The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Provost’s Office at University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Ensuring excellence in discovery, learning, and public service.


Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Provost John McCarthy is the chief academic officer for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The overarching responsibility of the chief academic officer is to advance the academic mission of the university in the areas of discovery, learning, and public service. The provost works closely with the deans of the schools and colleges, department heads and chairs, and other senior leadership to provide undergraduate and graduate educational programs of the highest quality. Other key priorities of the provost include recruiting, retaining, and supporting an outstanding and diverse faculty, and supporting the faculty’s efforts to advance knowledge, engage in creative activity, and serve the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

The Public Flagship University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded in 1863 as a land-grant university dedicated to educating the public, generating new knowledge, and applying discoveries to the betterment of society—a mission we still stand for today as the Commonwealth’s leading public research university. Looking ahead through our latest strategic plan, we are confident we can deliver for the people of Massachusetts and beyond a public university that provides revolutionary ideas and impact that is on par with the best national and global public universities.

Get Ready for Fall 2021

UMass Amherst expects campus life to return to normal operations in fall 2021. That means an emphasis on face-to-face instruction, full residence halls, and a complement of student events and activities. When our community returns to campus in September, we plan to offer students a full college experience. For more information, click here

Provost McCarthy's Communications

Provost McCarthy's communications can be found here.

UMass Amherst Again Ranked Among Top Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Placing at No. 26

UMass Amherst has 12 departments ranked in the top 20 of their fields, according to Academic Analytics 2018 data.

For the fifth consecutive year, UMass Amherst has been named to the Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges.

Our faculty regularly receive awards from recognized academies and fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and more.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud to offer a number of avenues by which we can recognize our excellent faculty, such as these various recognitions and awards.

Thinking about becoming a part of the UMass Amherst community? Learn more about life as a faculty member with us.

Recent News

R. Karl Rethemeyer has been appointed dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost and director of the International Programs Office (IPO), has been selected to serve in the chair stream for the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The term for this position is January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

Jacqueline Urla, chair and professor of anthropology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been named dean of the Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She will start Jan. 1.