Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology (ANTH 365) Ancient Civilizations

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7179649 (Ref.No. 4595118)
Posted: September 15, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Sep 13, 2023
Deadline: Sep 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.
As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's College seeks to hire a per-course adjunct to teach an upper division World Cultures course focused on Ancient Civilizations. The instructor is expected to provide a broad introduction to the region as well as focus on specific issues/groups through the use of ethnographies and other case studies based on area of expertise. Candidates should be comfortable in a student-centered teaching environment with an interactive learning style. Work in a highly collaborative and cultural diverse classroom environment. Strong commitment to undergraduate, liberal arts education.

Anthropology 365, Ancient Civilizations

Spring 2024
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:15-10:20am

Course Description:

Ninety-nine percent of human cultural development took place before the advent of written records, and therefore archaeology is the primary source of knowledge of these cultures. This course focuses on the practices of prehistoric people, such as how they made stone tools, decorated cave walls, organized their villages, domesticated plants, and built monuments like Stonehenge. Special attention is given to topics such as gender, kinship, religion, and art. Students also learn how cross-cultural comparisons of ancient civilizations have led to insights regarding the emergence of cultural complexity, city life, social classes, and other modern social phenomena.

Experience and Qualifications

1) A PhD or ABD in Anthropology or Archaeology is required for applications to be considered.

2) Demonstrated success in teaching anthropology/archaeology courses at the college level
  • Candidates should also demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate, liberal arts education; be comfortable in a student-centered teaching environment with an interactive learning style; comfortably work in a highly collaborative and culturally diverse classroom environment. Strong commitment to undergraduate, liberal arts education.

Candidates must reside in California.

Salary: $9,929-$13,744 dependent on qualifications. The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

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