Topic ID #39983 - posted 8/2/2018 9:38 AM

UMass Amherst Anthropology, Archaeology, CRM Job Posting


Open-rank Archaeology Position

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an open-rank tenured/tenure-track position in archaeology, beginning September 2019.

The successful candidate will show evidence of scholarly excellence and accomplished teaching commensurate with rank. This hire is part of a larger initiative to build an innovative program in archaeology for the 21st century; as such we are looking for a scholar who takes seriously the role of archaeology in the contemporary world and who is committed to engaging responsibly and creatively with academic and non-academic communities.  In addition to experience with the more traditional fieldwork, excavation, or methods of material analysis of the discipline, we encourage applicants who have interest and/or experience and ability to teach innovative theoretical, topical, and methodological approaches in archaeology, such as:

·         archaeology in a world in crisis (e.g. engaging with climate change issues; documenting conflict areas/threatened heritage; understanding migration and cross-cultural engagement; or (de)coloniality, race and inequality); and/or…

·         bringing community-based practices into CRM, heritage management, archival practices, etc.; and/or… 

·         exploratory or community-based digital, sensory, or visual methods (e.g. 3D printing/modelling, cultural mapping, sensory archaeology & landscapes, archaeo-gaming, VR and augmented reality).

Archaeologists with transdisciplinary interests who will strengthen links between the subfields and with adjacent disciplines (e.g. material culture studies, (post-)coloniality, critical heritage studies, sensory studies, public health, popular culture, museum studies, human geography, etc.) are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The teaching load is 2/2, and we seek a candidate who has a strong record of external funding who can engage students in their research/fieldwork, advise Honors and MA/PhD research projects, and complement the broader department interest in community-based research and historical processes of power and inequality. The UMass Anthropology program takes a four-field approach in which we value work at the intersection of the subfields.  The candidate should have a PhD in Anthropology in hand at time of appointment. Please submit a cover letter discussing qualifications, a CV, and names and contact info for 3 references to  Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Sonya Atalay, Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Review of applications will begin on Oct. 15, 2018.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the 5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New York City. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 20,000 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, and over 1200 tenure system faculty. The Department of Anthropology has 20 faculty, 175 majors in the BA program and 82 graduate students working on MA and/or PhD programs. The University is part of a Five College Consortium that includes Amherst, Hampshire, Smith and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and strong collaboration exists among the five campuses.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and other protected categories.

The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professorate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society.  Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.  Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.


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