Fixed Term Instructor and Forensic Anthropology Facilities Curator - #160746

Posting Information: The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University seeks to hire a 9-month, fixed-term instructor and forensic anthropology facilities curator beginning August 2018. The instructor/curator will teach a 2-2 course load and expedite day-to-day management of our forensic anthropology program human decomposition facility and human identification laboratory. The facilities curator will work closely with the facilities director and report to the department head. Additionally, the curator may have other compensated professional development opportunities via facilities-related continuing education programs, academic course offerings, and grant-funded activities." The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in forensic and biological anthropology as well as contribute to the university's Liberal Studies program. They will work collaboratively with the forensic anthropology facilities director and other faculty in WCU's forensic anthropology, anthropology, and forensic science programs. Facilities curator responsibilities include: maintaining donor records and use of skeletal collections; managing facilities equipment storage, remains processing, and instructional space; facilitating ongoing facility-related continuing education programs and research studies; maintaining documentation of credentials for facilities-related staff, student, and researchers; keeping records of student and other facilities volunteers; developing and maintaining an accessible calendar for facilities scheduling; conducting meetings as appropriate with relevant facility constituents; and other facilities-related communications and interactions as delegated by the facilities director. 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 two diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. 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/or scholarship.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Applicants are required to have: (1) a minimum of a master's degree in anthropology or related field by the August 2018 start date, (2) a specialization in human skeletal biology with an emphasis on forensic anthropology, and (3) experience working in the context of human decomposition facilities and/or conducting human decomposition fieldwork.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their fit for the position and the forensic anthropology program at WCU, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Nick Passalacqua, Search Committee Chair, at nvpassalacqua@wcu.edu.

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