Assistant Professor, Archaeology Mount Royal University, Calgary

Date Posted: 
October 26, 2021
Closing Date: 
November 26, 2021

Job Title

Assistant Professor, Archaeology

Requisition #


Job Type

Permanent (for any group)

Position End Date (if applicable)


MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)


About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts houses the following departments: Economics, Justice & Policy Studies, English, Languages & Cultures, Humanities, Interior Design, Psychology, and Sociology & Anthropology.  It currently offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts—Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Interior Design.  

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology currently offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Honours degree programs with majors in Sociology and Anthropology. 

About the Role

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position in archaeology, which will commence on July 1, 2022, at the Rank of Assistant Professor, subject to final budgetary approval.

Applicants will have a doctoral degree in archaeology. We seek applications from those with expertise in archaeological methods who have an active field or laboratory research program. Areas of research expertise are open but the candidate should add to and complement existing strengths in our department; individuals who have the ability to cross sub-field boundaries and/or work across disciplines are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory, core, and advanced level courses; they will also develop and deliver courses in archaeological laboratory and/or field methodology and expand the laboratory collections. A commitment to decolonial and anti-racist perspectives in the curriculum is a priority.

Our combined Sociology and Anthropology department hosts faculty who pursue diverse research and teaching interests but work collaboratively to ensure the success of both disciplines. In our four-field Anthropology department-unit we emphasize experiential learning, including international field schools, local field trips, as well as ethnographic and laboratory methods. Department facilities include both research and teaching laboratories staffed by a laboratory instructor and a laboratory coordinator. Our collections are diverse and growing, and include a variety of materials for archaeological and biological anthropological instruction. 

The successful candidate will be hired into the teaching/scholarship/service work pattern (TSS). The TSS work pattern has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The successful applicant must be qualified to teach introductory courses as well as senior courses in archaeology and be involved in course and program development.

Candidates will also be encouraged to teach courses in General Education, Cluster-One: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy and/or Cluster-Three: Community and Society. The Department of General Education is responsible for the development and delivery of the liberal education component of all Mount Royal University undergraduate degree programs and offers required foundational first-year courses and a number of upper-level courses.  
A Ph. D. in archaeology or cognate discipline is required at the time of hire.  Applicants should have the ability and intent to pursue a research program.  

For more information on our Department, please visit: 

For more information on the Anthropology Program, please visit:

If you have questions regarding the position, contact Tom Buchanan, Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology at (403) 440-8774 or

What We Offer

Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work  to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our  diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety  of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a  competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully  equipped recreation centre.  

Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including  personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments and certifications for students,  employees and the public.  

Please note: Effective January 1, 2022, Mount Royal University will require all employees to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, employees must be either vaccinated or provide rapid test results twice a week.

Closing Date:          November 26, 2021

We ask interested individuals who meet the requirements to submit the following by November 26, 2021: 

Interested applicants should submit the following: 
•    cover letter describing their interest in the position, fit with the department, teaching and research interests and intentions
•    curriculum vitae
•    names and contact information for three (3) references
•    1 page teaching philosophy
•    1 page statement of research 
•    evidence of teaching effectiveness
•    example of course outline for a third year methods course

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

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