Assistant Professor of Biological or Medical Anthropology

University of Missouri-St. Louis

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages at the University of Missouri-St. Louis invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biological or Medical Anthropology to begin in the Fall of 2014.

We seek candidates with demonstrated research excellence and teaching interests in biological or medical anthropology.  The successful candidate will lead the creation of a new interdisciplinary major in comparative human development that will offer an innovative platform for attracting undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine and health by bridging the biological and social sciences.  The ideal candidate will have a broad anthropological background that combines biological and cultural approaches.  Potential specializations could include human development, human-environment relationships, and/or traditional medical systems.  PhD in hand is required.

The new faculty member will teach Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Human Variation.  An ability to teach forensic anthropology, human osteology and/or GIS is desirable, as is an interest in overseeing the department’s Forensic Anthropology Lab, which houses an exceptional teaching collection.  Candidates are expected to support the Anthropology program's core curriculum and the University’s general education program, as well as offer core courses in their areas of specialization. Promise of teaching excellence and the successful mentoring of undergraduate students are required.   

Applicants should submit the following electronically in MS Word or PDF formats to Laura Hayes ( with the subject line “biological or medical anthropologist,” and be addressed to Susan Brownell, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages:
* Letter of application,
* Curriculum Vitae, and
* Complete contact information for three referees.

Review of applications by the Anthropology Search Committee will begin on Dec. 16, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Anthropology Program is the largest program within a Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages.  It is an undergraduate major with an affiliated M.A. in Museum Studies. There is the potential to create a Master’s degree program in the near future.  The University Missouri-St. Louis is known as a premier metropolitan public research university and is a university of choice for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  It provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body.   Outstanding faculty and staff, innovative research, and creative partnerships foster synergies that advance the welfare of our stakeholders and benefit the global society. 

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to our unique educational mission.  The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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