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Department of Anthropology Tenure Track Assistant Professor

California State University, San Bernardino
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 28, 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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Department of Anthropology Tenure Track Assistant Professor
California State University, San Bernardino

California State University San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified candidates for a tenure track position in the Department of Anthropology specializing in archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2021.

The successful applicant will focus on Indigenous archaeology. Preferred qualifications include active engagement with fieldwork in Western North America or nearby regions. We seek expertise that complements our existing department strengths in ceramics, lithics, and human osteology - for example, GIS, faunal analysis, paleoethnobotany, or historical materials analysis. Significant, collaborative projects with descendant communities are also desirable.

Our BA in Anthropology provides a broad education in the discipline. Faculty research specializations emphasize ethnography, critical social theory, museum studies, osteology, human ecology, and archaeology. Geographical regions of focus include North America, South America, Mesoamerica, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Graduates often go on to postgraduate studies in anthropology and related social sciences, as well as careers in public archaeology, museums, and education.

Our MA in Applied Archaeology program is a professionally-oriented program designed to prepare students for middle and upper-level careers in the cultural resource management (CRM) industry. Students in this program are trained to be well-versed in archaeological theory, analytical techniques, and research design, and graduates are competitive for admission to Ph.D. programs.

California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) sits on the territory and ancestral land of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (Yuhaaviatam). We recognize that every member of the CSUSB community has benefited and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land since the institution's founding in 1965. The Office of Tribal Relations at CSUSB aims to increase enrollment of Native American students, and to promote Native American perspectives across campus. The campus hosts the annual San Manuel Powwow, and coordinates with a Native American Advisory Board through which stakeholders provide input in decision-making that impacts Native American affairs on campus and in the surrounding community. CSUSB has a Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies, through which students can earn a Certificate in Native Nations / Indigenous Peoples Studies and a Certificate in California Indian Languages and Cultures. The campus regularly offers courses in the Cahuilla, Luiseno, and Serrano languages.

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB's commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB's ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.

Typical Activities
This is a tenure track position in the Department of Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. A specialization in Indigenous archaeology is preferred.
The primary responsibilities of the successful applicant will be to teach and advise graduate students in the MA in Applied Archaeology program, teach undergraduate courses in Anthropology and Ethnic studies (if needed), conduct and publish research, and engage in required service activities. Ongoing research projects with the capacity to involve undergraduate and graduate students are especially desirable.
Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology in-hand by time of appointment.
    • Evidence of scholarly activity, publication, and innovation is valued. Evidence of exemplary graduate-level teaching and leadership experience at program level is preferred and should be noted in application.
    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.
    Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.
    Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.
    For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

    Supplemental Information
    The Department of Anthropology at CSUSB has an undergraduate program and a MA in Applied Archaeology.
    For more information regarding the position, please contact:

    Recruitment Chair
    Dr. Arianna Huhn
    (909) 537-5505

    Department Chair
    Dr. Wesley Niewoehner
    (909) 537-5567

    Please submit

    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter that includes:
    a. A statement of your teaching interest/philisophy
    b. A statement of your research experience/plans

  • If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.
  • Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).
  • Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation will be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
  • Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).
  • Formal review of applications will begin December 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

    If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at:

    Salary is commensurate with experience.

    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 position.
    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.
    California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)
    This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

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