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. https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/
The Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://bct.eco.umass.edu/) seeks applications for a full-time (9-month academic-year) non-tenure-track appointment as Lecturer in Construction Management with a Sustainability Focus. The ideal candidate will be focused on construction projects that integrate the demands of sustainable systems, materials, energy solutions, and resource-efficient fabrication processes. The initial appointment will be for two years but is renewable based on performance and program need. Earliest start date is September 1, 2019.
The position emphasizes active learning strategies. Candidates must care deeply about education in construction and sustainability, and be a teacher, mentor, and scientist whose interests are broad and support the pedagogy that allows students to gain the ability to analyze and solve complex problems in the built environment.
The successful candidate’s teaching will combine core construction management topics with an integrative approach to sustainability in the built environment. Teaching responsibilities include five courses per year (15 credits):
- Construction Project Management (3 credits, one term);
- Construction Scheduling and Project Control (3 credits, two terms);
- Capstone Seminar in BCT (3 credits, one term);
- Elective course in the candidate’s specialization (3 credits, one term);
Courses will include coverage of all relevant core topics plus an emphasis on sourcing and commissioning of sustainable materials/systems, lean construction, integrated project delivery, BIM, and off-site construction approaches.
Service responsibilities include supervision of Associate Schools of Construction (ASC) student competition teams; organizing guest speakers for a lecture series; undergraduate and professional Master’s student advising; maintaining student academic record files; interacting with Registrar’s Office and honors program to manage degree requirements; and organizing and maintaining information for majors concerning scholarships, internships and job opportunities, as well as student recruiting. Work outside of regular hours (2-3 times per semester) may be required to assist with recruitment and other student-focused activities.
The successful candidate will be creative and demonstrate a team-player attitude. They must have an understanding and interest in the sensitive integration of built and natural environments. In addition to serving Building and Construction Technology, the candidate will also interface with the departments of Architecture, and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, and the College of Engineering, so an interdisciplinary mindset is important. The successful candidate will serve, as do all other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the Department. The University of Massachusetts Amherst places special emphases on faculty-student interaction and a commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.
Candidates must have a Master’s; a Ph.D. is preferred, in Construction Management, Building Science or Technology, Engineering, Architecture or other closely related field. Relevant professional experience in sustainable/green commercial and/or residential construction is required. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in most of these areas: building systems and technology in commercial and residential construction; code-compliant building design; construction project management, estimating and scheduling, construction site protocols, quality control and risk management, innovative construction and delivery methods (e.g. IPD, BIM, off-site construction); and sustainable design & resource-efficient construction practices. A candidate must demonstrate a passion for environmental stewardship and have excellence in oral and written communications; teaching (university level is desirable); interdisciplinary problem solving; and use of information technology and construction software.
Building and Construction Technology (BCT) is one of the programs in the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECO) within the College of Natural Sciences and the School of Earth and Sustainability at UMass Amherst. We are co-located with the Departments of Architecture, and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning in the UMass Olver Design Building, a recently completed, nationally acclaimed sustainable building on the Amherst campus.
BCT provides undergraduate and graduate education in construction management, sustainable building systems, advanced building products, and building science. Our program also conducts research and has labs in wood mechanics, building science, and construction technology.
The ECO department hosts a multi-disciplinary group of faculty with nationally ranked programs in Building and Construction Technology, Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Science, and Sustainability Science. Our program has an established culture of collegiality and collaboration between faculty, students, staff, industry, and industry/government partners. We commonly teach interdisciplinary classes and share a fundamental commitment to serving a diverse student body and the broader public.
UMass Amherst is part of the Five College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are 2 hours from Boston, 3 hours from New York City, and 4.5 hours from Montreal.
Applicants must submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and service goals, and the names and contact information of three references. Additionally, all applicants must submit a statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities. For more information, please review the College’s diversity statement: https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion. Search questions can be addressed to: Alexander C. Schreyer, Search Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of March 1, 2019 to ensure consideration.
As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion
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.