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Assistant Professor in Mesoamerican Archaeology

University of Florida, Department of Anthropology
Gainesville, Florida
Competitive & commensurate w/qualifications & experience, & includes a full benefits package.
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022

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Full Time
Area Studies, Latin American / Caribbean Studies
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The University of Florida (UF) Department of Anthropology ( invites applications for a full-time (9-month) tenure-accruing position in archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2023. We are interested in candidates with methodological expertise in remote sensing, geospatial data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and/or computational modeling and simulation, and with specialization in the archaeology of Mesoamerica. Applicants with a geographic focus on the Yucatán Peninsula and/or expertise in near-surface geophysical survey are particularly welcome. Candidates should have active field projects with community engagement and a willingness to contribute to UF’s Study Abroad Program in Merida, Mexico. The successful candidate will contribute to UF’s research capacity in the Neotropics, land use and environmental change, Latin American Studies, and its emphasis on circum-Gulf studies, as well as curricular needs of the existing PhD program and a new MA in public archaeology. Also expected is a willingness to network with local archaeological stakeholders in the service of the new MA program. The Department of Anthropology has 32 core faculty members, ~100 graduate students, and ~350 undergraduate majors. We are an interdisciplinary unit within a large, research-intensive (R1) university that has more than 52,000 students.

The successful candidate will have: (1) a PhD in Anthropology or Archaeology by the time of employment, (2) an established record of publishing in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, (3) an established field research program, (4) a compelling plan for future research, (5) teaching experience that demonstrates the ability to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curricula, and (6) a willingness to mentor undergraduate, MA, and PhD students. Successful applicants will be expected to seek extramural funding to support their research program. Opportunities for collaboration exist within the department and across other UF units, including the Florida Museum of Natural History, Geological Sciences, Geography, Florida Climate Institute, Water Institute, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Thompson Earth Systems Institute, and Land Use and Environmental Change Institute. UF and the greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of scholarly and cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Applications are due October 31, 2022 and must be submitted online at, search job # 523874. Applications must include: (1) a brief letter of application, summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, future research goals, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement detailing current activities and future research plans, (4) a statement summarizing teaching experience and interests, and (5) a list of names and contact information for at least three references. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested from the references for selected applicants.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2022 and only complete applications will be considered at that time. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ken Sassaman ( 

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening, which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. UF is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. The Department of Anthropology particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).



Anthropology lies at the intersection of the multiple approaches to the study of humankind that characterize other disciplines – biological, social, cultural, historical, linguistic, cognitive, material, technological and aesthetic – because of its unique holistic perspective. These multiple approaches are encapsulated in the four traditional subfields that have composed the discipline since its establishment in the 19th century: cultural, archaeological, biological and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists typically engage in particularistic research (devoted to specific topics, regions, theoretical and methodological concerns) that ultimately contributes to the “big questions” about the human experience.

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