Writing Program Faculty Position - Information and Computer Sciences

Job description

Job no: 506925
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Computer Science
Union: MSP
Categories: Lecturer, Computer & Information Technology

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 College of Information and Computer Sciences is looking for an exceptional full-time writing studies professional to teach multiple sections of our upper-level writing in the disciplines course, Social Issues in Computing, and to provide writing support for our undergraduate and graduate student population.

Primary responsibilities include teaching our advanced disciplinary writing courses which fulfills the junior year writing graduation requirement for undergraduates at the university. Junior year writing has a proud history as part of the UMass Writing program which was certified as a Writing Program of Excellence by CCCC in 2009.

Teaching faculty are crucial to the mission of the College and fully participate in faculty meetings and decision-making. Teaching faculty are appointed with the expectation of long-term employment. Full-time teaching faculty are eligible for a continuous appointment after four years of service.

Full-time teaching faculty typically teach up to six courses per year (or equivalent based on other duties and activities). Other responsibilities include curriculum development, undergraduate advising, and other administrative or scholarly duties as determined by the Chair of the Faculty. The appointment period is 9 months per academic year, and opportunities for teaching additional summer courses may be available for additional compensation. Professional development support is available for Teaching Faculty. Although not tenure track, it is expected that the persons holding these positions will remain with the college long term and the initial appointment will be for at least one year. Full-time teaching faculty are eligible for benefits.

Entry level teaching faculty have the rank of Lecturer, and may be promoted to Senior Lecturer or Senior Lecturer II after sufficient time in service, meritorious performance, and promise of continuing professional development and achievement. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration for this opening (ex. Senior Lecturer). We are looking for individuals with a long-term commitment to teaching, who are willing to work collaboratively with our other teaching faculty to develop and continuously refine our curricula. There are no required research-related duties, although research activities are favorably regarded.


    A Master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition, Technical Communication, or a related field is required, with the Ph.D. desirable.At least one year experience teaching writing at the college level is required, and experience teaching computer science students is especially desirable.

Additional Information:

    Applicants with experience or training in cultural studies (with emphasis on race and/or gender studies), digital humanities, writing studies, and/or the intersection of language and technology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, and contact information for three professional references. To ensure consideration, please apply by the priority application deadline of January 10, 2021. We may review additional applicants until the position is filled.

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.

Advertised: Dec 11 2020 Eastern Standard Time
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Posted: 12/12/2020
Application Due: 2/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time