WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

  • Faculty - Forensic Anthropologist

    Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/10/2019 8:59 AM)
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  • Overview

    As an essential member of the Pathology Department, the anthropologist actively participates in the investigation of deaths and in the daily operations of the office. Examples of the participation include recovery of human remains and examination of skeletal remains to assist with identification and trauma analysis. The anthropologist participates in administration of the medical examiner’s offices, education of medical examiner investigators, mass fatality preparedness and assumes primary responsibility for identification of all human remains. The forensic anthropologist participates in the education of medical and graduate students and contributes to the operation and management of the willed body program.




    • Identification management - in cooperation with other forensic anthropologist, assumes responsibility for identification of all unidentified remains or decedents in which confirmation of identity is required.
      • This service requires coverage 365 days/year, although cases will not occur on every day
      • Identification may be most efficiently handled by methods other than skeletal analysis, such as fingerprints
      • A commitment to identify and release the remains as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours
      • Engages consultants (forensic odontology, forensic pathology, radiology, forensic biology, and others as indicated to identify remains)
    • With advice from the Pathology Department Chair, authors the mass fatality plan for each county, attends mass fatality drills on behalf of the county medical examiners office, involves other members of the department in the mass fatality preparedness process
    • Directs the radiography component of the department
    • Participates in scene recovery and directs analysis of skeletal remains
    • Consultant to the forensic pathologists in skeletal findings
    • Assumes a significant role in obtaining accreditation for the Medical Examiner’s Offices and maintains accreditation thereafter
    • In cooperation with Chief Medical Examiner Investigator, develops training program for medical examiner investigators
    • Develops skills in medicolegal death investigation
    • Availability to work on weekends or evenings, as needed, to complete time sensitive projects and assignments
    • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions
    • Curriculum and educational content development for undergraduate medical and graduate education as well as administration of these learning programs
    • Participates in clinical, non-clinical, research, service, citizenship and professional development activities in support of education as outlined in the WMU-School of Medicine Faculty Time and Effort
    • Participates in research activities and grant proposal writing
    • All other duties as assigned



    • Possess an earned doctoral degree in anthropology with an emphasis in physical/biological anthropology or in another degree that allows the applicant to obtain board certification by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA)
    • Ideal candidate is ABFA certified
    • Must have adequate experience to independently conduct forensic anthropology examinations and scene recoveries while supervising individuals less qualified or experienced. 


    • If not ABFA certified, must obtain Board Certification by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology within three years of becoming eligible to sit for the examination.
    • Must become eligible to take the examination within three years of employment.
    • Must sit for the examination within six years of employment.

    About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


    As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.


    Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.


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