Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology and

Director of the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology

Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies

IRIS Position #: 50337377


The Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology (JLBIA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga seeks a non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor with Cultural Resource Management experience beginning August 1st, 2019.  The applicant will serve as Director of the JLBIA and must demonstrate the ability to initiate independent research, obtain external funding, and support the academic mission of the Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies.    


Successful candidates will possess the following:

  • A Masters degree in anthropology or archaeology required; Ph.D. in anthropology, archaeology, or related field preferred. 
  • Be RPA certified.
  • At least 5 years of fieldwork and technical writing experience in cultural resource management showing an increased level of responsibility.
  • Proficiency in GIS applications related to archaeological research, in addition to experience with one or more of the following: remote sensing, lithic analysis, faunal or floral analysis, or human osteology. 
  • Ability to teach at the college level.  The Department will be particularly receptive to candidates who can involve undergraduate students in field and laboratory work as a way of promoting active and experiential learning.
  • Research and field experience in archaeology; Southeastern U.S. desirable.
  • Successful grant applications or funding.
  • A proven record of scholarly activity and engagement, and promise of future work in the field.


Once hired, candidates for this position will be expected to:

  • Direct archaeological survey, testing, and data recovery investigations.
  • Prepare budgets, proposals, technical reports and publications.  This requires an applied knowledge of Section 106 of the NHPA and a working familiarity of other environmental statutes and regulations.
  • Supervise, mentor, and support students/staff in all aspects of their responsibilities, including on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Teach one anthropology course per semester to support the academic mission of the Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies.
  • Grow the JLBIA’s market presence in the Southeast.
  • Organize and manage curation of artifact assemblages.
  • Explore research partnerships with various CRM-related agencies and organizations.
  • Engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan, including a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Starting salary: $40,000.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should prepare to submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest that includes a discussion of CRM experience and capacity to serve in a supervisory role, research experience, teaching experience (if available), record of reports and other scholarship, GIS proficiency, commitment to diversity, and external funding for contracts.
  • CV, including up-to-date, personal contact information (email, phone, etc.).
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Work samples of CRM reports or contracts and past or sample course syllabi.



Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested.

Preference will be given to those qualified candidates who apply before January 1, 2019.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:

Questions regarding this position should be addressed to the department head of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, Pamela Ashmore at Pamela-Ashmore 

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke, United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.




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Posted: 12/12/2018
Application Due: 2/10/2019
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