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8 Month, Assistant Professor, Forensic Anthropology

Education, Legal and Justice, Social Sciences


Saint Mary\'s University

Halifax City, Nova Scotia

8-Month Limited Term Appointment – Forensic Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s University invites applications for a contractually limited term appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor or Lecturer, with a specialization in the field of forensic anthropology. We are looking for someone to teach the following courses: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Skeletal Identification, Forensic Skeletal Analysis, Anthropological Genetics, Paleopathology. The candidate must have experience with the osteological analysis of human forensic cases from medical examiner/coroner offices or from their work with human rights organizations/NGO's and be able to incorporate those cases into their lecture material. Candidate should possess at least an Master’s degree in the field, although candidates with PhDs are preferred. The appointment will begin on September 1, 2018.

The successful applicant will join a strong, six-member Department with a programme in forensic anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeological anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. We operate a Biological/Forensic Laboratory with extensive casts and real human skeletons, and an Archaeological Anthropology Laboratory. Our experiential approach to learning leads to a BA degree with a minor, major, and robust honours major, to which the successful applicant will contribute.

Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people. Halifax is a major educational centre for Atlantic Canada and home to five universities. It is convenient to recreational areas and other major urban centres in Canada and the Northeastern United States. For information about the University, visit http://www.smu.ca.

Saint Mary’s hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. The University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Apply for this opportunity online by visiting www.smu.ca/employment and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the “Apply Online Now” button. Applicants should submit an application package consisting of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier including evidence of teaching effectiveness, a sample of recent scholarly writing, and graduate school transcripts. Where possible, please merge these documents into one (1) PDF file. Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation to Dr. Rylan Higgins, Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3.

We will begin considering applications on March 9th, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.


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