Utah State University

Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/20/2024 5:31 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Sociology & Anthropology
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Anthropology Program at USU seeks a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology for a (9 month), full-time appointment beginning August 1, 2024. We seek applicants who study contemporary human biological variation with potential research foci on: Nutrition, fertility, stress, biodemography, genetics, infectious disease, health disparities, or microbiome research. We seek applicants with a strong record of research, publication, and the integration of their research interests with teaching. The successful applicant will teach a 2/3 course load (on-line and face-to-face courses) including: Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Perspectives on Race, and Sex, Evolution, and Health. Other courses will be determined based upon department needs and candidate research interests.


The successful candidate will conduct research on contemporary human biological variation and teach courses in Biological Anthropology. The successful candidate will also advise undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Anthropology. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research and teaching interests complement, rather than replicate, current program offerings.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (ABD acceptable) in Anthropology from a CHEA accredited institution or international equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to live and work legally in the U.S.
  • The successful candidate must be able to satisfactorily complete a background check prior to employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated potential for effective on-line course development and teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, publish findings, and apply for external funds.

Required Documents

Review of applications will begin on February 20, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.


Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae (uploaded to applicant profile)
  2. Official transcript (uploaded to applicant profile)
  3. A list of the names and contact information for three references (collected within the online application and only contacted at the interview stage)
  4. A letter of interest (to be typed/copied and pasted into the Cover Letter section within the application).
  5. A statement of teaching philosophy (to be typed/copied and pasted into the Teaching Philosophy section within the application)
  6. A statement of research interests (to be typed/copied and pasted into the Research Statement section within the application)


It is recommended that you have all the required documents ready before you click the "Apply for" link.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University. The department serves approximately 150 anthropology students, supports both MS and PhD programs in archaeology, and provides service courses to students throughout the broader university community. Utah State has strong programs in STEM fields with which the successful candidate might find fruitful collaborations. The balance among teaching, research, and service will be consistent with a faculty role in a Carnegie Doctoral Extensive research institution

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


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