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.

Amherst College (formally known as “The Trustees of Amherst College”) announces the following faculty positions. Searches will be conducted during the 2022-2023 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2023. 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.

Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry 
 
The Amherst College Department of Chemistry  (https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry) invites applications for a full- time tenure-track appointment in biochemistry at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2023. 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; 15 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 57 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 position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field and calls for teaching general chemistry and biochemistry at the undergraduate level. Opportunities for teaching upper-level electives and interdisciplinary courses are also available. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous experimental research program in biochemistry in which undergraduates can substantively participate and to fully engage with ongoing departmental
efforts to develop new methods of inclusive pedagogy. Applicants with expertise in any sub-discipline of experimental biochemistry are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/109125 a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy, including philosophy of teaching a diverse student body; detailed description of research plans; and the contact information for three confidential references. Applications received by September 16, 2022, will receive full consideration, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Anthony Bishop, chair of the search committee, at acbishop@amherst.edu.

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.
 
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

The Amherst College Department of Chemistry (https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry) invites applications for a full-time lecturer in organic chemistry beginning in July 2023. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly diversified its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and nationality. Today, 57 percent of the students receive financial aid; 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 this extraordinarily talented group of students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and religion.  
 
The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry and calls for teaching organic chemistry at the undergraduate level. Opportunities for teaching electives and interdisciplinary courses are also available. This is a purely instructional position and carries the equivalent of a 3-3 course load, which includes lecturing, the teaching of laboratory and
discussion sections, and holding office hours. Applicants with expertise in any sub-discipline of organic chemistry are encouraged to apply, as are applicants with all levels of experience. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.
 
Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/110422 a cover letter; a curriculum vita; a statement of teaching philosophy, including philosophy of teaching a diverse student body; and the contact information for three confidential references. Review of applications will begin December 5, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to David E. Hansen, Julian H. Gibbs 1946 Professor of Chemistry, dehansen@amherst.edu.
 

English
 
Assistant Professor of English
 
The Department of English at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in the fields of Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Asian diasporic literature, media, and culture. This position, which begins on July 1, 2023, is part of a three-position cluster hire across the college in Asian American studies. The successful candidate will be appointed and evaluated in the Department of English, but will also join an interdisciplinary community of faculty (both continuing and new) whose teaching and research concern Asian Americans and/or Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. This includes not only members of the Amherst College faculty, but also affiliates of the Five College certificate program in Asian/Pacific/American studies. 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; 49 percent identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent are international students. We seek candidates who will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse in regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and religion.

At Amherst College, the field of English is broadly defined. Among our faculty are colleagues jointly appointed in the departments of American Studies and Black Studies, as well as colleagues who serve as contributing faculty in the college’s programs in film and media studies, education studies, and Latinx and Latin American studies, as well as the Five College certificate program in Native American and Indigenous studies. We welcome candidates whose research and teaching might strengthen or multiply such cross-departmental connections, helping us to network Asian/Pacific/American studies across the college. The goal is eventually to launch a new major in Asian American studies.

The teaching load is two courses per semester, plus thesis advising duties. We seek a candidate whose research and teaching demonstrate foundational knowledge of literary-critical debates in Asian American studies, with attention to both aesthetic and political concerns. However, we encourage applications from candidates whose pedagogy and scholarship meaningfully push or disrupt the boundaries of the Asian Americanist canon in terms of critical approach, media form, or diverse political geographies and histories. We also welcome inventive blends of teaching and research with public humanities work and community engagement.

The successful candidate will pursue a robust research agenda. Secondary research fields of particular interest include, in no particular order: diaspora, migration, and refugee studies; queer theory, trans studies, or queer of color critique; critical disability studies; Indigenous and Pacific studies; comparative race and ethnicity; environmental humanities; media studies and popular culture; digital humanities; performance studies; creative writing; rhetoric and composition; or approaches to imperialism, militarism and settler colonialism throughout the Asian diasporic world. By the start of the appointment, the candidate must have fulfilled all requirements for a Ph.D. in literary studies or a related field.

Candidates should apply electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/110895. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample (fifteen to thirty pages), as well as three letters of recommendation. Applications received by October 1, 2022, will be guaranteed full consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Questions about the search may be directed to the academic department coordinator Eileen Smith (esmith@amherst.edu) or to the search chair Alicia Mireles Christoff (achristoff@amherst.edu). The other members of the search committee are: Pooja Rangan, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, and Sony Coráñez Bolton.

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. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.


Psychology

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Amherst College invites applications for an open rank tenure-line position from candidates with a Ph.D. in developmental or social psychology whose research focuses on Asian Americans, and whose research program has a substantial basis in the United States, beginning July 1, 2023. The position is part of a three-faculty-position cluster hire in Asian American studies. The candidate will join new and continuing faculty in other departments in teaching and research focused on Asian Americans and/or Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. This position is ideal for candidates with a strong commitment to teaching and an active research program that can involve bright undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate will be able to develop a repertoire of courses that include introductory psychology, cultural psychology, Asian American psychology, and either a research intensive lab course or an advanced seminar. The teaching load is two courses each semester; two of these courses should have significant content on Asian Americans and serve in the eventual development of a major in Asian American studies. The successful candidate will be expected to advise honors theses. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a positive tenure review. 

The Department of Psychology is housed in the college’s 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 every three years, funds for travel to professional meetings, and support for undergraduate research collaborators both during the academic year and the summer.

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.

Amherst College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as described in this link. 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. Amherst actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as from candidates with
demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive world. 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 identity, and religion. Candidates are asked to submit
electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/108445 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 30, 2022, will be assured of full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.