Updated August 08, 2018
Open-rank Archaeology Position, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
invites applications for an open-rank tenured/tenure-track position in
archaeology, beginning September 2019.
The successful candidate will show evidence of scholarly excellence and
accomplished teaching commensurate with rank. This hire is part of a larger
initiative to build an innovative program in archaeology for the 21st century;
as such we are looking for a scholar who takes seriously the role of
archaeology in the contemporary world and who is committed to engaging
responsibly and creatively with academic and non-academic communities. In addition to experience with the more traditional fieldwork, excavation, or
methods of material analysis of the discipline, we encourage applicants who
have interest and/or experience and ability to teach innovative
theoretical, topical, and methodological approaches in archaeology, such as:
- archaeology in a world in crisis (e.g. engaging with climate change
issues; documenting conflict areas/threatened heritage; understanding
migration and cross-cultural engagement; or (de)coloniality, race and
- bringing community-based practices into CRM, heritage management,
archival practices, etc.; and/or?
- exploratory or community-based digital, sensory, or visual methods
(e.g. 3D printing/modelling, cultural mapping, sensory archaeology &
landscapes, archaeo-gaming, VR and augmented reality).
Archaeologists with transdisciplinary interests who will strengthen links
between the subfields and with adjacent disciplines (e.g. material culture
studies, (post-)coloniality, critical heritage studies, sensory studies,
public health, popular culture, museum studies, human geography, etc.) are
particularly encouraged to apply.
The teaching load is 2/2, and we seek a candidate who has a strong record
of external funding who can engage students in their research/fieldwork,
advise Honors and MA/PhD research projects, and complement the broader
department interest in community-based research and historical processes of power and inequality. The UMass Anthropology program takes a four-field
approach in which we value work at the intersection of the subfields. The
candidate should have a PhD in Anthropology in hand at time of appointment.
Please submit a cover letter discussing qualifications, a CV, and names and
contact info for 3 references to http://careers.massachusetts.edu/cw/en-us/
job/494738?lApplicationSubSourceID=11182. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Sonya Atalay, Chair, Archaeology Search Committee,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 15, 2018.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the
5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the Connecticut
River Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New York
City. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 20,000 undergraduate students and 4,200
graduate students, and over 1200 tenure system faculty. The Department of
Anthropology has 20 faculty, 175 majors in the BA program and 82 graduate
students working on MA and/or PhD programs. The University is part of a
Five College Consortium that includes Amherst, Hampshire, Smith and Mt.
Holyoke Colleges, and strong collaboration exists among the five campuses.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and
individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and
other protected group members. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and other
The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professorate,
workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University?s mission of excellence
in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly
diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many
qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor
favorably an individual?s record of conduct that includes students and
colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds
in educational, research or other work activities. Among other
qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or
helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.
For more information visit: http://careers.massachusetts.edu/cw/en-us/job/494738
Project Review Archaeologist, Department of Historic Resources
Are you seeking a challenging opportunity with a great working culture? If so, the Department of Historic Resources has a position just for you. This position offers a career opportunity for an individual with exceptional research and analytical skills and a can-do-attitude; to review all aspects of federal and state undertakings for effects to archaeological resources to ensure their appropriate treatment in accordance with federal and state legislative mandates. Duties: serves as main point of contact for as- signed agencies; conducts timely and consistently accurate reviews based on critical analysis of individual projects; provides written comments regarding the project’s effects on known or expected prehistoric or historic resources; interprets federal and state regulations and guidelines; reviews reports for content and consistency with application standards and guidelines; applies the National Register criteria to evaluate archaeological resources and make recommendations for further identification and evaluation; makes assessments of effect, requests consideration of alternatives, and recommends appropriate treatment of significant archaeological resources; provides technical assistance; performs field inspections; provides training workshops in statutory requirements for historic resources and/or available preservation tools; and participates on the Archaeological Subcommittee of the National Register Evaluation Team. May be assigned additional duties.
Comprehensive knowledge of the historic and prehistoric archaeology of Virginia and/or the Mid-Atlantic Region; archaeological resource protection and project management principles, methods, and techniques; applicable state and federal laws, regulations and guidelines; and, agency programs. Knowledge of and ability to conduct and evaluate archaeological survey and mitigation projects; to apply technical, legal and cultural knowledge and planning principles to complex archaeological projects; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to research and analyze documents; to negotiate effectively; to provide technical assistance related to program area; and, to work effectively and exercise good judgement under stressful conditions. Experience in working as part of an interdisciplinary team; ability to instruct/guide others positively. Strong attention to detail and ability to analyze complex documents. Requirements: Applicants must meet the Secretary Of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in Archaeology. Limited teleworking may be possible; approval is at the discretion of the supervisor only after the employee has successfully worked for the agency of a time no less than 6 months. The selected candidate will be required to complete a criminal background check as a condition of employment. A valid driver license is required.
To be considered for this position a completed state application must be received through the on-line employment system by SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 at http://jobs.virginia.gov/.
Field School Opportunities
Updated March 12, 2018
2018 Exploring Globalization through Archaeology
The REU Site is an international 8-week summer program on the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius (Statia – a special municipality within The Netherlands) designed for students to acquire research skills in the fields of anthropological and forensic archaeology, and to prepare them for graduate study or employment following graduation. Students will be involved in the scientific study, analysis, and interpretation of landscapes, architecture, material culture, and human skeletal biology leading to a broader understanding of the range of human responses to globalization. In 2018, students will have the option of focusing on either the archaeological investigations of two forts or the forensic archaeological recovery and analysis of a nearby cemetery.
Students will spend approximately 4 weeks (June 11-July 3) on Statia conducting data collection (field work) and 4 weeks (July 9-August 3) on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos conducting laboratory analysis, report preparation, and development of a poster to be presented at an on-campus event. On Statia students will stay in dormitory-style housing and meals will be provided. At Texas State, students will stay in on-campus dormitories and have access to on-campus meal options.
For more information visit: cas.anthropology.txstate.edu/cas-reu.html
The Archaeology Field School and Internship at James Madison’s Montpelier
The Montpelier Archaeology Field School recently came in 2nd place in the SHA Diversity Field School Competition, and makes a concerted effort to encourage the participation of African American students in our program through the field school and internship program.
The Field School runs from May 29-June 29, 2018, and focuses on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier Plantation, with a particular focus on the lives of the African Americans who were enslaved on the property. Students can take the field school for credit through James Madison University or SUNY-Plattsburgh with an additional $400 fee to Montpelier, or enroll for no-credit for $650 Montpelier Fee, which includes housing and equipment. African American students can apply for the field school scholarship, which waives the Montpelier related fee - this means students and recent graduates can attend the field school for no cost.
Recent graduates who take the archaeology field school can also apply for the Montpelier Archaeology Internship Program. This program accepts five recent graduates to work as part of the Montpelier staff. Participants are paid and receive full benefits, including health insurance, sick, and vacation time. Housing is also included. The internship lasts from the end of field school until April 30, 2019, and interns receive training in field and lab methods, public archaeology, working with descendant communities, and gain professional experience working in archaeology and at a museum. They also work on a research project, presenting at the Mid Atlantic Archaeological Conference. This is an excellent stepping stone for young archaeologists looking to break into the archaeological discipline: many of our former interns are working professionally in the field or attending graduate school!
To learn more about our programs, please visit http://montpelier.org/fieldschools or email us at email@example.com
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship: Buffalo Soldier Research And Education Internship
The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title: Buffalo Soldier Research and Education Intern
NPS Unit Name: Chiricahua National Monument – Wilcox, AZ
Position Dates: June 4 – August 3, 2018
This internship will provide interdisciplinary opportunities, ranging from archeology and museum studies to communication and field research. The HBCU intern will continue research on the Buffalo Soldiers (10th Cavalry, Troops E, H, and I) who were stationed in Bonita Canyon in 1885-1886 as part of the Geronimo Campaign. An expanded area of focus could be Company I of the 10th Cavalry, who were Native Americans in an experimental fighting role (as opposed to only scouting) briefly stationed at Fort Bowie NHS. Very little is known or has been written about Company.
Compensation and Benefits:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at: www.serve.gyfoundation.org
For more information about HBCUI visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org. QUESTIONS? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology Field School in Southwest New Mexico
Join Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona this summer for the 2018 season of our Preservation Archaeology Field School! Students will earn 7 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through the University of Arizona while investigating how ancient communities formed during an era of migration and social change.
Our team will excavate at the 14th-century Gila River Farm site in beautiful southwest New Mexico. We will also record sites on survey, analyze what we find in the lab, and learn to make and use ancient tools. Field trips to archaeological sites, visits to contemporary Native American communities, and public outreach events in our project area emphasize communication with diverse audiences and reinforce the principles of Preservation Archaeology as we focus on recovering maximum information with limited impacts on the archaeological record.
Funding is available for qualified undergraduate students through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program. Applications are due March 5; for more information, see http://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/field-school/ or contact Dr. Karen Schollmeyer at email@example.com.
Summer Curatorial Research Project at the University of Virginia
This eight-week intensive program is for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in the humanities and social sciences who have an interest in museum studies including curatorial practice, art education, conservation, and archives/collections management. Summer 2018 program dates are June 3 - July 31, 2018.
The program is hosted by the University of Virginia Museums:
The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
• Research and development of an exhibition project
• Seminars in curatorial theory with museum professionals
• Hands-on workshops in object handling, museum practice, etc.
• Field trips to area museums, including Washington, D.C.
• Rising sophomores, juniors, & seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and individuals with disabilities.
What is Covered and Benefits
• Travel to and from Charlottesville, Virginia
• Accommodation, food allowance, and a stipend of $3000
• GRE course and graduate school preparation
• Presentation of student work at Leadership Alliance National Symposium
The online application form is available on the Leadership Alliance website. Be sure to read the application instructions thoroughly before beginning the application! DEADLINE is February 1, 2018.
Amanda Wagstaff, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keisha John, Director of Diversity Programs, email@example.com.