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Lecturer - Junior Year Writing

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system and is part of the Five-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities. We are two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City.

Job Description:
The Department of Political Science, with undergraduate majors in Political Science and in Legal Studies, invites applications for a full-time position as Lecturer. Primary responsibility will be to teach Junior Year Writing with occasional teaching of Legal Studies undergraduate content courses, in accordance with program needs and state funding, to start September 2018. Initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal contingent upon performance and funding. The Lecturer will be responsible for developing and delivering courses, one for each of the Department's two majors, that meet the goals of the "Writing Across the Curriculum" (WAC) movement, that satisfy the University's Junior Year Writing requirement, and that are approved by the University Writing Committee. The Lecturer will be responsible for teaching three course sections in the Fall of 2018 and three course sections in the Spring of 2019. Junior Year Writing courses require extensive written feedback and interaction with undergraduates beyond classroom teaching. The Lecturer will coordinate and consult with Undergraduate Program Directors and professional staff for Junior Year Writing in the Department in conjunction with the undergraduate student committee and in coordination with the University Junior Year Writing Program.

The Department of Political Science has 40 faculty, more than 1,000 undergraduate majors in two programs (Political Science and Legal Studies), and about 55 graduate students (primarily doctoral students and candidates). The Legal Studies Program is the oldest such undergraduate program in the country. We place special emphasis on high quality research, on excellence and innovation in teaching, on faculty-student interaction and on thematic inquiry. We share a fundamental commitment to teach, support and attract a diverse student body.

The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University's mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant we would factor favorably an individual's record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree. Positive consideration is given to candidates with a teaching, research and/or service record that encourages diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives of students.

Applicants are required to have a PhD or equivalent background in Political Science, Legal Studies or a closely related field, and at least two years of experience and demonstrated strong performance teaching college-level writing and composition.

Additional Information:
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Starting salary expected: $52,000 - $55,000. 

The University of Massachusetts 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, the University of Massachusetts 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 University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Application Instructions:
To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, evaluations from writing courses taught, a statement of teaching philosophy, samples of course syllabi, and contact information for three academic references.
Review of applicants will begin on May 7, 2018, and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.
On-Campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees.