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Assistant Professor - Higher Education - College of Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Education, Educational Administration & Leadership
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Institution Type
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Job Details

Job no: 516239
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Educ Policy Research & Admin
Union: MSP
Categories: College of Education, Faculty

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.

UMass Amherst is a leader in providing institutional supports for faculty to combine work and family/personal responsibilities. UMass is in the top 10% of public research-intensive universities in the COACHE survey for making the tenure track compatible with having and raising children. Click here for more information on work-life balance at UMass Amherst.

Job Description

The College of Education invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Higher Education concentration at the level of Assistant Professor, expected to start in Fall 2023. The successful candidate will contribute to a vibrant and competitive Higher Education Master’s program (face-to-face and online), a dual degree master’s program with the Center for Public Policy and Administration, an online graduate certificate program, the Policy & Leadership PhD program, and the College’s undergraduate course offerings.

We are seeking a colleague to teach graduate-level courses in higher education administration with an emphasis on student affairs; teach at least one undergraduate course; use learning technologies to support instructional design and pedagogical practices that are aligned with the social justice mission of the college; conduct research and seek external funding; and engage in faculty governance and assume leadership roles. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the Center for Student Success Research, as well as the Center for Racial Justice and Youth Engagement and/or the Center for International Education. This hire will contribute to and align with the college’s vision: Education for a socially just world.


  • Minimum Qualifications
    • Doctorate in Education or a related discipline with application to postsecondary education, by the starting date of the appointment.
    • Established publication record or indication of considerable promise.
    • Experience teaching or strong potential to teach at the graduate level.
    • The ability to work effectively with learners of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Expertise in student affairs administration.
    • Experience teaching student affairs related courses.
    • Expertise in quantitative or qualitative research methods .
    • Emphasis on diversity and social justice issues in higher education, race/racism in higher education, and/or critical approaches to the study of higher education.

Additional Information

This is a 9-month, academic year appointment.

Application Instructions

Along with the application please submit the following materials (in pdf format). Applications will be reviewed starting in January 2023.

  • A letter of interest addressed to “Higher Education Assistant Professor Search Committee” that addresses the candidate’s alignment with the minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A one-page statement of vision for the candidate’s role in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. This may include the candidate’s skills, experiences and commitment to teaching and mentoring, professional service, and past or future research.
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  • 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.

    Advertised: Oct 7 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:


    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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