Northern Illinois University Department of Anthropology anticipates hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in North American archaeology starting August, 2019. Candidates in all areas of North American archaeology are encouraged to apply. However, candidates are encouraged to link with one or more of NIU's interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes.
The candidate is expected to be engaged in active field work, to maintain a strong externally funded research program, and to supervise undergraduate and graduate student research in the field. Research interests that complement existing department strengths are particularly welcome.
The successful candidate will be responsible for supervising graduate students, and teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses including introductory courses in archaeology, as well as upper level courses in their area of expertise. Teaching responsibilities normally include four courses per academic year, though only two in the first year. The Anthropology Department is a four field department with an MA graduate degree program.
Candidates should submit a letter describing their scholarship, record of external funding, plans for future research, and teaching qualifications and interests, plus a full vita and the names and addresses of three references to the NIU online employment system. Initial review will begin December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Pre-employment criminal background investigation required. NIU is an AA/AEEO institution.
Required skills include: PhD in anthropology at the time of hire, evidence of scholarly productivity commensurate with experience, potential to establish and maintain an independent program of research, and evidence of quality teaching experience/potential. Preferred skills include: Northern Illinois University values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse cultural backgrounds, and who possess a commitment to improving their access to higher education and achievement.
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The Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University is a relatively small and student-oriented department. Upper division classes generally have fewer than 20 students. There is an active anthropology club and numerous opportunities to work closely with professors (including summer field schools).Our undergraduate students have done fieldwork in Southeast Asia, Europe, Madagascar, Haiti, Sicily, New Mexico, Mexico and Central America. While relatively small, anthropology at NIU is large enough to provide students with a broad quality education in all aspects of anthropology.Many NIU faculty members are among the top professionals in their respective fields. NIU anthropologists have been featured in National Geographic, the New York Times, Nova, New Explorers with Bill Curtis, Scientific American, as well as numerous professional journals.