The Department of Anthropology at Washington State University (WSU) seeks to hire an archaeological scholar with an active, North American research program and the experience necessary to simultaneously serve as the Director of our Museum of Anthropology. This is a permanent, nine-month, full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2023.

Given the needs of the department, the Museum of Anthropology, the institution, and its constituencies, the research profile for our ideal candidate is a theoretically-driven scholar of North American archaeology (focus on western North America preferred) who engages, or has the potential to engage, meaningfully with Indigenous communities and a variety of other stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have regional, methodological and/or ideological foci that complement and expand those of existing faculty members within the Department of Anthropology. The successful candidate will serve also as the Director of the Museum of Anthropology. The initial administrative appointment as director will be for three (3) years and is renewable upon successful performance. The appointment distribution for the position is 45% research and scholarship, 25% teaching and student mentorship, 5% service, and 25% museum administration, with a typical course load of 1 course per semester.

Responsibilities include: (1) maintaining an active, grant-supported program of archaeological scholarship in North America (western North America preferred); (2) overseeing regular museum operations and developing a vision and direction of the Museum of Anthropology that ensures robust and proactive compliance with federal and state regulations related to collections, including communication and engagement with regional tribes and communities with ties to the collections curated at WSU and the agencies whose collections we curate; (3) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology; (4) recruiting, advising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students including those who identify with systemically excluded, historically underserved and/or minoritized groups; (5) and providing service to the department, institution, and profession, including outreach to broader communities.

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