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Professor of Material Culture/Archaeology

Warren Wilson College, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Asheville, North Carolina
Closing date
Nov 7, 2021

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Warren Wilson College welcomes applicants for a faculty position in Material Culture/Archaeology. This is a full-time, junior-level position in an extended contract system with a 3-3 load beginning in August of 2022. The department of Sociology and Anthropology seeks candidates who undertake United States-based research into material cultures of inequality with a focus on historically marginalized communities (e.g. Black, Latinx/é, Indigenous, or immigrant populations).

While the field of the PhD is open, we encourage candidates with a strong grounding in archaeological or applied anthropological perspectives. We are especially interested in scholars whose research and teaching employ empirical methods to address how objects and memory and/or the built and natural environment interact with structural inequities. The successful candidate will have access to our existing lab (currently an archaeology lab) with the possibility of developing a new vision for the space and its use.

About the College:

Warren Wilson College, rooted in liberal arts education, is committed to providing educational programs that prepare graduates to engage in groundbreaking scholarship and creative work; pursue meaningful careers with professionalism; and lead purposeful lives dedicated to fostering a just, equitable, and sustainable world. Toward that end, the College utilizes an innovative educational approach that intentionally integrates academics and experiential learning (through campus work and community engagement) for a rich, challenging student experience. Our students matriculate through deliberately scaffolded courses and signature capstone experiences that combine intellectual foundations with experiential skill development and problem solving. In that vein, Warren Wilson College is committed to fostering students’ curiosity, empathy, and integrity by providing them with a variety of perspectives, mentors and role models. Therefore, we’re seeking and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.

To fulfill this mission, the College, through its Strategic Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), is embarking on institutional initiatives that infuse DEI into all aspects of its functioning. Specifically, the College is unwavering in our commitment to the dignity of all people – particularly those populations who have been both historically oppressed and continue to experience systemic oppression. While we value the breadth of diversity necessary for a rich campus culture, we also recognize the particular challenge and opportunity for growth and leadership around race, noting that such a focus necessarily intersects with deepening efforts around other aspects of identity. We are committed to a culture of educational access and ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. Fully living out this commitment involves incorporating DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs and administrative capacities to advance inclusive excellence at all levels of the College. In alignment with our DEI commitment, we welcome and invite applicants who desire to, and possess the skills and experience to, advance this work. We welcome applications from members of racial/ethnic underrepresented groups (e.g., BIPOC/people of the global majority) and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field. ABD will be considered.
  • One to two years of teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in learning spaces. For instance, experience incorporating inclusive teaching modalities and working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.).
  • Experience in addressing social equity in research, teaching, and other professional activities.
  • Experience managing an archaeology lab or other material culture collections.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
  • One to three years experience in supervising students in a work setting.
  • Past experience with supervising and teaching a field school or other applied, educational program.
  • Experience and/or interest in developing learning opportunities associated with the college land or other local places.
  • Experience collaborating with Black, Indigenous, Latinx/é, or immigrant communities and an interest in fostering similar collaborations in Western North Carolina.

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter which includes a discussion of your demonstrated engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in learning spaces. Applicants should also describe how their teaching, research, and/or creative scholarly activity connects to Warren Wilson’s distinctive learning approach and community. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5 PM EST on November 28, 2021. Electronic submission is required.

Located on a beautiful 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, the College has a working farm and forest. We enroll approximately 750 undergraduates and 100 graduates in a learning community committed to sustainable practices, social justice, and community engagement. We seek individuals with a genuine interest in our unique approach to education, and a willingness to fully participate in the life of the college.

Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Humans do not lead a solitary life. As social beings, how we relate to one another shapes everything from our personal biases to our ability to survive as a species. Let's explore how societies form and function, why traditions and cultures come and go, and how to affect positive change in a digital world. As the world grows increasingly connected, this program is more relevant than ever.

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