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'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.
For information on remote course delivery, please visit the Disruption-Resilient Instruction page.
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.
Allison Vorderstrasse, a faculty member and Ph.D. program director at New York University, has been named the dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Mari Castañeda, professor of communication and associate dean for equity and inclusion in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been named the new dean of the Commonwealth Honors College.
Provost's Office Funding Opportunities
Two new funding opportunities to support research:
- Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Awards - offers seed funding to support interdisciplinary research.
- Center Seed Funds - offers seed funding to support large center grants
The application deadline for both is March 30, 2020 (extended from March 23, 2020). If you have any questions, please contact Senior Vice Provost Tilman Wolf.
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