College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Anthropology
Position: Assistant Professor of Archaeology, with priority given
to candidates with expertise in Environmental Archaeology
Starting Date: August, 2022
1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Anthropology or other
closely-related field from an accredited institution (or
equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing the completion
of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. The doctorate must be
completed by the date of appointment (August 18, 2022)
2) Evidence of scholarly potential, including but not limited to
publications, conference presentations, and funding.
1) Evidence of research experience in one or more of the following
areas: environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, CRM,
archaeobotany, ethnobotany, landscape archaeology, and
2) Evidence of effective teaching or potential for effective
3) Demonstrated potential to work with and mentor a diverse student
4) Demonstrated experience in the field and potential to develop
fieldwork, research projects, or community projects with
5) Regional area of focus is open, but preference will be given to
those with experience working in the Great Basin, California,
and/or the Southwest.
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty
members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative
activity, and service to the University, profession and to the
community. These responsibilities generally include: advising
students, participation in campus and system-wide committees,
maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively
with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic
The successful candidate will teach lower- and upper-division
undergraduate as well as graduate courses and will participate in
the curriculum development process. Commitment to excellence in all
aspects of undergraduate teaching and mentorship is essential, as
is a passion for working with students, both in and beyond the
classroom. The successful candidate is also expected to maintain an
active field and laboratory research program; involve and mentor
undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activities;
publish in peer-reviewed journals; actively pursue grants; and
engage in university, professional, and community
The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success
of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges,
encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end,
the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and
collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings.
In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join
faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s
shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the
Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of
23 campuses within the California State University system. The
University is the premier comprehensive public university in the
heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S.
for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to
engagement, service, and the public good. We offer nationally
recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal
justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the
humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship,
research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and
Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of
populations. The University has one of the most diverse student
populations of any college or university in the nation. As a
federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and
Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving
Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of
education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of
all of its students. The University is committed to creating a
community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in
an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and
sensibilities of each individual.
Anthropology is one of 12 departments within the College of Natural
and Social Sciences, which supports academic programs for
approximately 7,000 students. The Department of Anthropology
currently has about 150 students in the Bachelor of Arts program
and 50 in the Master of Arts program. Areas of faculty research in
the department include Mesoamerican archaeology, California
archaeology, Irish archaeology, bioarchaeology, linguistic
anthropology including language documentation and revitalization of
Oaxacan languages in Oaxaca and in the diaspora, applied
anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology, including several
faculty who focus on mobility and migration.
Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the
email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred
qualifications. The cover letter should include a teaching
philosophy and statement of research interests.
2) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working
effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a
multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a
substantial population of students who are among the
first-generation of their family to attend a college or
3) A curriculum vitae.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form (https://www.calstatela.edu/sites/default/files/groups/Human%20Resources%20Management/forms/empl_application_academic_2017_11_28.pdf)
Finalists will be required to submit:
Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and will
continue until the position is filled.
Email all application materials in a single PDF to Ms. Maricela
Godinez (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Archaeology
Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.
Questions may be addressed to the chair of the search committee,
Dr. Aaron Huey Sonnenschein (email@example.com).
Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated
reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting
Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in
CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus
facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or
religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a
currently open search process should be prepared to comply with
this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/
and questions may be sent to OfficeHRM@calstatela.edu.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be
completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a
position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the
background check may affect the application status of applicants or
continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the
In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and
state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in
which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an
atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and
sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified
individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to
economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status,
pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability,
disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX EMPLOYER
Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to
individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the
employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when
this does not cause undue hardship.