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Assistant Professor in Archaeology and Museum Studies Position

California State University, Chico, Department of Anthropology
Chico, California
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Dec 8, 2021

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Assistant Professor Position

Department of Anthropology, College of Behavioral and Social Science


CSU, Chico is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the diverse, intercultural, and intersectional identities of our student body. The University proudly holds the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation, and enrolls over 17,000 students, over half of whom identify as first generation college students.

The ideal candidate will share Chico State’s demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, have prior experience working with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations, and will contribute to student success through inclusive pedagogy, research and service to the university and surrounding North State communities. 

The Position: California State University, Chico is seeking faculty who are competent in their field, excellent teachers, collaborative with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success. We are seeking a tenure-track combined position in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Candidates must be able to teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the areas of Archaeology and Museum studies. Strong preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in historical archaeology with evidence of museum background and experience in the collection management.

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Initial Review Date: 12/8/2021; complete applications received after that date may be considered.


How to Apply: Applicants must provide a current cover letter (including how you have addressed, or plan to address teaching to diverse student groups), a CV, and contact information of three professional references. All applicants must apply online at:  


Applications submitted via email or in-person to the department will not be considered.


Qualification Details:

  • Ph.D. (all requirements  met no later than August 17, 2022) in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Museum Studies;
  • Demonstrated expertise in historical archaeology;
  • Evidence of museum background with demonstrated experience in the collections management.  Preferred Qualifications:  
  • Demonstrated teaching experience, strong record of professional, and scholarly activities;
  • Areas of research specialization centered on underrepresented minority communities preferred, such as Native American, Latinx, African-American, and Asian-American. Having an active research agenda focusing on historic injustices to marginalized peoples and contested heritages a plus.
  • Specialization in collection curation and object restoration, collection digitization and accessibility, and interpretation of diverse communities’ knowledge and resources;
  • Maintains an active research program and evidence of external research funding;
  • Commitment to teaching excellence;
  • Willingness to assist the University’s commitment to NAGPRA Compliance; Responsibilities: 

This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching archaeology and museum studies at both the graduate and undergraduate level, advancing the museum studies program and Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, maintaining an active participation in scholarship, and service to the North State and student advancement.               


The Department:  

The Anthropology Department adheres to the four-field approach to anthropology. We currently have 175 undergraduate and 25 graduate students enrolled in program. For additional information about our mission statement and curriculum, please visit CSU, Chico is committed to recruiting, developing and retaining the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool


Job-related questions should be directed to:

Matthew O’Brien, Search Committee Chair

400 West 1st St. Chico, CA 95929-400





Effective September 30, 2021, the CSU will require faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or have received a medical or religious exemption. Selected candidates should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at Questions can be sent to:

CSU, Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status and only employ individuals authorized to work in the U.S.

For disability-related accommodations, please call the ADA Coordinator at (530) 898-5959.

We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda.

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.

Ann annual security report disclosing crime statistics for California State University, Chico can be obtained by contacting the Chico State University Police Department (530-898-5555) or by visiting:


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 1082 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

All positions are contingent on funding.


The study of Anthropology promotes an understanding of humanity by exploring human nature from its beginnings to the present.

Anthropology provides understanding and answers based on a century of exploring the development of human nature, society, and culture. It is the only social science that seeks to understand both human biological and cultural variation in the past and in the present.

Encompassing a wide range of subjects spanning archaeology, cultural and linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and museum studies, anthropology is unique among the many fields that study humanity.

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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