FT Lecturer Positions - Information & Computer Sciences

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:

The University of Massachusetts flagship campus is in Amherst, Massachusetts, central to the Pioneer Valley of the Connecticut River.  The campus is well-respected and highly ranked, both nationally and internationally, across many different disciplines.  The College of Information and Computer Sciences is among the most highly regarded of those disciplines.

Amherst is a friendly and welcoming New England college town, home to two other academic institutions besides UMass (Amherst College and Hampshire College) and near two others (Smith College and Mt. Holyoke College).  This collection of students and academics gives the area a rich intellectual tradition, while maintaining a small-town feel.  Outdoor activities such as hiking are plentiful, and the town hosts frequent community-wide events.  Along with nearby Northampton, the area is beautiful, culturally diverse, and supports a vibrant restaurant, arts, and culture scene.  Boston, Hartford, and Providence are close by, and New York City is easily accessible.  Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut are but short drives away.


Job Description:

The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts is looking for exceptional teachers in Computer Science as well as in our new undergraduate Informatics program.  CICS (https://www.cics.umass.edu) prides itself on its faculty in both teaching and research. The teaching faculty are crucial to the mission of the College and fully participate in faculty meetings and decision-making. Teaching faculty are appointed with the expectation of long-term employment, including a continuous appointment after four years. 

Teaching faculty typically teach up to six courses per year (or equivalent based on other duties and activities) at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Other responsibilities include curriculum development, undergraduate advising, and other administrative or scholarly duties as determined by the Chair of the Faculty. The appointment period is 9 months per year, and opportunities for teaching additional summer courses may be available for additional compensation. Although not tenure track, it is expected that the person holding this position will remain with the college long term and the initial appointment will be for at least one year.

Entry level teaching faculty have the rank of Lecturer, and may be promoted to Senior Lecturer or Senior Lecturer II after sufficient time in service, meritorious performance, and promise of continuing professional development and achievement.  Our programs are growing, so we are currently looking to fill multiple Lecturer openings in the Information & Computer Sciences. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration for these openings (ex. Senior Lecturer).  We are looking for individuals with a long-term commitment to teaching, who are willing to work collaboratively with our other teaching faculty to develop and continuously refine our curricula. There are no required research-related duties, although research activities are favorably regarded. We are interested in candidates with a background in all areas of Computer Science, and especially in the social, applied, or HCI aspects of computing.



Applicants must hold a M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field with a Ph.D. strongly preferred. Applicants must also have a strong commitment to and proven track record in teaching undergraduate courses in computer science. 


Additional Information:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, description of experience, and contact information for three references, using the submission link specific to this position.  Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2017 and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.


Application Instructions:

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  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.  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, research or other work activities.  We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.