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Assistant Professor - Anthropology

Mississippi State University
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 30, 2022

Position Function:

Teach undergraduate survey courses, such as Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, Introduction to Race and Ethnicity, and other related courses. Teach advanced undergraduate students in upper-level topical or area courses, such as Ethnographic Field Methods, Applied Cultural Anthropology, and other related courses.
Teach graduate courses in area of specialty, including seminars, special topics, and directed readings.

Salary Grade : UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The department currently has 10 faculty members (3 biological anthropologists, 3 cultural anthropologists, 4 archaeologists), 36 graduate students, and 56 undergraduate majors.
Housed in Cobb Institute of Archaeology

Area of Specialization:

Cultural Anthropology

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2023

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching responsibilities consist of teaching two classes one semester and three courses one semester. Offerings include undergraduate service courses and upper-division topical or area courses, split-level upper-division undergraduate and lower-level graduate student courses, and graduate seminars. Development of local research projects into which students can be incorporated. Demonstrate ability to contribute intellectually and practically to the department’s growing B.A. program in Anthropology and M.A. program in Applied Anthropology. Develop contacts for graduate internships. Promote health of graduate program via external funding of Research Assistants through grants or contracts.

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD is required at the time of appointment. Strong candidates must be able to incorporate graduate students into their research and participate concretely in the on-going development of the M.A. program in Applied Anthropology. Regional focus in the U.S. South will be given preference. Must be able to teach introductory courses in cultural anthropology.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with active research programs in the U.S. South that focuses on Indigenous North Americans, marginalized communities, communities of color, or diasporic communities. The preferred candidate will bring innovative methodologies for training students in engaged or applied anthropology.
Ability in contemporary qualitative or quantitative methods in teaching and research. Evidence of successful teaching and research, demonstrable applied or engaged anthropology experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Basic fieldwork training, including mixed research methods, familiarity with grants and contracts, effective classroom teaching.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Ability to conduct field research in strenuous conditions.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at by completing the Personal Data Information form and attaching a cover letter, which should address the candidates current and future research agenda and teaching philosophy; a current vitae; and the names and contact information for three professional references. The cover letter, vita, and list of references may also be sent to To guarantee consideration, materials must be received by October 31, 2022, and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please include an email address to facilitate contact.

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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