Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Paleoanthropology, appointment effective July 1, 2016.

Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology at the time of appointment (or will receive their degree shortly thereafter), with specialization in the paleoanthropology of Africa, Asia, or Europe and preparation to teach human evolution and human-cultural-and-environmental interactions. Other areas of research and teaching may include race and diversity, evolution of cognition and symbolic behavior, primate behavior and functional morphology, and human health, sexuality, nutrition, and disease. The successful candidate will teach an introductory Anthropology course on human origins yearly and a course in the Environmental Studies multi-disciplinary program on a bi-annual basis. Teaching load in the first year is four courses; after that it is five courses per year. Vassar’s Anthropology department is a four-fields department.

Vassar faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios, and through individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2450 undergraduates (no graduate students) located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City. The city of Poughkeepsie benefits from rich cultural diversity and from convenient commuter rail access to New York City.

To apply, please visit:
to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should submit a cover letter outlining qualifications, vita, research and teaching statements, a writing sample, an unofficial graduate transcript, and the names of three academic references. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 1, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.