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Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

Southern Utah University
Cedar City, Utah
$51,000 to $53,000 (depending on qualifications and experience) + excellent benefits
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022

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Biological Anthropology
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Job Description:

The Department of History, Sociology, & Anthropology at Southern Utah University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biological Anthropology. The position will begin August 2022. First consideration of applications begins Jan 14th, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

While the area of specialization within Biological Anthropology is open, preference will be given to candidates with experience in Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, or related fields. We seek a broadly trained biological anthropologist who works well with colleagues from other disciplines, is committed to undergraduate teaching and experiential learning, and is interested in helping build a vibrant Anthropology program at Southern Utah University. Successful candidates must be able to teach introductory courses in Biological Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology as well as upper division classes in their areas of speciality.

Position Responsibilities:

1. Teaching 4 courses per semester (a 4/4 load).

2. Teaching Intro. to Bio. Anthro., Intro. to Forensic Anthro., and other upper and lower division Biological Anthropology courses as needed.

3. Professional service on departmental, college, and university committees.

4. Mentoring undergraduate research.

5. Curriculum development.

Education and Experience Requirements:

1. Ph.D. in Anthropology with a focus on biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, or closely related field. ABDs will be considered if the degree will be conferred by the start date.

2. Successful record of teaching undergraduate students.

3. Active research agenda and an interest in mentoring undergraduate research.

4. Strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students in an undergraduate academic setting.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their teaching and research interests, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information for three professional references to  Additional materials may later be requested of short-listed candidates. Questions about the position can be directed to Emily Dean, chair of the History, Sociology, & Anthropology department, at

Southern Utah University is located in Cedar City, a small city nestled in southern Utah’s beautiful red-rock desert, and situated 2 ½ hours north of Las Vegas and 4 hours south of Salt Lake City. Within easy driving distance of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Capitol Reef, and Grand Canyon national parks, adjacent to public lands with abundant hiking and mountain biking trails, and only 30 minutes away from Brian Head Ski Resort, Cedar City is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It is also home to the Tony award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and a number of other performing arts organizations. Please visit for more information about SUU and Cedar City.

Southern Utah University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages individual commitment to personal responsibilities in equal measure with personal rights. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Southern Utah University does not discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

Southern Utah University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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