Visiting Assistant Professor (Higher Education Program)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

Job Details

Job no: 520798
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Leadership in Education
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: 26 Sep 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
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The Department of Leadership in Education, Higher Education Program, in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks applicants for a non-tenure-track position as a visiting assistant professor, to begin Spring 2024. This appointment includes teaching in the Spring 2024 and Summer (June) 2024 semesters. Of particular interest are candidates with scholarly expertise and teaching agendas in higher education policy, and governance and administration in higher education.

Faculty are responsible for teaching, advising, and service that enhance CEHD’s community-engaged mission. Responsibilities include: 1) teaching graduate courses in the Leadership in Education Department, Higher Education Program, including doctoral courses on higher education policy, governance and administration in higher education, and electives aligning with the candidate’s research and teaching interests; and 2) contributing service to university, college, department, and program committees, which may include working with pre-dissertation students.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in higher education or a related field (awarded prior to 12/31/2023) and experience or promise in research and teaching.

The department and CEHD are especially interested in candidates with sustained engagement with communities of color. Scholars of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Higher Education Doctoral Program provides a dynamic environment for faculty to conduct nationally recognized research, particularly in areas related to access, equity and justice, organizational change, international/comparative education, public policy, and community engagement. The program enrolls many full-time professionals with diverse backgrounds and work experiences. The curriculum focuses on preparing higher education leaders, researchers, and policy analysts who are committed to fostering and facilitating change in a social justice framework. For details, visit:

UMass Boston (, the only public university in Boston, is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. UMass Boston is a federally designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the Massachusetts State Archives, the John F. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. Across more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs, the university students make up the most diverse student population in New England. UMass Boston is home to research centers and institutes, which contribute substantially to public policy formulation in areas such as health care, education, environmental affairs, economic development, and social well-being.

To Apply: Submit the following materials online:

  • a letter of interest that: 1) describes the applicant’s teaching agenda; 2) explains how the applicant’s scholarship contributes to policy, theory, and/or practice in higher education; and 3) indicates how the applicant’s teaching philosophy fits with a practitioner-focused doctoral program in higher education and the mission of the College and University;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • names and contact information for three academic references

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Katalin Szelényi (

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Andrea Haas or 617-287-5148.

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Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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