Two Business Communication Lecturers - Fall 2020

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Dean - Isenberg School
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:

Two full-time instructional academic positions in the Business Communication Program are available beginning September 1, 2020. These positions are renewable, contingent on performance, and include full state benefits.



  • Teach three sections (nine credits) of required Business Communication Program courses each semester
  • Provide student feedback and grading in a timely manner
  • Hold face-to-face weekly office hours and respond to School, University, and student course-related e-mails within 48 hours during the business week.
  • Provide service to the School and the Program, including serving in our Center for Business and Professional Communication, attending required meetings and events, serving on committees, and participating in business communication course design and improvement.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities to remain current in best practices for teaching business communication and related disciplines.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Earned a master’s degree in business communication, technical communication, professional communication, general communication, business education, English, rhetoric, composition, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution by August 24, 2020.
  • Three years of experience teaching undergraduate business communication, technical communication, management communication, or professional communication, both written and oral, in a college or university setting.
  • Three years of professional work experience.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching business communication and/or related disciplines.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • A PhD in business communication, technical communication, professional communication, general communication, business education, English, rhetoric, composition, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution by August 24, 2020. 
  • Experience teaching online.
  • Experience teaching MBA and other master’s candidates in a business school or college.
  • Evidence of successful university teaching.
  • Three or more years of professional work experience in a communications-intensive role.


Additional Details:

The Business Communication Program in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst consists of seven full-time faculty. Our program serves seven Isenberg School departments. Business Communication Program faculty teach courses in business writing and speaking tasks and in career and professional development, and serve in the Program’s Center for Business and Professional Communication. Additionally, working within a communication-across-the-curriculum framework, our faculty partner with Isenberg faculty and staff to offer workshops, guest lectures, and other communication-based services.


Application Instructions:

Please submit the below materials (in a format supported by a Adobe PDF or Microsoft Suite program i.e. Word ) by November 4, 2019 to ensure consideration.

  • Cover Letter-Statement of teaching interests and philosophy
  • CV
  • Writing Sample (~5 pages)
  • Sample syllabus from a business communication (or field-related) course
  • Two sample business communication or field-related assignments, including classroom activities or an overview of class meetings to show how you teach these assignments
  • One complete teaching-related slide deck (this could be combined with sample assignments and classroom activities)
  • Three professional references
  • Teaching evaluations or other evidence of excellence (optional)


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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