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About University of Massachusetts 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 Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a 1-year, non-tenure track, Lecturer position in Political Behavior beginning in September 2024. We seek a scholar whose research addresses fundamental questions about the health, quality, and future of the American democratic system, including those who study the United States from a comparative context. 

The Lecturer will have the opportunity to further their own research agenda and to collaborate with the faculty in the Department of Political Science on ongoing and new research projects related to political behavior, public opinion, political psychology, gender and politics, and race and ethnic politics. This position will also serve as a core contributor to the UMass Poll with responsibility for mentoring and directing graduate and undergraduate research fellows and assisting with survey design, social media outreach, and website development and maintenance. The Lecturer will also be responsible for teaching one course per semester in their area of expertise in the Department of Political Science and will be supervised by Tatishe Nteta, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll.


  • A Ph.D. in political science or a related discipline by the time of appointment is required.
  • Experience in conducting survey research, a background in using survey and statistical software.
  • A record of research and teaching in American Politics, Political Psychology, Gender and Politics, Race and Ethnic Politics, or State and Local Politics is required.

Additional Information

  • This position will start date on Sep. 1, 2024 and will be for one year. The potential for another one-year reappointment is contingent upon funding availability and satisfactory performance.
  • Annual salary range is commensurate with experience.


Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit a CV, cover letter, up to three (3) samples of current scholarship, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, a Diversity Statement (see below) and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Applicants should submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses the candidate’s skills, experiences and commitment to: teaching and mentoring diverse and historically underrepresented student populations, professional service that assists in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity, and how the candidate’s past or future research addresses fundamental questions important to an increasingly diverse and global society.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions concerning this position to Professor Tatishe Nteta, Search Committee Chair,

Advertised: Aug 22 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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.