Teams and Reporting Units
In addition to Schools and Colleges, the Office of the Provost has a number of reporting units, including Office of Faculty Development, Academic Planning and Assessment, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and more.
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 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:
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 Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA) supports the University’s assessment and evaluation priorities by marshaling evidence and promoting a culture of evidence in line with the University’s Strategic Plan.
The offices of the Associate Provost for Data and Analytics, Academic Planning and Assessment, and University Analytics and Institutional Research support academic data-informed decision-making across the University.
The mission of the Career Development Hub is to educate students in all phases of their career development and to empower them in making gratifying career decisions to develop and transition successfully in a diverse and global society.
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 mission of UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) is to promote learning for lifelong, democratic engagement, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.
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.
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 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 Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers University of Massachusetts Amherst students a peer-supported environment to meet academic challenges. Tutors, Supplemental Instruction Leaders, and ExSEL Leaders are model students trained to assist their peers in achieving academic success.
The senior vice provosts work with other associate provosts at UMass Amherst to provide support to Provost John McCarthy, his office, and reporting units, as well as help develop the office’s mission.
The UMass Amherst undergraduate Student Success unit is a division of both the Office of the Provost (academic affairs) and Student Affairs and Campus Life. We create and contribute to campus-wide approaches and programs that increase student persistence and retention, support timely progress toward degree completion, build campus partnerships, and support holistic student learning and development through the advancement of high-impact educational practices.
Air Force ROTC Detachment 370 provides opportunity for students to enroll in our program as part of their college curriculum. Upon graduation they are commissioned as officers in the Air Force as pilots, engineers, nurses, or as one of 30 other job specialties.
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies (OURS) is a branch of the Learning Resource Center and is a resource for all undergraduates in all majors and at all stages of experience.
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.
In addition to Schools and Colleges, the Office of the Provost has a number of reporting units, including the Library, Office of Faculty Development, Academic Planning and Assessment, the Center for Teaching & Learning, Enrollment Management, Admissions, Financial Aid, and more.