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Lecturer - Biology Department/CNS

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Lecturer – Biology Department/CNS

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

Full time

Job no: 509765
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Natural Sciences


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 Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applicants for a full-time (9-month academic year), non-tenure track lecturer for classroom instruction in introductory physiology.

Primary responsibilities will include classroom instruction in Introductory Physiology (Biol 288) that is one of the ‘core’ second year courses in the Biology Department, as well as teaching 1-2 other core courses in the undergraduate biology curriculum. This person will also perform service in support of the mission and goals of the Department and 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

A Ph.D. in Biology or a closely-related field is required. The successful candidate will have experience primarily within the discipline of Physiology, and will design and implement an introductory physiology course that is broadly appealing and covers introductory concepts in physiology using examples from biomedical, clinical, comparative, or environmental physiology. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in joining a team of instructors dedicated to excellence in teaching using modern evidence-based pedagogical approaches, with an emphasis on inclusiveness and accessibility to support the success of a diverse student body. 


Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience is preferred.


Additional Information

This position is intended to start September 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

This is an academic year, benefited position with an initial 2-year appointment that is renewable contingent upon performance. Lecturers at the University of Massachusetts are automatically eligible for continuous employment after they have been in this position for three years. Thus, the position is intended to become a long-term career and includes the potential for long-term employment and promotional advancement within the Lecturer ranks.


Applicant Instructions

Applications should include a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, name and contact information for three (3) references, and a diversity statement (please see details below). Apply at:


Apply by November 1, 2021 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  


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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