Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  History (10000879)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description


The Department of History and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture seek applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2024. This joint appointment is in 20th c. U.S. History with a concentration in the American South.  Additional subfields may include public history, oral history, and/or African-American history. Faculty hired in this position will teach a 2:2 load in undergraduate and graduate courses as well as supervise graduate students in both History and Southern Studies.   


We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are from traditionally underrepresented groups in academia and from all candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community.  The online application should include: 1) curriculum vitae 2) cover letter indicating research and teaching interests 3) contact information for three references. To be considered, applicants must hold a Ph.D. in history or related interdisciplinary field, or hold ABD status with expectations of degree completion prior to August, 2024.  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established.

About Our Programs  


The Department of History features an active community of research and teaching scholars and students, offering undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA, PhD) degrees in history.  It also maintains academic and professional relationships with the African American Studies program, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. The Department of History sponsors the annual Porter L. Fortune History Symposium. Recent topics have included religion in the South, gender and politics in the South, the Civil Rights movement, and the South in the Caribbean.  For more information:


The Center for the Study of Southern Culture, founded in 1977, defines its mission as investigating, documenting, interpreting, and teaching about the U.S. South through academic inquiry and publications, documentary studies of film, photography, and oral history, and public outreach programs. The cross- disciplinary Southern Studies faculty and the undergraduate and graduate degree programs (MA and MFA) are the core of the Center’s work. Its curricula incorporate traditional disciplines of the arts, humanities, and social sciences to form an interdisciplinary framework for studying the South. The Center promotes research on the region’s varied cultures by supporting the work of its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visiting scholars. For more information:

Position Details

Appointment (9 Month)

Assignment Type (Tenure Track)

Application Procedures

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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.


Background Check Statement

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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.

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