The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biological Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall of 2024. We seek a dynamic scholar-educator. Marshall University offers unique research and community engagement opportunities. Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, within the beautiful Appalachian region and located in the heart of a diverse and vibrant urban environment. Marshall offers a rich interdisciplinary landscape and a community dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility. The successful candidate will join an exciting department with a strong emphasis on innovative teaching, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary research. This position offers an unparalleled opportunity to shape the future of the anthropology major and contribute to the broader academic community at Marshall University.
· Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a focus on biological anthropology, required at the time of appointment
· Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level
· Experience or interest in interdisciplinary collaboration
· An established record of research and publications
· Evidence of computational skills, such as statistical analysis and modeling
· Ability to secure external funding for research
· Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both teaching and research and community outreach
Areas of Specialization:
The geographical focus is open. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following topical areas of specialization. Candidates are not expected to have expertise in all listed areas:
- The application of anthropological methods in a legal context involving skeletal, DNA, and other forensic analyses
- The interdisciplinary study of health and well-being, especially as it intersects with biological factors and informs our understanding of the origins of health and disease as well as health disparities.
- Research on human evolution with a focus on human biological variation in the archaeological context and the demography of past populations.
- Teach undergraduate and graduate theory, methods, and topical courses in anthropology in their area of expertise as well as general education courses in anthropology
- Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students
- Develop new courses in their area/s of specialization
- Develop and maintain an active research agenda
- Establish and/or oversee a research lab, potentially in collaboration with other academic units
- Seek external funding to support a research lab, supplementing university support
- Participate in departmental and university service, including interdisciplinary curriculum development and committee work
- Contribute to departmental initiatives aimed at strategic enrollment management and student engagement
- The program expects its faculty to be mission-affirming by being civically engaged through applied research and community service activities
Unique Institutional and Regional Opportunities:
- Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Campus Synergies: This is an exciting chance to join a department where you can make a significant impact on both the program and the broader university community through cross-unit, interdisciplinary collaboration with such units as Biological Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the emerging Center for Healthier Aging Initiatives in Appalachia.
- Community Engagement: Opportunities for community-based research in the Appalachian region.
- Global Perspective: Encouragement to develop courses and research with a global focus, particularly as it relates to health.
Completed applications will include:
· A cover letter
· Curriculum vitae
· Writing sample that suggests evidence of an established research agenda
· Research statement, including descriptions of future research plans
· Teaching statement, including descriptions of teaching interests
· Names and contact information for three academic references who will be contacted directly by Marshall with instructions for submitting letters through our Applicant Tracking System.
· Additional documents, e.g., sample syllabi, and published articles, if applicable, may be submitted through the “Other Documents” section.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration, applications must be complete and submitted by March 1, 2024. Candidates selected as finalists must have official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) forwarded directly to the search committee chair by their degree-granting institutions before a final interview.
Marshall University is an AA/EO employer dedicated to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students and we strongly encourage applicants who contribute to diversity and inclusion to apply. Marshall is a recipient of an NSF-ADVANCE institutional transformation award, which seeks to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. Marshall is also part of the NSF-LSAMP: Kentucky West Virginia Alliance for Minority Participation Project to increase both the total number of STEM degrees awarded and the number of STEM degrees awarded to underrepresented students. Successful women and minority applicants can benefit from these programs.
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