Job: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, MSU

The Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position in cultural anthropology, beginning August 16th, 2017, with preference for a specialization in medical anthropology. Preference will be given to candidates with active research programs in North America that focus on health/medical issues amongst indigenous North Americans, communities of color, and/or diasporic communities. The preferred candidate’s research will also build on the existing strengths of the department. AMEC is a dynamic, growing 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 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, medical anthropology, and 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, 2017. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong research activity and an excellent record of teaching.

Position available: August 16th, 2017, with academic year beginning Fall 2017.

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, 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, 2016. 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, 2017.