We've compiled a comprehensive list of resources from here on the Provost's Office website and throughout the university to help deans, heads & chairs, faculty, and staff navigate their responsibilities throughout the year.
The Academic Personnel Policy ("Red Book") is a board of trustee policy document that governs many academic personnel actions, identifies the roles and responsibilities of the faculty and department administrators in personnel actions, and establishes the standards and criteria for personnel reviews, recommendations, and decisions.
The Academic Personnel Workflow System (APWS) is the university’s electronic portal for faculty and librarian personnel actions, including reappointment, promotion, and tenure.
The Provost’s Academic Administration and Finance team can provide assistance during your department’s annual budget process as well as provide guidance in other administrative areas throughout the year.
University Analytics and Institutional Research (UAIR) and the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA) support academic data-informed decision-making within the Office of the Provost and across the university.
The Academic Quality Assessment and Development (AQAD) process is a component of the UMass System’s Performance Measurement System and is required of all academic units. The primary purpose of the AQAD is to assess the core academic functions of teaching, learning, research/professional/creative activity, public service, and academic outreach on a regular basis.
The mission of Career Development and Professional Connections 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.
CTL supports faculty and provides resources focused on student-centered teaching, course and curriculum design, faculty mentoring, intercultural competency, scholarly writing, leadership, and more.
The Office of The Provost provides support for the Classroom Equity Action Plan along with various offices across campus, including the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Instructional Design, Engagement and Support (IDEAS), the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA), and the University Analytics an Institutional Research (UAIR).
Academic Personnel administers a number of labor contracts—namely, the MSP, PRO, and GEO—where faculty can find information about salaries, appointments, and other working conditions.
UMass Amherst faculty garner well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments. Find information here about of campus-level awards and recognition as well as national and international honors bestowed on UMass Amherst faculty.
The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) supports all faculty with services and programs that strengthen research, service, and professional growth. OFD helps faculty navigate career transitions, develop a mentor networks, strengthen leadership skills, enrich scholarly writing, and more.
UMass Amherst is committed to supporting equity and inclusion in all aspects of faculty life through a rigorous approach to recruiting a diverse faculty. Our inclusive approach to faculty development and advancement foregrounds mentoring and community building for faculty success.
Academic Personnel provides a number of resources for tenure-track faculty hiring at UMass Amherst, including the Faculty Search Activities Guide, the Partner Employment Program (PEP), and the Pathways Program.
The Faculty Search Activities Guide serves as a single, comprehensive resource for search committees, academic administrators, and college staff involved in tenure-track searches. This guide outlines how the search process proceeds, provides a description of the respective responsibilities of those involved, and serves as a resource for conducting a successful search.
The federal and institutional requirements that UMass Amherst faculty must uphold, including LawRoom training, information to be included on syllabi, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and more.
The Fine Arts Center is the multidisciplinary arts and innovation hub of the University of Massachusetts, supporting the development of students and artists and enhancing the cultural life of Western Massachusetts.
The Academic Administration and Finance team is available to help guide you in finding the right tools and resources to help manage your funds, including links to Financial System and various other resources.
IDEAS guides educators through the exploration of new technology to present the best and most flexible versions of educational programs to reach students everywhere. The IDEAS team offers one-on-one consults, technology training and webinars, the Instructional Media Lab, and more.
The Provost, in coordination with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and the Deans, is offering Interdisciplinary Research Grants totaling up to $600,000 to support interdisciplinary activities at UMass Amherst. The goals of the Interdisciplinary Research Grants (IRG) are to empower creativity, strengthen the campus’ areas of excellence, promote equitable collaborations, and attract external funding and other forms of recognition across our colleges and schools.
The International Programs Office (IPO) provides educational abroad experiences for students and supports international students and scholars. IPO also provides vital information and resources for faculty and staff traveling abroad.
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.
UMass Amherst faculty have access to an outstanding array of resources to support professional development. We are a community of highly-motivated, cutting-edge scholars who value diversity and equity and strive for inclusive excellence in our classrooms, research labs, and beyond.
The Office of Research and Engagement administers the campus's research enterprise, working in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that benefit society and create opportunity for students, faculty, and the public.
STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) workshops are intended for faculty members with an important role in faculty recruitment efforts (e.g., search committee chairs and members, and other key faculty).
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.
Resources for UMass Amherst faculty to help provide their students with guidance and preparation in their journey for lifelong learning and success, including the Career Development and Professional Connections Hub, Learning Resource Center, and Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.
Whether you're looking for help planning courses, research-based pedagogical practices that support equity and inclusion, or assistance with classroom technology, here are a number of campus units that provide support for teaching and learning at UMass Amherst.
UWW provides 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.