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University of Massachusetts Amherst Junior Year Writing Lecturer - CNS Advising in Amherst, Massachusetts

Junior Year Writing Lecturer - CNS Advising

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Work type:Faculty Full Time

Location:UMass Amherst

Department:CNS Advising Center



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 College of Natural Sciences ( at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to hire an academic year, full-time Lecturer to teach Junior Year Writing (JYW) to upper-level students in STEM majors in the college. More information on the purpose and requirements of the UMass Junior Year Writing Program can be found at

This is a benefited 2-year position and renewable contingent upon performance. Lecturers at the University of Massachusetts are unionized with the potential for long-term careers with promotional advancement.

Successful candidates will have experience teaching writing, especially to science students, and an interest in joining a team of instructors dedicated to innovative, evidence-based pedagogical approaches to improving the writing skills of students.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Teaching multiple sections of JYW in the fall and spring semesters.

  • Collaborating with other JYW Lecturers in the College of Natural Sciences.

  • Contributing service roles to the mission of the college.

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)

  • An advanced degree (MA, MFA, MS or Ph.D.) in a scientific discipline, rhetoric or a closely-related field.

  • A successful teaching record at the college level.

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

  • Experience teaching writing.

  • Background or expertise in relevant science topics, science writing and/or teaching/editing in the sciences.

  • Experience interacting with mixed disciplines and/or a diverse demographic.

  • Experience in supporting Information Literacy in the classroom.

Additional Details

The position start date is September 1, 2020.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Online applications should include a letter describing your interest in and experience for this position, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy including your experience with and commitment to diversity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2020 and will continue 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. 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.

Advertised:Jan 30 2020Eastern Standard Time

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