The Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, VA invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in historical archaeology beginning August 2023. UMW is a public liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to effective teaching and the integration of undergraduate students in research. Recently recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, UMW is centrally located between Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA, in an area with numerous cultural resources and historic-preservation organizations offering opportunities for collaborative research and student internships.
Our undergraduate program, one of the few in the nation, approaches the theories and methods of historic preservation from an interdisciplinary perspective with emphasis on teaching and service. A small, close-knit team of enthusiastic faculty with expertise in archaeology, architectural history, building science, museum studies, and urban planning teach lower-level introductory courses in these disciplines as well as a wide range of upper-level courses with a significant community-engagement and service-learning component. Our small classes, extensive one-on-one mentoring, and practice-driven, inclusive curriculum draw both in-state and out-of-state students of all identities, abilities, and differences. With its numerous historic sites and buildings, cultural landscapes, museums and heritage organizations, the larger Fredericksburg area serves as a laboratory that engages students and faculty.
This position involves teaching courses in archaeology, including an introduction to the discipline, field and laboratory methods, as well as artifact analysis and interpretation, in addition to the introductory course in historic preservation and other courses that align with the successful candidate’s expertise and research interests. This position requires management of the departmental archaeology lab as well as service to the university and the community. Faculty are also expected to engage in scholarly and professional development.
A PhD in Anthropology, Archaeology or another relevant field is required. ABD applicants will be considered but the PhD must be awarded within one year of employment. Applicants should also demonstrate experience in teaching archaeology, including methods and theory, with a focus on the United States; professional experience in archaeology, including field and lab work; and experience in community engagement. Successful applicants will demonstrate an enthusiasm for teaching at the undergraduate level and dedication to high-impact learning in an inclusive environment that embraces diverse talents and backgrounds.
Expertise in cultural resource management and historic preservation; knowledge of architecture; GIS skills; familiarity with current, relevant technologies; experience in archaeology lab management and conducting archaeological research with university students; ability to work with diverse groups and individuals will be considered an asset.
Applications must be submitted through https://careers.umw.edu/. Candidates must submit
· a curriculum vitae
· a cover letter addressing experience in teaching, professional work (both field and lab work), and community engagement as well as research interests; if ABD, the anticipated defense date
· unofficial transcripts
· contact information for three references.
Application deadline: March 27, 2023
The University of Mary Washington is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to these principles.
Submitted by Christine Henry