Amherst College 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. 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 2017-2018 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2018. Amherst College is located at 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

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


Art and the History of Art

Amherst College’s Department of Art and the History of Art is searching for an artist, discipline open, to serve as our artist-in-residence for the 2018-2019 academic year. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socio-economic 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.  Artists working in new genres are especially encouraged to apply for this position. This could include installation, digital platform, time-based, mixed media and format, performance, social practice, and alternative-venues art forms, among others. This position of visiting artist-in-residence is offered every other academic year.  A large skylight studio for the exclusive use of the successful candidate is provided to support the artist’s work and to foster a strong on-campus presence. Competitive salary, materials budget, and benefits are provided. One studio course of the artist’s conception and design is to be taught each semester. An artist’s open studio one day each semester and participation in studio thesis critiques are expected, and active engagement with the broader college community is encouraged. In the spring semester, an exhibition of the artist’s work will be mounted in the department’s Eli Marsh Gallery. Artists with an MFA, teaching experience, and an extensive exhibition record are encouraged to apply. Candidates should apply electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/43015 and include in the application an artist’s statement of up to two pages; CV with links to online digital images and/or videos of work; two sample course descriptions, if available; and the contact information for three confidential references.  Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.  Amherst College is a private coeducational liberal arts college of 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, affirmative action employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its education experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Biology

The Department of Biology at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of developmental biology.  Given Amherst College’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who can teach, mentor, and inspire students of different sexual orientations, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The start date for the position is July 1, 2018.  The successful candidate will mount an active research program that involves undergraduate students.  Start-up funding and other forms of institutional support are available.  Teaching duties include a lecture course with laboratory in developmental biology and regular rotation through a cell biology course with laboratory or a team-taught introductory course in molecular and cellular biology.  A completed Ph.D. is required and post-doctoral experience is expected. Candidates should apply electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/42509 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, and teaching statement, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2017, and will continue until the position has been filled. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Karen Racz, Academic Department Coordinator of Biology (kracz@amherst.edu; 413-542-2097).  For information about Amherst’s Biology department, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/Biology.  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 educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.  Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of more than two hundred.  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. 

Chemistry

The Amherst College Department of Chemistry (https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in inorganic chemistry at the rank of assistant professor beginning in July 2018.  Amherst College is 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.  Fifty-one percent of our students are women.  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.  The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry and calls for teaching general chemistry and advanced inorganic 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 experimental inorganic chemistry in which undergraduates can substantively participate.  Applicants with expertise in any sub-discipline of inorganic chemistry—for example, bioinorganic, environmental, materials, or organometallic chemistry—are encouraged to apply.  Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/43211 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 18, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Professor David Hansen, Chair of Chemistry, at dehansen@amherst.edu.  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.

English

The Amherst College Department of English invites applications from poets for the position of writer-in-residence, to begin July 1, 2018.  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. The position entails teaching three courses per year (two writing courses and one literature course of the writer’s design), in addition to advising senior theses.  The writer-in-residence also is responsible for planning the Creative Writing Center’s annual reading series.  The initial appointment is for three years, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years.  Candidates must have published at least one book of poetry and should have previous teaching experience.  Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/44059 a letter of application addressed to Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander, a CV, one writing sample not to exceed twenty pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.  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.

Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought

Amherst College’s Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of global and/or post-colonial legality. 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.  We seek a colleague who has the scholarly expertise to understand the legal theories, practices, and histories that link disparate areas of the world. We are interested in candidates who conduct research into, for example, the afterlives of colonial legal regimes; or the shifting place and function of sovereignty in a globalizing world; or the ways in which various sorts of rights have been accepted, inflected, translated, and even violently rejected in different legal cultures; or the theory, practice, or history of institutions of global legality (such as the I.C.C., the E.U., the W.T.O., etc.). Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester in the candidate’s area of specialization and supervision of senior honors projects. We welcome applications from persons trained in the social sciences, the humanities, and/or law. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching is interdisciplinary.  The position requires a Ph.D. or a J.D. The start date for the position is July 1, 2018. Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/42527 a cover letter addressed to Professor Austin Sarat, a curriculum vitae, a sample of their scholarship, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. 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.

Mathematics and Statistics (2 positions)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Statistics

Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track position in statistics with an appointment to begin July 1, 2018. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. 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. 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. Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, supervising undergraduate theses and comprehensive projects, and supporting the growing statistics program at the college. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in statistics, biostatistics, data science or a related field, have broad intellectual interests and a strong commitment to research, and be passionate about teaching statistics to undergraduates at all levels. We seek colleagues actively engaged in research who can teach a wide range of courses and help foster the statistics and data science community at Amherst. Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation (including at least one that specifically addresses teaching) to MathJobs.Org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but all applications received by October 8, 2017, will be guaranteed consideration. See 
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 for women and men, 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.

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Mathematics

The Amherst College Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in mathematics that will begin July 1, 2018. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas.  We seek applicants who can teach and encourage students of diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students, international students, and students with varying mathematical preparation. Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, supervising undergraduate theses, and supporting the mathematics program at the college. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field, have broad intellectual interests and a strong commitment to research, and be passionate about teaching mathematics to undergraduates at all levels. We seek colleagues actively engaged in research who can teach a wide range of courses and help foster the mathematics community at Amherst. 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. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation (including at least one that specifically addresses teaching), to MathJobs.Org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but all applications received by December 1, 2017, will be guaranteed consideration. See 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 for women and men, 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 college has a variety of resources for faculty, including a Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a Center for Community Engagement, and a Faculty Research Award Program.

Spanish

The Amherst College Department of Spanish invites applications and nominations for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in Latino/Latina/Latinx literature and culture that will begin in July 2018.  Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas.  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. The appointee will be expected to teach general courses that engage a broad range of students in Latina/o/x literature and culture, and advanced courses for majors in Spanish and in Latinx and Latin American studies.  The successful candidate will have primary teaching and advising responsibilities in the Department of Spanish, and will work closely with faculty and students in the newly created Latinx and Latin American Studies Program.  Requirements include a Ph.D. in Spanish, English, comparative literature, Latino/a/x studies, or a closely related field at the time of appointment; an active research agenda in U.S. Latino/a/x literature and culture; near-native or native proficiency in Spanish and English; and a record of teaching excellence.  Preferred qualifications include experience in instruction in Spanish, community-based learning, and global learning.  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.  To apply, candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/43016 the following: a cover letter addressed to Professor Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez, a curriculum vitae, a sample of their writing, a sample syllabus focused on U.S. Latino/a/x literature/culture, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.  Initial interviews will be conducted by phone or via Skype in early November.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.