Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director, Tenure Track #001196

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number FAC199P
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Classification Title Assistant/Associate Professor
Working Title Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director, Tenure Track #001196
Department Anthropology & Sociology
Position Summary

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University seeks to hire a 10-month Tenure Track anthropologist with a background in human skeletal biology to direct our Forensic Anthropology Program’s human decomposition facility and human identification laboratory beginning August 2018. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other faculty in WCU’s anthropology, forensic anthropology, and forensic science programs. Facilities director responsibilities include facility oversight and decision-making, strategic planning and evaluation, enforcement and revision of safety and security protocols, community outreach, oversight of the body donation program, and budgetary planning. Applicants will be expected to conduct research with undergraduate students and teach undergraduate courses in forensic and biological anthropology as well as contribute to the university’s Liberal Studies program. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience working in the context of human decomposition facilities, conducting human decomposition fieldwork and/or casework, teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, and/or who have a record of external funding. Areas of specialization are open.

The undergraduate forensic anthropology program at Western Carolina University is one of a kind with an outdoor human decomposition research laboratory, growing willed body donation program, and two diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.

Carnegie statement

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.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

Applicants are required to have: (1) a Ph.D. in Anthropology by the August 2018 start date, (2) an active research program in human skeletal biology, (3) experience teaching and or mentoring students at the graduate or undergraduate level, and (4) a record of teaching, scholarship, and service to qualify at the appropriate rank.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants are required to have: (1) a Ph.D. in Anthropology by the August 2018 start date, (2) an active research program in human skeletal biology, (3) experience teaching and or mentoring students at the graduate or undergraduate level, and (4) a record of teaching, scholarship, and service to qualify at the appropriate rank.

Preferred Qualifications
Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year 10

Posting Text

Open Date 09/20/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications must be made online.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, the names and contact information for three references, and separate one to two page statements regarding their: (1) teaching interests and philosophy, and (2) facilities-related vision.

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. John Williams, Search Committee Chair at 828-227-2430.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. List of references
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Other Document
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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