Submitted: 14 March 2022
Department: Anthropology
Institution: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Job type: Full time
Apply by: 11 April 2022
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is an R1 top-tier research University located on the shores of Lake Michigan; we are the second largest and one of only two doctoral institutions in the UW System. To fulfill its mission as a major urban doctoral university and to meet the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area, the UWM provides a wide array of degree programs, a balanced program of applied and basic research, and a faculty who are active in public service. The Anthropology Department consists of a vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and scholars.

We offer B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, as well as certificates in Forensic Science and Museum Studies. Many of our programs reach beyond campus – from the Milwaukee Public Museum to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a field science, we offer field schools that enable students to experience anthropological research. In addition, our department houses a successful Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program and curates one of the largest archaeologically recovered skeletal collections in the U.S. Graduates from our programs have found employment in the nonprofit and government sectors as well as in business and academia. Job Summary The Anthropology Department proposes to hire a Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor with expertise in bioarchaeology with emphases on skeletal biology, archaeological excavation, mortuary archaeology and NAGPRA compliance. Preference will be given to candidates with research experience in the Great Lakes/Midwest and undergraduate teaching experience who add to the diversity of the faculty.

This hire is critical to maintaining our ability to recruit and train one of the largest subset of Anthropology Department Masters and PhD students. The position also serves as an important link between the archaeology and biological anthropology programs and will contribute to the interdepartmental Forensic Certificate program and the Archaeological Research Laboratory Center (ARLC). The position will involve teaching on a 2:2 schedule and will provide continued coverage for courses such as Human Origins (ANTH 101), Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 103), Prehistoric Violence (ANTH 304) and Archaeology of Death (ANTH 501), as well as Human Evolution and Variation (ANTH 301) and the Human Skeleton (ANTH 403).

Individuals who are qualified as burial excavators and skeletal analysts under state laws such as Wisconsin’s Burial Law (Statute §157.70) and familiarity with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) are critical in CRM and federally-funded institutions. Training students in the analysis of material culture and skeletal remains recovered during excavations is a crucial component of future employment in CRM as well as in forensics and museums.

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