Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 030200 - Anthropology/Middle Eastern Culture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Teach undergraduate survey courses, such as Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, and Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, and other related courses.
Teach advanced undergraduate students in upper-level topical or area courses, such as Human Origins and Variation, and other related courses.
Teach graduate courses in area of specialty, including seminars, special topics, and directed readings.
Serve on graduate committees for M.A. students
Direct graduate M.A. theses.
Serve on departmental, college, and university committees. For tenure-track but nontenured persons, expectations in this category are limited.
Seek external funding via grants or contracts.

Employees hired into Intermittent positions are limited to working no more than 720 hours per fiscal year.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures currently has 8 faculty members (2 biological anthropologists, 3 cultural anthropologists, 3 archaeologists), 29 graduate students, and 75 undergraduate majors. Housed in Cobb Institute of Archaeology

Area of Specialization:

Biological Anthropology

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2021

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

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. Demonstrated 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 Southeast US or Middle East will be given preference. Must be able to teach introductory courses in forensic anthropology.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Specialty in Forensic Anthropology, with knowledge of bioarchaeology. Evidence of successful teaching and research, demonstrable applied experience, Phi Beta Kappa membership preferred. Diplomate from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (DABFA) or progress towards a DABFA strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Basic field training, including excavation, familiarity with grants and contracts, effective classroom teaching.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Ability to conduct field research in strenuous conditions.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at and attach 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 15, 2020, 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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