Professor and Department Head

The Department of Anthropology & Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) at Mississippi State University seeks applications for the position of Department Head to begin July 1, 2018.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology and have or be eligible for tenure at the rank of Professor. Ideally, candidates should have administrative experience, experience with contracts and grants, and a research agenda complementing the department’s B.A. program in Anthropology and M.A. program in Applied Anthropology. Subfield, interest area, and geographic area are open.

Mississippi State University (MSU), is located in Starkville, MS, which is a progressive, growing, sun-belt community. MSU is a top 100 major research university, with growing enrollment (23,000), and is the recipient of a Higher Research Activity and 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 in 2016 and 2017.

AMEC ( ) is a dynamic, young, growing department, which offers an anthropology major, Middle Eastern studies minor, and a growing applied anthropology MA program. The MA program has two tracks: archaeology/bioarchaeology and cultural anthropology. The Department Head will serve on graduate committees and as major professor for a very limited number of students. The Department Head will guide curricular revision and programmatic assessment; guide faculty through the tenure and promotion process; oversee all personnel matters; manage the budget; serve as liaison between faculty and administration; and sustain and enhance collaborative programs with other campus units. Documented experience in departmental or college leadership positions is required. Teaching expectation is one course per semester. AMEC is in the College of Arts & Sciences, which includes 14 academic departments and eleven programs. The department is housed in the Cobb Institute of Archaeology (, an endowed institute with office and lab space, a research library, a museum, and a CRM office. The Head of AMEC (regardless of subfield) will work in consultation with the Director of the Cobb Institute to meet shared goals of the Department and Institute.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, a statement detailing the applicant’s vision for an applied program, and names & contact information for at least three references to Quintara Miller, PO Box PC, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Applicants must also apply online at (PARF 496316). Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017, although applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

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.