Position – Research Assistant Professor

Archaeology — Southeastern U.S.

The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA), College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina, invite applications for a Research Assistant Professor in Early Hunter-Gatherer Societies specializing in Paleo-Indian and Archaic period archaeology in the southeastern United States. Applicants must have demonstrated abilities in external funding, publishing, research, and teaching. The position will begin July 1, 2015 (or sooner if successful candidate is available), and the candidate will be expected to hold the Ph.D. at the time of appointment. This is a permanent, non-tenured track appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

SCIAA (www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/sciaa) is a university research institute and state cultural resource management agency with a rich history of fostering research on the archaeology of the southeastern U.S. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in Paleo-Indian and Archaic cultures, [especially in the southeastern region] but who may also have a history of working in multiple time periods. Because SCIAA has a mandate to educate citizens about the history and archaeology of South Carolina, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a long-term research project in the state if they do not already have one. Those with methodological strengths in lithic analysis are encouraged to apply.

The new research assistant professor will be required to teach two courses (per year) in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology, but will have their home and research duties at SCIAA. The Department of Anthropology (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/anth/) is a four-field program offering the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, with particular strengths in historical archaeology. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate coursework, and serving on graduate student theses and dissertations. SCIAA and Anthropology are strongly committed to collaborative efforts at the university. Scholars will thus have an outstanding opportunity to interact with a wide variety of departments, institutions, research programs, and individuals. There will also be opportunities for collaboration with the Native American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, the only such program in the state.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 35 private academic institutions with “very high research activity”. The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The University has over 29,500 students on the main campus (and over 44,500 students system-wide), more than 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population over 750,000.

Applicants should submit a letter of intent describing their interests and credentials, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, accomplishments, names and contact information for three references, writing sample (no more than three works) and samples of published and unpublished research to the following address:

Search Committee
South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
C/O Susan Lowe, Business Manager
1321 Pendleton St.
Columbia, SC 29208

For full consideration, all application materials must be received no later than November 28, 2014. Inquiries about the position may be sent to aking000@mailbox.sc.edu or Smiths@mailbox.sc.edu.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.