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Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Radford University

Assistant Professor

The Department of Anthropological Sciences is seeking qualified applicants for a 9-month teaching position starting in Fall 2019. The position is full-time, tenure-track and at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a collegial individual who can contribute to our small, but growing and vibrant department through teaching, scholarly activities, and university service. Requirements for the position include a Ph.D. in anthropology with specialization in archaeology and the ability to teach a variety of coursework in anthropology and archaeology. 

Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to effectively teach in one or more of the following areas: archaeological methods and theory, introductory biological and archaeological anthropology (both in-person and online sections), an archaeological field school, and cultural anthropology, in addition to courses in the applicant's area of expertise. Geographic focus is open, but preference will be given to applicants with expertise outside of Andean South America. The successful applicant should have an active research agenda and an openness to beginning a local field research agenda. We are particularly interested in applicants who can connect their scholarly research and pedagogy in innovative and engaging ways. 

Radford University is committed to taking a leadership role in creating and supporting a highly productive, diverse and qualified workforce. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in informal and formal teams with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Distinctive record of accomplishment incorporating diverse perspectives in teaching, scholarship and/or outreach. Ability to contribute to campus diversity efforts and/or demonstrate cultural competence. Experience with a wide variety of teaching methods focused on diverse learners and differentiation. . We actively value diversity in our workplace and seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone.

Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants are asked to provide the following: (1) a letter of application; (2) a current and complete curriculum vita; (3) contact information for three professional references; and (4) copies of unofficial graduate transcripts. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Jake Fox at Review of applications will begin April 1, 2019.


Archaeology Program at Boston University

Boston, MA


The Archaeology Program at Boston University seeks a Lecturer who can serve as instructor for courses in archaeological sciences and/or geospatial analyses. The course load is 3/2, and candidates should be able to teach introductory courses in general archaeology as well as upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses providing overviews of archaeological sciences (e.g., paleobotany, zooarchaeology, geochemistry, dating methods, isotopic analyses) and/or geospatial methods (e.g., remote sensing, GIS). Candidates should apply using Academic Jobs Online to upload a cover letter, CV, teaching portfolio, and list of three referees to Faculty Search Committee, Archaeology Program, Boston University, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application

  • Cover Letter 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Teaching Portfolio 

  • Three References (no actual letters, just names and email addresses )

Further Info:


Department of Historic Resources

Richmond VA

State Archaeologist

Are you seeking a challenging opportunity to provide statewide leadership by promoting archaeology stewardship and educating the public regarding archaeological issues throughout the Commonwealth? If so, the Department of Historic Resources (DHR) has a position just for you. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the field of Archaeology we encourage you to apply. This position works to foster the understanding and preservation of significant archaeological resources through public outreach and stewardship programs; oversees the development of a state archaeological plan for research and management; interfaces with other state agencies on issues of historic preservation; and works to form partnerships with appropriate organizations, both public and private.

Essential duties: Promote archaeology and archaeological issues; serve as the agency liaison with archaeological community; cultivate and maintain relationships with professional and avocational organizations; represent the agency at statewide, regional and national conferences; provide vision and leadership for specific educational programs and projects; develop and promote best practices; maintain and manage the state’s archaeological collections and implement a vision for the use of collections for important research and educational purposes; manage threatened sites program and data; serve as agency liaison with the COVA, ASV, as well as other statewide and national organizations, and participate actively on various committees and in joint projects and programs; prepare written and oral summaries and newsletters; develop and implement statewide curation and collections management policies and programs in collaboration with the archaeological and museum communities; and manage professional and volunteer staff. DHR believes in collaboration, mutual respect and open communication.

Applications received by March 22, 2019 will receive full review.

For more information, contact Wendy Baker at

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Brown University

“Slavery’s New Materialisms” Seminar Call for Faculty Applications

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice’s (CSSJ) inaugural Research Seminar, “Slavery’s New Materialisms” seeks to explore an emerging dynamic in Slavery Studies: a move away from an older materialist history that had foregrounded modes of production, class struggle, and capitalist transformation; and toward a new(er) materialism organized around human/non-human entanglements and drawing on recent theoretical work on things, networks, and assemblages.

The last thirty years have witnessed concurrent and overlapping conversations about materiality across Philosophy, Archaeology, Science and Technology Studies, Ecology, Political Science, Critical Theory, Literary and Performance Studies, and other disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities. This polyvocal conversation gathered under the umbrella of a New Materialism seeks to embed the human past in a broader matrix or relationships to the environment, animals, and what once would have been called “inanimate objects.” Scholars are only beginning to weigh the implications of this move for the study of Atlantic Slavery.

This seminar will consider the potential benefits and costs of this scholarly turn. Will greater attention to non-human agency deepen the analytical frames of the existing historiography? Or, will the quest to subdivide agency and to imbue “things” will agential power pose overwhelming political and ethical challenges to a field where black historical actors have only recently found a place at the center of the narrative and in which “agency” remains a crucial (if always problematic) watchword? To put the question most provocatively, what are the consequences of pursuing a scholarly agenda of #allthingsmatter in the era of #blacklivesmatter? Some critics have suggested the inability of New Materialist scholarship to account for the kinds of power inherent in the relationships of dominance to be found in the hold of a slave ship or on the auction block of the slave market. Other critics contend that indigenous and diasporic African epistemologies have always been “new materialist” to the extent they never possessed  the Western tradition’s prima facie commitment to a subject/object dichotomy. If so, how useful are the interventions of the New Materialism conversation for recovering the subjectivities of the enslaved?  

Please submit application materials to with the subject line: “Slavery’s New Materialisms” by Friday, March 15, 2019. Acceptances will be made by April 1, 2019.



The History Department of Case Western Reserve University

postdoctoral fellowship in African American History

The History Department of Case Western Reserve University is offering a postdoctoral fellowship in African American History, with subfield and period open, beginning August 1, 2019. Fellows must have their Ph.D. at the time of appointment. The two-year appointment in the History Department carries a competitive stipend plus medical benefits and a generous relocation/research expense fund for the first year, and a research fund for the second year.

The fellow is expected to teach one (1) history course per academic year (coordinated with programs in African and African- American Studies and in Ethnic Studies), and to give one public presentation at the beginning and one at the end of the fellow’s tenure.

Completed applications must include a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, an article or chapter-length sample of scholarly writing, and a project proposal (not to exceed five double-spaced pages) outlining the applicant’s research and writing agenda for the fellowship period. If the applicant has not completed the Ph.D., the committee requests a statement from the advisor or other suitable figure indicating that the dissertation will be filed by August 1, 2019.

Submit all materials and request letters of recommendation online:

Deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday, March 29, 2019.


Field School Opportunities




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 or email us at



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 or contact Dr. Karen Schollmeyer at



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