Submitted: 31 October 2019
Department: Anthropology
Institution: California State University, Los Angeles
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 1 December 2019
Application email: [email protected]

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES College of Natural and Social Sciences Department of Anthropology

Position: Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

Starting Date: August, 2020

Minimum Qualifications: 1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Anthropology or other closely-related field from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing the completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. The doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/20/2020). 2) Evidence of effective teaching in anthropology at the undergraduate level, particularly in biological anthropology. 3) Evidence of scholarly engagement (e.g., publications, external funding, presentations, and partnerships).

Preferred Qualifications: 1) Evidence of experience mentoring undergraduates and/or graduate students. 2) Demonstrated ability to work with and mentor a diverse student population. 3) Experience developing fieldwork, research projects, or community-based projects with students. 4) Teaching and/or research experience that complements current faculty specializations, including but not limited to: human skeletal biology, forensics, dental anthropology, primatology, human ecology, immigration/migration, socioeconomic inequality, contact/colonization, or gender and identity.

Duties: The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The selected candidate may be assigned to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory biological anthropology as well as upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. The regional area of focus is open.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University: California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations. The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

The Department: The Department of Anthropology is housed in the College of Natural and Social Sciences. The department is one of 15 departments within the College of Natural and Social Sciences, which supports academic programs for approximately 6000 students. Majors in the college are trained to become highly competent professionals capable of solving technical environmental problems, developing public policy, pursuing advanced degrees, and becoming productive members of a diverse society.

The Department of Anthropology offers B.A., minor, and M.A. degrees in Anthropology. We are a four-field department with 7 tenure-track faculty and active research labs and field schools in archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Required Documentation: Applications should include the following: 1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications. 2) A curriculum vitae. 3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students. 4) A list of three professional references. 5) A University Application for Employment Form (

Finalists will be required to submit: 1) Official transcripts. 2) Proof of ‘All But Dissertation’ (ABD) status, if applicable.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application: Review of applications for full consideration will begin December 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Email all application materials in a single PDF to Ms. Maricela Godinez ([email protected]), with “Biological Anthropology Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Joyce Parga ([email protected]).

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX EMPLOYER Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.

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