Ensuring excellence in discovery, learning, and public service.
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.
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. Provost McCarthy's communications can be found here.
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.
Join the faculty at UMass Amherst and you’ll find access to an outstanding array of resources to encourage and support your professional development. You’ll also enjoy a community of highly motivated, cutting-edge scholars— with many opportunities for groundbreaking cross-disciplinary collaboration. We value diversity and equity. We strive for inclusive excellence in our classrooms, research labs, dorms, and beyond. Learn more about life as a faculty member with us.
UMass Amherst is committed to supporting equity and inclusion in all aspects of faculty life through a rigorous approach to recruiting a diverse faculty, including comprehensive search committee training and support. With an inclusive view of faculty development and advancement, we are developing programs that will help faculty at all career stages reach their professional development goals. Learn more.
The Office of Faculty Development supports faculty in all appointment tracks and career stages, beginning with outreach during recruitment, deepening with a year-long orientation to UMass academic life, guiding faculty and their network of mentors through tenure and promotion processes, and engaging senior faculty in research renewal and leadership development.
The Provost’s Academic Personnel team oversees employment-related actions and programs specific to faculty and librarians including:
- Reappointment, promotion, and tenure processes
- Union contract issues and negotiations for faculty, graduate student employees, and post-doc research associates
- Supporting the University’s Academic Personnel Workflow System (APWS)
- Providing leadership programming such as LEAD
- Guidance on faculty personnel issues and actions, such as leaves of absence, sabbaticals, appointment to senior faculty ranks, and more.
The Provost’s Academic Administration and Finance team manages the financial and budgetary processes for Academic Affairs. The team works with deans, department heads, program directors, and financial and human resources personnel at the various UMass Amherst schools and colleges, and administrative units. We are your resource for:
I am grateful to each and every one of you for the part you played in helping to keep our campus safe and healthy throughout this past semester. Our return to face-to-face instruction was successful in large part by your individual action such as getting vaccinated, wearing a face mask, and complying with public health protocols. Data from the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) reflects a consistently low rate of positive cases on our campus and that no instructors have tested positive as the result of classroom exposure.
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.
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The Center for Teaching and Learning supports faculty and provides resources focused on student-centered teaching, course and curriculum design, faculty mentoring, intercultural competency, scholarly writing, leadership, and more.
The Fine Arts Center seeks to engage and inspire the campus and regional communities in the arts through a broad array of exemplary performances, exhibitions, and educational programs.
The International Programs Office (IPO) provides a variety of educational abroad experience for students and supports international students and scholars. The IPO office provides vital information and resources for faculty and staff traveling abroad, including travel registry, export control compliance, and health and visa information.
The primary purpose of enrollment management is to help the university attract and recruit students who are likely to be successful. We guide them through the admissions process, and work with them to secure scholarships and financial aid. Enrollment Management integrates the work of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid Services.
As a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and beyond, the Libraries foster a diverse, inclusive, and user-centered environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the skills necessary for independent learning and critical thinking.
The mission of University Without Walls is to revolutionize higher education by providing innovative, personalized learning experiences and support to all students no matter what stage of life they are in. We empower learners to explore and pursue academic pathways—on campus, online and blended—that meet goals, improve lives, and inspire change.