Lecturer A - Veterinary & Animal Sciences

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Veterinary & Animal Sciences
Pay Grade: 01
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 UMass-Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (VASCI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst invites applications for a non-tenure track, calendar-year (12 month) Lecturer position. Applicants should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: animal agriculture, research animal management, biotechnology, or veterinary medicine. Applicants with substantial knowledge and hands-on experience with the handling, husbandry, and health care of multiple species (large animals, small animals, and/or research animals) are encouraged to apply. 

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, including: (1) laboratories for Introduction to Animal Science (fall) and Introduction to Animal Management (spring), the year-long course sequence required for Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Science majors, and (2) lectures and laboratories for Research Animal Management I (fall) and Research Animal Management II (spring), the year-long course sequence required for students in the Biotechnology sub-plan of the Animal Science major. Additional responsibilities may include some or all of the following: academic advising, training and mentoring of teaching assistants, meeting with prospective students and their families, advising/coaching animal science students for team competitions/clubs, and serving on committees periodically. Summer duties will include academic advising, public outreach, and teaching a course in the candidate’s area of expertise.  Contributions to on-going summer courses may also be possible.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the College of Natural Sciences 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

  • DVM and/or PhD in Animal Sciences or closely related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of documented successful teaching in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Agriculture, Research Animal Management, or Biotechnology.
  • Applicants with substantial knowledge and hands-on on experience with the handling, husbandry, and health care of multiple species (large animals and small animals).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with research animals.
  • Passion for teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate students.

Additional Details

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences enrolls approximately 500 undergraduate students within 3 majors: Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Science, and Veterinary Technology. The Animal Science major is further divided into 3 sub-plans: Animal Management, Biotechnology, and Equine Science. VASCI faculty members are committed to inspiring and preparing students for becoming contributing members and leaders in the fields of veterinary medicine, biotechnology and biomedical research, animal agriculture, and the equine industry. Teaching efforts are supported with access to laboratories on campus and the UMass Farms which house sheep, goats, chickens, horses, and beef cattle. VASCI is also home to active research faculty with strengths in developmental biology, reproductive physiology, immunology, cancer biology, and toxicology. More information about the Department is available at

Questions about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Katie Beltaire, at For additional information about the application process, contact Ms. Elaine Fuqua at

Work Schedule

  • 40 hours a week.

Salary Information

  • Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must provide the following in their application packets submitted electronically through the UMass-Amherst Careers website: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information for three professional references, (4) statement of teaching philosophy and experiences, and (5) in addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.  (

Review of applications will begin on April 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start in September of 2020. 

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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