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Assistant/Associate Professor in Environmental Archaeology

Michigan State University, Department of Anthropology
East Lansing, Michigan
Closing date
Jan 29, 2024

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Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry. Michigan State University Department of Anthropology in the College of Social Science invites applications for a tenure-system position in archaeology at the assistant or associate professor level. The appointment will begin August 16, 2024. We seek an anthropological archaeologist specializing in Environmental Archaeology. While the geographic area of specialization is open, priority will be given to those candidates whose work is in the Midwest or Great Lakes region. Applicant’s research should enhance or compliment the second archaeological program research theme: Heritage, Preservation, and Community Engagement. Applicants should have an active field program, the ability to organize and lead an archaeological fieldschool, and the ability to train undergraduates and graduate students in collections analysis or lab-based methods. 

Successful applicants will have appropriate research background, skills, and training to interact effectively with other disciplines across issues of human-environment interactions. These skills may involve multidisciplinary training in related fields including specialized laboratory analysis, computational and data-science methods, or geospatial analysis and remote sensing.

Michigan State University is a R1 institution and applicants are expected to have a demonstrated record of high impact peer reviewed publication and competitive external funding for research.  University teaching experience, while not required, will greatly strengthen the application.

The department/school is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from a diverse background and demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for all students. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Anthropology

Minimum Requirements

  • A Ph.D. in Anthropology completed by the date of hire
  • Demonstrated experience in the method, theory, and practice of Environmental Archaeology
  • Potential for high impact peer-reviewed publication and competitive external funding for research
  • Potential for or demonstrated evidence of high-quality instruction and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels

Desired Qualifications

  • Research focus in the Midwest or Great Lakes region
  • Scholarly interests that connect with the additional archaeological program research theme: Heritage, Preservation, and Community Engagement
  • The demonstrated ability to train undergraduates and graduate students in collections analysis or lab-based methods
  • The ability to organize and lead an archaeological fieldschool
  • Active archaeological field, collections, or lab-based research program
  • Demonstrated record of high impact peer-reviewed publication
  • Demonstrated record of success in attaining competitive external funding to support research
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with other disciplines across issues of human-environment interactions

Required Application Materials

Please send application letter, including statement of research and teaching interests, diversity, equity and inclusion statement, CV, names of three references, and up to three publications.

Questions should be directed to the search committee chairperson, Dr. Stacey Camp,

Special Instructions

A Ph.D. in anthropology is required by date of appointment.

Electronic submission is required, and materials should be uploaded at

The review of applications will begin January 8,2024. The position will remain open until filled.


The Department of Anthropology is a highly interconnected, diverse, theoretically engaged and practice-oriented research and teaching program at Michigan State University, the nation’s leading land grant institution. Our collective approaches are grounded in participatory fieldwork and a comparative perspective that aim to advance knowledge regarding the biological, cultural, and environmental interplay of the human experience. Our work contributes to the creation of knowledge within the discipline, makes a difference in the lives of people locally and globally, and prepares students at all levels and abilities to face the challenges of a globalized complex world.

We conceptualize anthropology as the humanistic science of cultural and biological diversity across time and space. This definition encompasses tensions that have characterized and animated anthropology since its inception as a discipline with commitments in the humanities and in science, which engages both cultural and biological diversity simultaneously and in relation to one another. As the discipline incorporates humanistic and scientific studies of societies across millennia and around the world, anthropologists utilize an extremely broad range of theoretical approaches and draw on sources and types of data that vary enormously.

In the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University, we believe that the strength and vitality of our discipline lies in our ability to approach fundamental issues concerning cultural and biological diversity from multiple perspectives, rather than the achievement of consensus. Our faculty specializes in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology, physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. However, many of the research themes we address cross these areas of subdisciplinary specialization, and our research and teaching benefit from consideration of the multiple vantage points we bring to bear on these themes.

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  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
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