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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

SUNY Oswego
Oswego, New York
Closing date
May 27, 2023

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Cultural Resource Management
Full Time
Organization Type
About SUNY Oswego:

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive university located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. One of 13 comprehensive colleges in the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system, SUNY Oswego is recognized nationally for its academic quality, focus on student success outcomes, and the growing diversity of its student body. Ranked in the Top Ten among public master's-level universities in the 2021 "Top Regional Universities in the North" by U.S. News and World Report, SUNY Oswego is also recognized among Princeton Review's Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast - an honor bestowed on the college every year since 2003.

Inspired by a shared commitment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher education boundaries, SUNY Oswego provides a transformative experience to about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The college offers preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education, and its success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities.

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Description of Department:

We offer four-field professional training to undergraduates in anthropology under the guidance of a professionally active faculty who value excellence in teaching and research in the Department of Anthropology. Our program of instruction has several components and goals:
  • We include the academic transmission of key ideas and knowledge of human life in all four anthropology subfields: archaeology, biological/physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology.
  • We strive for students to develop key skills such as ability to think critically, demonstrate mastery of oral and written presentations, and accomplish professional analyses within the disciplines.
  • Our department is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion within all levels of the curriculum design and laboratory practice with student experience at the forefront.
  • We provide hands-on experiences in research and professional training, including cultural resource management archaeology, collections management, forensic analysis, and ethnographic projects.
  • We promote cross-cultural experience through studying abroad and local internships that enhance academic learning through practical experience and training.
  • We offer archaeology field schools and training in historic preservation and conservation.
  • We offer extensive teaching labs and research lab support for undergraduate research and training in biological anthropology and archaeology.

We maintain the integrity of the anthropology program while supporting the larger mission and programs of the college, especially related to Global Studies, Area Studies, and Great Lakes (environment), and Sustainability. Our curriculum, in combination with professional experiences, are designed to enable our students to become broadly educated, specifically informed, conversant in their discipline, employable in the profession, and well prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world. For more information visit:

The Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full time Assistant Professor.

Posting Date: November 7, 2022

Review Date: Applications received by January 03, 2023, will receive full consideration.

Compensation: Salary range is commensurate with experience plus full New York State benefits package.

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here for more information.

Date of Appointment: 9/01/2023

Description of Responsibilities:

The Assistant Professor of Anthropology will be required to teach courses in Introductory Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution, Introductory Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Primatology, Human Osteology, and other upper-division physical anthropology courses. Responsibilities also include student advisement duties and management of the biological anthropology lab space and collection.

The Assistant Professor of Anthropology will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. As such, the incumbent is expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in anthropology or closely related field, ABD candidates who will have PhD by time of appointment will be considered.
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching and demonstrated interdisciplinary interests
  • Engaged in an active program of research with the potential to involve and train students.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. with a specialty in biological/physical anthropology, paleoanthropology, primatology, or forensic anthropology.
  • Area of ethnographic expertise is open, with preference for areas that complement those of existing faculty.
  • Scholar-educator who can contribute to interdisciplinary programs such as Sustainability Studies, Native American Studies, regional area studies, or Gender and Women's Studies are especially attractive.

At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)

Additional Information:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Alanna Ossa, Search Chair at

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:
  • Cover letter addressing qualifications, including a student-centered research agenda.
  • A separate statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your professional experience or personal life or community engagement
  • Resume or CV
  • Teaching Portfolio (teaching philosophy, example syllabi, teaching evaluations)
  • Copy of unofficial (or copy of official) transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
  • Contact information for three professional references

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