The MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering seeks to fill a non-tenure track position as Lecturer in Archaeology, beginning in September 2017. The position involves teaching three fundamental courses in anthropological archaeology to undergraduate students most of whom have had modest or no preparation in cultural anthropology or archaeology. Two of the courses are core subjects required by the BS curriculum for undergraduates majoring in Archaeology and Materials. These are Introduction to Archaeology, and Human Evolution: Data from Palaeontology, Archaeology, and Materials Science. The third course is a geographic area elective subject of the lecturer's choice, focusing on, e.g., N. America, China, SW Asia, to complement our strength in Mesoamerica and Andean South America. We encourage candidates to apply who are engaged in an active research program. Applicants whose research involves the materials analysis of archaeological or ethnographic artifacts will have ready access to the archaeological materials laboratories of the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE).
MIT is an institution of higher education focused primarily on the fields of science and engineering and increasingly on disciplines that develop between them. The Program in Archaeology and Materials is located within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Our undergraduate teaching insists on bringing the perspectives and the science of anthropology and archaeology to students, many of whom eventually will be engaged in engineering efforts to address issues of global consequence. An essential requirement of applicants for the position of lecturer in our program is the desire and ability to demonstrate to students the value and necessity of adding the human sciences to their engineering tool kit.
Applications for this position will be reviewed until 15 July 2017. Please apply to: http://careers.mit.edu and choose job number 14691. Specific questions may be addressed directly to Prof. Heather Lechtman [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Applicants must hold a completed Ph.D. by the start of employment in September 2017. A strong record of teaching experience, well beyond the occasional TA level, is essential. Our course in human biological and cultural evolution is designed with a major laboratory component. Candidates must demonstrate prior experience in organizing and teaching such a laboratory,which meets often in several small, weekly sessions to give students ample opportunity to learn pertinent techniques and to carry out laboratory assignments.
This is a 75%-time position, equivalent to responsibility for teaching three undergraduate subjects annually.
Additional Salary Information: salary is negotiable, depending upon prior teaching experience, etc.
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About Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineeringog
The Program in Archaeological Materials is within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The department awards an SB and a PhD in archaeological materials. Both degrees require equal balance between subjects in archaeology and related fields and in materials science and engineering. The program's educational and research objectives are realized through the graduate and undergraduat...e subjects offered by the department as well as through subjects the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE) consortium offers at MIT. The program maintains a sophisticated archaeological materials laboratory and provides technical expertise for undergraduate and graduate levels of research. The SB and PHD degrees in archaeological materials are unique in the US.