Lecturer/Teaching and Research Fellow



Job description

Amherst, MA

Department of Political Science

The interdisciplinary Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a Lecturer/teaching fellowship, expected to start on September 1, 2019. We welcome applications from scholars whose teaching focuses on a range of law and society topics, although we have particular curricular needs for courses in crime, law, and society; law and inequality; law and policy; law and regulation; law and security; law, science, and technology; the legal profession; race, gender, and justice; and South or East Asian law and society. We welcome applications from scholars whose teaching focuses on American, comparative, and/or international law and society topics.

This is a one-year position, with the expectation of renewal for a second year based on the candidate’s performance. The successful candidate will benefit from close mentoring from Legal Studies faculty and an opportunity to engage in the vibrant intellectual life of the law and society community at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five Colleges.

Essential Functions:


  • The teaching load for this position is 3-2 and includes upper division classes (typically capped at 25 students) of the successful candidate’s choosing and in consultation with the Director of Legal Studies.
  • The successful candidate may repeat one or more of these classes from semester to semester, in consultation with the Director of Legal Studies.
    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. by the starting date of the appointment.
    Additional Details:
    Legal Studies at UMass is the oldest undergraduate liberal arts program for the study of law and society in the country, and the only one in New England at a public university. The program is housed in the Department of Political Science and maintains its own undergraduate major. The expanding Legal Studies Program is a center for ambitious intellectual activity and research that addresses important questions about the place of law in societies around the world while helping to produce the next generation of social science law and society scholars. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is the institutional home of the Law and Society Association, the world’s premier interdisciplinary legal studies organization.

    How to apply

    Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of quality teaching (such as a teaching statement and summaries of teaching evaluations), and contact information for at least three reference writers who are willing to submit letters upon request at: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/496 503/lecturerteaching-and-research-fellow.

    Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Rebecca Hamlin. Review of applications begins on February 04, 2018 and will continue until the positions is filled.

    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.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass, Massachusetts, or UMass Amherst) is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system.