University of Washington – TT Assistant Professor in the Archaeology of Health and Wellness

The University of Washington, Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce an opening for a
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Position Description

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time archaeologist with a focus on engaged health and wellness research with Indigenous or other descendant communities. Geographic and methodological expertise are open but should complement existing program strengths. Research should be innovative and methodologically rigorous. We seek candidates who are committed to transparency and open research approaches. Teaching responsibilities will include four courses in Anthropology, distributed between three academic terms (quarters), contributing to our undergraduate options in Archaeological Science and Indigenous Archaeology as well as to our archaeology graduate program. The candidate is expected to teach a method/lab course based in their area of expertise and a large lecture class, using innovative and inclusive pedagogies.

UW Anthropology faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. Tenure-track faculty in Anthropology have an annual service period of nine months (September 16-June 15). The position is expected to begin September 16, 2020 with the start of the autumn quarter. Other professional duties include an active research program, and service to the Department and University. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. Members of the Department of Anthropology maintain strong connections to a variety of other units on campus including American Indian Studies, Burke Museum, Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Center for Social Science Computation and Research, Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, Department of Global Health, eScience Institute, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, Jackson School for International Studies, the Quaternary Research Center, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, the Science Studies Network, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 34% first-generation college students and over 27% Pell Grant students. A recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan award for Faculty Career Flexibility, the UW supports career development and work-life balance for faculty.


The successful candidate will have a record that includes archaeology of health and wellness with Indigenous or other descendant communities. They must demonstrate strong commitment to integrity, equity, access, and inclusion in their research, teaching, and service. Applicants must have earned a doctorate — or foreign equivalent — in anthropology/archaeology, or related field, by the date of appointment; however, applicants who have not completed their PhD at the time of application will be considered.


To apply, use this Interfolio link and include the following items: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching statement (addressing teaching philosophy and approaches to both large lecture courses and lab/methods classes, and discussion of teaching challenges and their solutions), (4) a list of courses prepared to teach including at least one large lecture course and one method or lab class with one paragraph abstract for each, (5) research statement (explication of research activities and accomplishments as well as future plans) (6) diversity statement (statement on how your teaching, research and/or service contribute to diversity through scholarship and/or by improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups), and (7) the names and contacts for three referees. As a guideline, we are looking for 1-2 pages (single spaced) for each of the statements on teaching, research, and diversity. The cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Ben Fitzhugh, search committee chair, Department of Anthropology. Priority will be given to applications received by 5 PM PST, December 15, 2019.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
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