Employment Opportunities

Faculty Opening: Open Rank/Tenure Track Professor in Archaeology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an open-rank tenured/tenure-track position in archaeology, beginning September 2019.

The successful candidate will show evidence of scholarly excellence and accomplished teaching commensurate with rank. This hire is part of a larger initiative to build an innovative program in archaeology for the 21st century; as such we are looking for a scholar who takes seriously the role of archaeology in the contemporary world and who is committed to engaging responsibly and creatively with academic and non-academic communities. In addition to experience with the more traditional fieldwork, excavation, or methods of material analysis of the discipline, we encourage applicants who have interest and/or experience and ability to teach innovative theoretical, topical, and methodological approaches in archaeology, such as:

  • archaeology in a world in crisis (e.g. engaging with climate change issues; documenting conflict areas/threatened heritage; understanding migration and cross-cultural engagement; or (de)coloniality, race and inequality); and/or,
  • bringing community-based practices into CRM, heritage management, archival practices, etc.; and/or,
  • exploratory or community-based digital, sensory, or visual methods (e.g. 3D printing/modelling, cultural mapping, sensory archaeology & landscapes, archaeo-gaming, VR and augmented reality).

Archaeologists with transdisciplinary interests who will strengthen links between the subfields and with adjacent disciplines (e.g. material culture studies, (post-)coloniality, critical heritage studies, sensory studies, public health, popular culture, museum studies, human geography, etc.) are particularly encouraged to apply.

The teaching load is 2/2, and we seek a candidate who has a strong record of external funding who can engage students in their research/fieldwork, advise Honors and MA/PhD research projects, and complement the broader department interest in community-based research and historical processes of power and inequality. The Department values research and teaching that spans the subfields of the discipline. The candidate should have a PhD in Anthropology in hand at time of appointment.

Faculty Opening: Assistant Professor of Language, Culture and Health, Tenure Track

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to hire a scholar at the Assistant Professor level for Fall 2019 with specialization in the study of language and culture in relation to medicine, illness and health.  The Department is seeking a linguistic anthropologist whose qualifications include a broad range of experience in research and teaching to complement our growing program in medical anthropology and global health.  Additional qualification of the successful candidate will include evidence of experience in one or more of the following areas:  the analysis of linguistic interaction and discourse in the construction of illness narratives and diagnosis, healer-patient interaction, the sociocultural and communicative aspects of pain, suffering, and care; language and power; the intersection of health disparities and racio-linguistic ideologies; and the role of language as it impacts access to care in the globalizing health care industry.  In addition to these areas of specialization, the ideal candidate will value and encourage research across the subdisciplines of anthropology and show evidence of success in sponsored research and publications.  PhD in Anthropology or closely related field required at the time of appointment.

The courseload is 2/2 and will include both introductory large lecture courses as well as advanced graduate and undergraduate seminars.


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