Div of Anthropology & Archaeology

Division of Anthropology and Archaeology

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Program Description

The Division of Anthropology and Archaeology includes the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, and sociology. The Division consists of four integrated units:

The Department of Anthropology boasts 8 full-time faculty teaching a wide variety of courses in the subdisciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.  Students can earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree in anthropology from the Department.  We specialize in hands-on opportunities and prepare students for graduate study and for employment in both the private sector and government agencies.

Undergraduate Majors
The Department also offers Master's degree where students can choose from two programs: general anthropology (archaeology, biological, cultural) and historical archaeology.  The primary objectives of our master's program are to prepare graduates to be successful in the workforce and to enter doctoral programs. The master's degree consists of both coursework and a thesis capstone project. Over 90 percent of our graduates are employed in their field or are accepted into doctoral programs.

Graduate Programs

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Research News

UWF Archaeologists 3D Scanning and Printing the Past

University of West Florida archaeologists can now re-create the past. Using a NextEngine 3D scanner and two MakerBot 3D printers, assistant professors Dr. Kristina Killgrove and Dr. Ramie Gougeon and their graduate students are working to digitize artifacts and bones from the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology's collections. Their work in the Virtual Bones & Artifacts Lab -- Virtebra @ UWF -- is pushing the boundaries of archaeology.

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Cultural Anthropology Hire (1 Dec 2014 Deadline)


The Division of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of West Florida seeks a broadly trained cultural anthropologist to support and complement our curriculum in anthropology, with topical specializations in one or both of the following areas: medical anthropology; race, ethnicity and gender. Geographic focus is open, but the Americas, China, or Africa preferred. While the department expects applicants to be actively engaged in research and publication, its primary commitment is to quality undergraduate and graduate education. Applicants must, therefore, demonstrate effective and innovative teaching and a strong commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education. Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in anthropology, exhibit an ability to advise and teach, show promise of continuing scholarship, and demonstrate an ability to work collegially and cooperatively. Candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural anthropology, anthropological theory and/or ethnographic methods as well as topical courses in their area of expertise. The normal teaching load for this tenure-track position is six courses per year (three courses per semester). Successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to the University's general education program and provide service to the Department (e.g., service on committees, service as advisor to a student organization, etc.), the discipline, and the community. Racial and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.  

Applicants must apply online at jobs.uwf.edu (Position Number 118060) and attach an academic vitae, letter of application/interest, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of three professional references with contact information to the online application. 

For more information please contact Dr. John Bratten (jbratten@uwf.edu, 850-474-2706) or Dr. Elizabeth Benchley (ebenchle@uwf.edu, 850-474-3015).