Anthro Dept. Seeking Temporary Lecturer Application Deadline: 6/15/14

Temporary Lecturer Position

The Anthropology Department (http://anthro.ucsd .edu) at the University of California, San Diego is committed to building an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and invites applicants whose experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, outstanding teaching and scholarship, and must demonstrate strong or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of a large public university. The Department is looking for a Lecturer with teaching experience in Biological Anthropology. The appointee will be expected to teach large, introductory courses and a combination of upper and lower division courses, including courses on their own research interests. The appointment will be part-time or full¬ time, up to a total of two courses per quarter, from one quarter up to one year in duration, with the possibility of extension to a subsequent year.

Applications are accepted at: Please include electronic versions of: an application letter, a curriculum vitae, samples of written work, teaching evaluations, 1or 2 sample syllabi, and names and contact information for three referees (do not send letter of recommendation and/or placement files). Applicants are required to submit a separate statement summarizing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity. (See http://facultyequity.ucsd . edu/Faculty -Applicant-C2D -Info.asp for further assistance regarding diversity requirements).

Applications deadline is June 15, 2014.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on published UC pay scales.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


Professor Pedersen to speak at several conferences

Professor David Pedersen will speak at the conference, “Clandestine Migration Routes and Human Insecurity”” May 17-18 at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

In August, Professor Pedersen will travel to South Africa to participate in a conference called “Money in the Making of World Society” at the University of Pretoria. He also will present papers in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of Witwatersand in Johannesburg.

Jana Fortier Receives Fulbright Award

Anthropology department lecturer, Jana Fortier has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research abroad. Jana has been awarded a Fulbright grant during the 2014-2015 academic year in India, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Fortier will conduct field research among households in northern India with notable agricultural and biological diversity on their farms. Her goal is to identify resources that enhance food security in environmentally sensitive mountain economies. Fortier will also give a series of public lectures at several universities in India during her award period.

 Fortier’s teaching and research has focused mainly on protection and preservation of indigenous resources and human knowledge of the environment. Her book, Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers (2012 Mandala Books) was the first to highlight the ecological relationships of the Raute, a group of forest-dwelling hunter-gatherers, with monkeys, tigers, and local Hindu farmers.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

Latest book by Professor Braswell – The Maya and Their Central American Neighbors

Professor Geoffrey Braswell’s fourth book is now available:

The Maya and Their Central American Neighbors: Settlement Patterns, Architecture, Hieroglyphic Texts and Ceramics

Description:  The ancient Maya created one of the most studied and best-known civilizations of the Americas. Nevertheless, Maya civilization is often considered either within a vacuum, by sub-region and according to modern political borders, or with reference to the most important urban civilizations of central Mexico. Seldom if ever are the Maya and their Central American neighbors of El Salvador and Honduras considered together, despite the fact that they engaged in mutually beneficial trade, intermarried, and sometimes made war on each other. The Maya and Their Central American Neighbors seeks to fill this lacuna by presenting original research on the archaeology of the whole of the Maya area (from Yucatan to the Maya highlands of Guatemala), western Honduras, and El Salvador.

With a focus on settlement pattern analyses, architectural studies, and ceramic analyses, this ground breaking book provides a broad view of this important relationship allowing readers to understand ancient perceptions about the natural and built environment, the role of power, the construction of historical narrative, trade and exchange, multiethnic interaction in pluralistic frontier zones, the origins of settled agricultural life, and the nature of systemic collapse.

         Professor Braswell has also been asked by Routledge Publishing to be Editor for two new series of books on archaeology.