Professional Development

What professional development opportunities are available for new and early career faculty?

OFD provides programs and resources to ease your transition and support your professional development and wellbeing as you begin your career at UMass Amherst, including onboarding and the First Year Faculty Workshop Series.

UMass Amherst is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. As such, institutional membership with the NCFDD is available to all faculty at no cost. 

The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of scholars and students from more than 450 colleges and universities. Its resources are intended to benefit faculty and students of color, as well as all who are in need of general mentoring and looking for support during their career transitions.

As members, individuals receive access to resources such as webinars, courses, discussion forums for peer mentoring, writing challenges, and more. The center also offers professional development training and intensive mentoring programs.

To activate your membership, visit the NCFDD website.

What professional development opportunities are available to non-tenure track faculty?

The Supporting Non-Tenure Track Faculty series addresses the professional development needs of faculty on the continuing appointment track, including clinical faculty, extension faculty, and lecturers.

What professional development opportunities are available to mid-career faculty?

To support mid-career faculty, OFD regularly offers workshops and programs on topics such as sabbatical planning, the transition to associate, scholarly and research productivity, and leadership skills.

MSP also offers "Pre-Tenure" and "Promotion to Full Professor" workshops on their website: https://umassmsp.org/workshops/

What resources are available to support scholarly writing?

Scholarly writing support is a core part of OFD's programming. We regularly work with campus partners to run Writing Accountability Circles, facilitated by our Scholarly Writing Fellows. We host writing retreats and workshops to provide designated time and resources to focus on your scholarly pursuits. We also maintain a database of writing coaches and editors who may provide additional support.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library also houses the Faculty and Librarian Commons, a space dedicated to faculty and librarians for scholarly work. Located on the 26th floor along with the Office of Faculty Development, the Faculty and Librarian Commons offers ample space in a collaborative workroom with large tables and a great view of the Pioneer Valley. The Commons is open and accessible to faculty and librarians all hours that the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is open. Entry requires a valid UMass Amherst faculty or librarian UCard. Faculty who wish to access the space must submit a request through the Library's website.

How can I seek out mentorship and community to assist in my professional development?

OFD's Mutual Mentoring program supports faculty at every career stage in developing robust professional networks. Mentoring is an effective method for promoting professional socialization, productivity, and satisfaction. The Mutual Mentoring model distinguishes itself from traditional mentoring relationship by encouraging faculty to cultivate collaborative networks of mentors who offer knowledge and share their experience within specific areas, such as research, teaching, tenure, or work-life balance.

For questions about professional development, please contact Leyla Keogh-Hameed (ljkeough@umass.edu), Director of Faculty Development.