The University of Texas at San Antonio seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Director of the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR). Established in 1974, CAR is an active archaeological contract facility, a state-accredited collections repository, a research unit within the Department of Anthropology, and a liaison with the local community in matters of cultural heritage (http://car.utsa.edu/index.html). CAR’s staff of 15 employees work at the University’s Main Campus in a facility with 12,500 square feet of lab, office, classroom, and curation space. CAR secures more than one million dollars in contracts annually and curates over 15 million items from the Pre-Columbian, colonial, and historic periods. CAR is housed in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. The director is a staff member of the Department of Anthropology and reports to the department chair. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The new director will oversee CAR’s successful role as a contract archaeology provider and curation facility. They will partner with the Department of Anthropology to provide training and research opportunities for UTSA’s undergraduate and graduate students, including those in the Anthropology PhD program, which emphasizes anthropology’s broad engagement with environmental issues. This may include the opportunity to contribute to instruction and training, teaching courses periodically, and serving on graduate student committees. The director must demonstrate an ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Finally, they will further the Center’s community collaborations and commitment to public education.
Review of applications will begin February 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should apply online at https://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/14860 . All applicants must submit a cover letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, email, and phone numbers of three references. Applicants selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they are eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire. The University of Texas at San Antonio is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Qualifications: Candidates must have an M.A. in Anthropology or a related field and a minimum of seven years of experience in cultural resource management or heritage administration. They must have experience in all phases of CRM, including bidding and contract acquisition, project design and implementation, personnel and budget management, and report writing.
Preferred Qualifications: The most competitive candidates will have: 1) an innovative vision for a 21st-century, university-based contract archaeology facility; 2) strong executive skills and leadership experience; 3) exceptional interpersonal skills that enable them to work effectively with diverse office personnel, academic units, university administration, government agencies, and external constituencies; 4) a record of scholarship and research; 5) a willingness to pursue research in Texas and adjacent regions, (Texas experience preferred); a PhD in a related field.
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.