We’re Hiring! Assistant/Associate Visiting Professor in Bioarchaeology

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Position Number 02301698
Division College of Letters and Science
Department B4872 ANTHROPOLOGY
Position Type Teaching Academic Staff
Appointment Type Fixed Term/Project, Teaching
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Faculty & Instructional
Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is an R1 top-tier research University located on the shores of Lake Michigan; we are the second largest and one of only two doctoral institutions in the UW System. To fulfill its mission as a major urban doctoral university and to meet the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area, the UWM provides a wide array of degree programs, a balanced program of applied and basic research, and a faculty who are active in public service. The Anthropology Department consists of a vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and scholars. We offer B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, as well as certificates in Forensic Science and Museum Studies. Many of our programs reach beyond campus – from the Milwaukee Public Museum to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a field science, we offer field schools that enable students to experience anthropological research. In addition, our department houses a successful Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program and curates one of the largest archaeologically recovered skeletal collections in the U.S. Graduates from our programs have found employment in the nonprofit and government sectors as well as in business and academia.
Job Summary

The Anthropology Department proposes to hire a Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor with expertise in bioarchaeology with emphases on skeletal biology, archaeological excavation, mortuary archaeology and NAGPRA compliance. Preference will be given to candidates with research experience in the Great Lakes/Midwest and undergraduate teaching experience who add to the diversity of the faculty.

This hire is critical to maintaining our ability to recruit and train one of the largest subset of Anthropology Department Masters and PhD students. The position also serves as an important link between the archaeology and biological anthropology programs and will contribute to the interdepartmental Forensic Certificate program and the Archaeological Research Laboratory Center (ARLC). The position will involve teaching on a 2:2 schedule and will provide continued coverage for courses such as Human Origins (ANTH 101), Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 103), Prehistoric Violence (ANTH 304) and Archaeology of Death (ANTH 501), as well as Human Evolution and Variation (ANTH 301) and the Human Skeleton (ANTH 403).

Individuals who are qualified as burial excavators and skeletal analysts under state laws such as Wisconsin’s Burial Law (Statute §157.70) and familiarity with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) are critical in CRM and federally-funded institutions. Training students in the analysis of material culture and skeletal remains recovered during excavations is a crucial component of future employment in CRM as well as in forensics and museums.

The VAP hire would curate and maintain the Anthropology Department and ARLC’s Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery (MCPFC) human skeletal population (1650 individuals). The final disposition of an additional 650 individuals from the 2013 excavations is anticipated in 2022 and the VAP would be responsible for integrating this material into the existing collections. The MCPFC is one of the premier archaeologically excavated historic-era human skeletal collections in the United States, having attracted and served as the basis for numerous PhD and MS theses.

Because the ARLC serves as a repository for archaeologically recovered collections, containing both skeletal remains and burial-related artifacts that are largely derived from the Midwest, the VAP candidate must have an archaeological background as well as knowledge of skeletal biology. The person hired for this position will assist the ARLC in complying with state and federal statutes and guidelines associated with NAGPRA.

Since the Department and the ARLC facilitate access to archaeological material for both research and teaching purposes, this hire must have experience with archaeological excavation research design, analysis, curation, and administration. Hoped for but not required is a potential synergy with UWM’s vibrant Museum Studies Program. These additional responsibilities are the reason the position is requested for two years, renewable for a third year. The VAP will have support from ARLC faculty and staff as well as a graduate student RA.

We expect the candidate to provide guidance for our students interested in bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, forensics, osteology, and related areas of research. The Department has a strong history of producing archaeology PhD and MS students and the VAP will be expected to serve on dissertation and thesis committees beginning in the second year of the appointment.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Anthropology or related field in hand by August 22, 2022

Expertise in Bioarchaeology with emphasis on Skeletal Biology

Experience in NAGPRA Compliance.

Preferred Qualifications

Research Experience in the Great Lakes/Midwest and expertise in Mortuary Archaeology

Archaeological excavation experience

Undergraduate Teaching Experience

Application Instructions
Completed application materials must include a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position as listed above, a resume or curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, and three professional references.
Application Deadline 04/11/2022
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) No
If Continuous, Initial Review Date
Position Contact Name BETTINA ARNOLD
Contact Phone 414-628-2455
Contact Email barnold@uwm.edu
Application Notes
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Applicant Documents

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
  4. Teaching Philosophy

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