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Position Opening – Department Chair of the Department of Anthropology

Position Advertisement

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, the flagship campus of University of Tennessee system, invites applicants for the position of department head with open sub disciplinary specialization. Qualifications of the ideal candidate will include a demonstrated record of commitment to, and appreciation for, multiple sub disciplinary approaches in Anthropology and multidisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will be an experienced unit leader who will bring a strong vision for the continued growth and success of the Forensic Anthropology Center, the Archaeological Research Laboratory, and the Geoarchaeological and Paleoenvironmental Services Center, and a commitment to work collaboratively with the McClung Museum. An active research agenda and strong record of publication is essential. This appointment is expected to be at the level of full professor, with the area of specialization open, to begin August 1, 2017.

The Knoxville Campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.  Applications from women and under-represented groups are especially encouraged.

The Anthropology Department is in an exciting period of growth and increased international attention, and requires engaged and innovative leadership moving forward. Historically known for its unparalleled strength in forensic anthropology, we also enjoy a strong international reputation in archaeology and in cultural anthropology through the innovative Disasters,Displacement and Human Rights program. The department’s 2017 move to new, state-of-the art facilities shared with the departments of biology, chemistry, and earth and planetary sciences will further encourage scholarly collaboration.

Interested individuals should submit applications via email as a single pdf to Dr. Charles Feigerle, Chair, Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Chemistry ( that includes: (1) a cover letter including statements outlining their vision for the Anthropology Department at the University of Tennessee, leadership strategies and experience; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience; (3) a statement of current research and near future directions; (4) names and contact information for five references; and (5) a full CV. At least one of the references should be able to comment on the applicant’s administrative experience and leadership skills. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016, with initial interviews held by electronic media and at upcoming professional meetings.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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