Faculty Resources - College of Education

This page offers resources that can be helpful to faculty and instructors in the college of education. If you have suggestions or additional resources you would like to submit for consideration, please write to educcomms@umass.edu.

Racial justice and inclusivity in teaching

The following resources are a good start for instructors who are working with issues of racial justice, and who want to make their classrooms more welcoming to students from groups that are not always well represented in higher education. 

If you know of good resources that we should add to this block, or you are interested in helping produce new resources that the college of education could be sharing with instructors across the college, university, and nation, please get in touch with us at educcomms@umass.edu.

Administrative & Employment Resources

See Resources for Faculty and Staff for information about employment, professional support, college processes, and links to key services in the college and at the university. 

Personnel Support

The Academic Personnel Workflow System is used for Annual Faculty Reviews, applications for reappointment and tenure just to name a few.

The Office of Faculty Development offers support for faculty at every stage of their careers. The Faculty Mentoring program helps you hone your mentoring skills and become a more effective mentor for your students. The Mutual Mentoring guide offers resources to help faculty arrange peer mentoring with other faculty.

Leaves of absence guidelines and resources

The Massachusetts Society of Professors is the union on the UMass Campus representing librarians and faculty.

Office of the Provost: This page contains a wide variety of information relevant to faculty and staff, including governance documents, benefits, professional development, and much more.

Advising Support

The Degree Forms and Milestones page is a central resource for forms including Proposed Program of Study, Completed Program of Study, Dissertation forms, and Degree Eligibility. Be sure to check in with Department Administrators and the Academic Affairs Office for appropriate deadlines. 

Graduate Student Advising Resources can help graduate students better understand advising and shape a pathway to the completion of their degree. Includes a link to the college’s Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Faculty Status allows instructors to be appointed as one-time, regular, or teaching members of the faculty. Please bring all Graduate Faculty Status forms to the Academic Affairs Office to be signed by the Graduate Program Director. 

University Academic Regulations is an annual publication of the Office of the Provost outlining the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to academic work of students at the university. 

Navigate is UMass Amherst’s undergraduate student success system. It offers student appointment scheduling (including 2-way calendar integration for faculty/staff), proactive appointment-based outreach, event check-in, tracking of student interactions/documenting student interactions, reporting and analytics, early alert and referral pathways, and more.

Research Support

The Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) is responsible for supporting the strength, rigor and productivity of the College’s sponsored research activity and engagement with strategic external partners. 

Teaching Support

Academic Honesty Policy and Procedures: These policies were established to ensure that the learning environment at the university is honest and fair.

CAPS: CAPS is the Class Automated Proposal System, and is used to schedule new courses. Only trained scheduling representatives may use this system. Please contact your department administrator if you need to schedule a course.

Center for Teaching & Learning (TEFD) and the Center for Teaching and Learning supports the professional development of faculty.

Disabilities Services is committed to the most appropriate accommodations available for students with disabilities. To view accommodations that are relevant to the students in your course, please log into Clockwork.

UMass Amherst Libraries can help you physically or digitally reserve a wide variety of material. Digital Course Materials can include scanned book chapters and journal articles. 

Teaching Remotely? Resources for Faculty on Teaching Remotely provides an extensive set of advice and helpful information for instructors who need to adapt to remote and hybrid teaching environments during the pandemic.

Technology Support

EdTech (edtech@umass.edu, 413-545-6981, Furcolo W109) is the IT group in the college of education that can help with network access, classroom AV, and other technology support.

Digital Learning (digitallearning@umass.edu, Furcolo W106) is the group in the college of education that supports online instructors, online programs, and the instructional use of technologies in the college. 

The Instructional Media Lab (instruct@umass.edu, 545-2823) located in the W.E.B. DuBois Library (7th floor) assists instructors across the campus with instructional use of technologies such as Moodle, Blackboard, Zoom and more. 

IT Support (it@umass.edu, 413-545-9400) located on the first floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center (LGRC) helps with accounts, software, technical troubleshooting, and hardware repair. Their IT Guide for Faculty and Instructors is a good introduction to the tools available. 

Moodle Support Articles: Use this page to access resources about the University’s course management system.

Blackboard Technical Support: Use this page to access resources for using Blackboard when teaching online University Without Walls (UWW) courses.

Designing a New Course

New course syllabus template and new course requirements: These templates and requirements provide outlines for both required and suggested syllabi components.

Scheduling Courses: Use this page for more information about scheduling courses, including meeting time guidelines.

The UMass Course and Curriculum Management System: This system will navigate a new course through all of the workflow steps necessary for it to receive final approval and be scheduled by the Registrar. Please contact your department administrator if you need to submit proposal in the CCMS.

Permanent Courses: Permanent courses must complete the Faculty Senate approval process.

Experimental Courses: These courses are approved on an abbreviated process and can be run three times before they need to be approved for permanent course status.