Computer Science

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning in either January (preferred) or July 2016.  This is a one-and-one-half-year or one-year appointment, with possible renewal for two additional years.   The teaching responsibility is two courses per semester. 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.

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 a cover letter and a curriculum vitae to  They should also arrange for three professional references to be sent to the same e-mail. Applications received by November 15, 2015, will be assured of full consideration.  Review of applications will 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 its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

For questions, contact the department chair, Prof. John Rager, at