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Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Sociology & Anthropology (10000890)
Employee Designation:  Temporary 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 position of a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. This is a one-year, temporary position beginning August 2021. We are seeking a sociologist with a focus on quantitative methods and demography, or related fields.  The successful candidate should be able to teach thematic courses in rural population health, the family, introductory demography, and graduate level statistics. Candidates should have an active program of scholarly research, a strong commitment to teaching. Ph.D. (or advanced ABD) in Sociology or related field is required at the time of application. While service, research and teaching will be within the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, a portion of teaching responsibilities will be for the Center for Population Studies. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers the BA and MA degrees in Sociology and the Center for Population Studies offers an undergraduate minor in Society and Health. The Center for Population Studies all houses the State Data Center of Mississippi. 

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should apply online at by submitting a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and list of references with contact information for three people. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Anne Cafer, chair of the search committee at or (402) 417-6960. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi