Sociology - Lecturer

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Sociology
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

The Department of Sociology invites applications for two full-time, non-tenure track, academic year positions as Lecturers. Primary responsibilities will be to teach introductory-level, methods/stats, and criminology courses as well as other courses, in accordance with program needs and state funding.  Start date will be September 1, 2019. Initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal, contingent upon performance and funding. The Lecturer will be responsible for teaching three courses in the Fall of 2019 and three courses in the Spring of 2020.


A Master's degree and teaching experience in a social science field is required.  A PhD in Sociology, by the time of appointment, is preferred.

Additional Information:

The Department of Sociology has over 30 faculty, more than 400 undergraduate majors, and about 80 doctoral students. We place special emphasis on research excellence, high-quality teaching, and active faculty-student interaction. Teaching load: 6 courses/year. This load is exclusive of any additional paid Continuing Education course, and this reduction is so that you can participate in service and research efforts as described below.  Provide service on a departmental standing committee (e.g., the undergraduate program committee).  Work with the Chair and other faculty to help build the research connection with other UMass units in situations where your expertise complements the effort.

Application Instructions:

Send letter of application, vita, and supporting materials, which might include course syllabi, student evaluations, and/or written work.  Review of applicants will begin on March 4, 2019, and may continue until suitable applicant pool has been identified.  Salary is commensurate with skills and experience, minimum starting salary is $56,000.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.


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