The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has embarked on a focused cluster hiring plan to recruit top-tier researchers in interdisciplinary areas of knowledge that will advance the study of Social and Environmental Challenges in Latin America. Home to some of the largest bioreserves in the world and some of world’s most important biodiversity hotspots, Latin America’s environments are undergoing rapid transformation due to climate change, environmental degradation, and politico-socio-economic transformations across the region. These forces are coupled in complex ways, and understanding the coupled dynamics of society, climate, and environment in Latin America presents a grand challenge that is fertile ground for transdisciplinary research.
To address this challenge, UTSA is recruiting a cohort of researchers from different disciplines whose research centers on environmental degradation, climate change, and the associated socioeconomic and political challenges and transformations in Latin America and the US-Mexico borderlands. The goal is to foster collaborative and transdisciplinary research to understand and confront the emerging social and environmental challenges facing the region. This targeted cluster hire will build on and leverage our established research portfolio, propelling our ability to tackle and solve previously unsolvable problems. Hires are expected to build their own unique programs of research, as well as to collaborate with other hires in this cluster and with colleagues in their home department, college, and other colleges.
As part of this cluster, the Department of Anthropology seeks to hire an environmental archaeologist at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) to start August 2020. We seek a scholar who studies the long-term relationships between past societies, environmental transformations, and climate change in Latin America (region open, including US-Mexico borderlands). Areas of specialty could include but are not limited to bioarchaeology, paleobotany, zooarchaeology, archaeological chemistry, ancient DNA, geoarchaeology, climate change, remote sensing, and “big-data” approaches. We would welcome a scholar who employs methods that complement those used by current faculty. This hire would amplify the department’s strengths in New World archaeology and environmental anthropology. The ideal candidate also creates transdisciplinary collaborative synergies with faculty hired as part of this cluster and existing faculty in UTSA’s Geography, Geosciences, Environmental Science, and Demography programs, the Center for Archaeological Research and other units. The Department has a Ph.D. program emphasizing anthropology’s engagement with environmental issues. We are looking for candidates who will enhance this focus and who also will support the four-field emphases of our B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs.
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field at time of appointment; theoretically motivated research; an established record of teaching, research, and service appropriate to the rank of Assistant Professor; demonstrated interest and experience in collaborative teaming and/or transdisciplinary research; desire and ability to contribute to graduate and undergraduate programs and to educate and mentor students from a culturally diverse urban population.
Preferred Qualifications: strong potential for securing external funding; commitment to a four-field approach to teaching and research; ability to complement existing faculty specializations; active field research program. Preferred candidates will be able to successfully teach and mentor diverse, underserved students, including students of color and non-traditional students, and have the ability to contribute to the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Responsibilities include: teaching basic courses in archaeology and general anthropology, elective undergraduate courses, methods oriented courses, and core seminars and topical graduate courses in areas of specialization; research and service in a program that offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.
Applicants must submit: - a letter of application describing research, teaching, and service accomplishments and goals that includes a discussion of the role that diversity and inclusion play in an academic environment - a CV - up to three representative publications - teaching evaluations if available - names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references. Materials must be submitted on-line via jobs.utsa.edu. Please reference posting TT20190060P. Review of applications begins November 1, 2019. For full consideration, applicants should submit their materials by that date. Inquiries may be directed to the Cluster Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jason Yaeger (email@example.com). Applicants selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified
Internal Number: TT20190060P
About The University of Texas at San Antonio
Some of the most pressing issues of our time concern the complex relationships between people and the environment, and UTSA’s Department of Anthropology is committed to understanding them. From Texas to Africa to the Island Pacific, our program is generating essential knowledge about a changing planet. Our faculty members direct extensive research projects, and they publish regularly in top-ranking journals. Our graduate students have a proven record of securing prestigious grants for field research. Our recent Ph.D.s have attained prominent postdoctoral fellowships, tenure-track professorships, and applied positions outside the academy, and they have won national awards for their dissertations. We are part of an emerging research university with an ambitious vision focused on environmental issues, and we share its mission of producing knowledge that is intellectually innovative and practically relevant.
As a social and biological science, anthropology embraces a broad view of humanity according to the methods and topics of its four subfields: cultural anthropology (the study of people as social and cultural beings, whether in small-scale societies or complex global organization...s); linguistic anthropology (the study of language use and linguistic diversity in social life); archaeology (the study of social and cultural life through material remains, from a long-term historical perspective); and biological anthropology (the study of human and nonhuman primate evolution, the biology and diversity of living human populations, and the behavior and ecology of non-human primates). The UTSA Department of Anthropology offers a major and minor at the undergraduate level and MA and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level. We support our graduate students with fellowships, scholarships, hourly appointments, and research and travel grants.
Our doctoral program couples a focus on environmental anthropology with a broad education across anthropology’s sub-fields. It provides advanced training in political and cultural ecology, environmental and landscape archaeology, science and technology studies, medical anthropology, primate behavior, evolution, ecology, and conservation, evolutionary medicine, human biology, and global health. Faculty research specialties include: archaeology of the Maya lowlands and Andean South America; archaeology of Texas, the American Southwest, and Northwest Mexico; primate behavioral ecology in Southeast Asia; primate conservation ecology and genetics in Africa and Madagascar; ethnoprimatology in the Caribbean, South Africa, and Asia; resource management practices and human-animal relations in the Island Pacific; environmental politics, resource extraction, water scarcity, and ecological contamination in North and South America; coastal political ecology and the making of environmental markets in Belize and the United States; the cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains; ethnography and applied anthropology of Mexico and the United States; medical anthropology of the US-Mexico border region and the Circumpolar North; evolutionary physiology and ecological immunology; and conservation medicine/One Health issues.