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Assistant Professor, Archaeology Anthropology

Western Washington University, Department of Anthropology
Bellingham, Washington State
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Sep 29, 2022

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Assistant Professor, Archaeology Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is actively engaged, in cooperation with our students and community members, in decolonizing our curriculum. We include a wide variety of courses that specifically incorporate accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) topics and active research. As a community of scholars, we have an extensive history of collaborative, graduate, and undergraduate papers, posters, and publications in national and regional forums directly addressing ADEI issues and research. We have worked, over several decades, to create collaborative ties with local Coastal indigenous communities and create a welcoming and supportive learning environment at the University.

For more information about the Department of Anthropology, please visit the department's website.

About the Position 

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Archaeology, to begin in September 2023. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. at the time of application and will have a strong foundation in the archaeology of the Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest regions. The specialty within archaeology is open. The Department is committed to maintaining a strong four fields approach to teaching and scholarship.

We would like to add an Archaeologist whose research builds upon the department’s existing collaborative and inclusive archaeology -- research that is focused on community engagement, with implications for education, heritage management, and repatriation. The ideal candidate will apply their expertise to issues affecting local communities and populations, incorporating experiential learning, original collaborative research, and local/regional partnerships. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for an active field or laboratory research program in archaeology that could involve both undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching priorities include Introduction to Archaeology, Archaeology Methods and Theory, Cultural Resource Management, Lab Methods in Archaeology, and courses developed in their own specialty.

The Department of Anthropology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. Candidates should address at least one of the topical areas outlined above in their cover letter, indicating how their past experiences, current interests and activities, and/or future goals could promote a work climate that values and supports inclusion.

The successful candidate will build and maintain a research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students and will collaborate with researchers in and beyond the department and program.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (by time of application) in Anthropological Archaeology or related field.
  • Experience in collaborative/inclusive Archaeological or Heritage Preservation research with Indigenous communities in the Salish Sea region
  • Evidence of the ability to develop and sustain an externally funded research program
  • Demonstrated ability to create an active and effective learning environment teaching university-level courses in Archaeology / Anthropology
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest and demonstrated expertise in repatriation efforts and issues
  • Interest and experience in curation and Archaeological laboratory organization
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and support the success of graduate students
  • Post-doctoral fellowship or additional relevant professional experience


$66,000 to $69,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications, including an excellent benefits package. Relocation assistance may be available per University guidelines. Salary and start-up funds are to be determined upon being offered the position. In addition, WWU offers internal research, publication and course development funding, and yearly travel/professional development funding.


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A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.


Western Washington University, with nearly 13,000 students and eight colleges, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students, and faculty. The 224-acre campus, located in Bellingham, Washington, overlooks Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. With its year-round mild climate, recreational opportunities abound from the water to the nearby ski slopes of 10,778 foot Mount Baker and the alpine country of the Cascades WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam-era and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. For disability accommodation, call (360) 650-3774 or (360) 650-7696 (TTY). All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
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