Career Advancement

TEFD serves faculty at all career stages through a variety of programs and services.  See below for programming that is or can be extended beyond teaching to career advancement more broadly.  If you are interested in support that you do not see below, feel free to contact TEFD.

Programs with Faculty Funding

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Lilly Teaching Fellowship

A program that enables promising assistant professors to cultivate teaching excellence in a year-long collaboration. Compensation of a $7,000 grant to fellow's home department plus $5,000 for fellow's research trust fund after completion of all fellowship activities. Open to full-time tenure-track faculty (or tenured for no more than one year) and early-career non-tenure-track faculty on continuous appointment.

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Mutual Mentoring

TEFD encourages faculty to develop robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages. TEFD refers to this approach as "Mutual Mentoring."

Grant Opportunities for Faculty

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Flex Grant

Flex Grants are small grants of $500 that are funded by the campus through the MSP contract. Grants are intended to support faculty professional development related to teaching. Open to all MSP bargaining unit faculty and librarians.

Periodic Multi-Year Review (PMYR) Grant

PMYR Grants for Professional Development in Teaching are designed to support the teaching development goals of tenured faculty. Proposals can address a wide range of teaching development activities. Grant provides Associate and Full Professors with grants of up to $3,000. Separate from any PMYR funds faculty members may receive from their college.


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Department Coaching and Facilitation

TEFD provides facilitation, coaching, and specialized workshops upon request of departments and collegues on campus.


Fulbright Workshop & Luncheon

Faculty are invited to attend this annual event sponsored by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement, TEFD, and IPO.  A workshop/luncheon is planned for Wednesday, January 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Amherst Room. A representative from Fulbright and a panel of faculty Fulbright alums will provide information and insight into Fulbright opportunities and the application process.  Individual consultations with the Fulbright rep will occur the afternoon of January 30 and on the morning of January 31. Space is limited. Please contact Kimberly Stender by January 18 to register for the workshop/luncheon and an individual consultation.

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Scholarly Writing

TEFD offers resources to support scholarly writing, such as events that provide structured, uninterrupted writing time for faculty.

First Year, First Friday Series

The primary aim of these informal breakfasts is to provide an opportunity for faculty who are new to UMass Amherst to learn from one another as they share their practices and experiences.

New Faculty Orientation and Resources

TEFD sponsors a large-scale orientation in August and a smaller orientation for new faculty in January of each academic year. We encourage faculty to use our New Faculty Quick Start Guide to acclimate themselves to UMass Amherst.