Faculty Services Officer III - Archaeology

ART Anthropology

Competition No.  -    A100151726
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Faculty Service Officer Agreement, this position is permanent and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits with an annual salary range of $98,973 to $138,717. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2024, or earlier.

LocationNorth Campus Edmonton. This role is in person.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chair, the Faculty Service Officer (FSO) supports and facilitates the teaching and research functions of faculty members, both by direct contributions to research and teaching and by providing administrative, managerial, and organizational support.

The FSO will serve as Curator of the Archaeology and Ethnographic Collections. The FSO will  teach 2 courses per year as required, and train and supervise graduate teaching assistants assigned to these courses. They will maintain a research program as well as supervise honours and graduate students within their areas of expertise. The position requires continuous upgrading of pertinent knowledge, broad knowledge of departmental collections and teaching aids, as well as curatorial standards, legislation and practices.


Curator Functions, including Administration and Service (50%)

  • Curates the Department of Anthropology’s Archaeology and Ethnographic Collections as per University of Alberta Museums Policy and Procedures (UAPPOL), and federal and provincial legislation.
  • Establishes and updates the Acquisition and Management Strategy for each Collection.
  • Ensures the Collections’ facility maintains its accreditation requirements.
  • Develops Museum Collections and performs associated curatorial duties including overseeing new acquisitions, filing relevant insurance reports, contributing to collection policy development, ensuring research and study access to Collections, and management and conservation of these resources.
  • Administers requisitions and loans.
  • Supervises Laboratory Coordinator and coordinates use of laboratories and Collections by faculty, academic visitors and graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Maintains public access to Collections as per the Collections’ Mandate.
  • Develops and manages funds and resources related to the Collections, including identification of funding sources, preparation of applications, and grant management.
  • Develops and manages databases, including digital photographic records, as they relate to Collections and Exhibition.
  • Serves on various committees/advisory bodies (e.g., with University of Alberta Museums) on behalf of the Department and liaises with other units on campus as required.
  • Serves on Departmental and University committees as appropriate.
  • Designs and runs public education programs, such as laboratory sessions for school and/or lay groups/organizations.
  • Administers volunteer program, including organizing, training and supervising volunteers working on/with Collections material.

Teaching (20%)

  • Classroom instruction in the subdiscipline of archaeology, including introductory level course (ANTHRO 206) as well as senior and graduate level courses in their areas of expertise.
  • Laboratory class planning, preparation and instruction, including training Graduate Teaching Assistants assigned to specific courses, which include materials from the Collections.
  • Acquisition and/or preparation of instructional materials, audio-visual and teaching aids, and manuals for undergraduate and graduate archaeology courses as required.
  • Trains faculty and/or students in specialized archaeological skills related to their research or teaching.

Research (30%)

  • Maintains an active research program.
  • Supervises graduate and undergraduate (including honours) student research.
  • Initiates and/or collaborates with faculty and graduate students on research projects in archaeology and material culture studies, which may include analysis of materials in the Archaeology and Ethnographic Collections.
  • Identifies and applies for grants/funding for the Collections and research projects.
  • Prepares, either in collaboration or as an individual, research and scholarly papers and posters for publication and/or presentation at professional meetings.
  • Develops and installs exhibits, including research, design and production, in accordance with the Collections’ mandate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post-graduate degree (minimum MA) in Anthropology or related discipline, with experience working with Archaeological and Ethnographic collections.
  • Teaching experience at a post-secondary institution.
  • Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) basic curatorial practices for other classes of materials, as needed.
  • Knowledge and application of current, specialized information and techniques associated with laboratory analysis of archaeological and ethnographic materials.
  • Knowledge (or ability and willingness to learn) of relevant university, provincial, and federal legislation relating to human remains, as well as the various conventions and treaties relating to museum collecting.

Participation in professional conferences and continued membership in relevant professional organizations (e.g. Society for American Archaeology, and the Alberta Museums Association) is an asset.

Working for the University of Alberta

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, homeland of the Métis, and traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,300 Indigenous students from various Nations and communities; 4.2% of undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts self-identify as Indigenous. In 2022, the University's Indigenous Strategic Plan was implemented, reflecting an important step in our institution’s commitment to reconciliation in post-secondary education and research, addressing the historical legacy of the residential school system and Canada’s colonial history in a meaningful and lasting way.

The University's principles and actions and its EDI Strategic Plan are underpinned by respect for the dignity, rights, and full participation of all those who live, work, and learn within the university. This is underscored by the Faculty of Arts commitment to fostering a welcoming, equitable, and antiracist working through deliberate actions to address structural oppression and racism. The Academic Success Centre administers the University of Alberta’s Duty to Accommodate procedure for students, and works with students, instructors, campus units, Faculties and departments, community and government agencies, and on and off-campus service providers to coordinate students’ medical and non-medical accommodation needs for participation in University of Alberta academic programs.

Edmonton, a city of nearly 1.5 million people, is the sixth largest metropolitan area in Canada and has the second largest Indigenous population and the fourth largest Black population of any Canadian city. The Canadian prairies are the second most densely populated Black region in Canada. Moreover, Black people as a demographic are growing faster in Alberta than in any other region, apart from central Canada. Nearly 10% of Edmonton's population is of South Asian origin and 16% of East and Southeast Asian origin, with growing numbers of Edmontonians of Filipino, Latin American and Middle Eastern origins. The Edmonton public school system offers bilingual education for children in French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), and American Sign Language. Amiskwaciy Academy offers Cree as a high school credit and has started an Aboriginal study course in junior high school. At least two high schools, Amiskwaciy Academy and Victoria School of the Arts offer Cree and Blackfoot as a high school credit and has started an Indigenous Ways of Knowing program in junior high school.

How to Apply

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that includes highlights of your profile in relation to the position description (2 pages max);
  • curriculum vitae that includes the names of three referees;
  • research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (2 pages max) (attach under “Research Plan”);
  • statement of teaching philosophy in the context of curation (attach under “Statement of Teaching/Research interests);
  • statement on diversity, equity and inclusiveness in curation (attach under “EDI Philosophy”).

Please note: Letters of reference will only be requested for selected candidates. Referees should be prepared to send their letters by October 30th, 2023

Inquiries regarding the position can be addressed to the Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Dr. André Costopoulos (costopou@ualberta.ca) (using “FSO Search” as the email’s subject).

Review of applications will start on October 16th, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

As part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements, the university must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. To ensure we remain in compliance with these regulations, please include the appropriate statement in your application "I am a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident" or "I am not a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident"

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.