Submitted: 14 September 2020
Department: Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures
Institution: Mississippi State University
Job type: Tenure-track
Apply by: 20 October 2020
Application URL:

The department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology with a focus in Forensic Anthropology and knowledge of bioarchaeology. The successful candidate will have a research focus in Forensic Anthropology and demonstrate a strong commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Teaching responsibility is five courses per year, to include introductory, upper division, and graduate instruction, including Introduction to Forensic Anthropology and Human Origins and Variation. The candidate will also be expected to develop relationships with the medicolegal establishment of Mississippi to facilitate research and internship opportunities for students. A Diplomate from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (DABFA) or progress towards this certification is preferred. Phi Beta Kappa membership is preferred.

AMEC is a dynamic, growing department offering an anthropology major and Middle Eastern studies minor, with an applied anthropology MA program. AMEC is housed within the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, and the successful candidate will be eligible to become a Senior Research Associate of the Cobb Institute. A strong, active research agenda with the potential for involving graduate students is crucial to this position as the candidate is expected to contribute to the applied M.A. archaeology/bioarchaeology track.

Mississippi State University is a top 100 major research university, designated as a “higher research activity university” and recipient of a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 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, 2021. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong research activity and an excellent record of teaching.

Position available: August 16th, 2021, with academic year beginning Fall 2021.

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. 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, Anna Osterholtz ([email protected]).

Additional materials will be solicited from a selection of applicants.

EEO Statement: 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 20th, 2020. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than August 16th, 2021.

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