Assistant Professor, Physical Anthropology

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work (SASW) at Texas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in physical anthropology to begin September 1, 2018. Preference will be given to candidates whose research area complements the existing strengths of the department in the Indigenous Americas. Research focus is open, but preference will be given to candidates that have a successful research agenda specific to forensic anthropology as it applies to issues of human rights, genocide, and/or the excavation and interpretation of mass graves. The successful candidate will have experience in GIS, quantitative analysis, anthropological DNA, or other methodological specialty and will contribute to the curriculum by teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology including Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology, Human Variation, and Human Skeletal Biology and Forensic Techniques. In addition, the new colleague will be expected to develop courses related to his or her specializations, to mentor graduate students, and to involve graduate students in research. The teaching load is two courses per semester and includes teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Service duties include program building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, university, and community is expected. The successful candidate will be expected to seek outside research funding.

Required Qualifications
PhD in hand by the starting date of the appointment is required. Demonstrated evidence of research, including a publication record and an active research agenda, is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Candidates with teaching experience and demonstrated teaching effectiveness are preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of scholarly publication and external funding.

About the Department and Texas Tech University
The anthropology program in the Department of SASW has six full-time tenured and tenure-track anthropologists in a three-field program that offers both Bachelors and Masters degrees. Our students receive training in all three fields, but specialize in ethnology, physical anthropology, or archaeology. To learn more about the program, please visit The College of Arts and Sciences houses the Institute for Peace and Conflict and the Institute for Forensic Science. Texas Tech is a state-supported National Research University with an enrollment that exceeds 35,000 students. The Lubbock metropolitan area is home to 250,000 people and enjoys affordable housing, abundant sunshine, and friendly people.

To Apply
Qualified candidates should complete an online application available at using requisition ID# 11533BR or through this direct link: Applications should be submitted by December 8, 2017. Please include your curriculum vitae; a letter describing your interest in the position and your qualifications for the position; a statement on your research; and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please direct any questions about the position to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Tamra Walter via email to

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.
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