Assistant Teaching Professor

University of Kansas

United States

November 15, 2021


Assistant Teaching Professor - 20397BR

Assistant Teaching Professor




University of Kansas Lawrence Campus



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Position Overview

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track teaching assistant professor position in anthropological archaeology. The successful applicant will have expertise in zooarchaeology, including morphological and molecular analysis of archaeofaunal collections. The ideal candidate will have excavation experience in the North American arctic and/or the Southern Plains to complement both research and teaching needs of the department. The successful candidate must have advanced training in college level pedagogy, have experience in developing and teaching online courses in North American archaeology and introductory biological anthropology, supervise graduate teaching assistants, and engage in mentoring and advising both undergraduate and graduate students.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages application from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically under-represented minorities. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description

60% Teaching/Advising

In addition to courses in North American archaeology relevant to the broad spectrum of career interests of students across the discipline, the new faculty member will also be expected to offer courses in archaeological methods, morphological and molecular analysis of archaeofauna, and train advanced graduate students as college level educators and teachers. The standard teaching expectation is three courses per semester. All faculty are expected to:

  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class or propose some other relevant assignment. Classes should not be canceled.
  • Provide instruction throughout the semester, usually 3 hours/week/class.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. Be available for office hours each week, including reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in independent research projects.
  • Supervise and mentor graduate teaching assistants, including through classes designed to educate students in the methods and expectations of classroom teaching in the discipline.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
  • All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.
  • 20% Research

    The successful candidate will conduct research in zooarchaeology that complements existing faculty research foci in geoarchaeology and ancient DNA analysis. Geographic area of interest should complement and enhance existing faculty expertise in the circumarctic and the North American mid-continent, especially the Southern Plains. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and/or maintain a research program of national stature that advances scholarship and knowledge discovery throughout their career. All faculty members are expected to publish in peer-reviewed books and journals, secure extramural support for their research and support of graduate students, and to present findings at professional conferences.

    20% Service

    Teaching faculty members are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending faculty meetings, carrying out departmental committee assignments, mentoring graduate students, attending national and international meetings or conferences, serving the College and KU as appropriate, and serving the profession as a reviewer for grant proposals and manuscripts, or as an officer of a professional society. Teaching faculty are full voting members of the department faculty except on personnel matters involving tenure-track faculty.


    All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the 1Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.1

    Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in anthropology or archaeology by the start date of the appointment.
  • Two or more years of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in directing field and laboratory work and in teaching and mentoring students in both contexts.
  • Commitment and plan to obtain extramural grants to support teaching and research.
  • Commitment to excellence and innovation in the teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Commitment to teaching courses in arctic prehistory, general North American archaeology, and additional courses in areas of expertise
  • Additional Candidate Instructions

    For more information and to apply, go to https: // Applications should apply online with the following materials: (a) a letter of interest, (b) full curriculum vitae, and (c) the names and contact information for three (3) references.

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Deadline to apply will November 15, 2021. To be considered, you must apply by this deadline date.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Dennis O'Rourke orourke@ku.edu3

    Application Review Begins

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Anticipated Start Date

    Saturday, January 1, 2022

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