Visiting Assistant Professor

Job Description
The anthropology department at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a visiting instructor for academic year 2019-2020. The course load is a 4-3 that includes undergraduate and graduate courses. Area of specialty should include biological anthropology. Area of research is open, but should indicate an ability to teach courses in introductory biological anthropology, osteology, forensic anthropology, and human variation. Primary responsibilities will include teaching assigned courses; however, the successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work on forensic anthropological casework in both an academic and Medical Examiner setting.

Required Qualifications
A PhD in anthropology or related field is required at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated success in previous teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses. The ability to develop course content that references the larger array of culturally diverse persons who have contributed significantly to the subject matter addressed by a given course. An ability to mentor students from historically under-represented groups within biological anthropology.

Department Information
The anthropology department has 13 faculty members who represent the four fields of anthropology. The Department is internationally recognized for its faculty and programs. The Master of Arts program offers opportunities at an in-house research museum, a biological anthropology laboratory, an ethnography laboratory, a prehistoric archaeology laboratory, and an historical archaeology laboratory. The doctoral program offers tracks in prehistoric archaeology, historical archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a land-grant research and teaching institution recently elevated by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education to the top classification for research universities: R1- Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity. It serves approximately 22,000 students, with significant and growing numbers of first-generation students and students of color ( The University believes that diversity promotes excellence in education. We are an inclusive and engaged community, and we recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The University of Nevada, Reno is centrally located adjacent to downtown Reno. Boasting a vibrant counter-cultural scene, the City of Reno has recently attracted tech investment from Apple, Tesla, and Switch. The Reno-Tahoe area has also long been a destination for world-class outdoor recreation. Reno is situated on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, four hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, and near both Yosemite and Lassen National Parks. A small, central airport offers easy access to most western cities and major hubs.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Contact Information for this position
Please contact Marin Pilloud (search chair) at or Jeannie Harrison (search coordinator) at if you have additional questions.

Required Attachments
The following documents should be attached to your application:
1) cover letter
2) curriculum vitae
3) the names and contact information for three professional references
4) one-page teaching statement
5) one-page statement about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

Please contact the day you apply if assistance is needed with the attachments.

Close Date or Open Until Filled
Formal review of applications will begin 15 April 2019 and continue until the position is filled.