Associate or Full Professor/Department Chair

Employer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Location
UMass Amherst

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 510592
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Afro-American Studies
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Faculty, College of Humanities & Fine Arts

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 Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a dynamic senior scholar to lead its W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and develop its future planning and direction. Founded in 1970, it is one of the oldest, comprehensive degree-granting Black Studies departments in the country.
  • The duties of the chair include developing and implementing academic and scholarly activities for the department, planning finances and budgets, and supervising faculty, staff, and students in the department. In dialogue with colleagues and stakeholders across the university, the chair will implement the department’s strategic vision.
  • The chair will promote excellence in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The chair’s responsibilities are classified as professional duties requiring leadership and mentoring of faculty, administrative expertise to include vision, long term and short-term planning, decision-making and coordination of instruction and advising of students, and other aspects of the daily operation of the department.
  • Applications are invited from candidates in any disciplinary tradition whose teaching and research demonstrate a commitment to Africana Studies as an interdisciplinary enterprise and a vision that holistically embraces the experiences of peoples of African descent with emphasis on Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Requirements

Candidates should (1) have earned a doctoral degree, (2) be a tenured associate or full professor with credentials and experience that are appropriate for a senior level appointment at UMass, (3) have administrative experience that demonstrates potential for success as a department chair, (4) have a commitment to the education of the department’s diverse student population, and (5) have a strong interest in community engagement. A record of success in securing program-related funding is highly desirable.

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions

  • To apply, please submit a letter of interest including your vision for the department, a curriculum vitae, a statement of your current research plan, a personal statement that describes your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your research, teaching and service and a list of three references with full contact information.
  • Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of December 6, 2021 to ensure full consideration, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
  • References will not be contacted without the applicant's permission.

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: Oct 26 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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Organization

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—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. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.

 

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