Forensic Anthropology and Bioarcheology Assistant Professor

University of Montana, Missoula, MT, US

Responsibilities

Temporary Assistant Professor, Full time, Academic Year (10 months) position within the Department of Anthropology. The successful candidate will oversee teaching three courses per term, including introductory courses, upper-division courses and graduate seminars. Course content will include introductory biological anthropology (lecture and lab), osteology, bioarcheology, forensic anthropology, and other subjects in biological anthropology as needed.

Research and service expectations include:

  • A willingness to supervise forensic casework from the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula.
  • Serving on topically-related graduate committees.
  • Mentoring students in the forensic anthropology and bioarcheology areas.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. (before August 2023) with an emphasis in Biological Anthropology
  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • A research agenda in bioarchaeology or skeletal biology as evidenced by funding, publications, presentations, and projects
  • Evidence with forensic anthropological casework that demonstrates an ability to apply osteological and forensic skills to law enforcement cases. This includes, but isn’t limited to training or experience in some, or all, of the following:
  • Forensic casework and field recovery.
  • Communication and coordination with forensic laboratories and law enforcement.
  • Writing forensic cases reports.
  • The role of the expert witness when called to court, based on a case.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong teaching ability as demonstrated through experience, student evaluations, and teaching philosophy.
  • Experience teaching lab and online classes.
  • Professional experience as the primary investigator in forensic cases.
  • Working toward certification as a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.
  • Research that could incorporate student participation.
  • A geographic focus that enhances the department, preferably within western North America.

Compensation

Salary: $50,000 commensurate with qualifications *

Benefits Include: Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program

About the Department of Anthropology and UM: The Department of Anthropology is a four-field unit of 13 tenured faculty members and one lecturer located in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Approximately 130 undergraduates choose anthropology as a major and around 70 graduate students are working on an M.A. or Ph.D. in Anthropology. Additionally, the Department administers a Linguistic program; an Anthropology Minor; and several certificates, including one for Forensic Science. Current research interests in the Department include forensic anthropology; ancient and modern DNA analysis methods to address questions of anthropological and forensic interest; indigenous communities and the archaeology of Western North America; language preservation and revitalization; and cultural heritage studies.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

How to apply

Priority Application Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing the required qualifications in no more than two pages
  2. Curriculum Vitae – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy- (1-2 pages) and summary evidence of teaching ability (don’t upload individual student evaluations.)

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