Upcoming Events


Student Evaluations: Collecting Evidence and Fighting Bias


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In this workshop, we’ll discuss the ways that you can gather your own student evaluations that will support your teaching portfolio and ways that you can help overcome the research-proven biases in the evaluation process. This workshop is important for anyone considering a faculty career. 


Faculty Interviews: Giving a Job Talk


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At research institutions, the job talk (and following Q+A) can be a make or break part of the faculty interview. In this short session, we will discuss the expectations of your audience, the structure of your talk, and how to handle challenging questions.


Faculty Interviews: The Teaching Demonstration


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A majority of faculty searches now include a teaching demo. Although the content of the demo is important, it is your engaging and interactive pedagogy on display. Learn how to plan a lesson that makes a positive impression on both the students and the committee!


Top Five Productivity Tools that Helped Me Finish My Dissertation


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Feeling stuck on your dissertation? Join Dr. Kate Henry, Productivity Coach and UMass alumna, as she breaks down five tools and approaches that helped her to find motivation, keep up momentum, and complete her dissertation.


Recent News

Doctoral Oral Exams for November 28, 2022 – December 2, 2022

The Graduate Dean invited all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

Doctoral Oral Exams

Doctoral Oral Exams for November 14, 2022 – November 18, 2022

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

Wooden Clog

Establishing Humanity Through Personal Objects

What does a wooden clog mean to you? Probably nothing.  

To one specific individual, this material object provides a sense of identity, comfort, and wholeness. It is not just a wooden clog but a sentimental reminder of one’s own humanity. Seth Dornisch, a PhD student in Anthropology, wants to use these personal stories of connection to preserve identity and autonomy for individuals at the end of their lives. 

Gene Editing

The Molecular Basis of Locomotion

When Wayne Barnaby, a PhD Candidate at UMass Amherst, first heard about a new technology that could “edit” genes, his curiosity was instantly piqued. Now he is using this technology to better understand how genes control movement in an organism. 


Graduate School by the Numbers

  • 7,814 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.