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Associate Professor - Anthropology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Apply now Job no: 493268
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: Grand Valley State University Department of Anthropology invites applications for a Distinguished Professor of Great Lakes Indigenous Peoples. A generous donation has allowed us the opportunity to expand this position with a reduction in course load enabling greater research and curatorial focus and opportunities. This is an associate level position (or higher) with possibility of an expedited tenure review process. The position will begin August 6, 2020. The successful candidate will join an active, collaborative four field department with a strong applied focus.

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants for this position must have a PhD in Anthropology with an emphasis on the archaeology and cultures of the indigenous people of the Great Lakes region. Experience in collections management is expected as the successful candidate will be the team lead of curation responsibilities of existing and future archaeological collections.
  • All applicants are expected to demonstrate a productive research agenda and continuing publication profile.  
  • Have field work experience in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Demonstrated skill in advising and mentoring students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to local, county and state groups.

The teaching load is 2:2 with reassigned time for curatorial and lab responsibilities and the successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in classroom instruction. Classes to teach include Origins of Civilization, Introduction to Archaeology, Archaeology of North America, Native Peoples of North America (as part of the general education program and within the Anthropology major and Archaeology minor) as well as courses within their research focus. There is an expectation that a local field school will be taught periodically. 

The applicant should highlight a preference for work with undergraduates, including undergraduate research, and complement the existing strengths and research areas of the department. Experience in or demonstrated understanding of Grand Valley State University's values for inclusiveness and community is preferred with experience in or demonstrated understanding of social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Department/Division: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus: Allendale

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Arnold, Search Committee Chair at or call her at 616-331-8936.

Application Deadline:  Application review will begin November 1, 2019. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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