Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Millsaps College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in anthropological archaeology beginning on 1 August 2024. The appointment is for the 2024-2025 academic year. We are seeking a Maya archaeologist with active field research. Topical area of expertise is open, but we are particularly interested in applicants with four-field training in anthropology, a desire to include undergraduate students in research, and an ability to teach a variety of courses.


The teaching load is three courses per semester. The successful candidate will be expected to teach Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations, Introduction to Anthropology, courses in the core curriculum, and courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. A Ph.D. in anthropology must be in hand by August 2024. Candidates who are ABD may be considered for a Fellow position.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field required by the start of the appointment. Candidates who are ABD may be considered for a Fellow position.
  • Record of, or potential for, scholarly productivity
  • Commitment to inclusive pedagogy, diversity and equity

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following documents as a single PDF:

  1. a cover letter (two pages maximum);
  2. a curriculum vitae; and
  3. the names and contact information for three references.

Letter writers will be contacted at a later stage in the review process. Candidates who advance to a shorter list will be asked to provide a research statement and a statement of teaching philosophy, both of which should outline how the candidate addresses inclusion and diversity in their work.

Application materials should be submitted to [email protected] as one PDF document. Questions about the position can be sent to the Search Chair, Dr. Louwanda Evans, at [email protected].

About Millsaps

Millsaps College is a selective institution of higher education located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi — a progressive southern metropolitan city of nearly half a million. Millsaps is dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation and the innovative shaping of the social, economic and cultural progress of the region. The college was founded in 1890 by members of the Methodist Church and is consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education.

Millsaps has an enrollment of approximately 750 students and employs 80 full-time faculty members. The faculty/student ratio at Millsaps is 1:9, and the average class size is 14. Millsaps has graduated 25 Fulbright Award recipients, seven Rhodes Scholars, six Goldwater Scholars and two Truman Scholars. Millsaps is a member of the NCAA Division III and Southern Athletic Association and competes in 18 intercollegiate sports.

EEO Statement

Millsaps College values diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Millsaps College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws.

All offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and verification of employment. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Millsaps College provides a competitive benefits package.

It is the policy of Millsaps College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require any accommodations to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact [email protected].

Additional Information

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The only national liberal arts college in Mississippi, Millsaps College has consistently been ranked a “Best Buy” among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges and is cited as one of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives. It was the first institution in Mississippi with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and is the only institution in Mississippi ever to be listed in The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Millsaps is a member of the ACS and NITLE, and has an AACSB accredited business school. In accordance with Federal law, we are making available our Campus Security Report to all prospective employees. Millsaps is located in Jackson, the capital of the state. The Jackson area has a population of around 400,000 and offers low cost-of-living, excellent schools, pleasant climate, and many recreational opportunities.

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