Dean of the Faculty

Current Faculty Openings

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research.


Amherst College (formally known as "The Trustees of Amherst College") announces the following faculty positions. Searches will be conducted during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2014. Amherst College is located at 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

Anthropology and Sociology

The Amherst College Department of Anthropology-Sociology invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology.  This one-year, full-time visiting appointment will begin July 1, 2014.  Ethnographic and topical areas of specialization should complement those of other members of the department, with a preference for Latin America and religion.  A Ph.D. (completed by spring 2014) and prior teaching experience are required.  The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester and may be asked to supervise undergraduate honors theses. To apply, please submit as PDFs or Word documents to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/641 a letter of application, CV, two course syllabi, a writing sample (not to exceed twenty-five pages), and the names and email addresses of three referees.  Applications received by March 1, 2014, will receive full consideration.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Art and the History of Art

The Amherst College Department of Art and the History of Art invites applications for an open-rank position for a Film and Video Artist, with specialization in one or more of the following areas: experimental, documentary, and/or narrative film/video production; installation; animation; interactive technologies; and new media formats.  An appointment at the Assistant, or, possibly, the Associate Professor rank, will be tenure track. Appointments at the rank of professor or, generally, associate professor will be with tenure. Appointments with tenure are contingent upon a tenure review. We are seeking an artist with an M.F.A, at least three years teaching experience, and a significant record of distinguished artistic production.  Candidates should be prepared to teach a range of courses (two in each semester), including team-taught fundamental courses in the major with a Critical Studies faculty member, as well as introductory film or video courses; advise honors students; and participate in the life of the college. This is a relatively new major at Amherst, so the successful candidate will oversee the instillation of a new film, video, and new media studio facility, as well as help build an inventory of camera, production equipment and the hardware and software necessary to the major.  Applications received by November 15, 2013, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should electronically submit as text documents the following to lmbeckett@amherst.edu: a personal statement, CV, a digital or electronic portfolio of the candidate’s creative work (please see note), sample syllabi, and contact information for two referees.  Note: Time-based work should preferably be submitted through a link to a secure posting on Vimeo.com or an online portfolio.  If the latter is a personal website, please include specific link/s to the relevant material. An acceptable alternative would be a universally readable DVD (both Mac & pc compatible; please no Blu-Ray).  Kindly send two copies to Louise M. Beckett, Department Coordinator, Department of Art and the History of Art, 107 Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

Classics  (Position Filled)

The Department of Classics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning, July 1, 2014. The successful candidate must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment and must be able to teach with distinction both Latin and Greek at all levels, with particular emphasis on Latin language and literature. The ability to teach survey courses on Roman history and Latin literature in translation and to direct writing and research at all undergraduate levels will be a distinct advantage. The teaching load is two courses per semester. To apply, please submit as PDFs or Word documents to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/592 a letter of application, a CV, one writing sample not to exceed 30 pages, and the names and email addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Questions about the search should be addressed to rhsinos@amherst.edu. Applications received by November 15, 2013, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2014. The position is in the area of distributed systems, broadly defined, for example in networks, cluster or cloud computing, parallel programming, or computation with massive datasets.  Students and faculty enjoy top-notch classroom and computing facilities, including technology-equipped classrooms, multimedia laboratories, and a high-performance computing cluster.  The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in computer science in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment. We seek a colleague who is committed to excellence in education at the undergraduate level, comfortable teaching courses both within and outside his or her specialty, and able to direct undergraduate research projects.   We are looking for someone with a record that demonstrates high quality teaching and research, and who has a clear vision for a program of future research.  Interested candidates should send the following materials to search2014@cs.amherst.edu: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, (4) a research statement, and (5) at least three letters of reference. Applications received by January 1, 2014, will receive full consideration. 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science  (Position Filled)
The Department of Computer Science also invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor,  beginning in July 2014. This is a two-year appointment, with possible renewal for one additional year.The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in computer science in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment. We seek a colleague who is committed to excellence in undergraduate computer science education, who is comfortable teaching courses in a variety of areas, and who is able to direct undergraduate research projects.Amherst College is located in Western Massachusetts, about 1.5 hours drive from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.  The College is part the Five College Consortium, which supports collaborations with nearby Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and with the University of Massachusetts. Students and faculty enjoy top-notch computing facilities, including technology-equipped classrooms, multimedia laboratories, and a high-performance computing cluster. Interested candidates should send the following materials to amherst-fte@cs.amherst.edu: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Applications received by February 18, 2014, will be assured of full consideration.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For questions, contact the department chair, Prof. Catherine McGeoch, at ccm@cs.amherst.edu.

Economics (Two Positions)

The Department of Economics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Applied Microeconomics. The appointment will begin in fall 2014. The department has a strong interest in those focusing on the economics of education, labor economics, or public economics, but we will also consider high quality candidates in other areas of applied microeconomics. In addition to teaching courses related to her/his research, the successful candidate will regularly teach in our introductory course and/or a core theory course in either intermediate microeconomics or econometrics. Amherst offers a two-course per semester teaching load and excellent research support. Qualifications include a Ph.D. (candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment) and a record that demonstrates promise of high quality research and teaching.  Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, job market paper, graduate transcript, research statement (if available), and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Jessica Reyes, Chair, c/o Jeanne Reinle, Academic Dept. Coordinator, Department of Economics, Amherst College, Amherst MA 01002-5000. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates submitting their materials by November 15, 2013, will be assured full consideration. The department will schedule interviews at the AEA meetings in Philadelphia.

The Department of Economics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Behavioral Economics. The appointment will begin in fall 2014. The departmentis seeking high quality candidates in behavioral economics and experimental economics. In addition to teaching courses related to her/his research, the successful candidate will regularly teach in our introductory course and/or the core intermediate microeconomics course. Amherst offers a two-course per semester teaching load and excellent research support. Qualifications include a Ph.D. (candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment) and a record that demonstrates promise of high quality research and teaching.   Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, job market paper, graduate transcript, research statement (if available), and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Jessica Reyes, Chair, c/o Jeanne Reinle, Academic Dept. Coordinator, Department of Economics, Amherst College, Amherst MA 01002-5000. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates submitting their materials by November 15, 2013, will be assured full consideration. The department will schedule interviews at the AEA meetings in Philadelphia.

English (Position Filled)

The Amherst College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of British Romantic poetry. The successful candidate will offer courses on the major poets of the period; we also welcome an interest in the broader literature and culture of Romanticism in Britain and beyond, and in the history of poetry from the Restoration to modernity.  Two courses to be offered each semester with additional senior tutorials.  Annual responsibilities include first-year writing-attentive courses, specialized advanced seminars, and open-enrollment courses in poetry.  Strong commitments to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching, especially to the teaching of writing and to working with a diverse student body, are essential.  Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/21980 a letter of application, a CV, three letters of recommendation, and one writing sample not to exceed 30 pages.  Review of applications will begin October 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates who submit their materials by November 1, 2013, will be assured full consideration.  The position will begin in fall 2014.  Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment.

 

History

The Department of History at Amherst College invites applications for a one-year full-time Visiting Assistant Professor in Medieval European History, beginning July 1, 2014.  We are seeking a person prepared to teach a range of courses (two in each semester) and advise honors students.  Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Strong commitments to scholarship and teaching a diverse undergraduate student body are essential.  Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, a writing sample, and syllabi of two proposed courses to: Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee, Department of History, P.O. Box 2254, Amherst College, Amherst, MA  01002-5000.  Review of applications will begin on March 20, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

 Mathematics  (Position Filled)

The Department of Mathematics invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The appointment will begin in fall 2014.  Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester and supervising undergraduate theses.  Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in pure or applied mathematics and have broad intellectual interests and a strong commitment to research and undergraduate teaching.  We seek candidates who are passionate about teaching pure mathematics to undergraduates.  The application should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a research statement, a teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should specifically address teaching.  Completed applications should be submitted to http://www.mathjobs.org/jobs. Alternatively, materials may be mailed to Math Search Committee, Department of Mathematics, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2013. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. 

Mathematics (Statistics)  (Position Filled)

The Amherst College Department of Mathematics invites applications for a position as a Lecturer in Statistics, with an appointment to begin in July 2014. This is a full-time three-year appointment, with multi-year renewal contingent on successful review.  Renewal is based on teaching and the other responsibilities of the lecturer, as outlined below. We seek candidates who are passionate about teaching statistics to undergraduates. Responsibilities include teaching five courses per year, coordinating introductory courses, and engagement with the growing statistics program at the College. The successful candidate will be expected to make significant and balanced contributions to undergraduate instruction in statistics, including curriculum enhancements. Applicants should hold a doctorate degree in statistics or biostatistics (or related field), and have broad intellectual interests in statistics education along with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation that specifically address teaching.

Completed applications should be submitted to http://www.mathjobs.org/jobs. Alternatively, materials may be mailed to Statistics Search Committee, Department of Mathematics, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but all applications received by January 15 will be guaranteed full consideration. For more information, visit https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/faculty_hiring/employment.

The Five College Statistics Program (established in 2011) actively fosters connections among the many statisticians in the area.

Physics (Position Filled)

Astronomy The Department of Physics invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in astronomy that will begin in July 2014.The College seeks an individual who will bring energy and enthusiasm to Amherst’s storied astronomy program as a part of a new Department of Physics and Astronomy. The successful candidate will have broad intellectual interests and be committed to teaching and establishing an active research program involving undergraduates. He or she will also be a member of the Five College Astronomy Department, a collaborative program of Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  This is an open-rank search. An appointment at the assistant, or, possibly, the associate professor rank, will be tenure track.  A senior appointment would be with tenure. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon tenure review.  A Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field is required; preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral research and teaching experience. Start-up funds are available. Applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, and a letter describing plans for teaching and research. Application materials should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/585. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Professor David Hall, Chair, Department of Physics, AC #2244, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000, or by e-mail to physicschair@amherst.edu.  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Physics invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The one-and-a-half year appointment will start January 1, 2014.  A Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field is required.  The department is looking for a person with broad intellectual interests who is committed to teaching and working with undergraduates at a liberal arts college. The faculty in physics is active in research in laser and atomic physics, condensed-matter physics, biophysics, and high-energy physics. There is a broader research community in the area because of Amherst College's close proximity to the University of Massachusetts, as well as Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges.  Interested candidates should provide a cover letter,  current curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and a teaching statement. Application materials should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/581. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Prof. David Hall, Chair, Department of Physics, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000, or by email to physicschair@amherst.edu. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 4, 2013.  The search will remain open until the position is filled.  Early applications are encouraged

Political Science (Position Filled)

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a position in American Politics.  We seek someone whose primary interest is in national political institutions, in particular the Presidency, Congress, parties, elections, and/or bureaucracy. We welcome candidates who apply insights from the study of American political development and whose work draws empirical and theoretical connections across subfields in the discipline.  This is an open-rank search. An appointment at the assistant, or, possibly, the associate professor rank, will be tenure track.  A senior appointment would be with tenure. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon tenure review.  To apply, please submit as PDFs to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/574  a letter of application, a CV, one writing sample not to exceed 30 pages, and the names and email addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Review of applications will begin September 16, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. The position will begin in fall 2014.

Russian

Amherst’s Robert E. Keiter 1957 Fund for Postdoctoral Fellows, with matching funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports exceptionally promising young scholars for two years of half-time teaching (one course each semester) and half-time research at the College. As part of the Keiter Fellowship program, Amherst will appoint a postdoctoral fellow as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian Art for the academic years 2014-16. This Keiter Postdoctoral Fellowship is a full-time salaried appointment that is open only to those who will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2014 and who have not already held a regular faculty appointment.

We invite applications from candidates whose work concerns Russian art history and visual culture in Russia.  The ideal candidate will have both training in art history and broad knowledge of Russian language and culture.  The Fellow will teach courses in English in the context of the Russian Department’s curriculum.  For both teaching and research, the Fellow should expect to draw on the Whitney Collection of Russian Art at Amherst’sMead ArtMuseum and the collection of artists’ books at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture.

Applicants should submit electronically https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/644  a cover letter, curriculum vitae (to include a description of courses taught), one writing sample not to exceed thirty pages and one sample syllabus for a course appropriate for our department. Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by email attachment to Elizabeth Damon, Academic Department Coordinator, atehdamon@amherst.edu.  Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

Spanish (Three Positions)

Assistant/Associate or Full Professor  (Position Filled)


The Amherst College Department of Spanish invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment that will begin in July 2014. A Ph.D. is required.Beginning hires must have their Ph.D.s in hand by July 2014. This is an open-rank search. An appointment at the Assistant, or, possibly, the Associate Professor rank, will be tenure track. A senior appointment would be with tenure. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a tenure review.  The preferred field of specialization is Golden Age and/or Colonial. Advanced candidates should have a distinguished record of research/publication in their field and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Teaching duties include two courses per semester, academic advising, and thesis directing at the undergraduate level. Candidates who submit their applications by November 1, 2013, will be assured of full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.Interviews will be held at the MLA Convention in Chicago.  Please submit electronically to lkfranks@amherst.edu a CV and a cover letter that addresses research and teaching strategies.  Three letters of recommendation should also be sent electronically to lkfranks@amherst.edu.

Lecturer  (Position Filled)
The Department of Spanish seeks a Lecturer to teach three language courses (beginning to advanced) a semester. The Lecturer will also share responsibility for supervising the work of our Spanish Language Assistants and collaborate actively in Spanish Department events. This is a full-time appointment with multi-year renewal, contingent on a successful review after one year. It will begin in July 2014. Candidates should have significant teaching experience at the college level, training in second-language acquisition or Spanish as a second language, and its relevant technology, and dedication and enthusiasm for language instruction. Expertise in foreign language pedagogy and Latin-American culture is especially welcome. Ph.D. preferred. All applications received before November 15, 2013, will be assured full consideration. Interviews at the MLA in Chicago. Please submit electronically to lkfranks@amherst.edu a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
The Amherst College Department of Spanish invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.  This is a one-year appointment, with possible renewal for a second year, beginning in July 2014.  Applicants must have their Ph.D.s in hand by July 2014. The preferred fields of specialization are twentieth-century Iberian or Latin American theater studies.  Candidates should have a demonstrated excellence in teaching. Teaching duties include two courses per semester, academic advising, and possibly directing undergraduate theses.  Candidates who submit their applications by March 17, 2014, will be assured of full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.Finalists will be interviewed by Skype in April.   To apply, please submit as PDFs or Word documents to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/642 a letter of application that addresses research and teaching strategies, a CV, and the names and email addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.