Faculty Development and Diversity
Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference
This year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will serve as an institutional sponsor for the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference hosted by Virginia Tech. The conference is scheduled to take place in person April 20-23, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia.
The Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Graduate School will support 10 participants for this year’s conference, 5 faculty members, and 5 graduate students. Successful applicants will receive the cost of registration and a $1000 stipend for travel and accommodations. The deadline to apply has passed. Applicants will be informed of sponsorship decisions in March 2023.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
UMass Amherst is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. As such, institutional membership with the NCFDD is available to all faculty at no cost.
The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of scholars and students from more than 450 colleges and universities. Its resources are intended to benefit faculty and students of color, as well as all who are in need of general mentoring and looking for support during their career transitions.
As members, individuals receive access to resources such as monthly webinars; multi-week courses; a discussion forum for peer mentoring and problem solving; writing challenges; and access to the NCFDD member library, which includes past webinar materials, referrals and readings. The center also offers professional development training and intensive mentoring programs.
To activate your membership, visit the NCFDD website.
Faculty Success Fellows Program
The UMass Amherst Faculty Success Fellows program supports faculty participation in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program (FSP), a 12-week online program designed to help tenure-track and tenured faculty acquire skills to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. For our program, a group of Faculty Success Fellows is selected each year from a pool of applicants. Fellows receive funding to defray the costs of the NCFDD Faculty Success Program as well as mentorship, feedback, and support throughout the year.
2021 Faculty Success Fellows
Seyram Avle, Assistant Professor, Communication, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jonique Childs, Assistant Professor, Student Development, College of Education
Eleni Christofa, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Marialuisa Di Stefano, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, College of Education
Karine Fénelon, Assistant Professor, Biology, College of Natural Sciences
Sarah Gonzalez-Nahm, Assistant Professor, Nutrition, School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Christian Guzman, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Reika Katsumata, Assistant Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Natural Sciences
Anne Kerth, Assistant Professor, Afro-American Studies, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Emily Kumpel, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Chi Hyun Lee, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Zhou Lin, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
Jimmy Worthy II, Assistant Professor, English, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Viviana Chiu Sik Wu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
2020 Faculty Success Fellows
Farshid Abdi, Assistant Professor, Finance, Isenberg School of Management
Leontine Alkema, Associate Professor, School of Public Health & Health Sciences
Camille Barchers, Assistant Professor, Regional Planning, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Sade Bonilla, Assistant Professor, College of Education
Joohyun Chung, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Michele Cooke, Professor, Geosciences, College of Natural Sciences
Maria M. Galano, Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
Molly Christie González, Assistant Professor, Dance/Dance Education, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Rachel Green, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, Israel/Palestine Studies, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Hyeyoung Park, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Elizabeth A. Sharrow, Assistant Professor, Political Science and History, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Enrique Suárez, Assistant Professor, Math, Science, and Learning Technologies, College of Education
Corine Tachtiris, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Kathryne Young, Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences