Amherst College — Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Humanities and Social Science Specialist

Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

The Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) seeks an experienced and thoughtful educational developer who is committed to equity-minded practices. We invite applications to join our small, dedicated, and passionate team. Our goal is to support our increasingly diverse Amherst College community – faculty, students, and staff – in having equitable access to success in the classroom and feeling genuinely valued in our community. The work of the CTL is primarily faculty-facing, but directly impacts students and increasingly involves students, and we do our work in collaboration with staff across the campus. We are committed to making progress in being an anti-racist department on campus and supporting student, faculty, and staff initiatives for building an equitable and inclusive learning environment.

The assistant director is a full-time, year-round position, with a job group and level of RI-4. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion and help us move toward being a more inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist institution. Individuals with non-traditional or interdisciplinary backgrounds and individuals who identify as BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reporting to the director of the CTL, the assistant director will work on initiatives and programming focused on humanities and the qualitative social sciences and will play a critical role on the CTL team. The assistant director contributes to program development, assessment, and administration of a well supported and growing educational development program. The individual in this role will collaborate with colleagues at local, regional, and national levels to promote excellence in education at Amherst.

Key Responsibilities

Pedagogical design consultations

  • Serve as a resource for faculty, instructors, and other campus colleagues for a variety of teaching and learning needs, especially those focused on humanities and qualitative social sciences. This work may include advising on the development of innovative assignments, activities, instructional and assessment approaches, as well as syllabi and curricular improvement.
  • Facilitate faculty and staff learning communities and workshops on pedagogical methods and effective practices in a variety of focus areas such as inclusive pedagogies, meaningful learning assessment, active and engaged learning, emerging and innovative pedagogical frameworks, etc.

Collaborative projects on course and curricular design

  • Develop and support programming that contributes to an inclusive, equity-minded learning environment
  • Collaborate with the CTL team and other campus partners to develop, sustain, support and assess educational development initiatives, especially those focused on the humanities and qualitative social sciences.

Operational support

  • Work with the CTL team on building key relationships across campus
  • Work with the CTL team to develop, manage, and maintain newsletters, websites, and social media that will help us share information about teaching at Amherst College

Scholarly Development

  • Stay up-to-date with research, innovations, and emerging frameworks in teaching and learning, specifically those most relevant to residential liberal arts educational contexts
  • Engage in regional, national, and international dialogues on teaching and learning through conference presentations and publications


  • Master’s degree in a humanities or social science discipline
  • Demonstrated use of humanities-based, creative, or other qualitative research methodology in their work
  • Two years of college-level teaching, with at least one year in a humanities or social science discipline
  • One year of providing pedagogical support for faculty and instructional staff
  • Knowledge of theories, practice, and research related to teaching and learning in humanities and qualitative social science disciplines at the college level
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative by showing leadership in key areas of responsibility
  • Superior verbal and written communication, time management, and organizational skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Superior collaboration skills, including the ability to work within a team to identify opportunities, present ideas, and receive and provide constructive feedback
  • Knowledge of assessment methods, especially relevant to humanities and qualitative social science disciplines in a small liberal arts institution
  • Proven training skills, including the ability to manage conflict, support fellow team members, facilitate a motivated and positive approach to tasks and problems, take and share responsibility, and generate action items for self and others
  • A deep commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, anti-racist educational development program, which may be demonstrated through engagement with and application of innovative, inclusive pedagogies in the individual’s own teaching, research or pedagogical development work


  • Ph.D. in a humanities or social science discipline
  • Two to five years of college-level teaching experience in humanities or social science education
  • Experience working in a center for teaching and learning or other pedagogical support environment
  • Experience in qualitative data analysis

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents in the first step of the application process. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin in May and will continue until the position is filled.

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