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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – Anthropology

Mercyhurst University, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Erie, Pennsylvania
Closing date
May 29, 2021

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General Anthropology
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The Department of Anthropology at Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in anthropology with expertise in sociocultural and/or archaeological anthropology.  Preference will be given to those applicants who are committed to teaching excellence and supporting undergraduate research, have academic leadership experience, and experience conducting long-term fieldwork.   Courses to be offered will include introductory sociocultural and archaeology courses, as well as methods courses, anthropological ethics, and other sociocultural subjects as needed by the department. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop specialty courses in their areas of expertise. Candidates will teach undergraduates in the major, minor, and the liberal arts core. Other duties include student advising, undergraduate research supervision, recruitment, and university and departmental service.  A Ph.D. in Anthropology is required. Standard contracts at the University run 9 months (August 15-May 15) with a 24 credit-hour teaching load, usually 4 classes/semester.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a statement of teaching and research philosophy, a curriculum vitae, transcripts (initial submissions may be unofficial copies), and three letters of recommendation. Initial review of complete applications will begin on May 17, 2021 and will continue until May 30, or until the position is filled. Direct applications to:

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Mercyhurst University

501 East 38th Street

Erie, PA 16546


Mercyhurst University is a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy. It is located in northwestern Pennsylvania along Lake Erie. A Mercyhurst education, inspired by the works and vision of the Sisters of Mercy, aims at engaging students for life and at creating leaders in justice and service. Today Mercyhurst University is home to more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students seeking academic excellence, professional expertise, an environment of inclusiveness, and high expectations for growth and development of the whole person.

As an equal opportunity employer Mercyhurst University seeks candidates who are committed to the principles of diversity and our Mission. We encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

Candidates must be currently eligible to work in the United States.


Anthropology/Archaeology students at Mercyhurst University are provided with training in the broad field of Anthropology, as well as options for specialized training in Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, or Sociocultural Anthropology. Our emphasis on highly individualized mentoring, hands-on instruction, intercultural research, and communication skills affords excellent career flexibility and leads to work and educational opportunities in a wide variety of corporate, government, non-profit, museum, educational, and other settings.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
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