The Office of the Provost is responsible for ensuring excellence in the academic mission of the University at University of Massachusetts Amherst in the areas of discovery, education, and public service. The overarching responsibility of the chief academic officer is to advance the academic mission.

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 and to support the faculty’s efforts to advance knowledge, engage in creative activity, and serve the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

A key priority of the Provost is to recruit, retain, and support an outstanding and diverse faculty.


"The University's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world."


The Academic Affairs Senior Vice Provosts work with other associate provosts at UMass Amherst to provide support to the Provost, the Office of the Provost and reporting units, as well as help develop the Provost Office’s mission.

The provost works closely with the deans of the schools, colleges, and libraries to provide undergraduate and graduate educational programs of the highest quality.

The Provost’s staff fulfills many duties throughout campus, from the Academic Personnel unit to senior leadership.

UMass Amherst is one of the nation's top research universities as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding. Our current leadership searches can be found here.

News & Announcements

Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced that Fouad Abd-El-Khalick has been selected as the university’s next Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

All UMass Amherst faculty members engaged in Classroom Equity Action Plan work are encouraged to drop into the open forum at any time between 3-4:30 p.m. to share their unique perspectives and experiences and reflect on the faculty’s overall approach to teaching.

A reminder from Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Farshid Hajir about the LMS transition.