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.
About the Department of Kinesiology
The world-renowned Department of Kinesiology is one of six departments in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The department has 13 tenure-track faculty, 5 full-time lecturer faculty, 1 full-time undergraduate advisor, approximately 680 undergraduate majors and ~40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Its research and teaching activities are organized into the areas of Biomechanics, Movement Neuroscience, Physiology, and Physical Activity & Health, with an array of well-equipped research laboratories within each area. Faculty are established and emerging leaders in their research fields, which range from the molecular basis of movement to community-based physical activity interventions, and on-campus leaders in teaching and educational innovation. The department boasts a highly cooperative and collegial environment that prioritizes diversity and inclusion for delivering high-caliber education and knowledge.
The Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, academic year (nine month), Lecturer Faculty to supervise delivery of our Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) laboratory sections. The successful candidate will work within a dynamic department to deliver student-centered learning experiences. This individual will be involved in lab management, teaching, and student support for our two large A&P courses.
In addition to serving as a requirement for the B.S. in Kinesiology degree, our A&P courses satisfy prerequisites necessary for application to many graduate programs in the health sciences. Thus, our A&P courses serve students from across the University and Five Colleges. The person in this position will work with current A&P faculty to coordinate delivery of combined A&P lecture/lab courses. This position is responsible for oversight of lab instruction and involves both teaching and managing teaching assistants. Additional responsibilities include supply and equipment management for the A&P lab and an integrated teaching lab used for upper-level kinesiology courses. The successful applicant will teach in-person and online lecture sections of A&P. Service work will include serving on department, school, and university committees, as needed.
The Department of Kinesiology and The School of Public Health & Health Sciences are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body, and curriculum. A record of, or potential for, building diverse and effective collaborations in the workplace is positively considered. The department is interested in candidates with demonstrated commitment to teaching students with diverse learning styles, working with diverse populations, and contributing to the success of historically underrepresented students. There are multiple resources on campus for development in this area, including the Center for Teaching and Learning, which provides on-going professional development and individual instructional support for all interested faculty. Lecturers are a critical part of the faculty team and play an essential role in fulfilling the teaching mission of the department.
Candidates must have a professional profile appropriate for a September 1, 2023 appointment.
- A minimum of a Master's degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Biological Sciences, or related field.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Potential for fostering equity and inclusion.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an academic setting.
Preference will be given to candidates with:
- Teaching experience in-person and online.
- Experience with team-based lab management and innovative pedagogical approaches including integration of interactive lab tools.
- Evidence of ability to supervise teaching assistants.
- Experience working in a teaching laboratory setting.
- Experience teaching Anatomy & Physiology.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
- Typical office and laboratory environment.
The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023.
- Monday - Friday, 40 hours/week.
The University offers a competitive salary with an attractive benefits package. The minimum starting salary for a 9-month appointment in a Lecturer position at the University of Massachusetts is $57,000 and the initial two-year contract provides the opportunity to work towards a continuous appointment with a unique promotion program for Lecturers.
This fully benefitted, non-tenure track position is in the MSP/MTA bargaining unit. Details on benefits can be found at https://www.umass.edu/humres/benefits-0.
Along with the application, please submit the following required, application materials:
- Cover letter.
- Curriculum vitae.
- Statement of teaching philosophy that includes their teaching interests, experience, and how they have promoted diversity and inclusivity in their teaching.
- Contact information for three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted until finalists are invited and give consent.
The application review process will begin December 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.
For questions about this position, department, or university in general, contact Jay Gump, Search Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate “Faculty Search - A&P” in the subject line of email correspondence.
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.