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Montana State University Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22044

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Michael Neeley

Department Head

Kelsey Martin

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(406) 994-4211

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Brief Position Overview

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Montana State University-Bozeman invites applications for a tenure-track position in anthropological archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A5130

Department Sociology & Anthropology

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2022. We seek applicants who can contribute to excellence in undergraduate teaching in anthropology. We seek an anthropological archaeologist with an area of specialization in the Northern/Northwestern Plains/Rocky Mountains.

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology values different perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. As such, women, underrepresented minorities, and members of indigenous communities in archaeology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. The College of Letters & Science ( CLS ) at Montana State University encourages individuals interested in advancing the University’s Strategic Plan diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to apply. Links to the University Strategic Plan ( ; Office of Diversity and Inclusion ( ; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color ( BIPOC ) Plan ( ; CLS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( ; and CLS newsletter, Diversity Matters are all embedded here for reference. CLS is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in research, teaching, and service/outreach engagement, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, the College encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veterans status, and other underrepresented groups. MSU also recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Montana State University (Bozeman) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Archaeology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start in August 2022. We seek a PhD (by time of appointment) who (1) has substantive interests in archaeology, (2) has a well-articulated research agenda that includes a record of scholarly productivity, and (3) has a commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. The area of specialization is the Northern/Northwestern Plains/Rocky Mountains.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field, by start date.

  • Demonstrated record of an independent, active research agenda.

  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach a four-field introductory course, a lower division combined archaeology/biological anthropology course, and upper division archaeology courses.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Evidence of independent teaching experience in archaeology/anthropology at the undergraduate level that complements and expands the department’s current offerings.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with and engage diverse students, constituencies, and colleagues within and outside the program.

  • Potential to make interdisciplinary research partnerships.

  • Evidence of excellence in undergraduate student mentoring.

  • Evidence of commitment to working with issues of diversity and/or engaging with diverse students and colleagues.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate the potential for excellence in undergraduate instruction and mentoring.

  • Demonstrate the potential to conduct high quality research, as exhibited by publications in quality peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants.

  • Demonstrate the potential to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and other constituents across the university and the community.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but rather a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The anthropology curriculum at Montana State University emphasizes the four sub-fields of anthropology (archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and biological anthropology). The content and organization of courses are designed to provide a base of knowledge about the interrelationship of our humanity, both past and present, and to teach particular skills which are useful in interpreting biological, social and cultural phenomena. More information on the Department of Sociology & Anthropology can be found here:

The Department

Drawing on the expertise and commitment of our research-active faculty, we provide excellent educational experiences to undergraduate majors, minors and MSU as a whole. The unifying theme of the department is the study of societies – past and present – embedded in the tradition of the liberal arts.

We offer two degree programs: a B.S. in Sociology and a B.S. in Anthropology. Anthropology often draws students who are interested in cross-cultural study or in historical studies of human societies (e.g., archaeology, human evolution). Anthropology students have many opportunities to participate in research via class projects and collaboration with faculty.

The College

Located in scenic Southwestern Montana, Montana State University was founded in 1893, and is a land-grant university classified as Very High Research Activity (R1). The College of Letters and Science, the largest center for learning, teaching, and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors, and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. Building on the strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. The College of Letters and Science is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. The College of Letters and Science is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Bozeman consistently ranks high on lists of towns – not just university towns – that offer the highest quality of life. Bozeman is known as a well-rounded place with light traffic, a robust economy, beautiful scenery, and clean air and water. Well-known as a hub for year-round outdoor recreation and adventures, Bozeman also offers cultural amenities such as a local symphony and ballet. Our setting in the Northern Rockies provides the perfect outdoor classroom and research lab for a variety of learning and research opportunities.

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date August 2022

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on January 14, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Candidates need to supply evidence that they meet the required qualifications as well as evidence of meeting any preferred qualifications. Candidates must submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications in detail.

  • A current CV.

  • A statement of teaching interests, including evidence of teaching effectiveness or the potential for effectiveness.

  • A statement of research interests.

  • A list of at least three academic references, with contact information.

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; ( .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: