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.
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 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 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.
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).
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.
The senior vice provosts work with other associate provosts at UMass Amherst to provide support to Provost John McCarthy, his office, and reporting units, as well as help develop the office’s mission.
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.