Assistant Professor of Higher Education


UNIVERSITY, MS, US, 38677-9701

Department:  Higher Education (12102868)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Position Description

The University of Mississippi’s Department of Higher Education seeks applicants to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are open to methodological approaches and seek a colleague who focuses on one or more of the following via their research, scholarship, and service: (a) college student access and success, (b) college student development; (c) organization, policy, and governance; (d) student affairs administration; and/or (e) program assessment and evaluation. The Department of Higher Education offers master's degrees focused on Student Affairs on the Oxford campus and in an online cohort designed for working professionals. The department also offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree focused on researcher preparation and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in an online cohort focused on practitioner preparation based on the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) framework directed toward equity, ethics, and social justice in professional practice. The candidate of choice will be asked to chair as well as serve on doctoral dissertation committees and master's theses, conduct research, and provide service to the Department, University, broader discipline, and community.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the mission of the University and School of Education to prepare researchers and reflective professionals who create, use and share knowledge in partnership with individuals and communities to serve Mississippi and beyond
  • Teach traditional, hybrid, and/or online courses in Higher Education / Student Affairs and advise students in MA, PhD, and EdD programs
  • Engage in research, writing, and other scholarly activities in the field of Higher Education / Student Affairs
  • Provide service, outreach, and leadership in the field of Higher Education / Student Affairs

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Higher Education or a related field
  • Graduate teaching and advising experience or evidence of potential
  • Evidence of potential for scholarship relevant to Higher Education / Student Affairs
  • Experience and dedication to working with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality and collaboration

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit a letter of application detailing qualifications for the position and curriculum vitae as well as the names and contact information of four professional references. In addition, applicants are asked to submit two refereed, scholarly and/or professional publications and a teaching philosophy statement which reflects their teaching beliefs and practices. Additional materials may be required for the interview, and more details on the position are available at



Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established.


Questions pertaining to the position or required qualifications may be directed to Dr. Ty McNamee, search committee Chair, via telephone or electronic mail:; 662.915.2520

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.