The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Leadership and Faculty Development

Leadership and Faculty Development

UMass Amherst is dedicated to providing our world-class faculty with the opportunity to become stronger educators, better leaders, more innovative researchers, and more well-rounded members of our campus community.

Administrative Leadership Trainings

The Office of Faculty Development offers an array of programs designed to help faculty understand enhance leadership skills and explore pathways to future leadership roles, including LEAD+ and Chairs Academy.  

New Faculty Orientation

Organized by the Office of Faculty Development, the New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is a day-long event to introduce you to the campus, each other, and the resources that will support your success at UMass. Additional activities are offered by your department and school/college to learn about your campus community. 

First-Year, First-Fridays Series (FYFF)

Each month, the Office of Faculty Development offers new faculty a FYFF Workshop on a particular area of interest for the first year. Topics include supporting student success, how to find funding, developing a mentoring network, and more. 

Teaching Support

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports faculty across all career stages and disciplines with programs and resources focused on student-centered teaching, course and curriculum design, intercultural competency, leadership, and more. 

Resources for Principal Investigators (PIs)

The Office of Faculty Development offers numerous resources for Principal Investigators in managing the sometimes challenging administrative work of a grant while staying focused on the research. 

Mutual Mentoring

The Office of Faculty Development’s Mutual Mentoring program supports faculty in developing robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages. 

Spotlight Scholars

Spotlight Scholars are UMass Amherst faculty members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in research, scholarship or creative activity. All full-time tenure and non-tenure system UMass Amherst faculty members are eligible, and anyone may nominate.