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Open Rank Tenure Track Archaeologist or Bioarchaeologist

American University, Department of Anthropology
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Dec 1, 2022

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Archaeology, Biological Anthropology
Full Time
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The Department of Anthropology in the School of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for an open-rank, full-time, tenure-track position August 1, 2023. Applicants should have a PhD in anthropology. Depending on experience and qualification, the appointee to this position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring.



We are seeking an archaeologist or bioarchaeologist with a four-field orientation. Historical Archaeology of the Americas is preferred, but we are open to all areas of geographical and temporal specialization. Candidates should be able to present a record of highly regarded scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed publications and external funding that aligns with department priorities. Candidates should also present a record of effective teaching. Ideal applicants also have a record of public-facing work that factors into their teaching agenda.


Candidates are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in archaeology focusing on method, theory and sites where their research is based. Bioarchaeologists should also be prepared to teach and develop courses in biological anthropology. The position will involve teaching courses in Anthropology, including (but not limited to) Human Origins, Introduction to Archaeology, Early America: The Buried Past, Human Osteology and upper-level topics courses. Responsibilities beyond teaching and research include mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in department, college, and university activities.


Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published works or works in progress. Please contact Jean Wogaman, 202-885-1838 or  if you have any questions. 



The Department of Anthropology at American University includes faculty representing the 4 major subfields of the discipline. We prioritize excellence in research and teaching with academic and public impact. Geographical areas represented among faculty include regions of the US, South and Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. Research and teaching interests intersect with human biology, urban studies, Indigenous studies, Middle Eastern studies, health studies and Black studies. The department offers an undergraduate major, master’s in public anthropology and PhD programs, through which students can focus on any of the main sub-disciplines. It trains anthropologists to address issues related to social justice, social inequalities, and public engagement in the contemporary world and through its past. Learn more about the Department of Anthropology and its mission at and learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences at


American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.  To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19.  To learn more about American University's health and safety directives please click here. 

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check. 


In the Department of Anthropology at American University, our collective mission is to do public anthropology in the service of social justice. Our faculty and students work against racism, sexism, environmental degradation, speciesism, social discriminations, class oppression, forced community displacements, and much else. 

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