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Visiting Assistant Professor - Anthropology - 000548

Western Carolina University
Speedwell, North Carolina
Closing date
Jul 19, 2024

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Full Time
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Posting Number FAC716P Quick Link for Internal Postings Classification Title Visiting Asst Professor Working Title Visiting Assistant Professor - Anthropology - #000548 Department Anthropology & Sociology About WCU

Western Carolina University continues to rank high on Forbes 'Best Employers' lists each year. Including:
  • 2024 - Ranking in the top 8.5% on Forbes 'America's Best Midsize Employers' list, WCU was ranked 34 out of the top 400 employers across all industries.
  • 2023 - Ranked in the top 20% on Forbes 'America's Best Midsize Employers' list, WCU was ranked 97 out of the top 500 employers across all industries.
  • 2022 - Ranked 14th in the top 100 employers in North Carolina in Forbes 'America's Best Employers by State' list.

Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South.

Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans - eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service.

WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences - many of which are offered free of charge.

Position Summary

The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University invites applications for a one year (nine-month term) Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning August 2024. The Visiting Assistant Professor will teach a 4-4 course load within Western Carolina University's undergraduate anthropology program. This position is open to all anthropological specialties, but candidates with backgrounds in archaeology, biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, and/or forensic anthropology will be given preference as the primary courses to be taught will be related to those specialty areas.

Western Carolina University's anthropology program is known for its undergraduate forensic anthropology program as well as its archaeological collaborative work with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI).

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related discipline in hand at start of appointment is preferred, however individuals that are ABD and/or with completed master's degrees in anthropology may also be considered.

Preferred Qualifications Position Type Time-Limited Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week Number of Months Per Year 9

Posting Text

Open Date 05/28/2024 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials must be submitted online. Application review is expected to begin late June 2024 and the position will remain open until filled.

Please include cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (no more than two pages), unofficial transcripts from highest degree earned* and a list references.

For questions or additional information please contact Ben Steere at
  • All applicants are required to submit an unofficial transcript of their highest attained degree, showing all completed coursework and the date the degree was conferred. The transcript must state "Degree Awarded," "Degree Conferred," or a similar phrase. For candidates who are ABD, please submit your most recent doctoral program transcript along with your master's degree transcript, if you hold such a degree. The master's degree transcript must have a notation such as "Degree Awarded," "Degree Conferred," or similar phrase, to verify it as your highest completed degree.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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