Lecturer in Biological Anthropology/ Forensic Anthropology



The Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a lecturer in biological anthropology to begin in August 2022.

We seek a forensic anthropologist to teach sections of introductory biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and upper-level undergraduate courses based on the candidate’s area of specialization. The selected candidate will teach a 4/4 load (with the possibility of additional summer courses). This is a permanent, full-time position which can be renewed annually. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to partner with interdisciplinary programs across campus and be a part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary department.


Successful candidates will possess the following requirements:

  • An MA in Anthropology with substantial professional and/or research experience is required; a PhD in Anthropology is preferred. Individuals who are "all but dissertation" (ABD) will be considered. 
  • Proven experience in forensic anthropology and biological anthropology.
  • Preference will be given to qualified applicants who also have professional forensic or applied bioarchaeological experience.
  • Applicants must be able to teach forensic anthropology. Preference will be given to individuals with existing experience teaching courses on these topics: biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, and osteological analysis. 
  • Geographic area of expertise is open. Alignment with existing areas of expertise in the Anthropology department would be preferred, including the Southeast United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
  • A clear commitment to research ethics is required.
  • Experience with NAGPRA is desirable. The land upon which the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is built is part of the traditional territory of the Tsalagi peoples (now Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians), Tsoyahá peoples (Yuchi, Muscogee Creek), and Shawnee peoples.
  • Candidates should also be willing to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including lab-based, online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses.
  • Willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan, including a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Scholars representing traditionally underserved groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedures:

Application Procedures:
Applicants should submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:

  • A cover letter that discusses teaching, professional, and other relevant experience.
  • A current CV highlighting aforementioned position preferences.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., a teaching portfolio including a two-page teaching philosophy, syllabi, and teaching evaluations).
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Statement of diversity, ethics, and inclusion
  • Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested. Letters of recommendation will only be requested for the position finalists.

Review of applicants will begin on March 7th, 2022 and preference will be given to candidates who apply by 3/7/2022.

For questions on this posting please contact the search chair: morgan-f-smith@utc.edu.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site. 

The Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies (SCJS), within the College of Arts and Sciences, offers B.A. or B.S. degrees in Anthropology, a minor in Geography, a B.S. in Sociology, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice (including an online B.S. program). The department also offers a graduate program (M.S.) in Criminal Justice. We have 25 tenured, tenure-track, and lecturer faculty in the department and we serve over 500 majors across our disciplines.  

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and Amazon.com have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two-hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.


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