Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education (2 positions) – Fall 2023



Job description

Campus: Gorham

City, State: Gorham ME

Department: Adult & Higher Education – PAHE

Bargaining Unit: AFUM

Salary Band/Wage Band: N/A

Work Schedule: academic year

Statement of Job:

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Southern Maine is seeking two tenure-track Assistant Professors for the graduate program in Adult and Higher Education.

The Adult and Higher Education Program is a practitioner-oriented master’s degree for early and mid-career professionals in adult and higher education, community education, non-profit leadership, employee development, health services, and other organizational settings.  Our program believes that personal and professional change is best accomplished through lifelong learning. We believe that attention to individual goals, reflective and experiential learning, and opportunities to apply skills prepares students for professional leadership roles in adult and higher education.  Click here to learn more.

The targeted starting date for this position is Fall 2023 and will pay an annual salary of $65,000.  The Adult and Higher Education Program offers a Master of Science degree and post-master’s certificate. Both credentials are designed to be earned online; there may be an occasional opportunity to teach in a blended format.

The University of Southern Maine is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty, and staff. We welcome applicants who are multilingual. Women, minoritized and marginalized populations, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

We live our USM Service Promise:  Student Focused Every Day.  We are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is located in the intellectual, cultural, and economic heart of Maine. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour’s drive of our three campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university – and all are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains, and forests of coastal, inland, and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine’s most exciting metropolitan region.  Our faculty are dedicated researchers and experts in their fields, including multiple recipients of national grants, awards, and fellowships and state, national, and global partnerships are steps from our campuses.

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.  Click on our Benefits Information Summary to learn more.


  • Earned doctorate in adult education, higher education, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or prior experience teaching online.
  • Ability to teach both theory and applied courses in adult and higher education.
  • Evidence of having begun a record of scholarship through peer reviewed publication, action research project reports, conference presentations, and/or grant writing.
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity, student success, encouraging active learning, and community engagement.

Other Information:

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing.  Further information can be found at Together for Maine

How to apply

Materials must be submitted by visiting

You will create an applicant profile submit the following:

  • a complete application
  • cover letter
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • a list of the names and contact information for three references.
  • a statement explaining how your teaching, research, and service at USM will promote the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We will examine candidate packages on an ongoing basis as they are submitted.

All required materials must be submitted by October 9, 2022.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, Room 101, Boudreau Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (207) 581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)

Work Year Calendar:
Academic Year (Sept-May)