The University of Massachusetts Amherst



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: 

  • Assisting with annual budget planning. 
  • Administrating various financial policies, such as staff hiring.
  • Providing assistance for financial modeling of new programs.

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

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

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.

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

The offices of the Academic Planning and Assessment, and University Analytics and Institutional Research support academic data-informed decision-making across the University.

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

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

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 University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud to offer a number of avenues by which we can recognize our excellent faculty, such as these various recognitions and awards.

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.

Find a number of resources needed for hiring faculty, staff, and other personnel at UMass Amherst.

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.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Awards

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

Important resources for UMass Amherst faculty looking to teach or individuals or companies to rent space at the university’s Mount Ida Campus.

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.