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  • January 17th, 2012


    To:     Center and Institute Directors
    From: Provost James V. Staros
              Vice Chancellor Michael F. Malone

    cc:      Chancellor Robert C. Holub
               Vice Chancellors
               Deans, Department Heads and Chairs, Faculty
               Faculty Senate Secretary Ernest D. May and the Rules Committee
               Loren W. Walker, Director of Research Development
               Bryan C. Harvey, Associate Provost
    Date:   January 13, 2012
    Subj. :  Evaluation of Centers and Institutes

  • December 8th, 2011

    Provost Jim Staros and the College of Engineering Dean Search Committee are pleased to announce that two finalists for the position of the Dean of the College of Engineering will be visiting our campus during the Week of December 12-16.  The two finalists are:

  • November 18th, 2011

    Three internal Dean searches have begun for Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.  The search committees will review applications beginning December 1, 2011 and will also be accepting nominations for the positions.

  • October 6th, 2011

    Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for faculty development and director of the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, visited Egypt in September to lead a review of The American University in Cairo's Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT). She was joined by Frank Moretti, Executive director of new media teaching and learning at Columbia University. More...

  • July 22nd, 2011

    Provost James Staros is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Barr as Vice Provost for Undergraduate & Continuing Education, effective September 1, 2011.   Carol, who is a double alumna (M.S. and Ph.D.) of UMass Amherst, joined the UMass Amherst faculty in 1991 and is a tenured faculty member in the Mark H.

  • July 7th, 2011

    Stephen J. Cavanagh, professor and associate dean for academic and clinical affairs in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit, will be the new dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Provost James V. Staros announced today.

  • April 8th, 2011

    The Provost's Office and the University Libraries have launched the Open Education Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently underway, this initiative incentivizes the use of textbook alternatives through ten $1,000 grants to faculty.

  • March 31st, 2011

    Provost James Staros is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Roche to the position of Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, effective April 1, 2011.  Working with our excellent team in Academic Affairs, Admissions, Campus Life, and Communications and Marketing, the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management is responsible for recruitment, admission, and financial aid for undergraduate students.With Dr.

  • February 24th, 2011

    Edmund J. Ferszt, a veteran administrator of collegiate continuing education programs in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, has been tapped to lead an expansion of summer and intersession programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    Ferszt, who most recently served as associate dean for curriculum development in Brown University’s continuing education office, will begin his new duties as assistant provost for summer programs on Feb. 27, according to UMass Amherst Provost James V. Staros.

  • January 11th, 2011

    Provost James Staros is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jack Ahern as Vice Provost for International Programs, effective the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester.  In this position he will assume direction of the International Programs Office.