Visiting Assistant Professor - Archaeology

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Research, College of Arts & Sciences

About Us:

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Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Supports the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education and is committed to the success of our students and the university. This involves teaching effectiveness, professional development, research and scholarly/creative activities, institutional service, professional and community service, student advising and involvement, and supervisory responsibilities as assigned.

Department Overview:

The Department of Anthropology at Boise State University invites applications for a full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor in archaeology that complements existing specializations in the department. We seek a scholar with an active program of field-based research, who engages students in the classroom and with field research opportunities, has experience disseminating research, and has interest in or experience engaging with land-managing stakeholders, including federal, state, and tribal governments.

Level Scope:

A visiting faculty member is an individual who is visiting the University for the purpose of collaboration, for advanced study in their field of expertise, or to augment the capabilities of the University through an appointment not covered by other faculty categories. Members of the visiting faculty are not eligible for tenure, may or may not have responsibilities for teaching and research or creative activity, and may serve on a wide range of academic or governance committees subject to policies of the department, the college, and the University. Appointments made to the visiting faculty cannot exceed one year.

Essential Functions:

The essential duties and responsibilities of a visiting faculty member are assigned by the academic Department Chair or equivalent administrator. They may include:


  • Supports the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education. Committed to the success of our students and the university. Committed to student learning, retention, persistence, and completion.
  • Teach assigned courses in accordance with the course syllabi and a schedule of classes that may include day, evening, weekend, and distance classes offered at any approved instructional site.
  • Engage in the development of new and creative instructional materials, including new courses and programs of study.
  • Assist in keeping the curriculum of the program(s) current.
  • Maintain and improve competence in subjects being taught.
  • Advise students and ensure the successful completion of their degree program.
  • Post and hold office hours in a physical and electronic format (to include virtual office hours) as appropriate.
  • Assist with the departmental assessment efforts and plan.
  • Assist with student recruitment, particularly when low student enrollment is an issue in the program.
  • Direct culminating activities for graduate students
  • Scholarly, creative, or research activities:
    • If assigned, a visiting faculty must demonstrate a commitment to their discipline through scholarly and creative activities (these activities may fall within Boyer’s four types of scholarship: (1) discovering knowledge, (2) integrating knowledge, (3) applying knowledge, and (4) scholarship of teaching).
  • Conduct research and/or produce scholarly or creative work in accordance with the norms in their discipline.
  • Share that work through professionally recognized publications for the type of scholarship.
  • Present that works through professionally recognized forms in professionally recognized venues for the type of scholarship.


  • If expected, a visiting faculty member participates in activities relating to university programs, courses, governance, etc., or community activities that impact on, or are impacted by, the University and which contribute to the growth and development of students, the university, and the community. Faculty must demonstrate a commitment to serving Boise State University, his/her profession, and the community.
  • Participate actively in professional organizations and perform professional functions such as serving on committees and in leadership roles; as chair, panelist, and discussant at conferences; on editorial boards; refereeing manuscripts and grant applications; and serving on panels for funding agencies.
  • Meet administrative deadlines set by the University for carrying out service responsibilities and submitting required employee materials.
  • Use technology as directed by the University to carry out service responsibilities and receive and submit employee information.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

In accordance with discipline and departmental standards and expectations

  • Demonstrated advanced level of oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet required attendance and submission deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage effective, friendly, and civil working relationships with staff, faculty, students, alumni, guests, and others at the university.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and abstract thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality work while working independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • If teaching is expected:
    • Demonstrated ability to create, articulate, and assess course learning outcomes.
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in creating course materials (syllabus, handouts, presentations, etc.) that enhance student interest and engagement.
    • Demonstrated ability to create and manage effective grading
    • Demonstrated ability to assess student educational goals and to create graduation plans based on those goals.
Minimum Qualifications:

Undergraduate Instruction: Hold a degree in the field of instruction (as determined by the discipline)

Graduate Instruction: Hold a terminal degree determined by the discipline and have a record of research, scholarship, or achievement appropriate for the graduate program. Approval of the Graduate College is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Research experience in North America, especially Western North America. Ability to teach introductory and upper-division coursework in archaeology, and be involved with mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Ability to contribute to the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) minor.
Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their motivation for applying to this opening; a current curriculum vitae; three narratives described below; sample publications, syllabi, and other supporting materials.

Research narrative: We ask candidates to contextualize their research with a narrative describing their past, current, and future research plans, the impact of their work in national and international spheres, the importance of their current or forthcoming publications, experience in community research engagement, and any awards, honors, or grants.

Teaching narrative: We ask candidates to prepare a narrative on teaching that describes their teaching experience, in particular: motivation and inspiration of students with the use of evidence-based approaches to learning; respect and support the development of students as individuals through inclusive excellence; development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field and future student needs; and fostering of independent learning, reflection, and articulation of student learning experiences. Evidence in the form of syllabi, teaching evaluations, or course design materials will be accepted.

Equity and inclusivity narrative: Boise State University is actively committed to equity and inclusivity, a stance in alignment with our Statement of Shared Values. We ask candidates to prepare a narrative on their experience in contributing to inclusion and equity through research, inclusive pedagogies, mentoring of students from underserved groups, or other relevant activities.



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