Lecturer U of M - Dept. of Food Science

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Food 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 Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a full-time (100%) Lecturer, non-tenure-track position beginning in Fall of 2020. We would like to fill an academic year Lecturer position to teach Food Science courses including (but not limited to): Food Microbiology and Food Processing laboratories as well as a large lecture course.  In addition, this position would work with faculty on student recruiting, internships and product development.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Teaching large lecture sections (200 students) each semester.
  • Teaching a variety of laboratory courses on food microbiology and food processing.
  • Work with faculty on student recruiting, internships and product development.

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

  • PhD degree in food science.
  • Experience in experimental aspects of food science.
  • Knowledge of food microbiology and food processing.
  • Laboratory experience and familiarity with proper use and maintenance of laboratory instruments.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise others.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., schedule may vary

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should provide the following in their application packages: (1) a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Eric Decker; (2) provide names and contact information for three individuals who are willing to write a letter of recommendation; (3) a curriculum vitae; (4) a statement of teaching interests and (5) Statement of Contribution to Diversity as requested below.  Apply by April 11, 2020 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search will remain open until the position is filled.  Anticipated start date is September 1, 2020. 

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. 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. (

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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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.