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Assistant Professor of Anthropology - Fall 2023

University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine
Closing date
Oct 19, 2022

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Position Title:
Assistant Professor of Anthropology - Fall 2023
City, State:
Gorham ME
Geography & Anthropology - PGANY
Bargaining Unit:
Salary Band/Wage Band:
Work Schedule:
academic year
Statement of Job:
The Geography-Anthropology Department at the University of Southern Maine is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Anthropology for our Fall 2023 Semester. We seek a broadly trained anthropologist with an academic specialty in Native American Studies. Academic research areas could include archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology; areas of specialization may include environment, land use, cultural heritage management, ethnobotany, indigenous methodologies and epistemologies, traditional ecological knowledge, material culture, political systems, policy and governance, colonization, and intercultural relations. We seek candidates with a demonstrated record of authentic engagement with Native American communities.
The University of Southern Maine's Geography-Anthropology Department is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the integration of the two disciplines and the common interests in examining the relationship between human populations and their natural and built environments. The program offers specializations in three areas: Sustainable Cultures and Communities; Cultural and Natural Heritage Management; and Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis. We offer a curriculum that engages students in critical thinking and real-world problem solving and students are involved in qualitative and quantitative data collection in the field and analysis in our labs. The results include student publications, student conference presentations, and research and cartographic contributions to faculty publications. Learn more about USM's Geography-Anthropology Department here ( .
Responsibilities include undergraduate teaching of three classes per semester, advising of students, maintaining an active program of research and other scholarly activity, and engaging in university and professional service.
Courses to be taught include: Introductory levels courses in archaeology, cultural anthropology and/or biological anthropology, existing departmental courses as applicable, and new courses to be developed as part of the candidate's area of expertise and student demand aimed at supporting our existing curriculum and expanding academic offerings in Native American Studies.
The targeted starting date for this position is Fall 2023 and will pay an annual salary of $60,000. This is an on-campus, in-person teaching position with only limited opportunities to teach in online delivery modalities. The Geography-Anthropology Department office and laboratories are located on the Gorham campus.
The University of Southern Maine is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty, and staff. We welcome applicants who are multilingual. Women, minoritized and marginalized populations, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
We wish to acknowledge the land and water that the University of Southern Maine (USM) campuses occupy, as well as the ancestral and contemporary peoples indigenous to these places in the Dawnland.
Our campus lands were the ancestral fishing, hunting, and agricultural grounds inhabited by the Abenaki and Wabanaki people for thousands of years.
We recognize that we are on indigenous land. In addition to the Abenaki, the broader place we now call Maine is home to the sovereign people of the Wabanaki Confederacy: the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Mi'kmaq peoples. We exist on their unceded homelands.
We also acknowledge the uncomfortable truths of settler colonialism, among them that the peoples indigenous to this place were often forcibly removed from it. Harm from the physical and cultural genocide of Native people here and throughout the land we now call Maine continues and is felt by members of the Wabanaki Confederacy who live here today, including our own Wabanaki students, staff, and faculty.
We live our USM Service Promise: Student Focused Every Day. We are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) is located in the intellectual, cultural, and economic heart of Maine. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour's drive of our three campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. USM's three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university - and all are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains, and forests of coastal, inland, and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region. Our faculty are dedicated researchers and experts in their fields, including multiple recipients of national grants, awards, and fellowships and state, national, and global partnerships.
The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more. Click on our Benefits Information Summary (\One\Pager_12.23.2021.pdf) to learn more.
- Earned doctorate in Anthropology or closely related discipline at the time of appointment.
- Demonstrated effective teaching and effective written and oral communication skills.
Other Information:
Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing.
Please visit Together for Maine ( for more information on USM's successful contribution to our Covid-19 public health campaign.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position" at the bottom of the job posting page.
You will create an applicant profile and submit the following:
- cover letter
- resume/curriculum vitae
- a list of the names and contact information for three references.
- a statement explaining how your teaching, research, and service at USM will promote the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Complete candidate packages will be reviewed beginning September 16, 2022 on an ongoing basis as they are submitted. Partial submissions will not be reviewed.
Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.
The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, Room 101, Boudreau Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (207) 581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)
Work Year Calendar:
Academic Year (Sept-May)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, References, Teaching Statement

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