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.
UMass Amherst Spring 2021 - Message from Chancellor Subbaswamy
After weeks of intensive planning and consultation that is informed by our experiences of the Fall Semester thus far, I write to announce the operating plan for the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the Spring 2021 Semester.
A Message from Provost McCarthy - Spring 2021
As you know, over the past month a Strategy Group and seven Working Groups have been analyzing possible options for the spring semester. To read the full message, please click here.
Spring 2021 - Graduate Student Employees - Appointment Start Dates and Time Off
As we conclude the first month of the fall semester, we are all mindful of the ongoing uncertainties and concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details, please see: Spring 2021 Graduate Student Employee Appointment Start Dates and Time Off.
Provost Announces Extension to the Faculty and Librarian Collective Bargaining Agreement
The President’s Office recently approved an extension of the current MSP collective bargaining agreement by one year with certain modifications to address the University’s reopening plan. Please see the Provost’s announcement of the agreement, as well as a summary of key provisions and a FAQ document for more information.
A Message from the Provost about Fall 2020 Reopening
To read the Provost's message about Fall 2020 Reopening Plan click here.
UMass Amherst's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please visit: UMass Amherst's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the official University website dedicated to the most up-to-date University communications and resources for faculty, students, and staff for all matters related to coronavirus.
University Quality Standards: FlexForward to Online Teaching
University Quality Standard: FlexForward to Online Teaching - here are the instructional supports and resources that faculty and instructors can use to design, develop and implement their fully online course that meets University Quality Standards and Best Practices for Online Course Design. Additional information can be found on the UMass Amherst Reopening website.
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.
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.
The one-year agreement freezes salaries and other cost items at current levels and covers the period beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The contract extension includes innovative “crisis response” provisions that will facilitate the University’s carefully designed reopening plans.
Links for Deans, Heads, Chairs & Faculty
- Academic Personnel Workflow System (APWS)
- Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure
- UMass Course and Curriculum Management System (CCMS)
- Academic Personnel Policy (Red Book)
- AQAD Process
- New Degree Program Development
- Curricular and Course Development
- Teaching at Mount Ida
- Research and Engagement
- Export Control Compliance
- Faculty Diversity
- MSP One-Year Agreement
- MSP One-Year Agreement FAQ