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Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology

Mississippi State University, Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures
Starkville, Mississippi
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Nov 2, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty, Pre-Tenure
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Applied Anthropology
Organization Type
Level of Experience

Job Details

The Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position in cultural anthropology, beginning August 16th, 2023. Preference will be given to candidates with active research programs in the U.S. South that focus 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 that have the potential to build collaboration within and across the sub-disciplines of the department.

AMEC is a dynamic department offering an anthropology major and Middle Eastern studies minor, with an applied anthropology MA program including a cultural anthropology track. A strong, active research agenda with the potential for involving graduate and undergraduate students is crucial to this position. The successful candidate will contribute to our track in applied cultural anthropology and must demonstrate a strong commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring. The preferred candidate will be able to teach introduction to cultural anthropology, introduction to race and ethnicity, qualitative/quantitative research methods, as well as topical courses in their area of study. The position carries a 2:3 teaching load and a nationally competitive salary.

Mississippi State University (MSU) is a top 100 major research university and is the recipient of a “Community Engagement Classification” from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. MSU also received recognition as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mississippi State University is located in Starkville, MS, which is a progressive, growing, sun-belt community.

Rank: Assistant Professor.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Basic qualifications: Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Anthropology or closely related field. Ph.D. must be in hand by August 16th, 2023. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong research activity and an excellent record of teaching.

Position available: August 16th, 2023, with academic year beginning Fall 2023.

To apply:  All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter (which should address the candidate's current and future research agenda and teaching philosophy), curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three references willing to write a letter of recommendation if solicited. Please submit attachments as PDF files only.

Additional materials will be requested from a selection of applicants.

Communication about this position should be sent to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. David M. Hoffman (

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex. (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by 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.

Closing date: Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than August 16th, 2023.




<p>Mississippi State University is a public, land-grant university whose mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state's diverse population, as well as from other states and countries, and to offer excellent programs of teaching, research, and service.Enhancing its historic strengths in agriculture, natural resources, engineering, mathematics, and natural and physical sciences, Mississippi State offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs; these include architecture, the fine arts, business, education, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and veterinary medicine.The university embraces its role as a major contributor to the economic development of the state through targeted research and the transfer of ideas and technology to the public, supported by faculty and staff relationships with industry, community organizations, and government entities.Building on its land-grant tradition, Mississippi State strategically extends its resources and expertise throughout the entire state for the benefit of Mississippi's citizens, offering access for working and place-bound adult learners through its Meridian Campus, Extension, and distance learning programs.Mississippi State is committed to its tradition of instilling among its students and alumni ideals of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service.<br /> This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.<br /> This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.<br /> This employer does offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.<br /> This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.</p>

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