Assistant Professor - Biological Anthropology - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology position, to start August 2021.

This position carries a teaching load of three sections per term while maintaining an active research agenda in their specialization area. Selected candidate will be actively engaged in departmental meetings, committees, and special project work to further goals of the department. Duties include teaching introduction to general anthropology, introduction to physical anthropology and advanced courses in their fields of expertise. Potential class offerings include Primate Biology and Behavior, Human Origins, Environmental Anthropology, and courses in critical theory and research methods in Anthropology.

The Anthropology Department at UNCW is committed to increasing the representation and participation of historically marginalized populations excluded from higher education and our discipline. The Department understands that drawing from diverse perspectives and experiences is the key to building a welcoming and rich academic, intellectual, and cultural environment. To learn more about our program, please see: 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework closely related to the discipline at the time of employment. Candidates who are ABD for the terminal degree may be considered depending on expected completion date, but Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of employment.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience 

Candidates who provide evidence of success in teaching and publishing, and demonstrate potential for extramural research funding.

Candidates who engage undergraduates in research and those with a strong record of working with students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  

Anthropologist with research interests in ecological/evolutionary approaches to past or present populations that complement, but do not overlap with those of current departmental faculty. Research areas may include primate biology, ethnoprimatology, ethnoecology, human origins and/or human evolution, health, diet, and nutrition. Areas of geographic concentration should focus outside the United States.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Anthropology currently has six full-time faculty, ten part-time faculty, three professor emeriti and one staff member. The Department of Anthropology is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Our program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with an array of courses designed to provide students an overview of the discipline, and a thorough grounding in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Because there is a strong cross-cultural and comparative focus in Anthropology, students are encouraged to develop competence in a foreign language and to broaden their cultural horizons by participating in study abroad programs. Through participation in field studies and laboratory research projects of faculty mentors, undergraduate students have opportunities to engage in “hands-on” research; sharpen analytical skills; and to develop competence in the use of research instruments and computerized information technology that are essential aspects of the undergraduate experience in anthropology.

College/School Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.  Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career. In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives. Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

Special Notes to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 1, 2020, the position closing date.

To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

Cover Letter – demonstrates your interest in the position and includes a brief teaching philosophy and a statement of diversity inclusion addressing how issues of diversity shape your working practices, past and planned. 

Curriculum Vita Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.

Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Midori Albert, Chair, Biological Anthropology Search Committee, at

For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Lolly Williams at

Please apply online at

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

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