Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director, Center for Archaeological Research


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Sociology & Anthropology (10000890)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology ( at the University of Mississippi invites applications for the Director of the Center for Archaeological Research (  Start date will be August 2023.  We will consider candidates beginning at the rank of advanced Assistant Professor level (or those with commensurate experience) or higher. The successful candidate will oversee the Center for Archaeological Research and teach three courses per year in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in anthropology and four-field training, with expertise in North American archaeology, preferably with research experience in the southeastern U.S. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of external funding, including grants and contracts, experience in cultural resource management (CRM), and a strong publishing record. Experience teaching and mentoring students will allow the successful candidate to be fully integrated with the academic mission of the department.


Interested candidates can apply online at by submitting a letter of interest, including a statement about how the applicant will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references. For additional information, contact Dr. Jodi Skipper at or the department at (662) 915-7421. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University of Mississippi is committed to equity in higher education and seeks to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into research, teaching, and service missions. Applicants from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. 


The University of Mississippi (UM) is located in Oxford, MS, home to more than 21,000 students and faculty, including regional campuses and the UM Medical Center in Jackson, MS.  UM is the flagship university in the state but offers a 16:1 faculty to student ratio. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers BA and MA degrees in both Anthropology and Sociology.  It is home to twenty-three anthropology and sociology faculty and additional research staff affiliated with the Center for Archaeological Research, the Grisham-McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, and the Center for Population Studies.  The Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the College of Liberal Arts offer resources and support for scholars conducting community-engaged research, and for scholars who incorporate undergraduate and graduate students into their research activities.

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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