Lecturer - Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (CNS)

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Psychology and Brain Sci
Categories: Lecturer, College of Natural Sciences

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 Summary

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, Academic Year lecturer to start in the Fall of 2023. The successful candidate will teach two to three (2-3) on-campus undergraduate Psychology courses per semester covering one (1)  or more of the following courses: Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and/or Research Methods as well as teaching developmental and/or clinical psychology. The position is non-tenure track with potential for promotion and a continuing appointment. 


Essential Functions

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences seeks to hire a lecturer to teach both large lecturer and small seminar undergraduate Psychology courses. Course load will be three (3) classes per semester as well as participating in assigned service relevant to the department’s mission of undergraduate teaching and support. The specific duties will be determined yearly and is based on department need. Examples of potential department service include advising psychology majors, sponsoring psychology clubs or serving on the undergraduate studies committee.


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Psychology.
  • Expertise relevant to teaching one or more of the following courses: Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and/or Research Methods.
  • Expertise relevant to teaching undergraduate courses in developmental psychology and/or clinical psychology.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence.
  • Experience working with diverse populations/students and promoting inclusivity and equity.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Skilled in teaching large classes, as well as small seminars.
  • Candidates with expertise in diversity science or integrating diversity related content into psychology courses are especially encouraged to apply.


Salary Information

Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, diversity statement (see below), and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2023; the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. Candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (as stated above). The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)


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 career and degree.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.