Andean Archaeology, Tenure-track, Assistant Professor

The Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Andean Archaeology. Diverse and innovative theoretical perspectives are encouraged, especially those related to thematic clusters such as new materialism-assemblages-post-humanism; indigenous archaeologies and epistemologies; gender-subjectivity-personhood; religion-ritual-ontology; environment-climate-coupled human/environment systems; emergent complexity. Ideal candidates will integrate theory and data in their research through innovative methodologies, including archaeometry, geoarchaeology, paleobotany, paleoclimatology, or zooarchaeology, among others. The candidate should possess holistic training in anthropology and be capable of linking their work to questions of cultural heritage, indigeneity, as well as the interests, concerns, and needs of descendant communities. They should have an active field and/or lab research program that can involve undergraduates and graduate students, and commitment to community collaborations. Demonstrated success in securing external research grants, conducting fieldwork, and publishing in refereed journals is preferred.
The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to our Ph.D. program and will enhance and advance our leading research program in Andean studies, while showing promise to connect research and teaching with other units on campus. The teaching load is 2:2, which will include an Introduction to Archaeology course, taught on a rotating basis, occasional courses for the curriculum, and undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s research specialties. Research leave available in the fourth year. Lab-based archaeology classes with an experiential component will be viewed favorably. The successful candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. no later than the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
Top candidates will demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring as well as the ability to contribute to a collaborative academic community. Applicants should submit: (a) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Steven Wernke, chair of the search committee (b) full curriculum vitae, including contact information for three recommenders, (c) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (d) a statement of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Submit these materials directly to Interfolio. We will begin reviewing applications on November 23, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty and to teaching students who are diversified by gender, race/ethnicity, and other social locations. Members of underrepresented groups, women, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt University ranks in the top 15 National Universities and is located in the heart of Music City, Nashville, TN, which is consistently rated as a great place to live (

Start date: Fall 2021
Requirements: Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field.