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Assistant Professor in Archaeology

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, California
Closing date
Oct 30, 2022

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The Department of Anthropology at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic institution, invites applications for an archaeologist to be appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor beginning in September 2023.  



We seek a teacher-scholar with an active field and/or lab-based research program with a specialty in environmental analyses—including zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, and/or geospatial methods—and a commitment to community engagement. Applicants should be theoretically grounded and empirically engaged in anthropological archaeology. Area and time period are open, with preference for candidates whose research does not duplicate current faculty research specialties. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology at time of appointment. Quality scholarship and undergraduate teaching are essential. The successful candidate will teach six undergraduate (lower- and upper-division) courses per year on the quarter system; courses will include Introduction to Archaeology (lecture and lab) and other classes in archaeology. Santa Clara faculty are teaching scholars who value excellent teaching, engage in scholarly work that involves undergraduates in the research process, and are committed to service to the department, college, and university. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU goals of diversity and equity, and who provide evidence of experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.



PhD in Anthropological Archaeology at time of appointment. A research plan with promise of publication in relevant peer-reviewed venues. Evidence of effective university-level teaching in lower- and upper- division classes at time of appointment.


Rank and Salary

Assistant Professor

Competitive Salary and benefits package; housing assistance program


Application Deadline

November 1, 2022



Tenure track faculty at SCU are teaching scholars who are expected to balance teaching, research and service. This is an in-person position. More specifically, duties include but are not limited to:



1.        Teach lower- and upper-division courses in the major and university core curriculum, as assigned by the chair, including courses like ANTH 2: Introduction to Archaeology, ANTH 142: Environmental Archaeology, ANTH 145: Historical Ecology, ANTH 147: Archaeology from Farm to City.  SCU is on the quarter system and a typical load is two courses per quarter. Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

a.     Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively.

b.    Assigning and evaluating written work, projects, and exams that align with course or core learning objectives and providing timely feedback to students.

c.     Holding weekly office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.

d.    Assigning and submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate, and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline.

e.    Administering numerical and narrative evaluations in each section for all courses.



2.        Develop and teach courses that contribute to curriculum development in the relevant degree program and/or the university core.  Faculty teaching university core courses should follow an approved syllabus or work with the chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee.


3.         Participate in assessment of student learning for courses in the department.


4.           Provide informed advice and mentoring to undergraduate students.


5.            Fulfill other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or by the Chair of the Anthropology Department




1.     Develop a research program at SCU that will result in the publication of peer-reviewed publications, monographs, and/or creative work per the department scholarship standards.


2.     Preference will be given to candidates with a research program that can accommodate participation of undergraduates.



1.     Provide effective service to the Department of Anthropology, the College, the University and profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed by virtue of professional expertise or association with the university as appropriate to rank and experience.


Application Procedure

Please submit the following as PDFs to:

1) curriculum vitae, including names and contact information for three references

2) graduate transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)

3) sample syllabuses

4) teaching evaluations

5) single cover letter that offers a brief summary of (a) teaching philosophy, (b) research plans, (c) your potential to foster intra- and interdepartmental connections at Santa Clara, and (d) your experiences working with people of diverse cultures and identities

6) Up to 3 examples of representative scholarship, e.g., published article or book chapter.


Preliminary interviews will take place via Zoom shortly after the closing date. Three letters of recommendation will be requested in later stages of the search process. Queries about the position may be sent to

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