New Faculty Onboarding

New Faculty Orientation

The annual New Faculty Orientation (NFO) takes place prior to the start of each fall semester. NFO introduces new faculty to campus and to the resources, programs, and people that support faculty success at UMass Amherst. NFO also provides the opportunity for new faculty from across campus to connect with each other prior to the start of the fall semester. In addition to this campus-wide orientation, additional faculty orientation activities are offered by departments and schools/colleges. A "Mini NFO" is held in January each year for faculty starting in the spring semester.

New Faculty Orientation for the 2024-25 academic year will be on Monday, August 26th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Marriott Center of the Campus Center!

More details will follow. Please email with questions. 

HR New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation (NEO), sponsored by the Office of Human Resources, focuses on payroll and benefits. Contact your department's personnel coordinator who will register you for this orientation. Once you’ve been registered, Human Resources will send a confirmation including the location of the session, documentation you may need to bring with you, and where to park.

MSP Orientation

The Massachusetts Society of Professors (MSP) is the union on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus representing librarians and faculty, including tenure track faculty, lecturers, extension faculty, clinical faculty and research faculty. MSP hosts an orientation for all new members. Once you are scheduled for HR's new employee orientation (see above) you will receive information regarding MSP's orientation.

Quick Start Guide: Campus Resources for New Faculty

Discover campus resources for new faculty to assist with navigating your first year at UMass Amherst.