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Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

University of South Carolina, Department of Anthropology
Columbia, South Carolina
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
Closing date
Oct 15, 2022

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Biological Anthropology
Full Time
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Any level of experience considered
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The faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, invite applications for a biological anthropologist. This is a 9-month, full time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2023.

Geographic area of research is open. Candidates who study health, demography, the developmental origins of human disease, epidemiology, growth and development, or nutrition in living or recent (c. 19th-20th centuries) historical populations and whose research and teaching complements that of existing faculty in the Department are especially encouraged to apply. We are interested in scholars who focus on the biological mechanisms underlying: 1) the developmental origins of health and disease, and/or 2) health disparities in and across living populations. We are particularly interested in scholars who will complement departmental strengths in medical anthropology and the bioarchaeology of human health and health disparities, expand departmental offerings relevant to the Department’s new Minor in Medical Anthropology, as well as build on university-wide strengths in global health and the College’s Minor in Medical Humanities. Applicants must have and maintain an active program of research and demonstrate potential for securing extramural funding. Candidates will be expected to teach large introductory undergraduate courses, and courses in their area of specialization, advise undergraduate majors and mentor graduate students, and participate in service activities. A typical teaching load in our Department is two courses per semester. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field by the time of appointment (ABDs will be considered at the time of application).

The Department of Anthropology is highly committed to both undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring, offering programs leading to bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees. For more information about the Department, please visit The program provides all students grounding in four-field anthropology. The Department is also committed to furthering social justice initiatives, incorporating anti-racist methodologies into teaching and research programs.

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


How to Apply

 All applicants must apply online at USCJobs at Applications must include: (1) a 2- page cover letter that describes research and teaching interests, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample, and (4) the names and email addresses of 3 references. The Department will request references from references for applicants who advance to semi-finalist status.

Complete applications must be received no later than October 15, 2022. Interested applicants can send questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Sharon DeWitte, at


When you study anthropology, you'll have the opportunity to conduct research and fieldwork locally and abroad. Through our interdisciplinary approach to anthropological archaeology (prehistoric and historic), as well as cultural, linguistic and biological anthropology, you’ll learn to appreciate cultural and biological diversity. 

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