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Lecturer - Psychological & Brain Sciences (Temporary)

UMass Amherst
United States, Massachusetts, Amherst
January 02, 2024

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 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a temporary, one year, full-time Academic Year lecturer (non-tenure track) to start in the Fall of 2023 teaching on-campus undergraduate courses.

Essential Functions

The Department seeks to hire a lecturer to teach up to six (6) undergraduate Psychology courses (3 per semester) for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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)



  • Masters Degree 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 (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)



  • Ph.D. in Psychology.
  • 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 curriculum vitae, cover letter, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, diversity statement (see below), and contact information for three (3) professional references.

We will begin to review applications 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. .

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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