University-Wide Awards

Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity

The Chancellor created the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity in 2005 for faculty members from across campus who have, within the past three years, demonstrated outstanding achievement that has receives national and/or international recognition appropriate to the discipline. Each of the honorees receives a crystal award engraved with the Amherst campus seal at Convocation in the fall.

Chancellor's Leadership Fellowship

The Chancellor's Leaderhip Fellowship seeks to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year temporary appointment to an adminstrative area on campus and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. In addition, fellows are expected to launch a significant program during the fellowship year.

Civic Engagement and Service Learning Faculty Fellowship

The Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship is for faculty who would like to develop new learning opportunities for their students in collaboration with off-campus community partners.

Creative Economy Fund Awards

The Creative Economy Fund Awards were established in 2007 to support faculty initiatives in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that benefit the State's economy and improve quality of life.

Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Research and Teaching

The Distinguished Community Engagement Awards for Research and Teaching recognize and encourage superlative individual achievement in outreach as an incentive to further community engagement on the part of the academic enterprise. In recognizing excellence in engaged scholarship, the University of Massachusetts Amherst joins other universities that demonstrate commitment to the social, geographic, economic, cultural, and environmental betterment of the communities they serve.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series/Chancellor's Medal

This lecture series celebrates the value of academic excellence and recognizes the distinguished achievements of faculty. Those chosen for the series also receive the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed to faculty by the campus.

Distinguished Outreach Award

The Distinguished Outreach Award recognizes excellence in academic outreach, defined as teaching, research and service that benefit external constituencies. Outreach generates knowledge, shares resources, and applies the expertise of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in ways that advance the public good, consistent with university and unit missions.

Distinguished Professor

The title of Distinguished Professor may be awarded to full professors who have conducted outstanding research, teaching, and/or public service contributions that are widely recognized; an extraordinary level of productivity and impact in his/her field of study that goes well beyond the existing high expectations for full professors on campus; a level of productivity and impact that has been demonstrated for an extended period of time; pre-eminence in his/her field of study; recognition by professional organizations for outstanding contributions to the field (e.g., receipt of national awards); and other qualities exhibiting excellence.

Distinguished Teaching Award

Honoring individual excellence, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award is highly competitive and prestigious. Only current students and alumni may nominate faculty for this award. Each year faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student committees review more than 100 nominations in a two-step process of data collection and analysis prior to selecting three faculty and two teaching assistant awardees. Recipients receive a monetary prize and are recognized at both the undergraduate and graduate commencements.

Distinguished Teaching Award

Honoring individual excellence, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award is highly competitive and prestigious. Only current students and alumni may nominate faculty for this award. Each year faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student committees review more than 100 nominations in a two-step process of data collection and analysis prior to selecting three faculty and two teaching assistant awardees. Recipients receive a monetary prize and are recognized at both the undergraduate and graduate commencements.

Interdisciplinary Studies Institute Fellowship

The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute provides a forum for discussion and engagement across the disciplines. Each year the focal point of our activity is a seminar organized around a specific topic. Faculty are invited to submit a proposal setting out their particular interests. Participating faculty fellows will receive a $1500 research allowance, and participating graduate student fellows will receive a $500 research allowance.

Lilly Teaching Fellowship

Tenure-track faculty selected by the Center for Teaching at UMass Amherst “for their promise in teaching and research, their interest in undergraduate teaching and in developing innovative teaching skills, and their potential for making a positive impact on the teaching culture in their department, college and broader campus community.”

Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship

Faculty Fellows meet twice per month, attending panels and skill-building workshops offered by faculty, communication experts from University Relations, and others experienced with public engagement. Fellows also work in small groups and receive peer mentoring tailored to their engagement plan, and are given the opportunity to present their research to Massachusetts lawmakers. 

Samuel F. Conti Research Fellowship

The Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards—$3,000 and a year's leave of absence—encourage award recipients to concentrate on activities related to graduate education, research, creative work and scholarly attainment. Selection of the awardees is based on demonstrably outstanding accomplishment and potential for continued excellence in research and scholarly or creative activity. 

Spotlight Scholars

Spotlight Scholars are faculty who have demonstrated academic quality and leadership. Accomplishments include external grants, honors, or awards, innovations in teaching or research, collaboration with external partners, publication in a book or prestigious journal, appointment to a board, and other activities that demonstrate quality and leadership in research, scholarship, or creative activity.

Student-Centered Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Fellowship

The Student-Centered Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Fellowship provides faculty with structured support to redesign a course using evidence-based practices to improve student learning. Participants most value opportunities to engage in a community of colleagues from diverse disciplines and career stages, learning with and from each other.

Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship

The Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program. It was established in 2013 (as the Sustainability Curriculum Initiative) to enable UMass faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability. The SCF is supported by the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), and UMass Amherst Libraries. Over the past four years, faculty from across 25 departments have participated in the SCF.

Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE) Ambassador Fellowships

TIDE Ambassadors explore how they can enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social, and learning differences by adopting a strength-based, inclusive, and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity. The program acknowledges the potential of faculty functioning as catalysts for change through intensive professional development of faculty across disciplines and career stages.