Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

Promote your accomplishments and celebrate your excellence

UMass Amherst faculty do extraordinary things and garner well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments. Find here the recipients of campus-level awards, awards administered through OFD, and a list of national and international honors bestowed on faculty.

The Mutual Mentoring program supports faculty in developing 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.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship program seeks to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units.

UMass Amherst supports the development of women academic leaders from the faculty and staff by supporting their participation in HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), a leadership development and research organization dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education.

International and national awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows.

Faculty Awards Conferred at UMass Amherst

Samuel F. Conti Award

A University of Massachusetts Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship provides faculty members with a unique opportunity to focus on their research or creative activities. These Fellowships are managed by the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement (VCRE) and provide a one-year release from teaching and service duties in addition to a cash award.

Distinguished Teaching Award

The DTA honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. The highly competitive and prestigious campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) program has been honoring teaching excellence on the UMass Amherst campus for over 30 years.

Distinguished Community Engagement Awards

Distinguished Community Engagement Awards for Research and Teaching recognize individuals within our campus community for their outstanding contributions to community-engaged scholarship and teaching with impacts at the local, regional, national, or international level.

Spotlight Scholars

Scholars are UMass Amherst faculty members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in research, scholarship or creative activity

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Established in 1974, the annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of our most esteemed and accomplished faculty members. The lecture series not only honors individual faculty members and their achievements, but also celebrates the values of academic excellence that we share as a community. Each honoree is presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty by the campus.

The Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creativity

The Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative activity was created by the Chancellor in 2005.  It honors faculty members who have earned national and/or international recognition in their field for outstanding achievement in the previous three years. This award was last conferred in 2017.