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.

The college is committed to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment.  We seek candidates who can teach, mentor, and inspire students of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Amherst College (formally known as “The Trustees of Amherst College”) announces the following faculty positions. Searches will be conducted during the 2019-2020 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2020. 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 invites applications for the position of artist-in-residence for the 2020–2021 academic year, beginning July 1, 2020. 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.  Artists working in any medium/discipline or whose work is interdisciplinary are welcome to apply. Possibilities include painting, printmaking, sculpture, film/video, photography, installation, time-based media, performance, and mixed media work, among other media.  The successful candidate will be provided with a private skylight studio in the academic building that houses the Department of Art and the History of Art, a milieu that will support the pursuit of the individual’s artistic practice, while also fostering a strong on-campus presence. A competitive salary, materials budget, and benefits are provided. One studio course of the artist’s conception and design is to be taught each semester. The artist’s studio should be open to the campus community at least one day each semester, and participation in studio thesis critiques is expected.  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 to coincide with a public lecture by the artist. It is expected that the artist will relocate to the area for the duration of the residency. Artists with an MFA, teaching experience, and an extensive exhibition record are encouraged to apply. Candidates should apply electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/69282. Please include in the application an artist’s statement (not more than two pages), CV, digital images and/or videos of work, two sample course descriptions if available, and contact information for three references.  Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2019, 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 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.

Biology (two positions)

Assistant Professor (Biochemistry)

The Department of Biology at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of biochemistry, to begin on July 1, 2020. We seek a colleague who is committed to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts college, and who shows promise for establishing a high-quality research program that involves undergraduates. A Ph.D. is required, and postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Amherst College has become one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Within the last decade, the college has profoundly transformed its student body. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students are domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students. Amherst College is committed to cultivating an inclusive educational environment. Our expectation is that the successful candidate for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, and religion. The successful candidate will teach an advanced biochemistry course with laboratory and rotate through a team-taught introductory course in molecular and cellular biology. Additional teaching responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise. Pedagogical support is offered by Amherst’s Center for Teaching and Learning and other institutional initiatives. The candidate is also expected to mount an independent research program that involves undergraduate students. Start-up funding, additional forms of institutional support, and a generous sabbatical leave policy are available. The candidate will be involved in the program in biochemistry and biophysics, which brings together a collaborative group of faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy that teach courses and mentor students in their pursuit of research questions that traverse and integrate these fields. The sciences are housed within the new science center, completed in 2018, with state-of-the- art teaching and research facilities. Candidates are asked to apply electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/64482 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement (three to five pages), and teaching statement (one to two pages), and a statement that discusses past experiences and/or plans for supporting Amherst's diverse learning community (one page), and to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2019, and 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 the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Karen Racz, academic department coordinator of Biology (kracz@amherst.edu; 413-542-2097). Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of more than 200. Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium, offering a variety of opportunities for teaching and research collaborations as well as cultural venues. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst is two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary, the Book & Plow Farm and three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surroundings, make Amherst College and the town of Amherst a great place to live and work. For more information about Amherst College and the Biology Department, please visit our websites: https://www.amherst.edu, https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/Biology, https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/biochemistry-biophysics

Assistant Professor (Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology)

The Department of Biology at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of molecular and cellular neurobiology, to begin on July 1, 2020. We seek a colleague who is committed to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts college, and who shows promise for establishing a high-quality research program that involves undergraduates. A Ph.D. is required, and postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred.  Amherst College has become one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Within the last decade, the college has profoundly transformed its student body. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students are domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students. Amherst College is committed to cultivating an inclusive educational environment. Our expectation is that the successful candidate for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, and religion. The successful candidate will teach an advanced molecular neurobiology course with laboratory, and rotate through an introductory neurobiology course and a team-taught introductory course in molecular and cellular biology. Additional teaching responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise. Pedagogical support is offered by Amherst’s Center for Teaching and Learning and other institutional initiatives. The candidate is also expected to mount an independent research program that involves undergraduate students. Start-up funding, additional forms of institutional support, and a generous sabbatical leave policy are available. The candidate will be involved in the neuroscience program, which brings together a collaborative interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Departments of Biology and Psychology. The sciences are housed within the new Amherst College science center, completed in 2018, with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.Candidates are asked to apply electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/64484 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement (three to five pages), and teaching statement (one to two pages), and a statement that discusses past experiences and/or plans for supporting Amherst's diverse learning community (one page), and to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2019, and 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 the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Karen Racz, academic department coordinator of Biology (kracz@amherst.edu; 413-542-2097). Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of more than 200. Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium, offering a variety of opportunities for teaching and research collaborations as well as cultural venues. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst is two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary, the Book & Plow Farm and three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surroundings, make Amherst College and the town of Amherst a great place to live and work. For more information about Amherst College and the Biology Department, please visit our websites: https://www.amherst.edu,https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/Biology, and https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/neuroscience

Computer Science

The Amherst College Department of Computer Science invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2020. Candidates in all areas of computer science are encouraged to apply. 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 a colleague who is committed to excellence in undergraduate education and in research involving undergraduate students, and who is enthusiastic about teaching courses in a variety of areas. The teaching responsibility is two courses each semester.  The department has six tenure-line faculty with vibrant research programs in the areas of algorithms, data science, machine learning, and systems, all involving undergraduate students and supported by top notch research and teaching facilities.  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. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/66321. Applications received by October 21, 2019, will be assured of full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Amherst College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college located in western Massachusetts. The college is part of the Five College Consortium, which supports collaborations with nearby Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and with the University of Massachusetts.  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.

Environmental Studies

The Department of Environmental Studies at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track environmental scientist at the rank of assistant professor whose research intersects with the challenges of climate change.  The department is looking for a person with broad intellectual interests who is committed to teaching and working at a liberal arts college.  The appointment will begin on July 1, 2020.  Amherst College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.  Within the last decade, the college has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, sexuality and gender identity, 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 for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  Amherst College has an Office of Environmental Sustainability and is committed to a Climate Action Plan that will bring the college to carbon neutrality by 2030.  Amherst also supports the onsite Book and Plow Farm. The successful candidate is expected to establish a high-quality research program that involves undergraduates.  Start-up funding, additional forms of institutional support, state-of-the-art facilities, and a generous leave policy are available to support faculty. Successful candidates will have a strong grounding in quantitative methods and are expected to develop an environmental science course and additional courses in their specialization, and participate in interdisciplinary team-taught introductory and/or senior capstone courses in environmental studies.  A Ph.D. is required, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates are asked to submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/64146 a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and separate research and teaching statements and to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation.  Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2019, and applications received by this date will receive full consideration.  The search will remain open until the position is filled. For more information about this position, and about Amherst’s Department of Environmental Studies, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/environmental_studies. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Diane Hutton, academic department coordinator of environmental studies (dbhutton@amherst.edu; 413-542-2233). 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 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.

Music

The Amherst College Department of Music invites applications for a two-year full-time visiting position in composition at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor, beginning July 1, 2020. 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.  In seeking a colleague who thrives in the interdisciplinary context of a vibrant liberal arts college, we invite applications from specialists in composition, broadly defined, and who can offer introductory and advanced courses in composition, courses in musicianship, theory, or other subjects required for the music major, and who can supervise senior composition projects in a variety of musical styles.  The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or D.M.A. in hand by the start of the appointment. A cover letter, CV, teaching statement, and a list of three references who may be asked to submit recommendation letters should be submitted electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/68287. We invite applicants to submit up to three examples of creative work at https://apply.interfolio.com/68287 as well.  Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2019, 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 its educational experience and its culture 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 in the field of race and U.S. politics, with a particular focus on the African-American political experience, beginning July 1, 2020.  Amherst College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed with respect to its student body. 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. We expect the successful candidate to excel at teaching and mentoring students who are diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.   Candidates’ scholarship should examine racial politics in the U.S. and can focus on social movements, civil society, elections, civil rights, voter suppression, religion, the racial policies and constituencies of political parties, the relationship between racial and ethnic identity, and racial stratification in urban and local politics. We seek a colleague with a record that demonstrates high-quality teaching and research, and who is committed to excellence in education at the undergraduate level. Candidates should be comfortable teaching courses both within and outside their specialties and in directing undergraduate research projects. The successful candidate must have a Ph. D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment.  Candidates should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/64697 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 Monday, October 7, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured full consideration.  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.

Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track position in clinical psychology at the rank of assistant professor.  Given Amherst’s commitment to fostering an intellectually challenging and inclusive educational environment, our expectation is that the successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  Candidates are asked to submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/65239 a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement describing their scholarly development and accomplishment that includes a discussion of how undergraduates will participate in their research program; statement describing their teaching philosophy and background, experience, or interests that are likely to make the candidate a strong teacher of a diverse range of Amherst students; and three sample preprints/reprints.  Candidates are also asked to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted.  We are seeking an individual who has completed the dissertation for the Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a research program that focuses on emerging adulthood or adult clinical psychology.   The individual must have a Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment.  Responsibilities include establishing an active program of research and publication, teaching two courses per semester, and supervising senior honors research projects. The successful candidate will be able to develop a repertoire of courses including introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods or a clinical lab class, and an advanced seminar. The position does not include clinical practice and licensure is not required.  Applications received by October 1, 2019, 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. 

Religion

The Department of Religion seeks a scholar of ancient Christianity for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, beginning in July 2020. 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; 44 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 candidate’s teaching interests should cover the historical sweep of Christianity in the ancient Mediterranean world. Specific areas of teaching expertise and areas of research might include Christian scripture (New Testament and Apocryphal literature), Christianity’s social and intellectual history, its practices of iconography and visual art, traditions of Biblical interpretation, hagiographical literature, artifacts, ecofacts, and archaeological evidence that bears on the written and non-written sources of religion in the ancient Mediterranean world.  We seek a scholar and teacher who is familiar with Western and Eastern manifestations of Christianity, who is fully trained to handle the philological work required to navigate Greek, Coptic, Latin, and Syriac texts or some other combination of languages relevant to a specific field of research within ancient Christianity. We expect the successful candidate to possess both interdisciplinary dexterity and the ability to integrate research and teaching into a liberal arts education. Responsibilities of the position include establishing an active program of research and publication, teaching two courses per semester, and supervising senior projects.  The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment.  An application letter, C.V., short writing sample, sample syllabus, teaching statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/66813. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.  Learn more about the department at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/religion  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.  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.

Spanish

The Amherst College Department of Spanish invites applications for a lecturer in Spanish, with the appointment to begin on July 1, 2020.  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. 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 is typically followed by five-year renewable appointments as a senior lecturer.  Reappointments are contingent upon positive reviews.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses (or their equivalent) per semester of Spanish language and culture and to contribute to the long-term health and stability of a small but thriving Spanish program. Requirements include a Ph.D. in Spanish, applied linguistics, language pedagogy, or related field by the time of the appointment; native or near-native language skills in Spanish and English; and a record of teaching excellence.  Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/68932 the following: a cover letter addressing the requirements listed above, a curriculum vitae, a statement on language teaching philosophy, three confidential letters of recommendation (at least one of which addresses language teaching), and a sample syllabus of an introductory-level language course.  Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.  The search committee will conduct phone interviews of select applicants in December of 2019 and invite finalists for on-campus interviews in February and March of 2020.  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 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.