About UMass Amherst
The College of Information & Computer Sciences (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. 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.
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 energy of the region. 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.
The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is looking for exceptional PhD recipients who are interested in furthering their teaching experience as Teaching Fellows while maintaining research activity in preparation for a future faculty position. We encourage applications from recent PhD recipients as well as those expected to be conferred in the next year.
Our programs are growing, so we are currently looking to fill multiple Teaching Fellow openings. We are looking for individuals with a strong interest in, and 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.
Teaching Fellows typically teach four courses per year (or equivalent based on other duties and activities) in various focus-areas of computer science and at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Teaching Fellows are encouraged to continue their research activity, typically building on or extending their PhD work, and preferably in collaboration with a member of the faculty. Other responsibilities may include curriculum development, undergraduate advising, and other administrative or scholarly duties as determined by the Chair of the Faculty.
Teaching Fellows are appointed for an initial term of one year. Reappointment for a second (and final) year is desirable, but will depend on performance, program needs, and budget sufficiency. This is an academic-year position, with teaching responsibilities for 9 months of the year. Opportunities for teaching additional summer courses may be available for additional compensation. Teaching Fellows have a formal title of Lecturer and are eligible for all benefits other non-tenure track faculty receive. As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented demographics in computer science.
- Before starting in this position, applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science or a closely related field.
- Previous experience as a Teaching Assistant is preferred.
We will begin interviewing Fall 2019 and will continue to accept applications through Spring 2020 or until all positions are filled. To ensure consideration for a fall interview, we encourage you to apply no later than October 31st 2019. To ensure consideration for a Spring interview, we encourage you to apply no later than January 31st 2020.
Please attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a description of experience, and contact information for three references. Please include a statement in your cover letter that explains why you are interested in a faculty position specifically with UMass Amherst. Your cover letter should also include a statement addressing your past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
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.