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Tenure Track Faculty - Anthropology: Latin American Archaeologist

California State University Sacramento
Florin, California
Closing date
Apr 18, 2024

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Tenure Track Faculty - Anthropology: Latin American Archaeologist

Job No: 532913
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time



POSITION TITLE: Latin American Archaeologist


The Department of Anthropology is housed in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, consisting of 11 academic departments, three independent and interdisciplinary academic programs, and several centers and institutes. The College is a congenial and cohesive unit both academically and administratively. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. To this end, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals with the commitment and ability to work with our diverse student population, staff, and faculty.

The Department of Anthropology maintains a four-field anthropology curriculum with nearly 200 majors, supported by 15 full-time faculty, various part-time instructors, and five full-time staff. It offers both minor and major baccalaureate degrees and a Master of Arts graduate degree program in anthropology with specialization in one of four sub-fields: socio-cultural, linguistic, archaeological, and biological anthropology. The undergraduate curriculum allows students to choose one of three degree concentrations: Culture, Language and Society (CLS); Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (ABA); or General (Integrative) Anthropology (GA). The Department also houses the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeological Curation Facility that maintain extensive ethnographic and archaeological collections. The Department sustains a long-standing commitment to increase the inclusiveness experienced by our students, while enhancing the breadth of our curricular and scholarly offerings at the local, national, and international levels as a Hispanic serving university in a community where 27.4% of the population are of Latinx heritage.


This is a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning with the Fall 2024 semester.

  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in high quality teaching and mentoring of a diverse body of students;
  • Teach an upper-division, General Education, large enrollment course related to Latin American archaeology;
  • Develop and teach upper division major courses in support of the major and the ABA Concentration, including a regional prehistory and an anthropological theory course in their specialty;
  • Work collaboratively with faculty to support and contribute to the department as a part of the ABA concentration, which is strongly grounded in evolutionary theory, and committed to empirically rigorous, scientific research and student training;
  • Develop a focused and productive program of original research that demonstrates inclusivity in the involvement of students and respect for diversity in the content and/or focus of the research topics. Engage in dissemination of research;
  • Provide advising to a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate majors from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Provide service to the department, college, University, and community.
  • Education: Ph.D. in Anthropology or relevant discipline. ABD applicants will be considered. If ABD, all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed by August 2024.
  • Demonstrated experience or potential of high-quality teaching practices and/or mentoring diverse students
  • Demonstrated expertise in Latin American prehistory sufficient to teach upper-division and graduate-level courses
  • Evidence of ongoing field or laboratory work at one or more field sites and/or curatorial facilities in Latin America that involve community engagement
  • Evidence of and potential for developing and disseminating original research in related areas
  • Interest in curriculum and program development for training of students in Latin American archaeology with an emphasis on the social, political, economic, and/or ecological dimensions of hunter-gatherer or non-state agricultural societies
  • Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in pedagogy/educational practices
  • Demonstrated experience or potential teaching undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated experience or potential mentoring graduate students
  • Demonstrated experience or potential supervising students in field and lab research
  • Experience and/or interest in the social, political, economic, and/or ecological dimensions of hunter-gatherer or non-state agricultural societies
  • Analytical specialization that complements and integrates effectively with existing faculty's expertise and perspectives, including but not limited to ethnoarchaeology, bioarcheology, paleoethnobotany, palynology, geoarchaeology, geographic information systems (GIS), or materials analysis
  • Experience and/or interest in teaching graduate-level seminars

Questions about the job duties and/or qualifications may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Nathan Stevens


Review of applications will begin January 8th and the position will remain open until filled.

Candidates from underrepresented and/or minoritized groups in Anthropology are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must include the following attachments with the application:
  • Cover Letter (2 pages max) outlining teaching experience and philosophy, and research program
  • Current curriculum vita, including contact information for three referees
  • Unofficial transcripts of highest degree or degree required for position
  • Diversity Statement discussing potential to mentor and teach students from marginalized groups who have faced barriers in entering higher education and prepare them for careers in anthropology; to incorporate scholars of color and other minority groups in academic discourse; and to engage meaningfully with the communities where their research is conducted. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experiences should note how their work will further Sac State's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to student success.

  • Additionally, long-list candidates will be contacted and provided instructions for submission of confidential letters of recommendations and sample syllabi.


    The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $75,000.

    About Sacramento State

    Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the "Farm-to-Fork Capital," is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

    "As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement." As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

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    Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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