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Probationary (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor


Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Science

Applications are invited for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment in the area of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Science, Western University, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, or as negotiated. If qualifications and experience warrant a higher rank, consideration may be given to an appointment at the Associate Professor (probationary, tenure-track) or Professor (tenured) level. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

We are seeking an Anthropological Archaeologist with a community-engaged research program who can generate experiential field research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. While the geographic and research focus is open, we seek applicants whose work promotes social justice and the diversification of perspectives in archaeology. Applicants should demonstrate how their work engages with important orientations in contemporary practice. These could include, among others, decolonizing approaches, feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, Indigenous ways of knowing, or Indigenous research methods. The ideal candidate will have a research program that can contribute to Department strengths and that is aligned with the University’s new Strategic Plan. They will show evidence of participation and leadership in collaborative research projects that emphasize community engagement throughout the research process.

Candidates applying for this probationary (tenure-track) appointment must hold a PhD degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related discipline by time of appointment. The candidate will demonstrate excellence, or potential for excellence, in research, including the ability to publish in the highest quality journals and develop an externally funded research program. The applicant must also demonstrate the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

The Department of Anthropology at Western is a four-field department with strong collaborative relations within the department, with other departments and programs on campus, and with the Canadian and international communities where we carry out research. The successful candidate will be able to benefit from, and further strengthen, existing collaborations with campus partners such as the Indigenous Studies Program, the Department of Geography and Environment, the Department of Classical Studies, and the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, among others. At the graduate level, we have Ph.D. and M.A. programs that consistently attract outstanding Canadian and international applicants. We also offer a wide range of courses, including rich experiential learning opportunities, for undergraduate students in all subfields.

Western University ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities with annual research funding exceeding $220 million and an international reputation for success. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Application must include the following:

    • Application for Full-Time Faculty Position form, which can be found here
    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 1 Page Research Statement
    • 1 Page Teaching Statement
    • Names, addresses, and email addresses for three referees (do not solicit letters at this stage).

Save all the components together, ordered as above, in a single PDF file named as follows: YOURLASTNAME_UWO_ARCH_JOB and email the file to:

Professor Andrew Nelson, Chair

Department of Anthropology

Western University

London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C2


The deadline for receipt of applications is March 4, 2022, or until the position is filled.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact the Department Manager, Laura Fleming at

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