The University of Massachusetts Amherst

News and Announcements

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. 

Barbara Krauthamer, professor of history, dean of the graduate school and senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovation at UMass Amherst, has been appointed as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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 names Anna Maria Siega-Riz as dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Sanjay Raman, associate vice president for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region and president and CEO of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, has been named the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jamilla Deria has been named director of the Fine Arts Center.

Anne P. Massey, professor and Ruth L. Nelson Chair of Business at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, has been named dean of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The appointment of Massey, who built her distinguished career at Indiana University, was made by John J. McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, has announced the appointments of two faculty members to positions supporting faculty success. Claire Hamilton, associate professor of teacher education and curriculum studies, will become associate provost and director of the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD). Michelle Budig, professor of sociology, will become vice provost for faculty development. The appointments are effective Sept. 1.

A record eight faculty members and administrators have been chosen to attend the 2018-2019 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) institutes, a leadership development program for women, according to John McCarthy, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Michelle Budig, professor of sociology, and Claire Hamilton, associate professor of teacher education and curriculum studies, have been awarded Chancellor's Leadership Fellowships for the 2018 calendar year, according to John McCarthy, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Farshid Hajir, professor of mathematics, has been named senior vice provost for academic affairs by Acting Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs John McCarthy, effective Oct. 1. Hajir will fill the position vacated by McCarthy when he became acting provost in July.