FT/PT Teaching Faculty (Lecturer/Sr. Lecturer) - Information & Computer Sciences

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

Job posting number: #7088349

Posted: November 3, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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.

Established in 2015, the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) is home to a U.S. News & World Report top-twenty ranked computer science graduate program. Today, CICS has 86 faculty, including 36 new faculty hired in the past five years. Our faculty includes 44 Fellows of the ACM, AAAI, AAAS, IEEE, and similar societies. Research funding from industry and government exceeded $22 million in the past year. The college maintains significant research collaborations with more than 50 industry-leading technology companies. Its affiliated research centers include the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, Center for Data Science, Center for Smart and Connected Society, Center for Knowledge Communication, Computational Social Science Institute, and Cybersecurity Institute. The college offers a world-class education, with 281 PhD students, 396 MS students, and 1732 undergraduate computer science and informatics majors. United by a revolutionary vision for computing research, education, and outreach—Computing for the Common Good—the CICS community seeks applicants who will contribute to the college’s collegial, inclusive environment.

Job Description:

The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts is looking for exceptional full-time and part-time teaching faculty. We encourage applications in any area of the information and computer sciences, but we currently have the strongest need for faculty who can teach courses in the field of bioinformatics or health informatics and for faculty who are able to teach at the graduate level.

Full-time teaching faculty typically teach five courses per year at the undergraduate or graduate level and have service obligations. Part-time teaching faculty will be assigned a proportional workload and may teach classes at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. Initial appointments will be for at least one year. This is an academic-year appointment with teaching responsibilities for 9 months of the year. Opportunities for teaching additional summer courses may be available for additional compensation. Although not tenure track, full-time teaching faculty have full faculty voting rights and it is expected that the person holding this position will remain with the college long term. Teaching faculty are eligible for a continuous appointment after four years of full-time equivalent service. Teaching faculty working at least 50% time will be 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. Our programs are growing, so we are currently looking to fill multiple Lecturer or Sr. Lecturer openings. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration for these openings (ex. Senior Lecturer II). As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented demographics in computer science. We are looking for individuals with a long-term commitment to teaching, who are willing to work collaboratively with our other faculty in the teaching and tenure tracks to develop and continuously refine our curricula. There are no required research-related duties, although research activities are favorably regarded.


Before starting in this position, applicants must hold an MS or PhD in Computer Science or a closely related field, with a PhD strongly preferred. Applicants must also have a strong commitment to, and proven track record of, teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the information and computer sciences.

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