Upcoming Events

May - Aug

Virtual Coffee Shop: An Online Writing Community for Grad Students & Postdocs

May 31, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020

Online with OPD!

Are you missing accountability and support for your academic writing? OPD is launching a "Virtual Coffee Shop," an online space to regularly connect with others about their writing. We'll have space to set weekly goals, do pomodoros together, connect in small stage-based groups, and share fun stuff. This community is open to UMass graduate students and post docs working on any part of writing and research. After you preregister for the “Virtual Coffee Shop,” you will be emailed all of the information.


Teaching Academy Workshops!

Aug 3, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020

Online with OPD, CIRTL, CTL, and more!

We invite all graduate students and postdocs to participate in the inaugural Teaching Academy, a robust professional development opportunity focused on teaching! During multiple workshops over a three-week period, we will promote creativity, collaboration, inclusivity, and reflective practices that support effective teaching and learning, especially in an online environment. We are excited to be partnering with OPD, CIRTL@UMass, CTL, and more for these workshops!


Your Teaching Might be More Aligned with Colonialism than You Realize

Aug 13, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Online with OPD!

The power of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement has invited us to confront the complex ways that racial oppression and other intersecting systems of power continue to kill, exploit, and marginalize Black lives across the world. Yet any conversation about racial equity in our society cannot be divorced from a history of colonialism. Central to the history of colonialism is the role of schooling as an essential arm for colonizing forces to root their own ideologies, histories, and ways-of-being into the oppressed. Much of this logic remains embedded in American education in the service of perpetuating racial and economic inequities. In this workshop, Dr. Jamila Lyiscott will draw on her own research and practice in social justice education to introduce anti-colonial approaches to instruction for all participants. Part of the Teaching Academy!


Virtual Diversity Reception

Aug 18, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online with OIE

Join us as we gather together virtually! You will have the opportunity to hear from college deans, learn about various student groups, and mingle with other incoming and continuing graduate students.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP here! We look forward to meeting you (virtually) soon!



Recent News

2020 Commitment to Diversity Award Winners

The faculty winners of the Commitment to Diversity Award are Nathaniel Whitaker, Professor & Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Stephanie Shonekan, Professor & Chair of the W.E.B Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.

The student winner of the Commitment to Diversity Award is Patricia (Tita) Feraud-King, PhD Student in Higher Education.


Kelly Giles Presented With Distinguished Teaching Award

By providing exemplary classroom instruction Kelly Giles has been picked as one of the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients. Chosen from representatives of every department on campus, Kelly has been widely praised by the students and alumni for their ability to communicate, motivate, and inspire.


2020 Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award Winners Announced

The 2020 Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award winners are John Higginson from the Department of History, Asha Nadkarni from the English Department, and Paige Warren of the Environmental Conservation Department.

Mentoring is a crucial skill for any faculty member who works with graduate students. Excellent mentors both provide effective instruction inside the classroom and enrich their students’ lives in the larger world. They spend countless hours inspiring, advising, nurturing, and challenging students, ensuring their intellectual and professional development. Beyond that, they often help students balance the parallel needs of academic accomplishment and personal fulfillment. Three outstanding faculty mentors are being recognized today.

Andrea Wilson

Andrea Wilson Honored With Distinguished Teaching Award

By providing exemplary classroom instruction Andrea Wilson has been picked as one of the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients. Chosen from representatives of every department on campus, Andrea has been widely praised by the students and alumni for their ability to communicate, motivate, and inspire.


Graduate School by the Numbers

  • 7100+ Students Enrolled
  • 48 Doctoral Programs
  • 78 Master's Programs

Brian Mullen applies positive pressure

With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brian has invented a vest that improves care for people with autism.