Director, Cobb Institute of Archaeology



Position Function:

The Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University is responsible for administration and oversight of all programs, facilities, and holdings of the Cobb Institute, including all research activities, museum programs and exhibits; its buildings; and all library, research, and museum collections.

Salary Grade : UC

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Department Profile:

The Cobb Institute of Archaeology was founded in 1971 and is a research and service unit of the College of Arts & Sciences of Mississippi State University.
The Institute's facilities include the Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology and its artifact collections, as well as multiple laboratories, classrooms, office space, and a library. The Institute also manages a separate facility for the curation of research collections and materials recovered from cultural resource management surveys.
Staff archaeologists are involved in a full range of archaeological research, including basic cultural and historical investigations, field excavations, laboratory analysis and report preparation, as well as cultural resource management and public archaeology. The Institute works with businesses, municipalities, state, federal, and international agencies to assist them in complying with antiquities regulations and with cultural resource and environmental laws.

Through affiliations with other academic departments at MSU (as well as with partner institutions and agencies), the Institute provides a wide range of opportunities for MSU undergraduate and graduate students to become engaged in archaeological research. This includes summer field schools, volunteer opportunities in the field, in laboratories, and in the museum, internships, and paid work-study positions. The Institute sponsors public lectures, tours and workshops, and the staff is routinely engaged in on- and off-campus outreach activities.
Additional information about the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University can be found at www.cobb.msstate.edu.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2021

Tenure Track Status:

Tenured

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University shall be responsible for administration and oversight of all programs, facilities, and holdings of the Cobb Institute, including all research activities, museum programs and exhibits; its buildings; and all library, research, and museum collections. The Director shall supervise all staff, research assistants, and research faculty assigned to, or affiliated with, the Institute and supported by its funds. The Director shall be responsible for budget planning and supervision for all Institute-related financial activities. The Director shall serve to provide leadership and to coordinate the programs of instruction in archaeology in liaison with the Heads of the affiliated academic departments. The Director shall report directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and through that office seek approvals via the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Provost and the President of Mississippi state University.

The administrative responsibilities of the Director of the Institute should normally not constitute more than a 40% workload on a 12-month contract basis.

The Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology shall maintain an active research profile in field archaeology. The research activities of the Director of the Institute should normally not constitute more than a 40% workload on a 12- month contract basis.
The Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology should maintain an active instructional role within the teaching programs of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures. The instructional activities of the Director of the Institute should normally include one course per each fall and spring semester.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in an academic field with a demonstrable specialization in either Middle Eastern Archaeology or southeastern U.S. Archaeology.
2. Qualify as tenured faculty for instruction in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures within the College of Arts and Sciences.
3. Possess outstanding credentials indicating active research in field archaeology including an appropriate record of publications and reporting.
4. Possess outstanding credentials indicating administrative experience in either or several of the following areas: academic administration, museum management and curation, grants and budget management, private business.
5. Possess background in public relations and development work, and in museum exhibition and/or in related activities of creative presentation and communication with the general public.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

No

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/

All applicants must apply online through www.msujobs.msstate.edu and submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications for the position and vision for the Cobb Institute, a current CV, and a list of five professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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