Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Politics or a Post/Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Job Summary

Millsaps College invites applications for either a full-time, visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Politics (6-course teaching load) or a Post/pre-doctoral Teaching Fellow (4-course teaching load) position beginning August 2022 for a teacher-scholar specializing in American government and research methods. Additional expertise in political theory is also preferred.

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 grow the Department of Government and Politics.

The teaching load will typically include Introduction to American Government, Applied Research and Politics, and a combination of elective and general education courses. The candidate will be expected to occasionally contribute to the core curriculum with special courses geared towards first-year students. The candidate will also mentor the Millsaps College Republicans and the Young Democrats, as well as assist with the administration of the department’s annual senior comprehensive examinations.

We offer a competitive salary including health and other benefits, an allowance for moving expenses, and a private office in the Department of Government and Politics.


A Ph.D. is preferred. Outstanding candidates who are ABD will also be considered.

Strong candidates will have:

  • a strong record of original research
  • at least two years of teaching experience for consideration for the VAP position
  • evidence of or potential for successfully engaging and supporting students from diverse backgrounds
  • ability to work collegially within the academic environment

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Materials should include:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • graduate transcripts
  • statement of teaching philosophy and career goals
  • list of courses taught
  • evidence of effective teaching (sample syllabi, assignments and/or student evaluations)
  • three letters of reference

Materials should be submitted to Employment will be contingent on complete background verification and proof of work authorization. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

About Millsaps College

Millsaps is an accredited, privately supported, national liberal arts college founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890. Consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education, Millsaps has been praised by Colleges That Change LivesThe Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, the John Templeton Foundation, The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Insight Magazine.

Millsaps College’s Vision

Building on its motto, Ad Excellentiam, its strong heritage of social justice, freedom of thought and reflection on life’s most important questions, and its central location in the capital city of Mississippi, Millsaps engages students in a transformative learning and leadership experience that results in personal and intellectual growth, commitment to good citizenship in our global society and a desire to succeed and make a difference in every community they touch.

Millsaps College’s Mission

Millsaps College 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 our region.

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.

A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates. Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check and establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 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

Compliance with Title IX

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Millsaps College does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of sex. Policies and procedures for addressing complaints of discrimination and harassment can be found at Reports can be made to the Title IX Team by filing a sexual misconduct or Title IX complaint at this link: Inquiries related to the application of Title IX at Millsaps should be referred to the college’s Title IX team (contact information is found here: and external inquires can be made to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-1100 (800) 421-3481,

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