Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and more than two hundred 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 excellence in undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, including advising; a well-articulated plan for robust and sustained research; and a desire to participate in the life of the college through service.

Amherst College (formally known as “The Trustees of Amherst College”) announces the following faculty positions. Searches will be conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2019. Amherst College is located at 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

New position listings will continue to be added to this site.

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Asian Languages and Civilizations

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations seeks a specialist in Chinese literature for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor beginning in July 2019.  Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and nationality.  Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students.  Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  We seek candidates with expertise in modern or pre-modern Chinese literature, performing art, film, or popular culture. Those working across genres and media are especially encouraged to apply.  The appointee will be expected to teach general courses that engage a broad range of students in Chinese culture and advanced courses for students concentrating in Chinese studies.  Although regular teaching in the Chinese language program will not be expected, native or near-native fluency in Mandarin Chinese and facility in classical Chinese are required.  The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment. Learn more about the department at www.amherst.edu/~asian.  Amherst College is a private co-educational liberal arts college of 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts and participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College consortium.  An application letter, c.v., short writing sample, sample syllabus, teaching statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to  https://apply.interfolio.com/50566. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, 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. 

Chemistry

The Amherst College Department of Chemistry (https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in experimental physical chemistry at the rank of assistant professor beginning in July 2019.  Amherst College is coeducational and one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.  Forty-five percent of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 10 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 17 percent are the first members of their families to attend college.  Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need, and 58 percent of our students receive financial aid.  Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium.  The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry and calls for teaching general chemistry and advanced physical chemistry at the undergraduate level.  Opportunities for teaching electives and interdisciplinary courses are also available.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous research program in physical chemistry in which undergraduates can substantively participate.  Applicants with expertise in any sub-discipline of experimental physical chemistry—for example, energy storage, materials chemistry, biophysical chemistry, or environmental chemistry—are encouraged to apply.  Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/52366 a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, including philosophy of teaching a diverse student body; a detailed description of research plans; and the contact information for three confidential references.  Review of applications will begin September 14, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Professor Anthony Bishop, chair of the Department of Chemistry, at acbishop@amherst.edu.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, 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. 

 English

The Amherst College Department of English invites applications from fiction writers for the position of visiting writer, to begin July 1, 2019.  The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, and religion.  This position entails a three-quarters load per year (two writing courses of one’s own design and one literature course of one’s own design), in addition to advising senior theses. The appointment is for three years. Candidates must have published at least one book. Previous experience teaching creative writing is desirable.  Candidates should submit electronically a letter of application, a CV, one writing sample not to exceed twenty pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Please send materials to https://apply.interfolio.com/51926.  Amherst 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.  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 the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff to ensure that full participation and inclusion are an integral part of the culture of the institution.

Geology

The Amherst College Department of Geology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in one of the following broadly defined fields:

  • Climate Science and Paleoclimate; or
  • Mineralogy, Petrology, and High-Temperature Geochemistry; or
  • Structural Geology, Tectonics, and Geophysics.

We seek a colleague who is committed to excellence in earth science education in a liberal arts context with a record that demonstrates the promise of high-quality research and who is excited about involving undergraduate students in research projects.  Today, Amherst College comprises a profoundly diversified student body; nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients and 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. The College is committed to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, therefore we seek candidates who can teach, mentor, and inspire students of different sexual orientations, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, and religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, 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.  We encourage applications from those who will offer rigorous, integrated classroom, field, and laboratory experiences for our students. Geology faculty teach three courses with labs per year, supervise students in independent research leading to honors theses, serve as academic advisor to geology majors and underclass students in general, support the activities of the Geology Department, and participate in the life of the College through service. The appointee to this position will regularly teach courses at the introductory level that engage a broad range of students and more advanced courses within their area of expertise for students majoring in Geology. Opportunities for teaching interdisciplinary courses are also available. The ability to direct writing, quantitative analysis, and research at all undergraduate levels is necessary.  The successful candidate will be expected to sustain a dynamic and productive research program that is grounded in original observations and analysis of Earth materials and is conducive to substantive undergraduate participation. Start-up funds and other forms of institutional support are available. Students and faculty in geology at Amherst College enjoy top-notch facilities, including technology-equipped classrooms and generous lab facilities in the modern, dedicated Beneski Earth Sciences Building. We have extensive rock, mineral and fossil collections; sample preparation facilities for thin-sections and rock powders; and teaching labs with petrographic and stereographic microscopes. In addition, the Geology Department has research labs with an SEM with EDS/EBSD capabilities, an aqueous geochemistry lab (ICP/IC-MS/IC), and a Picarro carbon isotope instrument. The proximity of Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts creates a broad and vibrant local scholarly community in earth sciences. The Five College/University geoscience departments collaborate in a number of initiatives, including the sharing of lab facilities, symposia, and field trips (https://www.fivecolleges.edu/geology).  This appointment will begin July 1, 2019. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. at the time of appointment; post-doctoral experience is beneficial. Applications should be submitted electronically via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/51958. We request a cover letter, curriculum vita, contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation, and a statement in which you describe your current research agenda, what you would like to teach to undergraduate students and how you envision doing so, and the background, experience, or interests that position you to support Amherst’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applications completed by September 14, 2018 will be assured of full consideration.  Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from forty-nine states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and fifty-four countries around the world, and about one thousand staff and faculty.  The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums:  Emily Dickinson MuseumBeneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium.  This area of western Massachusetts offers an amazing variety of restaurants, entertainment, and the arts, and a very active outdoor life.   Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, make Amherst College and the town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live! For more information about Amherst College and the Geology Department please visit our websites: http://www.amherst.edu and https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/geology.

Mathematics and Statistics (Statistics)

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for a full-time position as a lecturer in statistics with the appointment to begin on July 1, 2019.  We seek candidates who are passionate about teaching statistics and data science to undergraduates.  Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. This is a full-time appointment with an initial three-year term and the possibility of renewal for an additional three-year term as a lecturer, which may be followed by five-year renewable appointments as a senior lecturer.  Reappointment and promotion are contingent upon positive reviews of teaching and the other responsibilities of the lecturer, as outlined below.  The college provides an annual allocation to support conference travel and/or research.  Responsibilities include teaching five courses per year, carrying out departmental duties, and engaging with the growing statistics program at the college. The successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to teaching introductory statistics and potentially other courses in the program, including curriculum enhancements. Applicants must hold at least a master’s degree in statistics or biostatistics (or a related field). A Ph.D. is preferred. In addition, applicants must have broad intellectual interests in statistics and data science education, along with demonstrated excellence in teaching.  Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation that specifically address teaching, to MathJobs.Org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but all applications received by December 17, 2018, will be guaranteed consideration. See https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/faculty_hiring/employment for details of the position, and https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics-statistics/ for details about the department. Questions can be addressed to mathstats@amherst.edu.  Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college 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. The Five College Statistics Program (established in 2011) actively fosters connections among the many statisticians and data scientists in the area.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, 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.

Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in philosophy at the rank of assistant professor. The area of specialization and area of competence are open. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed the composition of its student body, especially in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients, and many are first-generation students; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; 10 percent are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring a student body that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  The successful candidate will offer four courses per year, including an introductory early modern philosophy course, as well as courses in the individual’s areas of research. We seek someone who demonstrates promise of excellence in both scholarship and teaching. Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages those of all genders, 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.  Candidates should submit their applications electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/52325. This should consist of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and syllabi for two proposed courses. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration.  Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. The average class size at Amherst College is nineteen. 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.

 Theater and Dance (2 positions)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

The Department of Theater and Dance at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in dance, beginning July 1, 2019. Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.  Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients, and 44 percent are U.S. students of color. The successful applicant will join a student-oriented department that emphasizes collaboration and the interdisciplinary nature of scholarship and artistic practice in a liberal arts setting. The ideal candidate will be actively engaged in an artistic practice that reflects innovations in the field of contemporary dance. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The primary responsibilities of the position include teaching beginning to advanced modern/contemporary technique, courses in dance history and theory, and courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise, which could include (but are not limited to): fusion forms (approaches that combine modern dance with other dance traditions/vocabularies); interdisciplinary performance (dance and digital technologies, design, theater, etc.); and dance as it relates to other academic disciplines. An MFA (or PhD) in Dance and a strong record of professional experience are expected. Additional responsibilities include regularly creating new choreography for students, advising student theses, and requisite service responsibilities (advising, departmental meetings and serving on college committees). The successful candidate will also be expected to actively participate in the shared administration of the Five College Dance Department. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by November 1 will be assured of full consideration. Please submit an electronic application to https://apply.interfolio.com/51231  including a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, sample syllabus, teaching statement, and examples of choreography and scholarship (if applicable). Amherst is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than two hundred 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. 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 the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff to ensure that full participation and inclusion are an integral part of the culture of the institution.

Visiting Artist in Playwriting

The Department of Theater and Dance at Amherst College invites applications for a three-year position as Visiting Artist in Playwriting, beginning July 1, 2019. Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.  Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients, and 44 percent are U.S. students of color. The successful applicant will join a student-oriented department that emphasizes collaboration and the interdisciplinary nature of scholarship and artistic practice in a liberal arts setting. We seek applicants with intellectual curiosity, and who have a wide-ranging knowledge of dramatic literature.  An MFA in Playwriting and a record of professional experience are expected. The teaching load is two courses per semester.  Primary responsibilities include teaching a progressive sequence of courses in playwriting, and courses in modern and contemporary drama. Additional duties include advising honors student theses in playwriting, and requisite service responsibilities (advising, departmental meetings and serving on departmental committees). The successful candidate will have an interest in working with colleagues across the Five College Consortium and at Amherst to promote new playwriting and the study of dramatic literature among a broad range of students. Consideration of applications will begin on January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by January 1 will be assured of full consideration. Please submit an electronic application to https://apply.interfolio.com/51232 including a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, sample syllabus, teaching statement, and representative examples of playwriting. Amherst is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than two hundred 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. 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 the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff to ensure that full participation and inclusion are an integral part of the culture of the institution.