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Assistant Professor of Archaeology

California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Anthropology
Los Angeles, California
Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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Nov 18, 2021

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Department of Anthropology

Assistant Professor of Archaeology, with priority given to candidates with expertise in Environmental Archaeology

Starting Date:

August, 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

1)  An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Anthropology or other closely-related field from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing the completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. The doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (August 18, 2022)

2)  Evidence of scholarly potential, including but not limited to publications, conference presentations, and funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

1)  Evidence of research experience in one or more of the following areas: environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, CRM, archaeobotany, ethnobotany, landscape archaeology, and geoarchaeology.

2)  Evidence of effective teaching or potential for effective teaching.

3)  Demonstrated potential to work with and mentor a diverse student population.

4)  Demonstrated experience in the field and potential to develop fieldwork, research projects, or community projects with students.

5)  Regional area of focus is open, but preference will be given to those with experience working in the Great Basin, California, and/or the Southwest.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach lower- and upper-division undergraduate as well as graduate courses and will participate in the curriculum development process. Commitment to excellence in all aspects of undergraduate teaching and mentorship is essential, as is a passion for working with students, both in and beyond the classroom. The successful candidate is also expected to maintain an active field and laboratory research program; involve and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activities; publish in peer-reviewed journals; actively pursue grants; and engage in university, professional, and community service.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:   

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. 

The Department:

Anthropology is one of 12 departments within the College of Natural and Social Sciences, which supports academic programs for approximately 7,000 students. The Department of Anthropology currently has about 150 students in the Bachelor of Arts program and 50 in the Master of Arts program. Areas of faculty research in the department include Mesoamerican archaeology, California archaeology, Irish archaeology, bioarchaeology, linguistic anthropology including language documentation and revitalization of Oaxacan languages in Oaxaca and in the diaspora, applied anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology, including several faculty who focus on mobility and migration.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:

1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications. The cover letter should include a teaching philosophy and statement of research interests.

2) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.

3) A curriculum vitae.

4) A list of three professional references.

5) A University Application for Employment Form (

Finalists will be required to submit:

Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Email all application materials in a single PDF to Ms. Maricela Godinez ( with “Archaeology Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Questions may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Aaron Huey Sonnenschein (

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.


Anthropology is the study of human beings from both a cultural and biological perspective. The department of Anthropology offers courses in the discipline's four subfields:

  • Socio-Cultural: Description and comparison of living cultures.
  • Biological: Fossil humans, human evolution and variation, genetics.
  • Archaeology: Collecting and analyzing the remains of past cultures.
  • Linguistics: Analysis of language and the connections between language and culture.

Students in anthropology have the opportunity to participate in archaeological excavations, ethnographic film making, the analysis of human remains, and the study of urban ethnography. Students are encouraged to develop expertise in particular cultural areas and research problems. Faculty members have engaged in work in Asia, North America, Mesoamerica, and South America. They have focused on a range of problems including urbanization, modernization, ethnicity, contemporary environmental issues, race relations, immigration, religion, ecological adaptation, and forensic anthropology.

The department maintains four active laboratories: the Anthropology Media Lab, the Linguistic Anthropology Lab, the California Coastal Archaeology Lab and the Mesoamerican Archaeology Lab.

The departments offers an Honors Program for qualified upper division students. The program is designed to introduce superior students to independent research and the writing of professional reports. Diplomas and transcripts of Honors Program graduates are designated: "Graduated with Departmental Honors in Anthropology."

Persons with a baccalaureate in anthropology can use it as a basis for teaching credentials. In addition, anthropology provides good preparation for jobs that require an understanding of cultural differences, such as counseling, medicine, human resource management and social services. The baccalaureate also trains for positions related to archaeology and museum work. 

Many advanced positions in the field require training beyond the bachelor's degree; some are open to those with the master's degree, others to holders of the doctorate. 

The department offers a master's degree in three tracks: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Socio-Cultural Anthropology.

There are a number of active student associations. 

The following information is provided by the employer in accordance with AAA policy. AAA is not responsible for verifying the accuracy of these statements. They are not part of the actual position description submitted for publication by the employer.

  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
  • This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.
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