Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

• Job No:
• Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
• Grade:UNAC Grade 30
• Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
• School/Business unit:UAA College of Arts & Sciences
• Location:Anchorage
• Categories: Education/Instructional, Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:
The Department of Anthropology and Geography at the University of Alaska Anchorage invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology with a specialty in the archaeology of the pre-contact North America, with a preferred regional focus on the North Pacific. The Department, which maintains a Northern focus, offers baccalaureate degrees in Anthropology (B.A., B.S., and a minor), a minor in Cultural and Natural Resource Management, and a Master's degree in Applied Anthropology with two emphases (applied cultural anthropology and cultural resource management). We maintain facilities dedicated to anthropological scholarship, including three archaeological processing labs, a GIS computer lab, a cultural anthropology lab, a bioarchaeology lab, and a repository for faunal collections of Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists. We seek a collegial individual who will complement our faculty's interests, support our undergraduate programs, and work to grow our graduate program. Scholars with research focus outside of Alaska are welcome to apply with the willingness to expand their programs to include the North.

Conduct instructional, research, and service activities. Engage in course development and instruction: Responsible for developing and teaching courses in a manner consistent with the specific course content descriptions; developing and modifying curriculum and teaching modalities; engaging in student learning and curricular assessment activities, and holding office hours appropriate for the courses being taught. Courses will include introductory courses in general anthropology, archaeology, and Alaska Native cultures as well as upper-division courses in cultural resource management, archaeological theory, analytical techniques in archaeology, and archaeological ethics. Additional courses will depend on the applicant's expertise. Candidate will teach and work with diverse populations. Mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Chairing and serving as member of research graduate advisory committees. Guiding and advising undergraduate students on independent research. Providing academic advising and mentoring. Develop and maintain an independent research program in archaeology in Alaska: Research efforts should include undergraduate and graduate students, pursue external funding to support the program, including contracts for applied work, foster community and stakeholder collaboration and participation, and publish results in peer-reviewed publications or produce refereed reports for agencies/organizations. Actively participate in service activities: Serving on department, college, and university committees; and providing professional and public service to the department, college, university, and community.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Evidence of a potential for successful teaching, service, and research activity.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Potential to establish an independent research program that will build on and add to existing research in the department.
• Knowledge of contemporary curricular content for archaeology.
• Evidence of research focus related to the pre-contact North American archaeology.
• Evidence of potential to develop and maintain research program related to Alaska archaeology.
• Ability to establish connections within and outside the university.
• Ability to represent the department in the University.
• Advanced graduate-level training in archaeology.
• Experience in field archaeology.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Specialization in environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, and/or Indigenous archaeology.
Familiarity with and experience implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Knowledge of the Alaska context, Alaska Native people, and Alaska communities.
Experience designing and conducting collaborative projects with local and/or Indigenous communities.
College-level teaching experience both online and in the classroom.

Required Experience & Education:
PhD in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology, or PhD in Archaeology. ABDs will be considered but employment is contingent on conferral of degree by time of hire in August 2024.

Research focused on archaeology of the North Pacific

Salary Information:

This is a 9-month, full-time appointment with an expected start date in August 2024. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position will be working at the Anchorage campus. This is not a remote position.

Salary will be based upon applicable academic preparation and experience complete with a competitive, including tuition waivers for employees and family members, affordable medical, dental and vision coverage, and representation under a Collective Bargaining Unit.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The position is open until filled with an initial review date of November 15, 2023. To ensure consideration in the initial review, please apply by 11:59 PM Alaska Time on November 14, 2023.

The Department seeks candidates dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment that increases student knowledge about local, national, and global communities. Anchorage is a thriving, modern city of about 295,000 inhabitants with a rich cultural life on the ancestral lands of the Dena'ina people. For more information about living in Anchorage, consult

• Please be prepared to upload the following items:
• CV
• Contact information for three professional references
• Cover letter that includes a statement of interest in the position, a description of your research and scholarly interests and their relevance/potential to Alaska, and your experience mentoring, advising, and teaching diverse student populations
• Unofficial transcript(s) of graduate and undergraduate education
• Supplemental documents as additional information to support your application

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Department Chair, Kristen Ogilvie, at or 907-786-0505.

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Anchorage, AK

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Closing Date 2024-09-14