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 2015-2016 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2016. Amherst College is located at 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

New position listings will be added to this site throughout the summer.

Anthropology and Sociology/Black Studies

The Amherst College Departments of Anthropology-Sociology and Black Studies seek a cultural anthropologist of Sub-Saharan Africa for a full-time, tenure-track, joint position as an Assistant Professor to begin on July 1, 2016. We are looking for a broadly trained, ethnographically grounded, and theoretically engaged anthropologist whose research and teaching interests complement our departments. 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; 43 percent of our students are 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. Although the topical area of specialization is open, we encourage applicants whose research is in one or more of the following areas: urban studies, political economy, postcoloniality, religion, and the environment. As well, we are seeking candidates whose research and teaching interests reflect the fundamental importance of Africa to the histories and contemporary practices of both anthropology and black studies. In addition to having a well-articulated research plan, the successful candidate will be committed to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context. This will include teaching two courses per semester, advising undergraduate honors theses, and contributing to the core curriculum of both departments. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment.Prior teaching experience is required. Interested candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/30134  a letter of application, C.V., two course syllabi, a writing sample (not to exceed 25 pages), and three confidential letters of recommendation. Consideration of applications will begin on September 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. We intend to interview at the meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado, November 18-22, 2015, as well as on campus. Applicants would be advised to submit their materials as soon as possible to be considered for interviews at the Denver meeting. 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.

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 2016. 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. 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; 43 percent of our students are 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 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 http://apply.interfolio.com/29936 . Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

History

The Department of History at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in American women’s history before 1848. We welcome candidates from a range of methodological approaches and teaching interests within women’s history. We are especially interested in candidates who can teach courses in women's history broadly conceived and in the Revolutionary/Constitutional period. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. Successful candidates will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching and mentoring of students is essential. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/29937 a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and syllabi for two proposed courses. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. 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 (Two Positions)

Applications are invited for two tenure-track positions in Mathematics at the rank of Assistant Professor.  For one of the positions, we have a preference for an applied mathematician. 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. 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. Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester and supervising undergraduate theses. 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 are looking for colleagues actively engaged in research who can teach a broad range of courses and help foster the mathematics community at Amherst. Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement, teaching statement, and at least three letters of recommendation, including at least one specifically addressing teaching, to MathJobs.Org.  Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but all applications received by December 1, 2015, will be guaranteed consideration.  See www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/faculty_hiring/employment for details of the position, and 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 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.

Physics and Astronomy

Amherst College’s Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy beginning in August 2015.  This position is a ten-month appointment with full benefits.  Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and religions.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach two astronomy courses/semester, at least one of which will be an introductory astronomy class for non-majors.  Astronomy faculty at Amherst are also members of the Five College Astronomy Department, consisting of astronomers from the University of Massachusetts and Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges. 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. Applicants should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/30022 an application letter, a teaching statement, a curriculum vitae, and three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by July 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.  Amherst is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of 200.  More information about the College can be found at www.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 through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a background in comparative politics and/or international relations and a regional focus in Europe. Candidates should have a deep knowledge of the history and politics of a particular European society.  We encourage applications from candidates whose scholarship is comparative and interdisciplinary.  The appointment will begin in July 2016. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment policies on the basis of such factors as race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, or disability. The college is committed to enriching its education by hiring a diverse faculty, administration, and staff. It has diversified its student body with respect to socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality. Today, 23 percent of Amherst’s student body consists of Pell Grant recipients; 17 percent are first-generation students, and 43 percent are domestic students of color. The successful candidate should demonstrate competence and sensitivity working in a college in which students, faculty, and staff are broadly diverse along multiple lines. We seek a colleague with a record that demonstrates high-quality teaching and research, who is committed to excellence in education at the undergraduate level.  Candidates should be comfortable teaching courses both within and outside their specialty and be able to direct undergraduate research projects. The successful candidate must have the Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment. Candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/29820 a letter of application, a CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a single-authored writing sample (e.g., article or dissertation/book chapter.)  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by this date will be assured full consideration. Amherst College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and encourages women, minorities 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.

Spanish

The Amherst College Department of Spanish invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in July 2016.  Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions. Teaching duties include two courses per semester, academic advising, and directing undergraduate theses.  We seek a scholar-teacher whose research agenda focuses on the cultures past and present of the Spanish-language Caribbean, and who is producingfirst-rate, path-making, versatile scholarship that manifests itself in different media.  Native fluency in Spanish and English is required.  Applicants must have their Ph.D. in hand by the time their academic duties begin.  Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted at the MLA convention in January 2016, as well as on campus. Candidates should submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/30060 a letter of application that addresses research and teaching strategies, a CV, and three confidential letters of recommendation. For questions, contact Lauren Franks, the Department of Spanish Academic Coordinator (lkfranks@amherst.edu). Amherst College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than200 faculty members, 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. 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 its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.