California State University, Sacramento: Tenure Track Instructional Faculty (Biological Anthropology)

Campus Information

California State University, Sacramento is located in the heart of Northern California, one of the most beautiful, diverse and rapidly growing areas in the country. The 300-acre campus, just five miles from the State Capitol, is situated along the American River parkway that offers miles of trails and recreational access to the city’s two rivers, Folsom Lake and the historic Sacramento riverfront. Growth in the region has provided significant opportunities for faculty research and engagement with civic and business organizations as well as extensive research and internship opportunities for the University’s approximately 27,500 students. The University, where quality teaching is a top priority, offers instruction leading toward the bachelor’s degree in 58 disciplines, the master’s degree in 41 disciplines, two independent doctoral degrees and one joint doctoral degree, and houses numerous research and community service centers.

Sacramento is a high-growth metropolitan area with a very diverse population of approximately 2 million. As California’s capital, Sacramento is an advantageous setting for premier academic programs. As a major metropolitan university, California State University, Sacramento is committed to providing leadership in addressing significant regional needs and to enriching its liberal arts tradition. The proximity of California State University, Sacramento to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students to participate in public service through policy research internships, and employment.

Hiring Dept. Information

The Department of Anthropology maintains a four-field anthropology curriculum with nearly 200 majors, supported by 14 full-time faculty, various adjunct and part-time instructors, and five full time staff. It offers both minor and major baccalaureate degrees and a Master of Arts graduate degree program in anthropology with specialization in one of the four sub-fields: socio-cultural, linguistics, archaeological, and biological anthropology. The undergraduate curriculum allows students to choose one of three concentrations: Culture, Language and Society (CLS); Archaeology and Biological Anthropology (ABA); or General Anthropology (GA). The Department also houses the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeological Curation Facility that maintain extensive ethnographic and archaeological collections. The Archaeological Research Center, affiliated with the department provides opportunities for student training and student/faculty research in archaeology supported by external grants and contracts administered from the Center’s on-campus laboratory and other facilities.

A successful California State University, Sacramento faculty member promotes the values celebrated by a public, regional, comprehensive, metropolitan university. At Sacramento State, the quality of the education we provide is our top priority. In addition to contributing positively to teaching and learning, faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship and to provide service to the University and to the greater community. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people with the commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population.


The Department of Anthropology is seeking a professional specializing in human or non-human primate skeletal morphology, including, but not limited to: functional aspects of anatomy/biomechanics (e.g., locomotor and/or dietary adaptations), taxonomic differences in morphology/biodistance analysis, and/or other aspects of skeletal biology. The individual will work collaboratively with Biological Anthropology and Archaeology faculty to support and contribute to the department as a part of the ABA concentration.

The position requires classroom teaching, research and scholarly activity, student advising and institutional and community service/contributions.

– Teach a lower division major/general education course in Introduction to Biological
Anthropology and the Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory.
– Teach existing upper division major courses in Human Osteology and Fundamentals of
Biological Anthropology, and a Core Graduate Seminar in Biological Anthropology.
– Develop courses in their specialty in support of the major and the Archaeology and Biological
Anthropology (ABA) Concentration.
– Mentor graduate students through the Master of Art’s program,
– Engage in original research and disseminate their research through conference
presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and other means.
– Perform department, college and university service, including student advising, in keeping
with department guidelines.
– Provide documentation for retention, tenure, and promotion to reflect the aforementioned


– Ph.D. in Anthropology or closely related field (e.g., Anatomical or Paleontological Sciences)
by August 2017. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, candidates will be required to
complete the doctorate by August 2017 and must demonstrate appropriate Anthropological
knowledge and coursework as shown by curriculum vitae, scholarly research and
publications, college transcripts and teaching experience.
– Demonstrated expertise in human or nonhuman primate skeletal morphology, including, but
not limited to: functional aspects of anatomy/biomechanics (e.g. locomotor and/or dietary
adaptations), taxonomic differences in morphology/biodistance analysis, and/or other aspects
of skeletal biology.
– A broad-based understanding of Biological Anthropology, with a solid foundation in
evolutionary and morphological studies in Biological Anthropology, human osteology, and
scientific approaches to anthropology.
– Demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate students.
– Demonstrated experience in conducting original research leading to conference
presentation(s) and/or peer-reviewed publication(s).


– Ability and interest to teach one or more of the following classes: Human Paleontology,
Primate Adaptations, and/or Quantitative/Research Methods.
– Experience, ability and/or interest to develop and teach an online/hybrid course in
Introduction to Biological Anthropology, and/or other online anthropology courses for major
and general education.
– Ability to teach large courses and evening courses.
– Ability and interest to develop and teach additional graduate seminars for biological
anthropology and archaeology graduate students;
– Ability to work with a diverse student population.
– Ability and interest to work and engage undergraduate students in research.
– Self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills capable of working collaboratively with
Biological Anthropology and Archaeology faculty as a part of the ABA concentration.

This is a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning with the Fall 2017 semester. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Application Review
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016. All materials must be received by this date to ensure full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

Application Procedures
Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at Instructions on how to apply can also be found at this link. External applicants can apply by clicking on the Faculty, Staff, and Management Opportunities link. Internal applicants can apply by logging on My Sac State.

Applicants must include the following attachments with the application:

1. Cover Letter detailing their research interests, scholarship, and teaching background.
2. Current curriculum vita.
3. Statement of teaching philosophy (including their experience in working with a diverse
student population).
4. Syllabi for two proposed courses
5. Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required if invited for an interview)
6. Contact information for three recent professional references (including name, telephone
number and email address).

Additionally, candidates will be contacted and provided instructions for submission of confidential letters of recommendations and teaching evaluations.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

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

Child Abuse and Neglect Report
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 the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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