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Assistant Professor in Forensic Anthropology

9 month tenure track (full-time) position at Western Carolina University, starting August 2023

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Position summary
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University invites applications for a nine-month tenure track Assistant Professor of Anthropology, to begin August 2023. WCU’s four-field undergraduate anthropology program is seeking a forensic anthropologist to support its general anthropology program, in addition to its popular concentration in forensic anthropology. The undergraduate forensic anthropology program at Western Carolina University is one-of-a-kind with an outdoor human decomposition research laboratory, willed-body donation program, and forensic anthropology laboratories.
The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in forensic and biological anthropology as well as contribute to the University’s Liberal Studies introductory anthropology course offerings.

Preference will be given to applicants who have experience: teaching anthropology, working in the context of human decomposition facilities, and teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Certification in forensic anthropology by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology is also desired.WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Minimum qualifications
(1) A Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related discipline in hand at start of appointment is preferred, but individuals that are currently ABD will be considered.
(2) An active research program in forensic and/or biological anthropology.
(3) Experience teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and working in the context of human decomposition facilities.


Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for consideration. Review of applications will begin late March 2023 and continue until position is filled. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Required Documents

1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Unofficial Transcripts from highest earned degree
4. List of three references
5. Teaching interests and philosophy
6. Background in forensic anthropology, two-page minimum

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Nicholas Passalacqua at


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