Dental Anthropology Job Announcement

Calling all dental anthropologists hunting for a tenure track position: There is an opening at the University of Arkansas for a biological anthropologist, specifically with a dental focus. More details provided below:

Job opening for Biological Anthropologist

The Department of Anthropology in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology. The anticipated start date is August 2019. Responsibilities will include directorship of the successful pre-dental advising program for the university and teaching graduate- and undergraduate-level courses, including dental science.

Candidates whose research program includes dental or craniodental studies that complement historical departmental strengths in bioarcheology and forensics as well as existing strengths in paleoanthropology and functional morphology will be given preference.


Completed applications received by 15 January 2019 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.




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Working Title

Assistant Professor of Anthropology





Required Documents

Curriculum VitaeCover Letter/Letter of Application List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)

Optional Documents

Proof of Veterans Status


All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Forensic Anthropology Qualification Survey

We are reaching out to you because we're interested in better understanding the state of qualifications within forensic anthropology. That is, what makes someone qualified to practice forensic anthropology?

As such, we have put together a short survey in order to collect data regarding experiences and opinions about qualification for the practice of forensic anthropology. If you have performed forensic anthropology casework or consider yourself qualified to perform forensic anthropology casework, we would really appreciate your input and participation!

It is our hope that the results of this survey will be disseminated to members of the discipline via conference presentations and research papers, and that the information obtained from this survey will ultimately assist in the development of standards for education and training in forensic anthropology.

We expect this survey to take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

We understand that everyone’s time is very valuable and that the only compensation for your participation can be our gratitude and your contribution to the advancement of the discipline. None-the-less, we humbly ask you to take a few minutes out of your busy day to fill out this questionnaire and to pass it along to anyone whom it may be applicable.

All identifying information is double-blinded by the software, and your answers will be aggregated; thus your participation is meant to be anonymous and will be kept confidential. You may choose to complete all, part, or none of this survey. You have the right to withdraw from this study at any time, for any reason, without penalty.

NOTE: No minors (individuals aged under 18 years) or any other at-risk populations are eligible to participate in this survey.

We will likely be re-sending this survey request as a reminder; please only complete this survey once.

The link to the survey is provided below:
By clicking the above link to the survey, you are providing your consent to be involved in this study.

If you have any questions, concerns, etc., regarding this project, feel free to contact Dr. Nicholas V. Passalacqua or Dr. Marin A. Pilloud (contact info below).

This study has been approved by the IRB offices of both Western Carolina University and University of Nevada Reno. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment as a participant in this study, you can reach the Chair of the Western Carolina University Institutional Review Board through WCU’s Office of Research Administration at 828-227-7212.

Thanks so much for your time!
Nicholas V. Passalacqua, PhD, D-ABFA
Anthropology and Sociology Dept
Western Carolina University

Marin A. Pilloud, PhD D-ABFA
Anthropology Dept
University of Nevada-Reno

Student Prize Winners, 2018

Congratulations... all of our student prize winners! Every year, the Dental Anthropology Association supports student research presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropology meetings.  Below are the winners from the two competitions: 

The Albert A. Dahlberg Paper Competition



G.G. Turner II/Cambridge University Press (CUP) Poster Competition


200 Exciting Things to See in Austin!

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The Dental Anthropology Association is thrilled to announce that there are 200 papers at the American Association of Physical Anthropology Meeting this year related to dental anthropology!! Check them out via the link below.

We're looking forward to seeing you all at our Annual Business Meeting on Friday, April 13th at 8:30pm in the Texas V/VI Rooms (Hyatt Regency Austin). Have fun in Austin!

For an organized view of the papers, please papers, click here

Proposed Constitution Edits

Dear Dental Anthropology Association Membership,

Last year we continued the excellent work that began under Scott Burnett to revise our association’s constitution. This year, a subcommittee of the executive board, including Marin Pilloud, Mackie O’Hara, and myself, has drafted a major overhaul of the constitution. I am indebted to Dr. Pilloud and Ms. O’Hara for their heroic efforts.

The goals of our proposed changes are to 1) bring the constitution in line with others of similar organizations, 2) build in ways to make the leadership of the DAA more inclusive, and 3) modernize the organization to take advantage of new technologies for information sharing.

I ask you to please take a look at the three documents attached. One is an unmarked draft of the proposed constitution, one is the current constitution, and one tracks the differences between the two. The current constitution requires that changes to the constitution be sent to the membership at least 30 days before the annual business meeting, and that votes to approve or disapprove be conducted at that meeting. Please note that the draft constitution will allow us to have such votes electronically in the future, allowing a greater number of members to vote.

Please review these documents and come prepared to discuss them at the meeting. Please also feel free to contact me before the meeting with any comments or questions.

Thank you for taking part in the Dental Anthropology Association. The executive board and I value your membership.


Heather Edgar, Ph.D.

President, Dental Anthropology Association



Tracked Changes

Call for Nominations

The Dental Anthropology Association (DAA) is seeking nominations for an Executive Board Member (3 year term). This member will be responsible for being a meeting facilitator. Responsibilities include coordinating with the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) and the local hotel to make arrangements for workshops, special events, and the DAA Business meeting. 

Please submit nominations to Christine Lee (, the head of our Nominations/Elections Committee, by APRIL 1. You may nominate yourself or another member. Please include the email address of the nominee in your submission email. 

Nominations will be announced during the Dental Anthropology Association Business Meeting (Friday April 13, 8:30-9:30pm, Room Texas V/VI) for a vote.