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Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology)

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology)

Category: Faculty       
Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Nov 4, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August 2022

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology, which provides a survey of methods and discoveries in both fields; Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, which incorporates all four fields of American anthropology; and other lower and upper division topical courses from within the current course offerings, or new courses associated with the candidate's expertise. In addition, this position also includes the coordination and delivery of the bi-annual WIU Archaeological Field School. Candidates with expertise in the archaeology and cultures of the Americas are especially encouraged to apply.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Salary competitive. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Anthropology. Candidates should demonstrate an expertise in anthropological archaeology. Commitment to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment for both on-campus and fully-online students.


Must show commitment to scholarly/research activities and evidence of ability to teach at the university level. Demonstrable experience in teaching or working with diverse student populations. Experience with online, face-to-face, and hybrid course delivery formats and the associated technologies. Noteworthy teaching experience in an academic setting is preferred.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Anthropology Program is part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, located on the Macomb campus. The program offers students training in the four-fields of Anthropology and offers the first fully online BA in Anthropology program at an Illinois public college/university. We have long standing relationships with regional institutions including the Field Museum of Natural History and Dickson Mounds Museum. Students have opportunities to participate in short term study abroad programs, our Archeological Field School, and federally funded research. Anthropology majors may also pursue an Integrated Master's Degree in either Liberal Arts & Sciences or Museum Studies. For more information please see

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. The University's 442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.

WIU-Quad Cities: The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000).

WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A) community provides resources, support and programming. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) a detailed curriculum vitae including list of courses taught, grants awarded, and publications written

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) a teaching portfolio with sample syllabi, teaching evaluations and a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy

5) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on December 4, 2021.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Dr. Lora Ebert Wallace, Faculty Recruitment Committee Chairperson, at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at


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