Assistant Professor - #001761

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Posting NumberFAC348PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitleAssistant ProfessorWorking TitleAssistant Professor - #001761DepartmentAnthropology & SociologyPosition Summary

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.

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 PositionMinimum Qualifications

(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.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and working in the context of human decomposition facilities.

Position TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours Per WeekNumber of Months Per Year9 Posting Text

Open Date08/23/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial 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 protected]


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

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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, and 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 [email protected]

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Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. List of references
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Other Document
Optional Documents
  1. Letters of Recommendation (applicant attached)
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Posted: 8/28/2019
Application Due: 9/21/2019
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