Programs & Resources

Programs & Resources

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.

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 scholarly writing programs offer community, guidance, and accountability to faculty writers. Explore our offerings of writing and publishing workshops, retreats, and support.

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 is committed to building a community of dignity and respect for every member of our community. Explore the many campus programs that support equity and inclusion and foster a safe and welcoming environment for all.

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.

OFD is here to help you thrive at Mid-Career. Workshops are held to assist mid-career faculty with sabbatical planning, the transition to associate, scholarly and research productivity, and leadership skills. OFD also engages in research targeted at improving the job satisfaction of Mid-Career 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.

UMass Amherst faculty garner well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments. Explore campus-level awards, awards administered through OFD, and a list of national and international honors bestowed on faculty.

Discover campus programs and resources to help you find funding, review and submit proposals, prioritize and manage grants, navigate post-award administration, and stay focused on your research.

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.

Guidance, resources, and information about procedures, funding, and strategies related to sabbatical and professional improvement leave for UMass Amherst faculty.