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Assistant Professor - Biological (Forensic) Anthropology

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Assistant Professor - Biological (Forensic) Anthropology

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Feb 1, 2023

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a full-time (9-month) tenure track Assistant Professor  in Biological Anthropology, with a specialization in Forensic Anthropology, to begin August 1, 2023 or January 1, 2024.   

The successful candidate will develop a research program that utilizes the cutting-edge resources of the Department of Anthropology, including resources of the Forensic Anthropology Center, but also bring new expertise that expands our capabilities and raises the research profile. The candidate should be willing to engage in multidisciplinary research and teaching, as well as have strong methodological and theoretical capabilities that intersect with the department's archaeology, cultural, and biological anthropology programs. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate the ability to engage with broader communities through outreach and science communication.  The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 


Qualifications for this position are a Ph.D. with an emphasis on Biological Anthropology, field and/or laboratory experience in forensic anthropology, forensic anthropological casework, and experience teaching skeletal biology and forensic anthropology courses. The research specialization within forensic anthropology is open.  A research agenda in skeletal biology is evidenced by funding, publications, and presentations and should incorporate student participation.

The candidate should demonstrate strong, theoretically driven research of national and international significance, with advanced knowledge in skeletal biology as well as open specialization in forensic anthropology. Required qualifications include having an early-career research program, peer-reviewed publications, and a trajectory for the continued development of their research program. Qualified applicants should have a record of seeking and/or securing funding and experience with forensic anthropological casework that demonstrates an ability to apply osteological and forensic skills to different types of cases. This includes, but is not limited to training or experience in some, or all, of the following: field recovery, authoring case reports, and instruction of students as well as medicolegal professionals.

The candidate must be able to engage in student mentoring, effective instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and departmental service commensurate with pre-tenure rank faculty expectations. The teaching load consists of two courses in biological anthropology per semester. Teaching duties may include courses in Skeletal Biology, Human Osteology, Forensic Anthropology, Biostatistics, Bioarchaeology, Forensic DNA, and introductory courses as well as additional courses of specialized content that serve students in the Anthropology Major-Forensic Concentration. Candidates are strongly encouraged to develop their own coursework. The successful candidate will be expected to mentor students for both academic and other professional career courses, and to chair and serve on M.A. and Ph.D. committees.   

Application Instructions:

A Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of appointment. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of three references in digital format via Interfolio at  Review of applications will begin March 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.   

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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