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 2020-2021 academic year.  Positions will begin in fall 2021. Amherst College is located at 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

New position listings will continue to be added to this site.

 Asian Languages and Civilization and History

The Department of History and the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in South Asian history, broadly defined.  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 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 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 orientation, and religion.  We welcome applications from candidates in any specialization who are prepared to teach courses in both pre-modern and modern South Asian history, and who have strong commitments to scholarship and to teaching a diverse undergraduate student body. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise senior thesis projects in both departments and to participate in the life of the college. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in history or a related field in hand, or all requirements for the degree must be fulfilled by the start of the appointment on July 1, 2021.  Send a letter of application and curriculum vitae to https://apply.interfolio.com/77685. Candidates who progress beyond the initial review will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and syllabi for two proposed courses. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Professor Trent Maxey, chair of the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, at tmaxey@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.

Biology

The Department of Biology at Amherst College invites applications for a visiting lecturer to teach an advanced laboratory course in cell biology or molecular genetics and to co-teach biochemistry with laboratory. This is a one-year position beginning on July 1, 2021, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. 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 9 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.  We seek a colleague who is committed to teaching advanced topics of biology in a liberal arts college setting.  Pedagogical support is offered by Amherst’s Center for Teaching and Learning, and state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities housed within the new science center, completed in 2018.  Candidates are asked to apply electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/83012 with a (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) teaching statement (two to three pages) that includes past experiences that demonstrate preparation and effectiveness in teaching, (iv) statement that discusses past experiences and/or plans for supporting Amherst's diverse learning community (one page), and (v) to arrange for submission of three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.  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 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, Academic Department Coordinator of Biology Karen Racz  (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

Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) at Amherst College seeks scholars from across the disciplines for full-time, two-year appointments as CHI Fellows and visiting lecturers.  In colloquy with one another and the Amherst community, CHI Fellows will explore the theme “Black: Here and Now.” We invite applications from scholars whose research or creative work takes up some aspect of our theme (described in more detail below).  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. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  Fellowships include an annual salary of $50,000, an annual $2,500 allowance for professional research support, an office in the center, and additional support for moving expenses. CHI Fellows are expected to be fully in residence during the 2021-2023 academic years and to participate in seminars, conferences, and other programming organized to explore the theme. Fellows will teach at least one course during the period of the fellowship. The center will adhere to any and all guidelines established by the college related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates are asked to submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/80165 a cover letter that addresses the connection between the candidate’s scholarship and the center’s theme, a CV, a one-page research statement, an article- or chapter-length writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation addressed to Darryl Harper, director of the CHI. A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2020, and continue until the positions are filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. 

Black: Here and Now

In a recent address to the college community, the president of Amherst College, Biddy Martin, wrote that anti-Black racism “has had a distinctive, very long, and deep-seated position and function in the economic, social, political, and moral history of the country.” As the college launches an ambitious Anti-Racism Initiative to address these concerns, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites CHI Fellows to engage in a range of scholarship addressing the theme of anti-Black racism in the United States.  “Black: Here and Now” invites inquiry into myriad aspects of the experiences of Blacks in the U.S.: their enslavement in support of U. S. economic interests; the Civil War and its aftermath; the strategies to reconcile the legacy of slavery with the lofty aspirations toward freedom articulated in the country’s guiding documents—abolitionist movements, reparations, pan-Africanism; the constellation of political ideologies that framed the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s; the evolution of affirmative action; and the contemporary efflorescence of political mobilization regarding police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and defund-the-police initiatives.  We also invite applications from scholars and artists who examine the place of race broadly in the imagination of politics and law, social science and natural science, and art and expression. How is race implicated in histories of imperialism and colonization writ large and in systems of slavery and genocide around the world? What have been its connections to systems of classification and category through history, and what are they today in an age when the human genome has been mapped?  You may learn more about the CHI at https://amherst.edu/go/chi

 Chemistry

The Amherst College Department of Chemistry (https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in organic chemistry at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2021. 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 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 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 orientation, 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 and calls for teaching general chemistry and organic chemistry 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 organic chemistry 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 organic chemistry are encouraged to apply.  Applicants are asked to submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/77434 a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, including philosophy of teaching a diverse student body; a detailed description of research plans; and the contact information for three confidential references. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Anthony Bishop, chair of the Department of Chemistry, 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.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of visiting assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2021. This is a two-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. The teaching responsibility is two courses per semester.  Within the past two decades, 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.  The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. 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 and who is comfortable teaching courses in a variety of areas.  Amherst College is located in Western Massachusetts, about a two-hour drive from Boston and three 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.  Applicants should submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/81844. Candidates are asked to send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation and a brief teaching statement, which should include a description of their teaching experience, and a discussion of what courses they feel prepared to teach. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by February 15, 2021 will be guaranteed consideration.  Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, 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.  For questions, contact the department chair, Professor Scott Kaplan at sfkaplan@amherst.edu.

English

The Amherst College Department of English invites applications for a full-time position as director of intensive writing/lecturer in intensive writing, with the appointment to begin on July 1, 2021. We seek candidates who are passionate about teaching and skilled at guiding students through early encounters with college-level academic writing. Of particular interest are candidates whose scholarly expertise might help them contribute courses to the college’s new major in education studies. Amherst College is proud of its efforts to achieve and sustain diversity of all kinds within our community. For example, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients, 45 percent identify as domestic students of color, 9 percent are international students, and 13 percent are first-generation college 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, ability, and religion.  The responsibilities of this position include teaching two courses per semester and performing the administrative duties outlined below. There is also an expectation of continued scholarly engagement. Lecturers are appointed to an initial three-year term, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three-year term as a lecturer. These terms are typically followed by five-year renewable appointments at the rank of senior lecturer. Reappointment as a lecturer and promotion to the rank of senior lecturer are contingent upon effective teaching, continued engagement with a scholarly community, and able administration. The college provides an annual allocation to support conference travel and/or research. The college and department also provide generous funding for course development and support.  The successful candidate’s teaching will consist of four “intensive writing” courses per year. Such courses may be structured around any topic or theme, so long as it is relevant to a curriculum in English or Education Studies. The main purpose of these courses, though, should be to offer a scaffolded introduction to academic writing. This is typically achieved through explicit attention to process, genre, structure, and argumentation. These intimate seminars are capped at fifteen students.  Additionally, the successful candidate will facilitate intensive writing instruction across the college by performing such administrative duties as the following: (1) developing a system for placing incoming students according to their writing instruction needs, (2) building pipelines from the college’s Summer Bridge Program and First-Year Seminars into intensive writing courses, and (3) coordinating with faculty across the college who want to offer intensive writing courses in their own departments. All of these duties will require the successful candidate to build and sustain strong relationships with the Amherst College Writing Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning. As a member of the faculty in English, the successful candidate will also participate in the governance and intellectual community of the English department.  Qualifications for appointment include a Ph.D. or Ed.D. (in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment on July 1, 2021) in English, Education, Rhetoric and Composition, or a related field. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Prior experience teaching writing at the college level is essential, as is a commitment to classroom equity and anti-racist pedagogy. Prior experience in academic leadership and service is highly desirable.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae to https://apply.interfolio.com/84077. The curriculum vitae should list three potential references, though no letters of recommendation are required initially. In later phases of the hiring process, the search committee may request a teaching statement, sample syllabi, and/or letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but all applications received by March 19, 2021, will be guaranteed consideration.  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. 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. 

History and Asian Languages and Civilizations

The Department of History and the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in South Asian history, broadly defined.  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 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 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 orientation, and religion.  We welcome applications from candidates in any specialization who are prepared to teach courses in both pre-modern and modern South Asian history, and who have strong commitments to scholarship and to teaching a diverse undergraduate student body. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise senior thesis projects in both departments and to participate in the life of the college. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in history or a related field in hand, or all requirements for the degree must be fulfilled by the start of the appointment on July 1, 2021.  Send a letter of application and curriculum vitae to https://apply.interfolio.com/77685. Candidates who progress beyond the initial review will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and syllabi for two proposed courses. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Professor Trent Maxey, chair of the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, at tmaxey@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.

History and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

The Department of History and the Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Asian American history, with a focus on gender and sexuality. 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 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 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 orientation, and religion.  We seek candidates with expertise in gender and sexuality. We are defining the field broadly and welcome a wide range of candidates, including but not limited to those specializing in the Americas, the Pacific Islands, comparative race and colonialism, and/or transnationalism.  We are looking for a colleague with strong commitments to scholarship and to teaching a diverse undergraduate student body. The teaching load is two courses per semester. We can imagine a wide array of courses a new hire in this area might offer, in addition to larger introductory surveys of Asian American history and Asian American women’s history. Candidates will also be expected to advise senior thesis projects in both departments and to participate in the life of the college.  Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Fields can include history; sexuality, women’s and gender studies; ethnic studies; American studies; and other related fields.  Send a letter of application, a twenty- to thirty-page sample of writing, and a curriculum vitae to Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/77907. Candidates who progress beyond the initial review will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, and materials related to teaching. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Professor Sean Redding, sredding@amherst.edu, in the Department of History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002.  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.

Mathematics

Applications are invited for a number of three-year visiting positions in mathematics, at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2021.  Over the past two decades, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas.  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.  Responsibilities include teaching a range of undergraduate mathematics courses (two per semester) and helping with the senior comprehensive exam.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics and have broad intellectual interests and a strong commitment to excellence in research and in undergraduate teaching.  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 www.MathJobs.org.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but all applications received by February 1, 2021, will be guaranteed consideration.  See www.amherst.edu/academiclife/provost_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, 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.  The college has a variety of resources for faculty, including a Center for Teaching and Learning and a Center for Community Engagement.  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.  

Political Science (filled)

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 Black political experience, beginning July 1, 2021.  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 9 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. Possible topics include but are not limited to reparations, civil rights, voter suppression, movements for racial justice, the legacies of slavery for contemporary politics, the racial policies and constituencies of political parties, the relationship between racial and ethnic identity, white privilege, police violence, and racial stratification in urban and local politics.  Faculty teach two courses each semester and benefit from ample support for research, including a pre-tenure year-long sabbatical at full pay. We seek a colleague with a record that demonstrates the potential for high-quality teaching and research, and who is committed to excellence in education at the undergraduate level of the aforementioned student body. 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 are asked to submit electronically to  https://apply.interfolio.com/77688 a letter of application, a CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a single-authored writing sample (e.g., article or dissertation/book chapter). The letter of application should describe the main contributions of the candidate’s research and the candidate’s approach to and experience with teaching. Finalists will be asked to offer a presentation of their research, and possibly, a brief teaching demonstration, both via Zoom. Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2020, 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.

Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

The Amherst College Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in the field of gender, science, and technology studies that will begin on July 1, 2021. This is an open-rank search.  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 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 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 orientation, and religion.  We seek candidates whose scholarship and teaching make a creative and interdisciplinary intervention in science policy, medicine, and/or technology as they intersect in a global context with gender, race, and sexuality. Topics that candidates could address include (but are not limited to) the following: the role of race and gender in environmental policy and health care reform; the gendered dimensions of scientific and medical developments and controversies (e.g., surrogate motherhood, sex-selective abortion, medical tourism, HIV/AIDS, maternal/infant health); transgender health, identity, and rights; and contestations over reproductive rights (e.g., queer reproduction, and sex and gender reassignment). Although teaching and collaborating with lab scientists is encouraged, the successful candidate will not have the opportunity to conduct a laboratory-based research program. Candidates from the social sciences are especially encouraged to apply.  An appointment at the assistant, or, possibly, the associate professor rank will be tenure track. A senior appointment will be with tenure. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a positive tenure review.  To apply, please submit electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/77738 a letter of application, a CV, one writing sample not to exceed thirty pages, a teaching statement and three letters of recommendations. Review of applications will begin September 25, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment.  Inquiries may be directed to Stephanie Orion (sorion@amherst.edu), academic department coordinator, Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies.  The department, founded in 1987, is committed to inclusion, diversity, and a high standard of interdisciplinary scholarship and instruction. We benefit from our location in the Connecticut River Valley, which boasts one of the largest concentrations of women’s studies scholars in the world, and includes Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. We maintain linkages with the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and offer Five College certificates in reproductive health, rights and justice, and queer, transgender, and sexuality studies.  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 College has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying its student body.  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.

Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, and History

The Department of History and the Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Asian American history, with a focus on gender and sexuality. 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 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 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 orientation, and religion.  We seek candidates with expertise in gender and sexuality. We are defining the field broadly and welcome a wide range of candidates, including but not limited to those specializing in the Americas, the Pacific Islands, comparative race and colonialism, and/or transnationalism.  We are looking for a colleague with strong commitments to scholarship and to teaching a diverse undergraduate student body. The teaching load is two courses per semester. We can imagine a wide array of courses a new hire in this area might offer, in addition to larger introductory surveys of Asian American history and Asian American women’s history. Candidates will also be expected to advise senior thesis projects in both departments and to participate in the life of the college.  Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Fields can include history; sexuality, women’s and gender studies; ethnic studies; American studies; and other related fields.  Send a letter of application, a twenty- to thirty-page sample of writing, and a curriculum vitae to Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/77907. Candidates who progress beyond the initial review will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, and materials related to teaching. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Professor Sean Redding, sredding@amherst.edu, in the Department of History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002.  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.

Theater and Dance

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance invites applications for a one-year visiting position at the rank of assistant professor, with a focus on Black theater and performance, beginning July 1, 2021.  Over the past two decades, 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; and 9 percent of our students are international students.  We expect the successful candidate to 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 an artist-scholar with primary expertise in Black theater and performance and familiarity with other underrepresented areas of performance.  The successful candidate will also have broad knowledge of theater and dance practice, history, and theory and will demonstrate significant achievement in an area of practice (e.g., directing, devised and documentary theater, multi-disciplinary performance making, and/or performance training).  We seek someone who is passionate about fostering critical dialogue in the classroom and making vital links between the practice and theory of performance and other disciplines.  Responsibilities include teaching courses in black theater and performance in the candidate’s specific areas of expertise, as well as a foundational course in performance history, literature, and theory.  In addition, the successful candidate may be expected to direct a significant artistic project with students.  The ability to teach a foundational course in acting is highly preferred.  Candidates must have a terminal degree (either an M.F.A. or a Ph.D.) in hand, or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment.  Professional experience as a director, performer, and/or performance-maker is also required.  Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by this date will be assured full consideration.  Candidates are asked to submit an application electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/81843.  The application should include a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a teaching statement, and representative examples of scholarship and artistic work.  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.