University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: UMassAmherst-VAP2023 [#21714]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-9305, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: finished (2022/12/02, finished 2023/08/04, listed until 2023/06/02)
Position Description:   URMs  

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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.

Job Summary

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics ( at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for Visiting Assistant Professor positions (non-tenure track).  One or more appointments may be a Marshall H. Stone Visiting Assistant Professorship, with a higher salary and an enhanced research fund.  Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. by the beginning of the appointment. The initial appointment is for one (1) year and is ordinarily renewable for two (2) additional years. Exceptional promise in research and a commitment to outstanding teaching at all levels of the curriculum are expected.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Teaching responsibility of two (2) courses per semester; Marshall H. Stone visiting assistant professorships have reduced teaching loads.

  • Maintain an active research program and contribute to the research life of the department by attending/organizing/giving talks in local seminars, informal mathematical discussions and/or collaborations with faculty, other visiting assistant professors, or graduate students.

  • Contribute to mathematical research in the broader mathematical community by attending research seminars and conferences, publishing research, and presenting research at seminars and conferences.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of CNS.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • A PhD in mathematics, statistics, or a closely related field by the time of appointment.

  • Exceptional promise in research.

  • Experience in teaching undergraduate math and/or statistics courses and the ability to work with diverse populations of students.

  • A commitment to outstanding teaching at all levels of the curriculum.

  • The potential to interact effectively with department faculty members.

Additional Details

Questions about the position should be directed to the chair of the Search Committee, Professor Yao Li (  For additional information about the application process contact Ilona Trousdale (

Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit the following required documents through a cover letter, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a research plan, a teaching statement, and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (see below). In addition, at least three letters of recommendation must be submitted, one of which addressing the applicant's effectiveness as a teacher.

Review of applications will begin on December 13, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

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.

Application Materials Required:
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Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Massachusetts
710 N. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01003-9305