Assistant Teaching Professor - 20397BR
Assistant Teaching Professor
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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: // employment.ku.edu/academic/20397BR2. 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)
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
Application Review Begins
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Anticipated Start Date
Saturday, January 1, 2022