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Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Heritage Studies

UC Merced
Merced, California
Salary commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 27, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Economics
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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The Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in anthropological archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a broadly trained archaeologist with active field research, preferably in the Americas and a methodological expertise that articulates with Heritage Studies such as spatial analyses, GIS, 3D imaging and visualization to complement existing faculty methodological strengths. The position is broadly conceived to stress the integration of method, theory, and engagement with critical heritage studies, encompassing a research agenda focused on important anthropological issues that transcend sub-fields of the discipline.

In order to be considered, candidates must have an PhD in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a closely related field, or a BA or MA in Anthropology or Archaeology with a PhD in a related field by the position start date of July 1, 2023.

The preferred candidate will complement and enhance existing strengths in the Anthropology and Heritage Studies Department; be active in field or laboratory research; and be willing to work to support and/or establish vigorous teaching and research programs involving undergraduates and interdisciplinary graduate students. We seek a candidate with a record of publication; an interest in obtaining external funding who will establish and maintain strong research programs; participate actively in the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs and research; and teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within the undergraduate curriculum, we expect this individual to contribute to the teaching of archaeology courses and intersect with course offerings in heritage studies, as well as participate in graduate teaching, as appropriate. This includes introductory Anthropological Archaeology (ANTH 3) and upper division courses including those emphasizing the candidate’s research interests and methodological skills. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted online. An initial review of the completed applications will take place on December 1, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications prior to this date. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) two writing samples; 6) a contributions to diversity statement; and, 7) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. This position will remain open until filled.

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experiences, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit:

For additional information, please contact search chair, Holley Moyes at

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. School: Department:

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Heritage Studies (JPF01442) Generated Oct 19, 2022 at 2:37pm Page 2 applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus. (

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