OFD can help you navigate career transitions, develop a mentor network, strengthen leadership skills, enrich your scholarly writing, and revitalize your work. Tap into the variety of relevant and timely programs, resources, and support for UMass Amherst faculty.
UMass Amherst faculty garner well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments. Explore campus-level awards and a list of national and international honors bestowed on UMass Amherst faculty.
UMass Amherst’s mission is rooted in the land-grant purpose of research, education, and service to society. Engagement is one method by which we fulfill our mission to create positive impact on the Commonwealth and the broader society we serve.
Programs to help faculty enhance leadership skills and explore pathways to future leadership roles: New Chairs Academy, LEAD+ (Leadership Enhancement for Academic Departments), LEAF (Leadership Essentials for All Faculty), and more.
OFD's Mutual Mentoring Program supports faculty at every career stage in developing robust professional networks. Our Mutual Mentoring Grant Program provides funding to individuals or groups of faculty for the purpose of developing mentoring networks.
OFD provides programs and resources to ease your transition and support your professional development and wellbeing as you begin your career at UMass Amherst. Meet new colleagues and learn about faculty resources, UMass students, and support for research, teaching, and service.
Guidance, resources, and information about procedures, funding, and strategies related to sabbatical and professional improvement leave for UMass Amherst faculty.
OFD offers support and guidance to help you thrive at UMass Amherst. We are committed to helping faculty realize work-life fulfillment through workshops and programs that foster wellbeing and peer-to-peer connections. OFD also maintains a curated directory of resources for faculty caregivers.