Instructor in Southern Studies


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Center for the Study of Southern Culture (10000998)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Position Description

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture ( seeks a permanent, non-tenure track instructor in Southern Studies. PhD required; ABD candidates may apply. In addition to the ability to teach a range of interdisciplinary lower-division courses, candidates should have an interest in cultivating student life, as they will serve as the undergraduate adviser for majors in the field. The mission of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture is to document, interpret, and teach about the U.S. South through critical research and public engagement. The person serving in this position will actively contribute to that mission through mentorship, teaching, committee and collaborative work, and curriculum development. Teaching responsibilities include a 3/2 course load with occasional opportunities for graduate-level instruction.


About Southern Studies

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 (BA, 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.

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment for faculty and students. As an institution with a marked history of struggle with racial diversity, the University of Mississippi today realizes its unique obligation to educate and lead the state with an unquestionable and unwavering commitment toward the goal of embracing all aspects of diversity (including race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious choice, ethnicity, economic status, age, and geographic affiliation.)

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in the humanities or social sciences required; ABD candidates welcome to apply.


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.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should apply online at For full consideration, candidates will submit the following documents: (1) a cover letter outlining your teaching qualifications for the advertised position and your commitment to undergraduate education and mentorship and (2) a C.V. 


Review of applications will begin April 8, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who are selected for further review will be asked to provide letters of reference (to be submitted by the candidate’s referees through the online application website). If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kathryn McKee, chair of the search committee at or (662) 915-3372.  Individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups (Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) are especially encouraged to apply.

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

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.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi