Now Hiring – Lecturer, Human Geography

University of Massachusetts Amherst – Lecturer, Department of Geosciences

Job Description: The Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a one year lecturer to teach two large lecture-based introductory courses each semester: an introductory course in human geography and world regional geography. The position begins on September 1, 2014 and ends on August 31, 2015. The introductory human geography course is taught for up to 200 students in a large lecture format (MWF) with discussion sections taught by graduate student teaching assistants. World Regional Geography is taught for up to 200 students in a large lecture format (Tu-Th) without discussion sections (with some T.A. grading support). World Regional Geography is a new course at UMass this fall. We hope to hire a dynamic and motivated geographer who can launch this course with skill and enthusiasm. We also invite the successful applicant to join in the academic and social life of the geography program through participation in program and department activities and events.



Required: MA/MS in Geography

Previous, well-regarded teaching experience

Ability to manage a large course with graduate student assistants

Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred: PhD or ABD in Geography

Experience teaching large lecture courses

Significant international research/travel experience


Additional Information: The geography program at UMass Amherst is part of the Department of Geosciences (College of Natural Sciences). The geography program contributes to campus-wide initiatives aimed at cross-disciplinary, innovative approaches to education at all levels. We offer B.A., B.A. with concentration in Environmental Geography, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geography, and offer PhDs in Geosciences. See the geography program website,, for more geography-specific information.


About University of Massachusetts Amherst: UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is situated in the famous college town of Amherst in the scenic Pioneer of western Massachusetts, 8 miles from Northampton, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The area is home to the Five Colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts), with many opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration. UMass Amherst is ranked among the top 10 research universities nationwide for our commitment to leadership in sustainability, and is one of 16 U.S. universities to receive a gold from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System (STARS). Application Instructions: Interested candidates should apply online through Interview Exchange ( and include a letter of application, curriculum vita, unofficial transcripts. The letter of application should specifically address general qualifications, research experience, teaching philosophy, and teaching experience. Please email three letters of reference to Review of applications will begin on July 29th. We hope to complete the hiring process by mid August and ask that applicants consider referees’ summer schedules when requesting references as there is likely to be a short turn-around time for reference letters. 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.