The Department of Anthropology and Earth Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead invites applications for a fixed-term 1-year appointment to teach introductory and advanced archaeology courses, additional courses that bridge to programs in geology and geography in our interdisciplinary department, and/or physical anthropology. This position is to replace a retiring faculty member.
The expected teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester (typically 3-4 courses per term) with potential for summer teaching or field school.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated excellence in and passion for teaching undergraduates and show potential in developing regional archaeological research projects appropriate for participation by undergraduate majors.
The ideal candidate will have the ability and interest to pursue regional archaeological work and cultural resource management projects to continue our strong tradition of funding and opportunity in this area.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in areas that support interdisciplinary teaching and research in our department, such as geographic information systems, geoarchaeology, physical geography, or geophysics.
Preference will go to candidates with potential to contribute to building interdisciplinary curricula and undergraduate research programs.
Anthropology and Earth Science at MSUM is an interdisciplinary department with programs in archaeology, cultural anthropology, geoarchaeology, geology, geographical sciences, and earth science teaching with 47 undergraduate majors. Most majors engage with faculty in research projects. Research facilities in the department include a geophysics and soil magnetism lab, complete suite of archaeological field equipment and archaeology lab for processing and analyzing collections, ethnographic methods lab, GIS lab, rock preparation facility, stratigraphy lab, experimental petrology lab, and electron microprobe.
Our department acknowledges that MSUM occupies the ancestral land of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Dakota (Sisseton, Wahpeton) and Yanktonai Dakota First Nations. We will strive to build toward better relationship between our university and indigenous peoples.
The twin cities of Moorhead, MN and Fargo, ND offer a bustling college town atmosphere in a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 200,000, with three major colleges (MSUM, Concordia, and NDSU) inside a two-mile radius. The community offers a small-town feel, affordable housing, excellent mass-transit, rich arts community, low unemployment rate, low crime rate, and frequent sporting events.
PhD or ABD in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely allied field
Excellence in and passion for teaching undergraduates
Demonstrated ability to teach courses in introductory and advanced archaeology, archaeology field and lab methods, and courses in world and regional prehistory.
Potential and interest in developing regional archaeology projects suited to undergraduate participation
Expertise and interest in areas that support our interdisciplinary programs, such as geographical information systems, geoarchaeology, physical geography, or geophysics.
Interest in building interdisciplinary curricula and undergraduate research programs.
Experience in North American archaeology.
Ability and interest in supporting departmental efforts to attract students from diverse backgrounds or underrepresented groups.
To be considered by the search committee, applications must include: curriculum vitae or resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts from all degree granting institutions. The cover letter should address the applicant’s ability to meet the requirements and preferences for this position. Each application should include a statement of teaching interest and philosophy as well as a statement of research interests that includes how research will involve undergraduates in our region.
Letters of recommendation may be requested for candidates chosen for interview. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
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The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of all academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins. The University regrets that we are unable to offer H1-B sponsorship at this time.
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About Minnesota State University Moorhead
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