We've compiled for you a number of useful pages—from here on the Provost's Office website and throughout the university—that will help deans, heads, chairs, staff, faculty, and more as they navigate their responsibilities throughout the year.
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 "Red Book" is a board of trustee document that includes guidelines for a number of important personnel policies, such as procedural standards, review criteria, roles and responsibilities, and more.
The Academic Personnel Workflow System (APWS) is the university’s electronic portal for faculty and librarian personnel actions, including reappointment, promotion, and tenure.
The Academic Quality Assessment and Development (AQAD) process is a systematic review of UMass Amherst’s academic programs and an important tool to guide the pedagogical development and intellectual future of the university’s departments and programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
The Provost, in coordination with the Chancellor and the Deans of the Colleges and Schools, launched a new initiative to support interdisciplinary research at UMass Amherst in Spring 2020. The goals of this program are to empower creativity; to promote collaborations, especially those that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion; and to attract external funding.
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.
Resources for UMass Amherst faculty to enhance their teaching, leadership, mentoring, research, and more, such as LEAD+, new faculty orientation, and support for Principal Investigators (PIs).
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.
Research and Engagement
The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement seeks to foster innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary approaches, and demonstrated impact in university research.
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.
Resources for improved teaching and learning for UMass Amherst faculty, such as the Center for Teaching and Learning, online education through University Without Walls, and support for Blackboard, Moodle, and more.
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.