Resource Economics - Lecturer / Student Support Specialist

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Resource Economics - Lecturer / Student Support Specialist

Job no: 500590
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Resource Economics
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

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.

Position Description:

The Department of Resource Economics invites applications for a full-time Lecturer/Student Support Specialist. The lecturer will teach the ResEcon 394LI “Life is Full of Choices,” an Integrative Experience seminar. Teaching responsibilities will typically include eight 1-credit sections per year of this undergraduate level course. The course is a team-based and flipped class. Current topics include (but are not limited to) the students’ SBS Pathway (additional information found at, resumes and job search, networking and LinkedIn, interview skills, and public speaking.

In the role of student support specialist, the successful candidate will assist with key academic transitions (both into UMass and in preparation for the job market). To that end, the lecturer/student support specialist will coordinate and facilitate group meetings for newly declared majors to orient them to the Department. In addition, they will design and provide programming to support ALANA, first-generation college students, and women to increase diversity in the Department; serve as the faculty internship coordinator for the department; and provide drop-in advising during peak advising periods.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in resource economics, economics, communication, higher education or related field as of September 1, 2019.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching courses or seminars, or leading workshops, discussions, or focus groups.
  • Knowledge of advising and student success practices, with experience developing and delivering student success initiatives.
  • Understanding and commitment to meet the needs of students who identify as ALANA, first-generation or otherwise underrepresented.
  • Experience in career services/career advising or in a hiring capacity.
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and present curricular materials in a higher education setting.
  • Superb initiative with excellent leadership and organizational skills.
  • Excellent presentation, interpersonal, verbal/written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent computer skills with the ability to use quantitative and analytical methods and reporting tools and ability to adopt new technological skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail. Ability to identify problems, design systems, and bring coherence to existing operations regarding advising, curriculum, and other aspects of student success.

Additional Information:

Position start date is September 2019. Normal hiring salary is $56,000.

The Department of Resource Economics has 20 faculty members, 600 undergraduate majors, and about 30 graduate students (mostly Ph.D.). We place special emphasis on faculty-student interaction and cooperation among faculty. We share a fundamental commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a letter of interest, and curriculum vitae. Please arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf when requested. Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2019.

Direct inquiries to [email protected].

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. 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 of any race or gender 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.

Advertised: May 21 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 15 2019 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 5/22/2019
Application Due: 7/15/2019
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