Submitted: 2 September 2020
Department: Institute of Human Origins
Institution: Arizona State University
Job type: Other
Apply by: 11 October 2020
Application email: [email protected]
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Director of the Institute of Human Origins (IHO), with a concurrent full-time appointment as a tenured Full Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. ASU serves more than 70,000 students across five campuses and has a rapidly growing digital immersion population. IHO is located on ASU’s Tempe campus, located within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021 (or before).

IHO ( is a research center in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, integrating research with discovery to describe and understand the trajectory and timing of human evolution. To accomplish this mission, the institute integrates anthropological, earth, and life science approaches to answer these fundamental questions. IHO is one of the preeminent research programs at ASU and has achieved an international reputation through the science it conducts, the public outreach that it accomplishes, and the education of undergraduate and graduate students.

The candidate will have a record of leadership skills, develop long-term plans and strategic initiatives for the institute, facilitate cross-disciplinary interactions within and external to ASU, lead fund-raising initiatives, and interface with external donors. The director serves as a member of the IHO Executive Board, external to ASU, which plays a major role in funding IHO programs, in generating other external funds through development activities, and in advising ASU on IHO strategy.

Qualifications Minimum qualifications

• A PhD in anthropology or other field related to human origins research; candidates in all areas of research specializations relevant to paleoanthropology will be considered, including, but not limited to, early hominin evolution, later hominin evolution, paleoecology, functional morphology, and other allied fields. • A scholarly record commensurate with a rank of tenured Full Professor (including scholars in non-tenure-track appointments and advanced Associate Professors) • Demonstrate ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. faculty, students, board members, and the general public)

Desired qualifications

• Demonstrate relevant leadership, administrative, and financial management skills • Commitment to developing donor relations and fundraising • Commitment to supporting justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity • Laboratory and/or field experience related to human origins research • Commitment to transdisciplinary research • Commitment to public outreach • Distinguished scholarly record

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

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Applications ASU is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. This is a paperless search. To apply, please submit to (1) a cover letter outlining how you meet the above qualifications and your vision for leading IHO, (2) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) contact information including email addresses for three references. References may be contacted at a later stage of the search and only with the candidate’s approval. Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is October 11, 2020. If the position is not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed. Cover letters can be addressed to Professor Kaye Reed, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at [email protected] or 480-727-9159.

A background check is required prior to employment.

ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For more information on ASU’s policies, please see: and its complete nondiscrimination statement at:

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