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Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Archaeology

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
Closing date
Dec 3, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Archaeology

Location: Anthropology

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 606730

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.

Job Description

The Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Archaeology at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2023.

We seek an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in Archaeology/Anthropology at the time of hire with research specialties in the pre-Columbian U.S. Southwest and/or Northern Mexico. The candidate is expected to complement and strengthen the department's undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Teaching responsibilities include in person and online graduate and undergraduate level courses including Southwestern Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, and Archaeological Methods. The ideal candidate shall develop a teaching portfolio of large introductory courses, methods courses, and graduate courses in the candidate's areas of interest, and will facilitate research opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The ideal candidate should at least possess evidence of interest in successful community-engaged research with Indigenous and/or other descendant communities, should obtain external funding and forge collaborations with tribal, federal, and/or state organizations.

We particularly invite applications from individuals who prioritize the diversification of the discipline through their teaching, research, and background who can provide mentoring and training that prepares students for a more socially conscious approach to archaeology. We also welcome applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with diverse populations.

For more information about our program please visit our website:

Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. or doctorate in Archaeology/Anthropology by August 2023
• Specialization in the pre-Columbian U.S. Southwest and/or Northern Mexico

Preferred Qualifications

• Evidence of commitment to diversity: scholarship, teaching and/or service experience focused on issues of diversity or diverse populations; working with diverse populations on campus and in the community
• Collaborative and community-engaged research with Indigenous and/or other descendant communities
• Collaborations with tribal, federal, and/or state organizations
• Peer-reviewed publications
• Evidence of ability to secure external funding
• Evidence of teaching Southwestern Archaeology, Archaeological Theory, Archaeological Methods, Heritage Management, Applied Indigenous Archaeology, Indigenous Perspectives in Cultural Resource Management and/or similar courses
• Evidence of interest in web-based teaching, with more preference for those with demonstrated excellence in web-based teaching.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606730, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a letter of interest highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a one-page statement of research agenda; (5) a one-page statement of commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (see DEIJ statement below); (6) unofficial transcripts; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

Candidates selected for phone interviews will be asked to submit an example syllabus for class for which they have been instructor of record that they have taught or are currently teaching that is similar to one of the classes in the job ad. If a candidate has not been an instructor of record, they will be asked to submit an example syllabus that demonstrates how they might teach one of the classes in the job ad.

DEIJ Statement: NAU affirms the importance and critical need for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (DEIJ) in higher education and we seek to hire an individual with a strong track record of engagement with DEIJ in their professional endeavors. The one-page DEIJ statement should address your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with DEIJ. We highly encourage the integration of one or more of the following considerations into your statement and to be as specific and concrete as possible in any examples you provide.

• Your understanding/articulation of the role played by intersectional personal identities in developing concrete DEIJ actions and products.
• Past and future integration of DEIJ aspects and issues into your teaching activities, and any impact of that JEDI inclusion on students, the institution, your discipline, and the larger community.
• Past or future integration of DEIJ aspects or issues into your research activities, and any impact of that integration on students, the institution, your discipline, and the larger community.
• Academic, professional, industry, and/or community service that contributes to building respectful and inclusive organizational climates, advances institutional recruitment of marginalized people, and raises awareness of JEDI issues.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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