The Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (www.bio.umass.edu/biology/) invites applications for one full-time non-tenure track position. Initial appointment is for one year and is ordinarily renewable for two additional years. The position will start in the fall semester 2018. The Visiting Assistant Professor will be provided with research support and mentoring through placement in an active research lab. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. by the beginning of the appointment. Exceptional promise in research and a commitment to outstanding teaching at all levels of the curriculum are expected. Applicants must review the list of potential sponsoring laboratories/mentors ( https://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/vap-mentors). In addition to their research role, the Visiting Assistant Professor will have a mentored teaching load of two-courses per year.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related discipline. In their materials, the candidate should describe how their program of research is a strong fit with one of the research laboratories available for sponsoring the candidate, and show evidence of teaching excellence and the ability to work with diverse populations/students.
Potential applicants must contact their chosen mentor, who must be chosen from the list of eligible mentors at ( https://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/vap-mentors). Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement describing their teaching philosophy, experience, and interests, as well as the names of at least three references. Also, please arrange to have a letter from your proposed faculty mentor sent directly to Lisa Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please apply online at:
Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of May 7, 2018 in order to ensure consideration.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The Biology Department is committed to sustaining a diverse, inclusive community of faculty, students, and staff with the conviction that such an environment catalyzes learning and cultivates ethical, informed, and prepared citizens. We are especially interested in qualified candidates whose teaching and service reflect engagement with varied perspectives and constituencies. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, teaching or other work activities. We will also favorable consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.
About University of Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430-acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network. The region boasts a rural setting with easy access to Boston, Hartford, and New York City. Amherst is nestled between the Berkshire Mountains, Holyoke Range and Pelham Hills providing many recreational opportunities.