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by Ed Hagen last modified Sep 17, 2012 08:54 PM expired
Situated on mid-Vancouver Island, with spectacular views of British Columbia’s magnificent coastal mountains, Vancouver Island University is a dynamic, internationally-known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full- and part-time learners and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff. VIU proudly fosters student success, strong community connections and international collaborations by providing access to a wide range of programs – academic undergraduate and master’s, applied, career/technical, vocational, and developmental – designed for regional, national and international students. VIU is particularly proud of its role in Aboriginal education, and is dedicated to advancing student success in this area.

As we enter an exciting new phase of our history, VIU seeks applications for the position of Regular Ongoing Faculty, Anthropology (Competition #12-4038) within the Faculty of Social Sciences. This regular, full-time appointment will be made effective August 01, 2013.

Vancouver Island University's Anthropology Department is committed to offering a full range of courses in all four subfields of anthropology. Courses are taught on two campuses, though most upper-level ones are timetabled on only the Nanaimo campus. Faculty are actively engaged in international and local collaborations with other departments and organizations (field schools and internships), and have a particularly strong involvement in service to the larger community. The department sponsors the WorldBridger Film Series and an Anthropology Student Club.

Develop and prepare lessons; instruct, assess and grade student achievement in the sub-field of biological or physical anthropology. Besides two lower-level courses - Introductory Anthropology: Physical Anthropology /Archaeology (ANTH 111) and Human Evolution (ANTH 214)- the successful candidate must be able to teach Primatology (ANTH 350) and Palaeoanthropology (ANTH 351). S/he will also be expected to eventually teach Forensic Anthropology (ANTH 430). Area and methodological specialties are open, but preference is for someone with geographic and topical interests that complement existing faculty strengths. 

See the online VIU department webpage for course descriptions and program information. 

All faculty must contribute to the life and work of the Department as outlined below.

Candidates must demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning and student success through scholarship and institutional service. Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.

Required Qualifications:  
A doctoral degree (or ABD) in anthropology, with a specialization in biological or physical anthropology, from an appropriately accredited institution; recent experience and expertise teaching undergraduates; record of engagement in scholarly activities; and/or relevant professional memberships. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and student learning, interest in interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrated competency working effectively in a team-oriented environment and will be responsive to diverse learning styles, and cultural and academic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:  
Experience in post-secondary teaching. Preference will be given to candidates whose research complements and extends the department's current strengths.

Please Submit:  
Cover Letter
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Statement of Research Interests and Plans
Name and Contact Information for Three People Willing to Provide a Reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.

Application Information:
The posting period for this career opportunity will remain open until November 07, 2012.  Vancouver Island University supports an online application system.  Visit to access this employment opportunity and VIU’s online application system. Requests for information or assistance can be directed to

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