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University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Anthropology
Madison, Wisconsin
Negotiable, Academic (9 months)
Closing date
Oct 15, 2022

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Faculty, Pre-Tenure
Biological Anthropology
Full Time
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Level of Experience

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in Biological Anthropology with research and teaching strengths that complement and extend current faculty expertise. The successful candidate will maintain an active field research program; will teach in anthropology; and will communicate scholarship effectively to broader audiences inside and outside the academy. We are especially interested in candidates whose research focuses on the ecology (e.g., diet/nutrition, disease, climate change, habitat change, etc.) of anthropoids.


  • maintain an active field-based research program, preferentially focused on anthropoids
  • pursue intra- and extramural funding to support your research
  • develop a national and international research profile by publishing your research in reputable peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and books
  • teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biological anthropology; the typical combined teaching load is 2-2 (two courses per semester).
  • advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • participate in faculty governance and other service to the department, program, university, and profession.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably
linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please


Ph.D. in Anthropology or closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment; area of specialization should be in ecology (e.g., diet/nutrition, disease, climate change, habitat change, etc.) of anthropoids

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

  • Evidence of established scholarship in biological anthropology and primatology, with the potential for contributions of national and international significance. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research appropriate to their stage of career.
  • Commitment to develop an academic program that includes a strong focus on empirical research.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills.
  • Evidence of success securing competitive funding.
  • Experiences or preparation related to fostering welcoming, diverse, inclusive learning environments.
  • Evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching.

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy:  Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

The successful candidate will join a world-class public university dedicated to the Wisconsin Idea, which holds that the positive influence of the university should be used to enhance understanding and solve problems in every part of the state -- and now, the world. The Wisconsin Idea dates to the Progressive Era and has been embraced at UW-Madison for more than a century. The university encourages, values, and supports interdisciplinary
research, and attracts scholars and students from around the world. UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

The Department of Anthropology is known for exceptionally strong teaching and a high value is placed on empirical field research. We have active graduate programs in cultural, archaeological, and biological anthropology. Among our sixteen faculty members, several have affiliations in other departments and units.

The Department of Anthropology faculty welcome a range of theoretical orientations and research questions, and we strive to increase diversity and inclusion in the department -- and in our fields of study as a whole.

The appointee is expected to be a full member of the Department of Anthropology. She, he or they will be expected to build a research, teaching, and service record commensurate with the tenure expectations and standards of the rank, the Department of Anthropology, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Madison is situated among four lakes, and the university stretches along the southern shore of the largest. It is a walkable, bikeable, beautiful city that regularly makes national top-ten lists for quality of life. Our food carts, offering food that spans the globe, have been ranked #1 in the nation; our farmers markets are legendary; our libraries and public parks are great. Community events from protests to live music to sporting events are diverse and lively year-round.



To apply, go to and search for PVL 265796. To begin the application process, click on the Apply Now button. You will be asked to create a profile and upload (1) a cover letter addressed to the search committee, (2) a current CV, (3) a research statement (maximum two pages) and (4) a teaching statement (maximum two pages). Because faculty members are expected to contribute to the governance of their units, applicants should address their administrative experience and/or vision for participation at a research university in their letter of application. They should also discuss how their research and teaching interests align with or complement those of existing faculty, particularly in Biological Anthropology. The Anthropology Department is committed to advancing diversity in all areas, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter and indicate their experience, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Candidates who advance to a shorter list will be asked for three letters of reference from scholars who can testify to their potential as future faculty members.

To ensure consideration, application materials should be submitted to the online portal no later than October 15, 2022 at 11:55 pm CT. However, the position will remain open until filled.


Anthropology faculty, staff, and students draw on a comparative framework as we seek to understand human diversity, distinctiveness, and universality through time and across the world. Anthropology spans the humanities, the social sciences, and the biological, cognitive, and evolutionary sciences, bringing an interdisciplinary vitality to research and teaching on some of the most important issues facing humanity today: conflict and violence, human rights, power struggles, migration, environmental change, cultural identity, political and economic life, food, and understanding the ways that cultural meaning, history, and power have shaped the human experience.

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  • 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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