Chief Undergraduate Advisor (Lecturer)

Amherst, Massachusetts
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chief Undergraduate Advisor (Lecturer)


About University of Massachusetts Amherst:


UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.


Job Description:


The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks applications for a full-time non-tenure track position as the Chief Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology.  The position is equivalent to a full time lecturer, and involves duties related to teaching, advising, and departmental development.  The initial appointment is for one academic year beginning Fall 2017, with the potential for reappointment contingent upon funding availability.  The expected teaching load is four courses per year, but can vary based on balancing the Department’s curricular and advising needs.  The advising duties consist of advising majors and minors, and organizing and attending a variety of events relating to undergraduate recruitment and advising, including but not limited to open houses for prospective majors and their parents, the Major’s Fair, New Student Orientations, college and university meetings for CUAs, and trainings when necessary.  The CUA is expected to actively seek out and identify prospective opportunities to recruit majors with growth in mind, which involves significant networking across campus, both within and outside of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  The CUA shall also contribute to the Department’s developmental goals of refining and building the major, its curriculum, and the development of new print and online communication materials and content.




The successful candidate shall have a strong record of teaching and advising anthropology students or students in a closely related field.  Existing knowledge regarding the University of Massachusetts Amherst, specifically the larger undergraduate landscape, available career advising resources, relatable majors, and extracurricular opportunities available, is preferred.  Experience developing print and online communications materials is required.  Candidates must be goal-oriented, dynamic, take initiative, and be a team player in order to successfully accomplish the duties of the position.  A PhD in anthropology or closely related field is required by time of appointment.


Additional Information:


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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.


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the 5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New York City. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 20,000 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, and nearly 1200 tenure system faculty. The Department of Anthropology has 18 faculty, 139 majors in the BA program and 82 graduate students working on MA and/or PhD programs.


Application Instructions:


Please submit a cover letter discussing qualifications, a CV, and the names of three referees, who will be solicited upon the submission of your application for their letters of recommendation, to


Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Julie Hemment, Search Committee Chair at  Review of applications will begin on May 15, and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  Letters and additional materials from selected candidates will be due within 2 weeks of receiving such a request.