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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

University of Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
Closing date
Mar 29, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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- Job Number: 521810
- Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
- Grade:UNAC Grade 30
- Work type: Faculty Full-time, On Campus
- Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
- School/Business unit:UAA College of Arts & Sciences
- Location: Anchorage
- Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants
Position Summary:The Department of Anthropology and Geography at the University of Alaska Anchorage invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Anthropology with a specialty in historical or Indigenous archaeology. We seek a collegial individual who will complement our faculty's interests, support our undergraduate programs, and work to grow our graduate program. Scholars with research focus outside of Alaska are welcome to apply with the willingness to expand their programs to include the North.
100 Engage in course development and instruction: Responsible for developing and teaching courses in a manner consistent with the specific course content descriptions; developing and modifying curriculum and teaching modalities; engaging in student learning and curricular assessment activities, and holding office hours appropriate for the courses being taught. Courses will include introductory courses in general anthropology, archaeology, and Alaska Native cultures as well as upper-division courses in northern ethnography, historical archaeology, archaeological theory, and analytical techniques in archaeology. Additional courses will depend on the applicant's expertise. Candidate will teach and work with diverse populations. Mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Chairing and serving as member of research graduate advisory committees. Guiding and advising undergraduate students on independent research. Providing academic advising and mentoring. Develop and maintain an independent research program in historical or Indigenous archaeology in Northwestern North America (including Alaska): Research efforts should include undergraduate and graduate students, pursue external funding to support the program that can include cultural resource management contracts, foster community and stakeholder collaboration and participation, and publish results in peer-reviewed publications and/or produce refereed reports in cultural resource management. Actively participate in service activities: Serving on department, college, and university committees; assisting in NAGPRA compliance; and providing professional and public service to the department, college, university, and community. Essential
The Department, which maintains a Northern focus, offers baccalaureate degrees in Anthropology (B.A., B.S., and a minor), a minor in Cultural and Natural Resources Management, and a Master's degree in Applied Anthropology with two emphases (applied cultural anthropology and cultural resource management). We maintain facilities dedicated to anthropological scholarship, including three archaeological processing labs, a GIS computer lab, a cultural anthropology lab, a bioarchaeology lab, and a repository for faunal collections of Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists. Read more about our department here:
The Department seeks candidates dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment that increases student knowledge about local, national, and global communities. Anchorage is a thriving, modern city of about 295,000 inhabitants with a rich cultural life on the ancestral lands of the Dena'ina people. For more information about living in Anchorage, consult We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity present in our community and student body.
This position will be working at the Anchorage campus. This is not a remote position.
Please direct questions regarding the position to search committee chair Diane Hanson at or 907-786-6842.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Evidence of a potential for successful teaching, service, and research activity.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to develop and teach online and distance-delivered courses.
- Knowledge of contemporary curricular content for archaeology/anthropology.
- Research specialization in historical or Indigenous archaeology.
- Potential to establish an independent research program that will build on and add to existing research in the department.
- Ability to establish connections within and outside the university.
- Ability to represent the department in the University.
- Experience in field archaeology.
- Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
- Ability to work with a diverse student population.
Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Knowledge of the Alaska context, Alaska Native people, and Alaska communities.
Experience designing and conducting collaborative projects with local and/or Indigenous communities.
College-level teaching experience both online and in the classroom.
Experience in Cultural Resource Management, GIS, and contemporary field documentation technologies.
Typical Experience:
Length of time and type of experience required for this position should be appropriate to the rank of tenure-track assistant professor. Applicants must have university-level teaching experience and record of research and peer-reviewed publications, including refereed reports, or demonstrated potential for peer-reviewed publications, or an established record of managing projects in Cultural Resource Management.
Required Education or Training:
PhD in Anthropology (specific emphasis in archaeology) or Archaeology. ABDs will be considered but employment is contingent on conferral of degree by time of hire in August 2023.
Salary Information:
This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure track faculty appointment complete with both a competitive salary (DOE) andfull employee benefits package ( with an expected start date in August 2023.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please be prepared to upload the following items:
- CV
- Contact information for three professional references
- Cover letter that includes a statement of interest in the position, a description of your research and scholarly interests, and your experience mentoring, advising, and teaching diverse student populations
- Unofficial transcript(s) of graduate and undergraduate education
- Supplemental documents, if any, as additional information to support your application
The position is open until filled with an initial review date of December 1, 2022. To ensure consideration in the initial review, please apply prior to the review date.
This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Sabrina Haverfield, HR Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, at or (907) 786-1710.
Advertised: 16 Sep 2022 Alaskan Daylight Time
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