The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track assistant professor of anthropology to begin August 2020. WCU's four-field undergraduate anthropology program is seeking a forensic anthropologist to support its general anthropology program, in addition to its popular concentration in forensic anthropology. The undergraduate forensic anthropology program at Western Carolina University is one-of-a-kind with an outdoor human decomposition research laboratory, growing willed-body donation program, and well-equipped forensic anthropology laboratory.
The successful candidate will teach a 3-3 course load, including undergraduate courses in forensic and biological anthropology along with introductory anthropology course offerings. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and working in the context of human decomposition facilities.
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology is a community of scholars made up of students, faculty, and staff who embrace a humanistic and humanitarian view of the world. We value rigorous empirical inquiry into issues of social justice, environmental sustainability, human diversity, and the struggle for equality. We encourage an engaged approach to contemporary social problems which recognizes the importance of activism in creating solutions and positive changes. We challenge pseudo-scientific and populist discourses that seek to naturalize and normalize oppression and exploitation. Instead, we emphasize the social-scientific reality that all people are intrinsically equal and deserving of respect and compassion. We seek to provide a place where people of all identities can be actively engaged in supporting and extending our community and these values.
Application review will begin early October 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.
(1) A Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related discipline in hand at start of appointment is preferred, but individuals that are currently ABD will be considered.
(2) An active research program in biological and/or forensic anthropology.
Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and working in the context of human decomposition facilities.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts from highest degree earned, and separate one-to-two page statements regarding their: (1) teaching philosophy and interests, and (2) background in forensic anthropology.
For questions or additional details, please contact Nicholas Passalacqua (Search Committee Chair) at email@example.com
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
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.