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Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology

Western Washington University
Bakerview, Washington
Closing date
Jun 4, 2023

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Biological Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology
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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science
Position Title
Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology
About the UniversityWestern Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The College of Humanities and Social Science and the Department of Anthropology support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
The Department of Anthropology is actively engaged, in cooperation with our students and community members, in decolonizing our curriculum. We include a wide variety of courses which specifically incorporate accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion (ADEI) topics and active research. As a community of scholars we have an extensive history of collaborative, graduate, and undergraduate papers, posters and publications in national and regional forums directly addressing ADEI issues and research. We have worked, over several decades, to create collaborative ties with local Coastal indigenous communities and create a welcoming and supportive learning environment at the University.
We are a four-fields department committed to the importance of the unique perspectives offered by our diverse field. We value ongoing collaboration across subdisciplines and maintain strong interdisciplinary ties throughout the university. Western Washington University places value on both teaching and research and the department prides itself in the success of our faculty integrating inquiry and pedagogy in our work, which is reflected in the consistently significant number of majors and minors in our program. The successful candidate will join a community committed to both knowledge creation and teaching. The successful candidate will build and maintain a research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students and will collaborate with researchers in and beyond the department and program.
For more information about the Department of Anthropology, please visit the department website ( .
About the Position
The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biological Anthropology, to begin in September 2023. The candidate will have a Ph.D. at the time of application and will have a strong foundation in both anthropological and modern evolutionary theory. Specialty within biological anthropology is open. The Department is committed to maintaining a strong four fields approach to teaching and scholarship.
We seek to add a Biological Anthropologist whose research contextualizes the study of human variation within the broader primate and mammalian evolutionary record. We are looking to recruit a candidate with teaching experience as instructor of record, prepared to teach introductory courses as well as upper division courses such as Ecology of Human Variation, Human Nutrition, Human Osteology, Genetics and Epigenetics or Human Evolution. The successful candidate will develop and teach upper division courses in their area of research specialty.
The BioAnth program at Western offers a BioCultural Concentration BA, an Anthropology/Biology BA, and an Anthropology/Biology BS and participates in the Department's MA program. Both undergraduate and graduate students engage in research at Western and candidates for this position should address their philosophy and experience in providing students with research experience. The successful candidate will be expected to include both undergraduate and graduate students in their research program.
The Department of Anthropology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. Candidates should address at least one of the topical areas outlined above in their cover letter, indicating how their past experiences, current interests and activities, and/or future goals could promote a work climate that values and supports inclusion.
Required Qualifications
- PhD (by time of application) in Biological or Biocultural Anthropology or closely related field
- Evidence of teaching experience, as lead instructor, in either introductory or upper division courses
- Demonstrated ability to create an active and effective learning environment teaching university level courses in Biological/BioCultural Anthropology
- Evidence of research that contextualizes study of human variation within the broader primate and mammalian evolutionary record
- Evidence of active field and/or lab research with the potential to involve WWU students.
- Ability to articulate potential collaborations with other faculty in the Department
- Ability to articulate goals for decolonization in Biological Anthropology teaching and research
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Preferred Qualifications
- Postdoctoral experience in Anthropology or closely related field
- Experience involving students in research
- Evidence of ability to establish field site where students can be trained in Biological Anthropology methods
- Clear evidence of the ability to obtain external funding for research
- Record of peer-reviewed publications
- Contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in Biological Anthropology
Conditions of EmploymentAll employees must comply with our Immunization policies, includingCOVID vaccination ( by time of hire andProof of Rubeola Measles Immunity ( within 60-days of hire. Please reach out toHR@wwu.eduif you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
$66,000-$69,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications, including an excellent benefits package. In addition WWU offers internal research, publication and course development funding, and yearly travel/professional development funding. Relocation assistance ( maybe available per university guidelines. Salary and start-up funds are to be determined upon being offered the position.
Benefits Information2022 Benefits Overview for Faculty Positions (
Bargaining Unit
United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions
A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact information of three references. Do not provide letters of recommendation; these will only be requested for semi-finalists or finalists, with the PageUp application system sending out requests for three letters of recommendation to the references provided.
Required Supplemental Materials
Also required is a separate statement, addressing how you would fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. You may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement. For more information about Western's commitment to and work on equity, inclusion, and diversity, please see Western President's page onAdvancing Inclusion and Diversity ( .
Closing Date Notes
Application review process begins Nov 21, 2022; position open until filled
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation ( . Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 126 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services ( , 360.650.3303 or 711 (Washington Relay).
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services The report can be found at:Annual Security and Fire Safety Report ( .
All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires and rehires, which includes a sexual misconduct background check.
Job no: 500282
Advertised: Oct 21 2022 09:00 Pacific Daylight Time
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