University of Massachusetts Amherst Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies in Amherst, Massachusetts

Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

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Job no: 496250

Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department: Languages Literat. & Cultures

Union: MSP

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 Description:

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, with a focus on Lusophone Cultures and Literature, starting September 1, 2019. The initial appointment is for one year and is ordinarily renewed for two additional years.

We seek candidates whose research interests complement the current strengths of our faculty in Spanish & Portuguese and will directly contribute to our Portuguese and Brazilian Studies track. Potential candidates should have research experience in areas related to cultural studies, literature or cinema in at least one of the three geographical areas: Portugal, Brazil or Lusophone Africa. The candidate should demonstrate the ability and interest to work on the development and promotion of the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies within and outside UMass, helping establish partnerships with peer institutions in Portugal, Brazil and/or Lusophone Africa, including Cape Verde, Angola or Mozambique.

Duties include teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and performing service duties as required by the department and the university.


Ph.D. in Lusophone Studies or related field is required by the time of appointment. Native or near native fluency in English and Portuguese is required; ability to speak Spanish or Cape Verdean Creole is highly desirable.

Additional Information:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit a letter of application with research and teaching philosophy, CV, sample of written work, and a list of three current references with full contact information including valid email addresses.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of January 25, 2019 to ensure consideration, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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: Nov 29 2018 Eastern Standard Time

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