Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Behavioral and Social Science – California State University, Chico

CSU, Chico is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the diverse, intercultural, and intersectional identities of our student body. The University proudly holds the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation, and enrolls over 17,000 students, over half of whom identify as first generation college students.

The ideal candidate will share Chico State’s demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, have prior experience working with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations, and will contribute to student success through inclusive pedagogy, research and service to the university and surrounding North State communities. 

The Position: California State University, Chico is seeking faculty who are competent in their field, excellent teachers, collaborative with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success. We are seeking a tenuretrack combined position in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Candidates must be able to teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the areas of Archaeology and Museum studies. Strong preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in historical archaeology with evidence of museum background and experience in the collection management.

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Initial Review Date: 12/8/2021; complete applications received after that date may be considered.

How to Apply: Applicants must provide a current cover letter (including how you have addressed, or plan to address teaching to diverse student groups), a CV, and contact information of three professional references. All applicants must apply online at:  

Applications submitted via email or in-person to the department will not be considered.

Qualification Details:

  • Ph.D. (all requirements  met no later than August 17, 2022) in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Museum Studies;
  • Demonstrated expertise in historical archaeology;
  • Evidence of museum background with demonstrated experience in the collections management. 

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Demonstrated teaching experience, strong record of professional, and scholarly activities;
  • Areas of research specialization centered on underrepresented minority communities preferred, such as Native American, Latinx, African-American, and Asian-American. Having an active research agenda focusing on historic injustices to marginalized peoples and contested heritages a plus.
  • Specialization in collection curation and object restoration, collection digitization and accessibility, and interpretation of diverse communities’ knowledge and resources;
  • Maintains an active research program and evidence of external research funding;
  • Commitment to teaching excellence;
  • Willingness to assist the University’s commitment to NAGPRA Compliance;


This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching archaeology and museum studies at both the graduate and undergraduate level, advancing the museum studies program and Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, maintaining an active participation in scholarship, and service to the North State and student advancement. 

Job-related questions should be directed to:

Matthew O’Brien, Search Committee Chair

400 West 1st St. Chico, CA 95929-400 


The University

California State University, Chico is a fully accredited, state- supported member of a 23- campus CSU system. The university is a residential campus serving a diverse student body of approximately 17,000.

Founded in 1887, CSU, Chico offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the Colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Communication and Education; Computer Science, Engineering and Construction Management;

Humanities and Fine Arts; Natural Sciences; Business; and, Agriculture.

As a comprehensive university serving Northern California and other regions nationally and internationally, our first priority is the education of our students. We are committed to assisting students in their search for knowledge and understanding and to prepare them with the attitudes, skills and habits of lifelong learning in order to assume responsibility in a democratic community and global society.

The Community

With a population of nearly 110,000, Chico is located in the Sacramento Valley near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range. It is 180 miles northeast of San Francisco and 90 miles north of Sacramento and offers a reasonable cost of living compared to metropolitan areas.

Chico retains the charm of a small town while offering medical services, excellent public and private schools, and many cultural and recreational activities. The city’s Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks, extends from the city center along a creek deep into the foothills and surrounding canyons. For more information: ut/chico-facts.shtml

The Anthropology Department adheres to the four-field approach to anthropology. We currently have 175 undergraduate and 25 graduate students enrolled in program. For additional information about our mission statement and curriculum, please visit CSU, Chico is committed to recruiting, developing and retaining the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool


Effective September 30, 2021, the CSU will require faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or have received a medical or religious exemption. Selected candidates should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system wide policy can be found at Questions can be sent to:

CSU, Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status and only employ individuals authorized to work in the U.S.

For disability-related accommodations, please call the ADA Coordinator at (530) 898-5959.

We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1082 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

All positions are contingent on funding.

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