to Review of applications will begin September 1, 2013 with initial interviews to begin at the 2013 AAA meeting. AA/EEO Employer.
  • Also posted at Archaeology Jobs 2013-2014
  • Did anyone apply to the Beloit College Bioarchaeology job and get an acknowledgement?
    • I received an acknowledgement e-mail today (9/9/13). (x4)
  • Deadline doesn't seem to be definitive.  (That is, it seems you can still apply after 9/1.) FYI.
  • Has anyone heard anything? Do they intend to contact the people they would like to see at the AAAs or are they doing a open cattle call?
  • NOTE from Archaeology Jobs page: "AAA interview requests have gone out to a short list (10/31)"
  • Invited for on-campus interview in early February (12/13)
  • An offer was made and accepted
  • Rejection email

Binghamton University, SUNY (review begins Nov. 15)[]

Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), Anthropology Department seeks a biological anthropologist specializing in epidemiology for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2014. The candidate is expected to develop an active research program with field-based and/or laboratory-based research, and with plans to incorporate students in her/his research. This position must support the Biomedical Anthropology MS Degree program by teaching core courses for the MS, as well as advising Biomedical MS students, and providing teaching support for pre-med students who need to meet the new competency requirements for the MCAT exams. Applicants should review the graduate and undergraduate programs and other faculty interests at

Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD, demonstrated teaching experience, an active research program, and publications. The areas of expertise within epidemiology should include one or more of the following: evolutionary medicine, international health, genetic epidemiology, and/or the epidemiology of chronic and infectious diseases.

Additional Information: It is the policy of the Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

  • Application Instructions: Formal review of applications will begin 15 November 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications consisting of a cover letter addressing teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references must be sent electronically by visiting In addition, hard copies should be sent to: Chair, Biological Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Questions about the position may be directed to
  • 11/26 -- Asked to provide a short statement of how my experience, research, and skills fit within an epidemiological framework (x2)
  • 12/12 -- Invited for on-campus interview (x3)
  • Went for interview will be extending an offer to a candidate in the next couple of weeks (@2/25)
  • Written offer received and accepted (15 April)

Boise State University - Human Evolutionary Ecologist (Deadline passed: Dec. 1, 2013)[]

Assistant Professor - Department of Anthropology - Search # SS-0020-13. Boise State University, p0wered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the position of Assistant Professor.

We seek a Human Evolutionary Ecologist for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning in August 2014. You will have the opportunity to: ·contribute to the department's commitment to the study of human behavior from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. ·teach lower division courses in biological and biocultural anthropology, upper division courses in kinship, ecological and evolutionary anthropology, and quantitative methods, as well as graduate courses in methods and your area of specialization. ·advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students ·maintain an active research program. At a minimum you should have: A Ph.D. in hand is required by time employment begins.

Preferentially, you will have: ·expertise in human behavioral ecology, life history theory, reproductive ecology, cooperation and resource management, game theory and network analysis. ·strong quantitative skills and an active research program including a fieldwork or lab component and external grant experience ·The geographic area of interest is open.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary, plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit: .

  • If you are interested in this position: Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position. Attach a CV that includes employment history (including dates of employment) and three professional references with contact information. Required documents should be submitted at:
  • Review of documents will begin immediately and will continue until finalist are identified. About the University: About the City of Boise: About the Department: [posted at on Oct. 11, 2013]
  • 11/25: Anyone else having troubles with that interfolio site? I registered twice but whenever I try to sign in it doesn't recognize my username/email
  • This may be an internal hire, just FYI... 
  • Internal hire.
  • Interview(s?) scheduled
  • 1/17: Invitation for campus interview
  • 3/27: Offer accepted

Boston University (closed Oct. 20 2013)[]

Boston University invites applications from biological anthropologists for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Anthropology, starting in Fall 2014 (pending final budgetary approval). Applicants should have Ph.D. in hand, proven teaching ability, and a strong record of research and publications focusing on the biology of modern humans, with an emphasis on factors affecting adaptation and microevolution. Teaching assignments will include introductory biological anthropology as well as more specialized undergraduate and graduate courses.

  • Applications should be received before October 20, 2013 to ensure full consideration. Please submit a letter of application (including statement of research and teaching), vita, and names of three references to and address any queries to Prof. Cheryl Knott, Chair, Biological Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Boston University, at
  • -ABD candidates will be considered, but preference is for those who already hold the PhD
  • The job listing states explicitly now "do not apply through the HR website", heads up! LINK
  • 9/14: the posting on HigherEd Jobs (title link) says "This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs" and "Position Deleted on 9/01/2013"; does anyone know if this means that the hire was cancelled??
  • 9/15: this position is definitely still active. I am a member of the search committee.
  • 9/15: Maybe they deleted the original pages that linked to the HR site? I'm glad to see the position is still active!
  • 9/16: They deleted the original post through HigherEdJobs because applications through this system sent out automatic requests to letter writers for references. They did not want letters so early in the process, so they stopped using that system.
  • 9/28: Does anyone know what happened to last year's job and how this relates to that (e.g., stronger emphasis on the physical/physiological?)? - The search was not successful, so this is basically the same position.
  • 10/21: Application acknowledgment received from department (2x)
  • 10/24: Request for letters of rec received (3x)
  • 11/10: The first cut happened 4 days after the closing date? Just curious if anyone else received a request for letters so soon? - Yes, and I know of a couple of others. 
  • 11/11: Well I didn't hear anything, so I guess I'll cross this one off of my list
  • late Nov: people shortlisted
  • 11/26: Have people on the shortlist been notified?
  • 11/27: Yes.
  • 12/19: Candidates have been ranked and offer made.
  • 1/8: Rejection email (x2)

Duke University School of Medicine (offer accepted)[]

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program in the Department of Community and Family Medicine (CFM) at the Duke University School of Medicine invites applications for a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track anatomy teaching position to begin as early as January 2014 and no later than July 1, 2014. The PA program will review applications from individuals at the post-doctoral associate and assistant professor levels. Candidates are invited to join a team of anatomists and will have a primary role in teaching Physician Assistant anatomy with the expectation that they will also contribute to anatomy education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in anatomy or biomechanics or equivalent professional training and expertise teaching gross anatomy and cadaver dissection to graduate students. Individuals with prior teaching experience in health sciences education are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is also expected to be actively engaged in research. Salary and rank for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Application:  Interested individuals should electronically submit a letter of interest detailing anatomy teaching experience and research interests, a current CV, and the names of three references to Dr. Andrea B. Taylor (  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • 9/5 - campus interview scheduled for end of September.
  • 12/1- has their been any other movement on this?
  • 12/9 - candidate has accepted offer

Emory University (closed Nov. 15)[]

The Department of Anthropology at Emory University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in paleoanthropology or Paleolithic archeology. We seek a scholar with an active research program addressing core issues in hominin biological and behavioral adaptation and evolution. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree, have an excellent research record, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. Capacity to teach skeletal biology is desirable. Ability to interact effectively with faculty in a broadly inclusive department is important. The Department of Anthropology and Emory University embrace diversity and seek candidates who will participate in a climate that attracts students of all ethnicities, races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage qualified women and underrepresented minorities to apply.

  • Please send a curriculum vita, a research statement, a teaching statement, and complete contact information for three references to: Applications accepted through November 15, 2013.
  • It doesn't ask for a cover letter, but I cannot imagine that they do not want a cover letter (right?).
  • I read this as a cover letter/research statement with an additional teaching statement
  • Letters of recommendation requested (25/11/2013)(x2)
  • Were you or your recommenders contacted? 11/29/13
  • I was contacted directly (30/11/2013)
  • Finalist talks listed on department website
  • Heard from a colleague that the search is completed.

George Mason University (VA) - Bioarchaeology (Deadline passed: Oct. 25)[]

The George Mason University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology announces a tenure-track opening for an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, specializing in bioarchaeology, beginning in the fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year. The teaching load for this position is 2/2.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have Ph.D. in-hand at time of application, and teaching experience. We seek a bioarchaeologist with topical specialties and interests that compliment the interests and specializations of the department. The geographical area is open. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a successful research, publication and funding trajectory. We also seek a candidate with ongoing field/research projects who is able and/or has experience providing training to students in a lab setting.

Candidates must be outstanding in both large and small classroom settings. The successful candidate must be competent to teach introductory courses in archaeology and physical anthropology, as well as advanced courses in forensics/osteology; archaeological methods, theories, and issues; physical anthropology; and in the incumbent's specific area of interest. Ability to teach a large upper-division class aimed at nonmajors is preferred.

  • They did hire another bioarch last year as an Assoc. Prof or senior Asst. Prof, so there lies the question - deptartment expansion? 
  • Yup, they hired Klaus last year, and I've heard they're expanding the bioarch track
  • 11/10 -- Additional materials and letters requested on 10/31
  • 11/19 -- Phone interview requested for early December
  • 2/21 -- Offer accepted

George Washington University (DC) - Human Evolutionary Genomics (review begins Nov. 15)[]

The George Washington University invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor position in Human Evolutionary Genomics in the Department of Anthropology, to begin Fall 2014. We seek candidates that complement the current strengths of the faculty in the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology with exceptional promise as scholars and teachers to offer courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Rank is commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Genomics, Genetics, or a related field. ABD candidates will be considered, but must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 1, 2014. Applicants must have a commitment to excellence in teaching as demonstrated by teaching experience, evaluations and letters of reference, a strong publication record, and an active research program focusing on human genomics or genetics from an evolutionary perspective that can involve students.

Other Information: The George Washington University’s Anthropology Department has a dynamic community of scholars, a strong PhD program in Hominid Paleobiology linked with the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology (, and close links with the Smithsonian Institution.

The University seeks to attract a diverse faculty of the highest caliber; women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Department Link:

Quick Link

  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Please upload a c.1,000-word research agenda under “Statement of Research Interest.” Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Finalists giving talks in January -posted on their website
  • Offer has been made; negotiations in progress.
  • Offer accepted

George Washington University - Post Doctoral Scientist, Paleobiology (to begin Jan. 2014)[]

The George Washington University Department of Anthropology is seeking a Post Doctoral Scientist for a position in the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, to begin January 2014. We seek candidates with research interests that are interdisciplinary, in the sense that his/her research agenda bridges two or more of the conceptual or methodological approaches to human evolution represented by the existing faculty in thge Center for Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology (i.e., paleoanthropology, archeology, life history, neuroscience, primate behavior and archeology). This is a one year limited term appontment which may be extended at the discretion of the department.

  • Apply at
  • Is this position still open, or is it the one advertised from last year?  The university employment website does not list this position anymore (10/25)
  • Definitely not position from last year, as the postdoc was posted earlier this fall (2013). However, application window must now be closed or perhaps position is already filled [start date was Jan. 2014, so maybe they moved quickly?] (10/28)
  • Yes, the window is closed--they are negotiating with a candidate. (10/30)

Grand Valley State University- Biological Anthropology(closed Nov. 8th)[]

The Anthropology Department within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI ( invites applications for a 9 month, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level to start Fall 2014. The Anthropology Department seeks a Biological Anthropologist with research and teaching interests in modern human or nonhuman primate biology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, modern human (or nonhuman primate) variability and/or adaptation, reproduction, growth and development, the life cycle, and human (or nonhuman primate) evolutionary ecology. An applied approach in the candidate’s research program is highly desirable. The applicant will teach courses in human origins, primate behavior and ecology, culture and the environment, other upper division anthropology courses and will be encouraged to develop a course on modern human variation. Candidate must be committed to GVSU's vision of inclusion and equity and its general education goals.

  • Apply online at Include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and contact information for three references. The online application system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Gwyn Madden, Biological Anthropologist Search Committee Chair at or call her at (616) 331-2721. Applications should be received before November 8, 2013. Grand Valley State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Applicants must have completed a PhD in anthropology by August 2014.

Note: The HR website requires you to give your SSN (or get a number from their HR department) and driver's license number.  First time I've encountered that...

Another Note: This position is a replacement for Judi Corr, who is retiring.  There are also several biological anthropologists in Grand Valley's Biomedical Sciences Department.

  • 11/13: Additional material (teaching portfolio, transcripts) requested (x 3)
  • 11/15: Letters of recommendation requested
  • 11/19: Skype interview requested (x3)
  • 12/10: Invited for on-campus interview (x3)
  • 2/18: Rejection email after on-campus interview
  • 2/12: Offer Accepted

Grand Valley State University - Biomedical Sciences (review begins Oct. 31)[]

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences - we are recruiting for a new tenure-track faculty member to join our department in Fall, 2014. 

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be committed to both classroom teaching and collaborative research.  Individuals must have demonstrated the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate level human anatomy courses and associated human cadaver labs while conducting research in his or her area of expertise that will engage undergraduate and/or graduate students. The successful applicant must have obtained a Ph.D. in anatomy or related field by August 2014. 

Responsibilities: Duties include a 9 credit hour teaching load per semester, scholarship and service.  While the primary teaching duties for this position will be in anatomy, department faculty may be expected to teach across the curriculum.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  Some start up funds for research are available.

Department:  The Biomedical Sciences department has been a fast-growing department at Grand Valley State University.  We have over 1,300 majors, 31 full time faculty members, and a masters program, and we offer courses in support of other undergraduate majors, the university’s general education program and select graduate programs.  Along with our current teaching and research facilities, a new science building is currently under construction to support the laboratory sciences.  For more information about our department, see

  • How To Apply: A complete application must include: (1) cover letter; (2) teaching statement that specifically addresses relevant teaching experience and philosophy; (3) research statement that addresses how undergraduates and/or graduate students will participate in your program of research; (4) vita; (5) graduate transcripts (unofficial); and (6) names and contact information for three references.  Supplemental materials that can attest to qualifications in teaching and scholarship may also be attached.  Apply at
  • If you have questions about applying online or need assistance, call Human Resources at616-331-2215.  Email questions about the position to: Dr. Melissa Tallman, search committee chair (  The review process will begin on October 31st and will continue until the position is filled. 
  • This is a new line, not a replacement, and there are several physical anthropologists in the department.
  • 11/7 - Letters of rec requested
  • 12/10 - Campus interview schedule for mid-Jan.
  • 2/18 - offer accepted

Grinnell College Two-year leave replacement (Feb. 1st, 2014)[]

Two-year leave replacement position in Biological Anthropology or Bio-Archaeology, starting Fall 2014. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) possible. Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college. The anthropology department has a large number of majors and a four-fields orientation. The College’s curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. The teaching schedule of five courses over two semesters will include a four-fields introduction to anthropology and mid-level courses in the applicant’s area of specialization. The ability to teach a research methods course in anthropology and/or a college-wide introductory statistics course is highly desirable.

In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate liberal arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. Applicants should specifically address their ability to teach a four-fields intro course (required), a methods course (possible), and a statistics course (possible), as well as note what courses in the specialty area could be offered. They should also discuss how they might contribute to a college community that has diversity—of people, personal and educational experiences, and disciplinary perspectives—as one of its core values.

To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by February 1, 2014.

Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), a course syllabus for a four-fields introduction to anthropology course (Syllabi 1), a syllabus for methods (if applicable; Syllabi 2), descriptions for two or three courses in area of specialty that could be offered, and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Monty Roper, at [] or 641-269-4343.

  • Has anybody heard anything about this? (4/3/14)
  • Emailed chair in early May after not hearing anything since applying. Responded that position was filled and Dean's office behind in notifications. Still haven't received any notification... (6/15/14)

Idaho State University (Position Offered and Accepted)[]

The Idaho State University Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in physical or biological anthropology at the assistant professor level. The position may start as early as January 2014, but will remain open until filled. We seek a dynamic physical anthropologist with a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology in hand at the time of appointment, evidence of superior teaching ability, and an active research program. Research specialty is open, but those working on modern humans are preferred (e.g., human adaptation, demography, nutrition, health and disease, or anthropological genetics). Candidates must be committed to both undergraduate and graduate education, display evidence of a developing research profile, and show the potential for interdisciplinary synergies. 

Duties will include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, research and scholarly publication, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in department activities and governance. Teaching duties will include: introduction to biological anthropology, upper-division undergraduate/graduate courses in biological anthropology, and a biological anthropology graduate seminar. Experience in online instruction and a willingness to develop online courses in physical anthropology is also a requirement. Priority will be given to candidates whose scholarly and teaching interests complement current faculty expertise or advance the Department’s strategic mission (see departmental website at

About the University: Idaho State University is a Carnegie Research High Institution, situated in the picturesque Portneuf Valley of Southeastern Idaho. The University is home to over 12,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students in 66 departments over 6 major colleges.

About the Department: The Department of Anthropology is housed in the College of Arts and Letters, the largest college on the campus. The Department aims to maintain its historical four-field approach and has strong ties to the Idaho Museum of Natural HistoryKasiska College of Health ProfessionsMolecular Research Core Facility and the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy, all on the ISU Pocatello campus.

  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit a cover letter, including a statement of interest with goals for both teaching and research, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. For full consideration, please apply through the Idaho State University - Human Resources website Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted at the AAA meetings, Nov. 20th-24th in Chicago.
  • Received an email today reaffirming the above: "Apply through the HR website!". Surprised that they didn't use BCC though, and I could see all the other applicants who received the email. (x2)
  • Please be aware that on other venues the wording regarding recommendation letters is different. For instance, on the AAPA job website, they ask only for contact info for references.  However, after an applicant applies, ISU's HR office auto-generates a message for the letter writers to immediately load up (through their online system) a letter of recommendation.  So, despite the different wordings, what is clear is that recommendation letters are due at the time of application (as a letter writer, I can confirm that this is so after speaking to ISU's Anthro Department chair -- HR will not consider an application complete without the recommendation letters).  So to the applicants out there, please make sure that you have alerted your letter writers, as they will have to submit one at the very ouset of your application process. (10/15/13)
  • 11/3/13: Anyone heard anything? I applied back in August
  • 11/4/13: No, not a peep. I e-mailed to ask late October, but havent heard anything.
  • 11/8/13 I am wondering if they still plan to interview at the AAA meeting. Still havent heard anything, and I would think they would schedule intervews with some advance notice.
  • 11/14: It's relisted on the AAA site and it still states they are looking to begin the position Jan 2014:,false
  • 11/15/13 I wonder if this means they aren't happy with the applications received so far.
  • 11/19/2013 Received an email that I am on the "long list", invite to meet at AAAs. Anyone else? (x3)
  • So they sent out an email to come to the AAAs the day before the AAAs begin? Is the comment below about an open call at the AAAs no longer applicable and it's just for invited individuals? (11/20/13)
  • 12/?/13 Skype interview. No further word.
  • Does the question mark mean you do not remember what day you were interviewed? Or is it a typo?
  • 1/13/2014: Anyone heard anything about this position?
  • 1/14/14 Nope. (x2)
  • 1/17/14 Campus visits have been scheduled.
  • 3/11/14: Rejection email finally (x2)
  • Note to applicants: The Anthropology Department will have representatives at the AAA to meet with for brief interviews. This will be a convenient time to put names to faces and application files, and answer any questions about the department, university and community. However, realizing that some bioanth types do not usually attend the AAA, we are still reviewing all applicant files and are targeting long list selection and Skype candidate interviews in early-middle December.

Ithaca College (NY) - Biological Anthro., Asst. Professor (non-TT, 5 yr. Appt) - (review begins Nov. 1)[]

Ithaca College seeks a physical/biological anthropologist for a full-time five-year (non-tenure eligible) Assistant Professor position. The successful candidate must be able to teach Introduction to Biological Anthropology, a broad-based biological anthropology methods class and various middle and upper level courses at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will also advise undergraduates and oversee independent study projects. Topical specialty is open with the exception of forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Those with biocultural and applied approaches who can articulate with other subdisciplines of anthropology are of particular interest. Preference for candidates who engage students in experiential learning/fieldwork.

  • Interested individuals should apply online at and attach a cover letter, c.v., and a list containing the contact information for three references. Questions about online application may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 607-274-8000.
  • Review of materials will begin November 1, 2013, and continue until position is filled.
  • Automatic email acknowledging receipt of application (10/29) (x2)
  • 1/6: Request for additional materials: 2 sets of teaching evaluations, 2 syllabi, 3 writing samples, and 3 letters of recommendation, to be submitted by email by January 22nd. The letter conveys that they hope to schedule campus visits for mid- to late-February. (x4)
  • Anyone heard anything about campus interviews?
  • Request for campus interview (02/07)
  • 3/10 Does anyone know if campus interviews are done?
  • 3/14: They've had at least two, and I assume that the third was last week--but I'm not certain.
  • 3/17: Position filled.
  • Just curious if this went to an inside candidate?
  • No, it was not an inside candidate.

Michigan State University (MI) - (review begins December 1st, 2013 (changed from Dec 15th))[]

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology. The appointment will begin August 16, 2014. We seek a physical anthropologist specializing in forensic anthropology. Candidates will be expected to contribute to the MSU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory and perform forensic anthropology casework involving medical examiner offices and law enforcement agencies.

Candidates must be committed to both undergraduate and graduate education, must display evidence of excellence in research, and will be expected to obtain extramural funding for their research. Priority will be given to candidates whose scholarly and teaching interests complement current faculty expertise. A Ph.D. in anthropology is required by date of appointment. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please send application letter, including statement of research and teaching interests, CV, names and email addresses of three references. Electronic submission is required and materials should be uploaded at (do not include publications). Please email up to three publications to the Staffing Coordinator, Annette Werner at

  • The closing date for applications is December 15, 2013, or until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Todd Fenton at Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • This position is not listed on the site; has it not been approved yet?
    • It's up now and posting # 7008 and says review begins Dec 1st, not Dec 15th
  • The position from last year is still up on the site. They're probably just reusing that one.
  • Position has been relisted for another month on the AAA website. (Dec 23rd)
  • Any updates on this one?
  • Contacted for references. Long list established (6-8 individuals).
  • No updates on campus interviews yet?
  • Four scholars gave campus interviews.
  • Offer made and accepted.

University of Auckland - Lecturer/Sr. Lecturer (closed 01 September 2013)[]

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (tenure-track) in Biological Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts

The Department of Anthropology at The University of Auckland is seeking a tenure-track, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in biological anthropology. The appointment will begin either 01January or 01 July, 2014. Candidates must have a PhD in hand, or have their defence scheduled, at the time of application. 

We are seeking a biological anthropologist with a research program that complements our existing strengths. Individuals with expertise in lab-based research skills and with interests in evolutionary theory, health, nutrition, reproduction, or migration in contemporary human populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses and labs in biological anthropology, undertake graduate supervision, carry out an active research program leading to peer-reviewed publications, and take on administrative responsibilities commensurate with their level.

The department has a strong program in multi-disciplinary anthropology with undergraduate degrees in both Anthropology (BA) and Anthropological Science (BSc) and graduate degrees in Anthropology (MA, PhD). There are opportunities for co-teaching and research cooperation within and between the subdisciplines.

The Department has links with the School of Biological Sciences and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and maintains laboratories and technicians. We are committed to the engagement of students in on-going research.

Further information about the position and the department may be obtained from Professor Peter Sheppard, Head of the Department of Anthropology (

For further information go to

  • Applications close 1 September 2013
  • Rejection notice received via email. (9-25)
  • References contacted for letters (9/25)
  • Anyone know if this search has moved forward at all? (10/24)
  • No any news (10/30)
  • Invite for skype short list interview (11/4)
  • Offer accepted

University at Buffalo - Bioarchaeology (closed October 15, 2013)[]

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a position in Biological Anthropology with specialization in bioarchaeology at the Assistant Professor level (tenure-track) to begin Fall 2014.

We seek a bioarchaeologist who conducts research in human biological and evolutionary anthropology. He/She will primarily focus on the sub-discipline of Biological Anthropology, but also intersect with the sub-disciplines of Archaeology and Medical Anthropology and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology or the Medical School. This candidate will be at the core of the Department's new research cluster in environmental and climate change in relation to sustainability, health, culture and society in the past and present. 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand; active laboratory and/or field research, preferably in Europe, teaching experience; publications in standard or refereed journals; and demonstrated ability to obtain research funds. Faculty are expected to teach consistently at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor graduate students, provide service to the Department and/or University as a whole, and maintain an active research agenda. 

Link to HigherEdJobs announcement

  • Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of representative publications, and contact information for three letters of recommendation by October 15, 2013. Applications must be submitted through UBJobs. For inquiries, please contact Professor Sarunas Milisauskas, Chair Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 380 MFAC, Buffalo, NY 14261-0026 via email Applications for this position will only be accepted online. To apply, please visit:
  • -When they say "Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand", is this a way to require a postdoc without stating such? Who has a PhD in hand by October who is new to the job market? I will have defended by the time they bring people in for interviews, but October is quite soon.
  • PhD in hand generally means you are done/defended/graduated or graduating soon say August, before the deadline.  
  • I wouldn't assume that it means that they're requiring a postdoc. Maybe your friends and colleagues have been lucky, but I know several anthropologists who had defended over the summer or in the fall semester without having a postdoc lined up. I think it's just the same standard "PhD in hand" as is seen in many ads, and they may or may not be entirely firm about it.
  • This typically means that you must have a PhD at time of application (or possibly a succesful defense done even if the dissertation deposit hap
  • Opens after the application is submitted.
  • Anyone heard anything on this one yet? 12/4
  • Not a peep (12/4) x3
  • I heard a short-list had been made for interviews but I don't know if anyone has been contacted yet.
  • To the above poster: how/where did you hear that?
  • So have the inboxes remained empty on this one?
  • I don't know about others but I haven't heard (x2)
  • 1/20: Anyone? Did this position get cancelled?
  • 2/27 Does anybody know anything about this position. I am tempted to email and ask, but I don't known whether that would be wrong.
  • I emailed the search chair about a week ago - they have hired someone for this position.
  • To the above: thank is always better to know.
  • 3/29: Rejection email

University of California, Santa Barbara, Ecological Anthropology (reviews began November 15.)[]

The University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology, Integrative Anthropological Sciences (IAS), invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2014. We seek a social scientist specializing in any area of scientific ecological anthropology, such as human ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, anthropology of living foragers, farmers or pastoralists, cooperation and common pool resources, indigenous resource management, cultural transmission, ethnobiology, subsistence economics, reproductive ecology, evolutionary demography, nutritional ecology, life history theory, ecological genetics, and social epidemiology. Other topical approaches are open, but research program must be theoretically rigorous, empirical and scientific in orientation, and should complement and integrate effectively with existing faculty expertise and perspectives to help bolster the mission of the IAS Unit (see Department website: ). Integration with Broom Center for Demography is also preferable. Strong fieldwork and/or lab component is preferable. Geographical area of specialization is open, but interests in Oceania, Asia, Africa or Latin America are preferable, as is a comparative orientation.

The successful candidate will demonstrate ability to teach lower-division introductory courses in ecological and/or biocultural anthropology and upper-division courses related to the anthropologist’s areas of specialization. Capacity to teach courses in quantitative methods is valued. The ability to direct graduate students and to advance a departmental focus on ecological research are critical requirements. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

  • Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Please apply and submit via UCSB’s Recruit website at (1) a cover letter, (2) a statement detailing research experience and a five-year research plan, (3) a statement on teaching experience, (4) a curriculum vitae, and (5) names and contact information for three references. Please direct any questions to Professor Michael Gurven, Chair, IAS Search Committee, at Preference will be given to applications submitted on or before November 15, 2013. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.
  • Also posted at Cultural Anthropology 2013-2014
  • Does anyone know why the UCSB Bioarchaeology job isn't posted on this wiki?
  • A: Because no one has bothered to post it yet? If you would like to see it here, please provide information / link.
  • 12/6: Notification that I'm on the long-short list and request for additional materials, by Dec 31. (x4)
  • Anyone not notified that they were on the long-short list or notified that they did not make it?
  • I was not notified, but had a reference inform me that he had been. Check the submission page to see if they are requesting additional materials, even if you did not get an email.
  • Thanks for the tip!
  • I did not recieve an email from the department requesting other documents but there was a request to upload additional information to the HR website when I checked my application status.  Though I could upload additional documents, I do not think this is an indication that I was selected to the next round but rather a flaw within their electronic application system. I hope I am wrong.
  • My email requesting additional materials asked for them by December 20 (but the online system says Dec 31st)
  • Hmm. Something seems strange. Asked one of my referees who says that he had not been contacted by the system, but had been contacted by a candidate. Was your email from the search chair, HR, or something else? Thanks.
  • I received an email requesting materials from someone named Louisa Dennis, but the electronic sig is the search chair:
  • 12/7: i talked to the chair of the search committee mike gurven and the administrative coordinator louisa dennis, here's what's going on: only the people who got an email (from louisa dennis, signed by mike gurven) notifying them that they're on the long short-list and requesting additional materials have to upload said materials. the reason that the slots for additional materials were created on everyone's application in the online recruit system is a flaw of the system, as suspected above. the due date for the materials is dec 20, as stated in the email, and not dec 31 as stated in the online system
  • 12/9: I received a request for additional materials (by email), but at least one my references did not receive a request for a letter. Anyone have references that have been contacted by the committee already?
  • 12/11: Reference was contacted by email to upload letter.
  • 12/12: ditto above and more materials requested (x2)
  • 1/31 invited for  campus interview
  • 4/14 Rejection email stating that a candidate has accepted an offer

University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine (deadline past:  was due August 1)[]

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology:  two tenure-track Assistant Prof positions to teach gross anatomy. One position advertised focused on 3D imaging and computer modeling and the other on neuroanatomy.  These are straight anatomy jobs, but there is one biological anthropologist on faculty and many anthropologists would be well qualified.

  • Anyone hear anything yet about these positions?
  • Note: Neuroanatomy position re-listed separately (9/24)
  • Interview scheduled for January. (x2)
  • Offer accepted.

University of Louisiana- Lafayette (review begins immediately)[]

Full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Child and Family Studies, to begin August 20, 2014, pending administrative approval. PhD with a specialization in biological anthropology required at the time of appointment. Responsibilities include teaching introductory and upper-level anthropology courses in area of specialization, active scholarship, student advising, and university service.Additional information on the department and position can be found at and Applicants should demonstrate teaching experience, with a commitment to student learning and engagement, and an ongoing research agenda. A letter of application with a statement of teaching philosophy, research interests, CV, student evaluations of teaching, and contact information for three professional references should be emailed to: with “Anthropology Search” in the subject line. Email is preferred, but materials can be mailed to:

Dr. Mark A. Rees, Search Committee Chair
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & CAFS
P.O. Box 40198
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana 70504-0198

Review of applications to begin immediately and to continue until the position is filled. UL Lafayette encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented minorities. EEO # LA 6-13.

  • 12/10 I e-mailed and was told that they are aiming to contact candidates around February.
  • 1/31- Skype interview
  • 2/11 - Rejection email (x3)
  • Has anyone heard back since Skype interview?!
  • Invited for on campus interview in March
  • Invited for on Campus interview in April
  • Anyone heard anything?
  • An offer was accepted.

University of Missouri-St. Louis - Assistant Professor of Biological or Medical Anthropology (review began Dec. 16, 2013)[]

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages at the University of Missouri-St. Louis invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biological or Medical Anthropology to begin in the Fall of 2014.

We seek candidates with demonstrated research excellence and teaching interests in biological or medical anthropology. The successful candidate will lead the creation of a new interdisciplinary major in comparative human development that will offer an innovative platform for attracting undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine and health by bridging the biological and social sciences. The ideal candidate will have a broad anthropological background that combines biological and cultural approaches. Potential specializations could include human development, human-environment relationships, and/or traditional medical systems. PhD in hand is required.

The new faculty member will teach Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Human Variation. An ability to teach forensic anthropology, human osteology and/or GIS is desirable, as is an interest in overseeing the department's Forensic Anthropology Lab, which houses an exceptional teaching collection. Candidates are expected to support the Anthropology program's core curriculum and the University's general education program, as well as offer core courses in their areas of specialization. Promise of teaching excellence and the successful mentoring of undergraduate students are required.

Applicants should submit the following electronically in MS Word or PDF formats to Laura Hayes ( with the subject line "biological or medical anthropologist," and be addressed to Susan Brownell, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages: Letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, and Complete contact information for three referees.

  • Review of applications by the Anthropology Search Committee will begin on Dec. 16, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to our unique educational mission. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. To learn more about the department, visit
  • 11/13: Received e-mail with link to demographic information form. Text of e-mail said "Thank you, for your interest in our department. We will retain your vita for consideration as new teaching opportunities arise. In the meantime, please complete and return the applicant equal employment opportunity profile using the attached link: <link deleted> at your earliest convenience." I assume that since they won’t start going through the applications until Dec 16 that this is not a rejection, although the sentence saying they will retain my vita sure sounds like a rejection. (x4)
  • This job is actually not posted on UMSL's HR site (although it's advertised in multiple places), which may be part of the confusion. Also, the job ad linked here on lists 12/06/2013 as the application deadline, but then states that review begins on 12/16.
  • 12/31: request for additional info and reference letters
  • 2/11: scheduled on-campus interview
  • 4/5: Anyone heard anything about this position?
  • 4/5 I just received an email asking me if I was still interested in this position.  I have not been contacted before this, so I think they are going further down their list.  I declined since I have already accepted a position elsewhere. (x2)
  • 4/5: I received a similar e-mail too and was wondering how many other people did. Congrats on your new position! (x3)
    • 4/7: Clearly a number of people (at least 5) were contacted with this new request
  • 4/8: I am wondering if they are making a new shortlist of 3, or a longer list. If two people declined because they have already accepted positions, then perhaps they are just making a new shortlist; however, it seems unlikely that all 3 people would be using this Wiki, so perhaps there are others and they are making a new long, short list. If anyone has any inside info., please share.
  • 4/8: Also, to the person above who schedule an interview. How did it go? Can you share any details about your experiences? Thanks in advance!
  • 4/14: I responded to the e-mail sent out saying that I am still interested in the position, but havent heard anything since then. Has anyone else received any kind of a response?
  • 4/14: I haven't heard anything since the first email on the 5th, but considering I was not originally long listed, I am going to assume this is a new long list.
  • 4/16: Contacted for skype interview (x2)
  • 4/16: E-mail saying I did not make the new short list.
  • 4/18: Scheduled on campus interview for May
  • 5/28: Offer accepted

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Biological Anthropology--Paleoanthropology (review began Nov. 15, 2013. Offer made & accepted.)[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology. Expertise in paleoanthropology is preferred. The successful candidate will engage in theory-driven field research, and demonstrate evidence of effective teaching, of obtaining extramural funding, and of a strong record of scholarly publications. The candidate should synergize with other faculty focused on bioarchaeology, prehistoric archaeology, hunter-gatherers, and the evolution of human social behavior and nutrition. The Department offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees, and has research emphases in adaptive strategies; food and nutrition; childhood and parenting; and sexuality, gender, and identity. Applicants should be able to teach a range of courses, from an introductory course in Biological Anthropology to more advanced undergraduate and graduate classes. The successful candidate must have a PhD in hand by July 1, 2014. Review of applications begins on November 15 and continues until the position is filled. Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

  • The review of materials will begin November 15, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Peter Gray, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at
  • For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at(702) 895-2894 or Applicants of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
  • 11/22: Contacted for more documents. Indicated that this is for those who are on the long short-list (3x)
  • 1/24: Arrangements made for campus visit.
  • 3/27: Rejection emails (2x); states offer made & accepted

University of Nevada, Reno - Physical Anthropology (Jan. 15)[]

Assistant Professor, Physical Anthropology: Forensic Anthropology-Bioarchaeology. We seek a scholar who will develop an active research program and contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs in anthropology. The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory physical anthropology, upper- division courses, and graduate seminars in line with areas of specialty. Tenure-track faculty involved in graduate teaching and research typically teach two courses per semester; other duties are to advise undergraduate and graduate students; develop undergraduate and graduate curricula; carry out research and publish results; foster collaboration across subfields and departments; conduct local and regional research, such as possible development of high desert decomposition facility; participate on department committees; and carry out service and outreach activities.

Required Qualifications: PhD in anthropology at time of application; specialty in physical anthropology with emphasis on forensic anthropology/bioarchaeology.

Preferred Qualifications: Field experience in forensic anthropology and/or bioarchaeology; willingness to teach upper-level courses such as forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, human evolution, quantitative methods; interests should complement those of existing faculty; evidence of a fundable research program; a record of research publication; willingness to help establish high desert 'body farm' in Reno environs; experience teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. Additional desirable areas of specialty include, but are not limited to paleopathology, NAGPRA, nutrition, human genetics, and human-environment relationships.

Contact Information for this Position: G. Richard Scott, Search Chair,, 775-682-7630. Verla Jackson, Search Coordinator,, 775-784-4834

  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications will only be accepted through the online system. Please submit a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests, contact information for three references, a CV, and a writing sample.
  • Link to Apply:
  • 1/24: Rejection email (2x)
  • 2/27:  Anyone had an interview yet?
  • Arrangements made for campus visit.
  • offer accepted

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Biological Anthropology (closed Dec. 1)[]

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Teaching experience preferred. Must demonstrate potential for obtaining excellence in teaching, research and professional service.

Principal duties: Responsibilities include: teaching two courses per semester at undergraduate and/or graduate level in Biological Anthropology, developing an active research program, advising at the undergraduate and graduate level, and performing professional and University service as appropriate.

Please submit applications to Professor Karen Strier, Vilas Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology; Chair, Search Committee in Biological Anthropology; Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, 5240 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Application materials should include statement of research and teaching interests, CV, three letters of recommendation and up to three publications.

Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #77658 to: Karen Strier. Phone: 608-262-0302. 1180 Observatory Dr, 5403 W.H. Sewell Social Science Bld, Madison, WI 53706-1320. Email:

  • To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2013.
  • Posted at
  • 9/29: Additional description on university website includes: "We are especially interested in candidates with active field programs and whose research focuses on ecology (e.g., diet-related) of anthropoids"
  • Does anyone know if application material can be emailed? It's not clear from the directions.
  • 11/29: I emailed a week ago and haven't heard anything back yet
  • 11/29: I emailed the chair about a week and a half ago and was told that it was okay to submit by email.
  • 12/6: Did anyone receive confirmation that their application was received? I sent it by email on 11/30.
  • 12/6: No confirmation for me. Also submitted by email. (x6)
  • 12/9: I was told in late September that the e-mail address was just for questions and to mail my application. I never received confirmation either.  
  • 12/10 Confirmation by e-mail from Lori Ushman with link to Affirmative Action Data Questionnaire.(x2 12/13)
  • 12/11-I submitted my materials via snail mail in November and received a confirmation of the application earlier this week via email.
  • 12/11: Just emailed Karen Strier and she said not to worry, applications submitted by email are fine, they've just been slow in processing them so not everyone has received a confirmation yet
  • 12/13: They're processing the emailed applications now. I emailed my stuff, and just got my confirmation email from Lori Ushman with the Affirmative Action Questionnaire. (x2)
  • 12/13: I sent all of mine by mail and also received a confirmation today (x2).
  • 1/10: Does anyone know when we might hear yea/nay on our applications?
  • 1/21/14: No, still haven't heard anything.
  • 1/23/14: On campus interviews scheduled. Search is remaining open in case they need to draw on additional candidates.
  • 4/10/14: Official rejection by mail. Someone has accepted the position.

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh (Deadline passed: Dec 16th)[]

Tenure-track position in biological anthropology. We seek a broadly trained biological anthropologist with interests in medical anthropology, forensic anthropology, human biological diversity, or related areas. The ideal candidate will complement the existing department specializations, will be open to cross disciplinary collaborations (e.g. Health Sciences, Nursing), and will be committed to quality teaching and active research. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a course on forensic anthropology, Introduction to Biological Anthropology and its associated labs, general education courses, and upper-division courses. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty.

  • Please send a cover letter, curriculum vita, and three letters of reference to Pete Brown, Chair Religious Studies and Anthropology, 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901. Electronic submissions: Application deadline December 16, 2013. Preliminary interviews may take place at the AAA meetings in Chicago. AA/EEO.
  • LINK:,false
  • 12/17: Did anyone get a application confirmation?
  • 12/19: Received application confirmation e-mail. (x4)
  • 12/19: Confirmation stated review would begin in Jan.
  • 1/21/14: Has anyone heard anything about this position?
  • 1/30/14 Contacted to schedule Skype interview. Email said 10 people were contacted.
  • I was also contacted for a Skype interview but have accepted another position - so it's now 9
  • Has anyone heard anything since the Skype interviews?  It's been over three weeks and the original timeline said they would be extending on-campus interviews within two weeks....
  • 3.10.14 I haven't heard anything either :(
  • 5/27/14 I received an email about a month ago stating that the position had been filled.

Washington University Medical School, Dept. of Anatomy and NeurobiologyPostdoc Research Associate[]

Appointment, with annual review, may be for up to three years. The Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow with experience in, and enthusiasm for, the teaching of Human Anatomy to first year medical students in the course "The Human Body: Anatomy, Embryology and Imaging". Washington University School of Medicine offers many exciting opportunities for research collaborations and it is expected that the applicant will pursue his/her own research interests within a laboratory in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. Research area is open, but preference will be given to research areas of current faculty interest including Biological Anthropology, Functional Morphology, Evolutionary Biology, Computer Imaging, and all aspects of Neurobiology.

  • Applicants should have completed a Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and have experience in teaching cadaver-based Human Anatomy. Teaching experience in other anatomically related fields, such as Neuroscience and/or Histology, while not required, would be desirable. Salary Range is commensurate with experience.
  • Applicants should send a letter summarizing teaching and research experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:
  • Applications will be evaluated by a search committee, with final appointment approved by the Department Chairman.  Screening of applications will begin immediately.
  • 12/10: Has anyone heard from this position?
  • 12/12: Campus visits for a short list have taken place.
  • 12/17: Offer accepted.

Wayne State University - Biological Anthro. (review began Oct. 18)[]

With significant depth in the field of health and medicine, Wayne State University offers a rich environment for collaborative and interdisciplinary research. As part of a larger initiative for health and medicine in the social sciences, the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University is recruiting a full-time, Biological Anthropologist, rank open, to start Fall 2014. We are searching for an outstanding individual to join a four-field anthropology department with established foci in health, business organizations, urban research and public archaeology. We seek a scholar with a mature theoretical agenda, a strong record of scholarship and the ability to articulate with existing departmental expertise. Desired potential specializations include human growth and development, the environment, forensics, nutrition, or race/ethnicity. New faculty should have high collaborative potential for thematic research within the social, behavioral or medical sciences. We welcome innovative and creative syntheses and research plans that take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the University’s location in metropolitan Detroit and its expanding role as a national center for urban research and teaching. The ideal candidate will combine research leadership in anthropology with opportunities for students in biological anthropology and related fields. A record of peer-reviewed publications, external funding, and excellence in teaching is required. WSU is a leading research university in Detroit’s cultural center serving a diverse student body. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit curriculum vitae, letter of intent, writing samples, and the names and contact information of four references. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 18, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Wayne State Anthropology faculty members will attend AAAs in Chicago (Nov. 19-24, 2013) and arrange interviews with a long short list of candidates. All applicants must apply to the University’s Online Hiring System at and refer to posting #039752. Look under “Search Postings” then “Create Application.” Wayne State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

  • 10/1  The ad calls for a writing sample but the HR website does not provide a link for additonal documents.  They also do not provide information on who to direct questions to..
  • 10/1 I left the references on my CV and uploaded the writing sample under references since that was the only way to make it work. A couple jobs don't provide the search committee chair's name; it's frustrating since it looks silly to address a letter to no one.
  • 10/15 You could call the department and ask for the search committee chair's name but some departments will not release that information. So, you can simply address the letter to the search committee/members of the search committee....
  • 10/25 Request for AAA interview (x4)
  • 11/4 Request for AAA interview
  • 11/5 Letters of recommendation requested (x4)
  • 11/26 On campus interview scheduled for second week of Jan. (x3)
  • To the person with the interview scheduled, is this your first interview with them or second? Good luck!
  • I interviewed with the search committee at the AAAs, so the on campus interview will be my second. And, Thanks! (12/4/13)
  • So did only one person get an on campus interview after the AAAs? Come on people, fess up! (I clearly didn't)
  • I added (x2) above..  sorry to not participate till now. I also had a AAA interview and received an email the following week inviting me to campus in January. (12/4)
  • I have an on-campus with them following a skype interview that I had the week after the AAAs - they called the next day to invite me for the on-campus (posted 12/12).
  • I had a AAA interview as well, but havent heard from them since then. With campus visits scheduled, I assume they have a short list now. There was also an internal candidate for this position.
  •  I heard through the grapevine that an offer was given to a candidate (2/26) (x2)
  • Offer accepted 4/2

Discussion, Rumors, and Speculation[]

AAA Interviews[]

Is anyone going to the AAAs to interview for physical positions? I have always heard that it was more for cultural and linguistic positions. In fact, I was advised not to "make the effort". If so, are we supposed to wait for a job to contact us about interviewing or just show up? I am unsure about protocol and I did not find much details on the AAA website. Any advice? 

  • 10/22: I had assumed I would be invited for a AAA interview if they wanted to see me. I have been told by others in my department that, at least for physicals, showing up to blind interview at the AAAs reeks of desperation. I don't live too terribly far from Chicago, so I can get there for an interview if I am asked. The AAAs is finally trying to make the meeting more inclusive to Physical Anthropologists, but as it stands, there is not much for us there besides loitering around to speak to a search committee who hasn't prepared for you.
  • 10/23: I had been advised the same thing as well - not to interview at the AAAs (as a physical anthropologist). The idea being that you can only lose a job interview at the AAAs because likely you have not made a long-short list or a short list. If you have made one of those lists, the circumstances may be different, but otherwise, why put forth the effort, money, time if you weren't planning on going. 
  • 11/4: This is my first year attending the AAA meeting and I only chose to do so in the hopes that I would be interviewed there. Luckily one university has scheduled an interview with me so far, so it has the potential to pay off. It also makes sense this year since the AAPA is so far away, cost-prohibitive, and takes place at the wrong time of year for many interviews.
  • 11/4: Well there isn't much history for bioanthro interviews to occur at meetings (as the AAPAs are in April and few bioanthro people have attended the AAAs since the 80's).
  • 11/7: Biological anthropologists and archaeologists rarely attend the AAAs, so the candidates that make the "long short list" but aren't attending are usually interviewed over the phone or via Skype. I have a feeling that small, four-field departments are more likely to announce or request AAA interviews. Given how few bionath people attend the AAAs, I believe the departments understand that (the department that hired me certainly did). If you live close by to where the meetings are, great, but it's usually expensive to get to (especially if you're only notified at the last minute), hotels get overbooked and registration fees are exorbitant. As for just showing up in front of a search committee without an invitation, it's also possible that they decided not to interview candidates who either didn't submit the materials or didn't make the list as a matter of principle. Personally I wouldn't bother going unless you're asked and it's not a huge inconvenience.
  • 11/10: As a committee member of one of the smaller, four-field departments participating in this round of hiring, I readily concur with the previous post. The primary reason I see for offering short interviews (even for walk-ups) at the AAA is as a courtesy to applicants who want an additional chance to make a first impression. How many times has it been suggested on this wikia, “If they had just met me, I’m sure I would have gotten a campus interview”? The AAA is not ideal in terms of subdisciplinary focus (as an archaeologist, I have been to the AAA once and while fun, was not as useful for my professional development as the SAA or regional/international archy conferences), but it is pretty ideal timing-wise, since our campus interview list will be finalized in advance of either the SAA or AAPA. If you think a face-to-face with members of the hiring committee will improve your chances of being selected for a phone interview/campus interview, why not? Considering the current hiring climate, I strongly disagree with the post that suggests going to a blind interview at the AAA “reeks of desperation.” Anything that gets your foot in the door is fair game; not thinking this way reeks of entitlement…
  • I agree with the above. A few years ago there was a job posting I was very interested in. I went to the AAAs ONLY to pre-interview with them. I got an on campus (although I did not get the job). I am positive I would have never gotten the on-campus without the pre-interview. It was expensive, but it was worth it. I had gotten the ticket without knowing whether they would call me, but they did, and as I said I doubt they would have extended the on-campus invite otherwise. The thing is, there are few jobs, and if you are looking for one this is an investment. It may not get your shoe-in but it might, and if nothing else, it will give you some experience inteviewing.

A Running List of Schools Violating 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 two 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:

  1. Kent State University
  2. California State University-Los Angeles
  3. Idaho State University
  4. Pacific University (OR)
  5. Stony Brook University
  6. SUNY Oswego
  7. University of Wisconsin- Madison
  8. University at Buffalo, SUNY (automated request sent)
  9. Armstrong Atlantic State University (automated request)
  10. Washington University <--Is there a job at Wash U this year? Not on the wiki if so... (10/21: it's a postdoc, but a different TT listing may be coming as well) <--there is a Wash U job at Cultural Anthropology 2013-2014  but didn't ask for letters up front?
  11. James Madison University -- Dept. of Biology position, so not bound by AAA guidelines...
  12. University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh
  13. Stanford
  14. East Carolina University -- Dept of Biology though
  15. University of Utah (automated request sent with no notification) listed as Cultural anthropology.
  16. Brandon University (in Manitoba, Canada)
  17. University of California- Santa Cruz
  18. Indiana University Northwest (the description doesn't state this, but it automates anyway)
  19. Grinnell College (as with others, requirement is not mentioned in the job call, but in the last stage of the on-line application it asks for references' contact info and says that automated e-mails will be sent out. Especially annoying as it's for a 2-year teaching position.)

- 10/28 How about not just alerting the AAA but also the schools themselves? Isn't it likely that most of them are not aware of this being a violation and would be willing to change the policy if notified? Of course, one wouldn't want to stick one's head out as an applicant, so the notification should come from a neutral source..

Discussion of Number of Positions This Year[]

There were a number of positions posted in July, but now in August, it's dried up. Where are the biological anthropology jobs? (8/16/13)

  • Ads do seem thin on the ground this year. Is there something systematic going on that I just haven't heard about? Or is my desperation coloring my perception? (8/18/13)
  • No, it seems rather thin right now to me too. I assumed after all the years of no hiring coupled with student enrollment increases, plenty of places would be finally willing to hire. (8/19/13)
  • I have been told that it is still very early in the season, and not to start worrying. We have enough to worry about as it is! (8/22/13)
  • I agree--in the past you would rarely see anything before September so I was pretty happy to see so many already and good ones too (8/22/13)
  • There will be more jobs posted in the near future. No reason to worry yet.  I know of one TT job that won't be posted until probably Oct. (8/24/13)
  • I think it might just be a thin year. Someone with more than one season of job searching experience, can you pipe in and tell us what you think now that it is late November? (Nov/27/13)
  • I've been "monitoring" the job market for several years and this year isn't great (though not as bad as the recession years). Definitely seems down compared to the last couple of years, especially in terms of breadth. Few primatology jobs and few molecular jobs. Folks that focus on medical anthropology, human ecology, human biology, etc. are in a better position than most. (11/27/13)
  • I've been monitoring this page for the last three years, and this year seems pretty thin unless you are a human variation type.  These seem more plentiful than usual. (12/19/13)
  • How many TT jobs are typically posted in the spring semester? It seems right now I am only seeing temporary or term-limited jobs.  Is this normal or, as someone else put it, is my desperation coloring my perception? (1/29/14)
  • I can't say anything about numbers, but I do generally think that's normal - tenure-track jobs in the fall,   term-limited in the spring.  It's a generalization, of course; more t-t may get posted, but that has been the pattern I have observed over the years.

Question about Christian-Albrechts Job[]

I posted this on last year's page too, but as it's unlikely to be seen, has anyone heard anything about the job at Christian-Albrechts in Kiel? It was a late due date (March 2013). I had my application acknowledged. Then nothing. I don't know enough about the German system to know if silence means they're still thinking about it, or if it means I've been rejected but they don't formally tell you.

  • Is it the same job now listed on the Arch wikia? Professorship (W2) in "Ancient Socio-Environmental Modelling". If so, it's been relisted. (9/3/13)
  • No, it was a DNA job. The archaeology one looks like a new position. (9/3/13)

Question about Application Acknowledgments[]

I'm new to the market (so forgive my naivete). Is it expected that you should receive an acknowledgment of your application? I don't want to email about my application if it's common to not get an email confirming its been received (9/4/13)

  • It is really really department dependant - sometimes  you will, sometimes  you'll hear nothing. It never hurts to write and ask for an acknowledgement if one is not sent. 
  • I think between the department and HR a lot of what should be simply polite communication slips through the cracks. I was even interviewed once and then never contacted again. I had to learn about the outcome of the search through grapevine. I don't think the lack of information is ever malicious; simply that people on the hiring side have forgotten how heart-breaking it is to be on the applying side and don't make the extra effort to keep applicants up to date.
  • If it makes you feel anybetter I once found out that I had not gotten the job via facebook (a job I had an on-campus for). As for whether or not you receive any information it really depends on the univ/department as teh person above stated. You can ask all you want, but you won't always hear back.