Millsaps College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Government and Politics position beginning August 2023 for a teacher-scholar specializing in American government and research methods. Additional expertise in political theory is also encouraged. The successful candidate will be expected to engage actively in the intellectual life of the college and contribute to the culture of the department through participation in campus activities and student mentorship.  This position also requires a candidate to participate in assisting students with academic research projects in the field of American politics, to work with students to find and complete internships at the state capitol and in the Jackson community, and to help continue to grow the Department of Government and Politics.

The teaching load, consisting of six (6) courses per academic year, will typically include Introduction to American Government, Applied Research and Politics, Senior Seminar (in alternating years), and elective courses suited to the candidate’s expertise and department needs. The candidate will participate annually in the department’s senior comprehensive examinations and occasionally contribute to the general education curriculum with special courses geared towards first-year students. Student advising, committee work, and supervising internships both within and outside of the candidate’s subfield will be integral components of the position. The candidate will also mentor student organizations, such as the Millsaps College Republicans and the Young Democrats.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in government, political science or a related field. Candidates who are ABD may be considered.
  • Record of, or potential for, scholarly productivity
  • Commitment to inclusive pedagogy, diversity and equity
  • Ability to work collegially within the academic environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least two (2) years of prior teaching experience
  • A strong record of original research

Application Process

Application materials should be submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by October 31st are assured of full consideration.

A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) graduate transcripts, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) evidence of effective teaching such as sample syllabi, assignments and/or student evaluations, (6) list of courses taught, and (7) three letters of recommendation, as outlined below. Within these materials candidates should provide specific examples of how they have contributed to equitable and inclusive academic spaces, including how they would enrich Millsaps College’s commitment to supportive environments for a diverse community.

Candidates will need to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted on their behalf to the same address noted above.

Millsaps College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds. All offers of employment will be contingent on confirmation of work authorization and successful completion of a background check.

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

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.

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