Resources for Deans, Heads, and Chairs

Resources for Deans, Heads, and Chairs

The Provost’s Academic Administration and Finance team manages the financial and budgetary processes for Academic Affairs.

Bylaws for all academic departments at the University, as well as resources for bylaw development.

The Office of the Provost has established, in accordance with the MSP collective bargaining agreement and the Academic Personnel Policy, fixed deadlines for the processing of faculty personnel actions.

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 Office provides support for faculty searches that have laboratory, studio, or other infrastructure needs.

In some cases, UMass Amherst faculty may receive additional compensation for activities that fall outside of their expected responsibilities.

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 Assessment, Survey, and Effectiveness Research (ASER) 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.

Academic Personnel is responsible for faculty- and librarian-specific benefits programs, such as childcare assistance funds, parental leave, 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.

Learn more about the process of getting approval on new courses and changes to existing courses at UMass Amherst.

Enrollment Management at UMass Amherst integrates the work of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid Services.

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 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.

Learn more about the process of proposing or changing degree programs, certificates, and minors at UMass Amherst.

Union contract issues and negotiations for faculty, graduate student employees, and post-doctoral research associates.

Resources for faculty to create new programs and courses, as well as information on the AQAD review process and teaching at the Mount Ida Campus.

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.

More information on reappointment, promotion, and tenure at UMass Amherst can be found in the Academic Personnel Policy (Red Book) and the Provost’s Annual Memo.

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.

The Academic Affairs Senior Vice Provosts work with other associate provosts at UMass Amherst to provide support to the Provost, the Office of the Provost and reporting units, as well as help develop the Provost Office’s mission.