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 identities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Learn more here.

Amherst College (formally known as “The Trustees of Amherst College”) announces the following faculty positions. Searches will be conducted during the 2024-2025 academic year.  Positions will begin in July 2025. Amherst College is located at 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000.

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Amherst 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.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.

 

ART AND THE HISTORY OF ART

Assistant Professor of Art (Photography)
The Department of Art and the History of Art invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of photography. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2025.

Amherst College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Nearly half of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 16 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 nearly 60 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 identity, 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 department seeks a broad thinker and technically skilled photographer. The artist should be knowledgeable about both contemporary and historical practices in photography, conversant in the critical discourses related to the medium, and dedicated to teaching both established and experimental approaches in photography at all levels. In particular, we welcome applications from candidates with diverse perspectives who are adept in the use of both analog and digital photography, comfortable integrating the two in their teaching, and capable of mentoring students in interdisciplinary material-based practice. The artist’s interests might include (but are not limited to) social practice, questions of intersectional identity, archival investigation, ecocriticism, and explorations of photography in the sphere of digital networks, artificial intelligence, performance, or installation art.

We are a department composed of artists and art historians, teaching both majors and non-majors in a liberal arts college with an open curriculum. Our studio arts facilities include a large photography darkroom, a film/photo/video equipment cage, a digital lab, and other spaces and resources that serve our classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, fiber arts, sound art, installation, and film/video. Our new colleague will expose students to a broad spectrum of photographic practices and pedagogies, help them hone skills in visual literacy and critical assessment, and challenge them to develop strategies to realize interdisciplinary projects in inventive ways. As well as learning to create compelling and original photographic work, students gain insights that encourage an active, critical engagement with photographic images and a richer understanding of their cultural and political power. This enhanced analytical capacity is an essential tool for our students to engage in a meaningful and effective relationship with our culture and with democracy, underscoring the mission of an Amherst College education.

Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester; advising students, including senior honors projects; maintaining and building an active exhibition record; overseeing the photography labs; and engaging in the life of the department and the college.

The position requires an M.F.A. degree or the professional equivalent, at least two years of teaching experience, and an established exhibition record. Applicants are asked to submit the following materials to http://apply.interfolio.com/147671: a CV, a letter of interest that summarizes the candidate’s approach to both artmaking and teaching, twenty images and/or videos of work (video samples should not exceed three minutes each), two to three sample syllabi, up to twenty examples of student work (if available), and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. References will be contacted after the first round of interviews.

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.
 

FRENCH  

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of French (Francophone Literatures and Cultures)  
The Amherst College Department of French invites applications for an open-rank full-time position (at either the tenure-track or tenured level) with a focus in Francophone literatures and cultures, starting on July 1, 2025. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a positive tenure review.

We seek candidates with scholarly expertise in one or more of the following regions and their diasporas: sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and/or Asia. We especially welcome an interdisciplinary approach with research interests in any combination of the following: colonial and post-colonial history, environmental humanities, medical humanities, gender and sexuality studies, and visual studies. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of active research, teaching excellence, and native or near-native fluency in French. A proven record of language instruction at the intermediate level is an essential component of the requested qualifications. The teaching load is two courses per semester, in addition to advising senior honors theses. There is an expectation that the successful candidate will engage in the life of the department and the college.

Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in hand by the start of the appointment. Applications received by September 16, 2024, will be given full consideration. Candidates are asked to submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/147279 an application letter of no more than two single-spaced pages addressed to “Professor Laure Katsaros, Department of French,” describing how their research interests and teaching experience and philosophy speak to the job description; a current curriculum vitae; three confidential letters of recommendation; a writing sample of no more than twenty-five double-spaced pages; and the titles and descriptions of three advanced-level literature and culture courses the candidate would offer (not exceeding 150 words per course). The application letter and curriculum vitae must be in English; the letters of recommendation, writing sample, and brief course descriptions may be either in English or in French. First-round interviews will be held via Zoom. Questions and inquiries may be addressed to our Departmental Coordinator Matthew Maxwell (mmaxwell@amherst.edu) or to Professor Laure Katsaros (lakatsaros@amherst.edu).

Amherst College is one of the most highly selective and diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.  Nearly half of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 16 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 nearly 60 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 identity, and religion.

 

LAW, JURISPRUDENCE AND SOCIAL THOUGHT

Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought (Race and American Law)
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 Race and American Law. The college is committed to cultivating an inclusive and critically engaged educational environment. Nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; close to half of our students are domestic students of color. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse in matters of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, political outlook, and religion.

In searching in the field of race and American law, we seek a colleague who sees the domain broadly through the light of theory, practice, and history.  We are interested in candidates who conduct research into, for example: the legal construction of race; the moral and legal debates concerning race-based reparative and redistributive practices; the racial dimensions of carceral practices, understood both domestically and trans-nationally; the racial dimensions of the legal construction of space; the role that racial-thinking has played in the construction of immigration policy and the very idea of “Americanness”; how matters of race inform issues of environmental justice; and how the American legal response to the legacy of slavery compares and contrasts with that of other nations with a history of chattel slavery (eg. Brazil).

Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester 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 are interdisciplinary.  The position requires a Ph.D. (candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment) or a J.D.  The start date for the position is July 1, 2025. To apply, candidates are asked to submit electronically (http://apply.interfolio.com/142507) a cover letter addressed to Professor Lawrence Douglas, a curriculum vitae, a sample of their scholarship, a teaching statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. 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.

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Assistant Professor of Psychology (Developmental Psychology)
The Department of Psychology at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor from candidates with a PhD in developmental psychology, beginning July 1, 2025. This appointment is ideal for candidates with a strong commitment to teaching and an active research program that can involve bright undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on adolescence and/or emerging adulthood.  The successful candidate will be able to develop and teach courses that include introductory psychology, developmental psychology, and an advanced seminar; will supervise honors projects; and will contribute to the overall academic environment of the psychology department and the college.  The teaching load is two courses per semester.

Amherst College is one of the most highly selective and diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.  Nearly half of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 16 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 nearly 60 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 identity, and religion.  Learn more about the college’s strong commitment to institutional diversity here.   

The psychology department is housed in the award-winning science center, with dedicated research space for each faculty member. In addition, Amherst College offers generous support for faculty research and teaching, including fully paid sabbaticals, funds for travel to professional meetings, and summer support of undergraduate research collaborators.

Located in Western Massachusetts, with close proximity to Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as Hartford, Connecticut, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium. The five institutions are located within 11 miles of one another and about 80 miles west of Boston. 

Candidates are asked to submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/147600 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. The individual must have a Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment. Applications received by September 27, 2024, will be assured of full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Amherst is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.