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Director - School of Anthropology

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724

Posting Number: req19802

Department: School of Anthropology

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its School of Anthropology invite applications for the position of Director, School of Anthropology, starting Fall 2025.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of scholarship and academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and administrative skills, and demonstrated commitment to collaboration and engagement with diverse scholars and stakeholders. As a faculty member, the candidate will be expected to maintain a strong and productive research program at UA, and national and international standing in their field; effectively mentor and advise graduate students, exhibit excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching; and demonstrate commitments to service to the university and public engagement and outreach. The candidate will also help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, fostering diversity, and expanding collaborations through community, state, and international interaction and outreach.

Field of specialization for this position is open, but preference will be given to candidates who value the full range of theories and methods that anthropologists embrace, who have strong commitments to interdisciplinary engagement, and who complement the School's existing intellectual strengths and pursuits.

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The School of Anthropology is a vibrant and diverse working and learning environment comprised of five subfields: archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and applied anthropology. The School offers three undergraduate degrees: BA in Anthropology, BS in Human Biology, and BS in Archaeological Sciences, as well as undergraduate minors in Anthropology. Graduate degrees offered by the School are a Ph.D. in Anthropology, a Dual Ph.D. with Middle Eastern and North African Studies, a Joint Ph.D. with Linguistics, an M.A. in Applied Archaeology, and a Graduate Certificate in Medical Anthropology. Further information about the School can be found on its website,

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The Director is expected to be an engaged and visionary leader who can advance the School's mission by attracting, mentoring, and retaining the highest quality faculty, fostering and expanding the School's research activities and funding, maintaining innovative educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, recruiting and retaining excellent staff, and upholding the University's and the School's commitments to broadening access, support, and mentorship of students from historically excluded backgrounds and first-generation students. The Director will maintain a national and international profile and be involved inĀ  fundraising. Fostering effective communication within the School, among university communities, and through public engagement and outreach are also key responsibilities of the position. The Director is expected to be responsive to opportunities and challenges, with the ability to harness existing strengths and emergent directions within the School, the University, and the profession.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Anthropology or closely related field
  • Hold the rank of full professor with tenure at the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong and productive research program
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in leadership and administrative tasks
  • Experience with overseeing complex budgets
  • Experience engaging inclusive communities in outreach efforts and commitment to building inclusivity in the School
  • Demonstrated experience in undergraduate and graduate mentoring and teaching, including experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body

Rank: Full

Tenure Information

Tenure Track (T/TE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Professor Katherine Morrissey, Search Committee Chair,

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Documents needed to apply:

Please include a
1) Cover Letter that includes a discussion of research and teaching experience,
2) Leadership and Vision Statement (max 2pp),
3) Curriculum Vitae (CV), and
4) Names and contact information for 3 professional references. Reference letters for short listed candidates will be requested at a later date.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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