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Teaching Fellow (Lecturer) - The Manning College of Information & Computer Sciences

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Computer Science
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Information & Computer Sciences

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.

 

About the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences 

Established in 2015, the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) is home to a U.S. News & World Report top twenty-five ranked computer science graduate program and a top-thirty ranked undergraduate program.Today, CICS has 74 faculty, including 40 faculty hired in the past five years.  Research funding from industry and government exceeded $21 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, the Center for Data Science, the Center for Smart and Connected Society, the Center for Knowledge Communication, the Computational Social Science Institute, and the 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 is committed to inspiring and educating students from all backgrounds and experiences, and conducting research that improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth and the world. 

 

Job Description

The Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is looking for exceptional PhD recipients who are interested in furthering their teaching experience as Teaching Fellows while maintaining research activity in preparation for a future faculty position at a top liberal arts college or research university. We encourage applications from recent PhD recipients as well as those expected to be conferred in the next year, though the PhD must be completed before starting this position.

We are looking for individuals with a strong interest in, and commitment to, teaching who are willing to work collaboratively with our Teaching Faculty and other Teaching Fellows to develop and continuously refine our curricula. There are no required research-related duties, although research activities are highly valued and encouraged.

Teaching Fellows typically teach four courses per year (or equivalent based on other duties and activities) in various focus-areas of the information and computer sciences and at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Teaching Fellows are expected to participate in teaching development workshops run by the college and by the university. Teaching Fellows are encouraged to continue their research activity, typically building on or extending their PhD work, preferably in collaboration with a member of the faculty where possible. Other responsibilities may include curriculum development and other administrative or scholarly duties as determined by the Associate Dean of Educational Programs and Teaching.

Teaching Fellows are appointed for an initial term of one year. Reappointment for a second (and final) year is desirable, but will depend on performance, program needs, and budget sufficiency. This is an academic-year position, with teaching responsibilities for 9 months of the year. Opportunities for teaching additional summer courses may be available for additional compensation. Teaching Fellows have a formal title of Lecturer and are eligible for all benefits other non-tenure track faculty receive. 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 historically marginalized demographics in computer science. 

 

Requirements

  • Before starting in this position, applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science or a closely related field.
  • Previous experience as a Teaching Assistant is preferred.

 

Additional Information

Starting Date: September 1, 2023. Other start dates (e.g., Spring 2024 or Fall 2024) may be considered.

Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Inquiries and requests for more information can be sent to: facrec@cs.umass.edu.

 

Application Instructions

We will begin interviewing in early Fall 2022 and will continue to accept applications through Spring 2023 or until all positions are filled. To ensure consideration for a fall interview, we encourage you to apply no later than October 31, 2022. To ensure consideration for a spring interview, we encourage you to apply no later than January 31, 2023.

Candidates are required to attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and contact information for three (3) professional references. We strongly encourage you to also provide any material relevant to evaluating your teaching abilities such as teaching reviews/assessments and student feedback. Please also include a statement in your cover letter that explains why you are interested in the Teaching Fellow position. Your cover letter should also include a statement addressing your past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. 

 

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.

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