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Fixed Term Instructor and Forensic Anthropology Facilities Curator - #160746

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their fit for the position and the forensic anthropology program at WCU, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Nick Passalacqua, Search Committee Chair, at nvpassalacqua@wcu.edu.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number FAC219P
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/8239
Classification Title Instructor
Working Title Fixed Term Instructor and Forensic Anthropology Facilities Curator - #160746
Department Anthropology & Sociology
Position Summary

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University seeks to hire a 9-month, fixed-term instructor and forensic anthropology facilities curator beginning August 2018. The instructor/curator will teach a 2-2 course load and expedite day-to-day management of our forensic anthropology program human decomposition facility and human identification laboratory. The facilities curator will work closely with the facilities director and report to the department head. Additionally, the curator may have other compensated professional development opportunities via facilities-related continuing education programs, academic course offerings, and grant-funded activities.”

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in forensic and biological anthropology as well as contribute to the university’s Liberal Studies program. They will work collaboratively with the forensic anthropology facilities director and other faculty in WCU’s forensic anthropology, anthropology, and forensic science programs. Facilities curator responsibilities include: maintaining donor records and use of skeletal collections; managing facilities equipment storage, remains processing, and instructional space; facilitating ongoing facility-related continuing education programs and research studies; maintaining documentation of credentials for facilities-related staff, student, and researchers; keeping records of student and other facilities volunteers; developing and maintaining an accessible calendar for facilities scheduling; conducting meetings as appropriate with relevant facility constituents; and other facilities-related communications and interactions as delegated by the facilities director.

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. 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/or scholarship.

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 applicants 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 minimum of a master’s degree in anthropology or related field by the August 2018 start date, (2) a specialization in human skeletal biology with an emphasis on forensic anthropology, and (3) experience working in the context of human decomposition facilities and/or conducting human decomposition fieldwork.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants are required to have: (1) a minimum of a master’s degree in anthropology or related field by the August 2018 start date, (2) a specialization in human skeletal biology with an emphasis on forensic anthropology, and (3) experience working in the context of human decomposition facilities and/or conducting human decomposition fieldwork.

Preferred Qualifications
Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year 9

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their fit for the position and the forensic anthropology program at WCU, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Nick Passalacqua, Search Committee Chair, at nvpassalacqua@wcu.edu.

Background/E-Verify

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.

AA/EOE

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 jobs@email.wcu.edu.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. List of references
Optional Documents

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