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Assistant Professor in Historical Archaeology of the African Diaspora

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Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Anthropology
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The department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in historical archaeology of the African Diaspora, to begin on September 1, 2019. Strong preference will be given to candidates specializing outside the U.S., particularly ones who have active research projects in the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, Central America, or South America.

We seek an accomplished researcher with a healthy publication profile and an experienced instructor with a strong teaching record who will contribute to the department's thriving undergraduate program and successful M.A. Program in Historical Archaeology. Ideal candidates should be trained at the intersections of historical archaeology, cultural anthropology, and ethnic studies and experienced with interdisciplinary collaborations; be committed to teaching in an urban public university setting; be able to teach courses in archaeology, heritage, and African Diaspora studies that range across larger undergraduate introductory courses to smaller upper-division offerings to graduate seminars; and be notably engaged with contemporary issues and communities. Areas of potential research interest include, but are not limited to, identity, race, labor, gender, colonialism, resistance, inequality, indigeneity, globalization, heritage, space, expressive arts and ritual, and the environment. The new hire will work closely with the department’s own Fiske Center for Archaeological Research and will be encouraged to build further connections to the Transnational, Cultural, and Communities Studies graduate program and the department of Africana Studies.

The department would be particularly receptive to candidates who can involve undergraduate and graduate students in field and laboratory work. UMass Boston expects all faculty members to pursue external funding that supports long-term research agendas and to publish regularly. Equally important is a candidate who has a demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and inclusive scholarly and collegial environment, which the department will match with sustained and supportive tenure-track faculty mentoring. We recognize the singular importance of this mentoring environment for faculty members from underrepresented groups, from whom we encourage applications.

Minimum requirements: receipt of Ph.D. in Anthropology no later than August 1, 2019.

Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2018.

Applicants should apply online with a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests/experiences, and contact information for three letters of recommendation. 

Please direct questions to: Stephen Silliman, Chair of the Anthropology Department

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