Naisa

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track position, beginning September 2015.  The position will be a one-year appointment with a strong possibility of renewal.  The teaching load is 2/3, a total of five courses per year. PhD in Anthropology in hand at time of appointment is required. The successful candidate will bring expertise in the indigenous archaeology of eastern North America, and the ability to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses. Possible courses include: topics in the candidate’s area of specialization; introduction to archaeology and “world prehistory”; archaeological lab and field techniques; Indigenous archaeology; and North American archaeology. Our program has a focus on social justice and engaged anthropology within a four-field approach. We seek a candidate who can engage students with high quality teaching, help with advising on research projects, and contribute to the broader department orientation.  Evidence of engagement with Indigenous communities and demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity are desired.

Please submit a cover letter discussing qualifications, a cv/resume, and the names of three referees to https://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=58399.  Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Chair, Search Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Review of applications begins on April 21, 2015 and continues until the position is filled. Letters and additional materials from selected candidates will be due within 2 weeks of receiving such a request.

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 protected categories.

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.