Amherst  College invites applications for a full-time, two-year position at the rank of visiting assistant professor in social psychology or developmental psychology, beginning July 1, 2020.  Given Amherst’s commitment to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, we seek candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students representing a broad range of classes, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.  The position will involve teaching two classes each semester, including service courses (such as introduction to psychology or research methods), as well as intermediate and/or advanced course in the candidate’s area of specialty, and supervising thesis projects.  We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on questions related to culture, race, or ethnicity.  The successful candidate must have the Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment.


Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Candidates are asked to submit electronically to a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement describing their scholarly development and accomplishment that includes a discussion of how they will involve undergraduates in research; statement describing their teaching philosophy and background, experience, or interests that are likely to make the candidate a strong teacher of a diverse range of Amherst students; and three sample preprints/reprints. Candidates are also asked to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted. Applications received by January 15, 2020, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.