Assistant Professor, Biological/Physical Anthropology, Western Washington University

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Work type: TT Faculty
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title Assistant Professor, Biological/Physical Anthropology
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in biological/physical anthropology, to begin in September 2019.  The ideal candidate will have PhD in hand and a strong foundation in the biological/physical basis of evolutionary theory.  Preferred academic specialties include human growth and development, and the continuum of health and disease (evolutionary biology and medicine).  An additional working knowledge of molecular anthropology and comparative primate osteology is desired.  The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate dedication to effective teaching and active-learning practices.  They must also be able to demonstrate an ability to develop and sustain a research program, to mentor students and engage them in research.  The WWU Department of Anthropology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of the topical areas outlined above in their cover letter, indicating how their past experiences, current interests and activities, and/or future goals could promote a work climate that values and supports inclusion.
About the Position The position requires a strong commitment to teaching.  Class responsibilities may include introductory biological anthropology, osteology, medical anthropology, statistical analysis and original courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.  The successful candidate will maintain a research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students and will collaborate with researchers in and beyond the department.  The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
Required Qualifications ·        PhD (by time of application) in anthropology

·        Experience in field research, lab work, or medical work

·        Demonstrated scholarship in the biological basis of human behavior and evolution

·        Demonstrated dedication to effective teaching and active-learning practices

·        Evidence of the ability to develop and sustain a research program

·        Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

·        Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications ·        Preferred academic specialties include human growth and development, and the continuum of health and disease (evolutionary biology and medicine), with a working knowledge of molecular anthropology or comparative primate osteology

·        Demonstrated ability to teach subjects described in the About the Position section

·        Post-doctoral fellowship or additional professional experience

·        Teaching and scholarship interests, and experience, aligned with the Anthropology Department

Salary  Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Unit  United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions A complete application includes:

1.     A letter of application

2.     Curriculum Vita

3.     A statement, not to exceed two pages, discussing your ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitably and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

4.     Contact information for three letters of reference (reference letter requests will be sent from our system)

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 15, 2018; position is open until filled


Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay). All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 495941