The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Faculty Development Events

SBS First Year Faculty Programming

SBS works with the Office of Faculty Development’s First Year, First Friday series for faculty who are new to UMass Amherst. We meet both as a smaller SBS group of new faculty and in larger discussions with new faculty across the university over breakfast to discuss research, teaching and managing work, and creating a community of new faculty who can learn from each other and share their own practices and experiences.

EventDate/TimeLocation

New Faculty Orientation (Day 1)

August 10 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Zoom

New Faculty Orientation (Day 2)

August 11 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Zoom

New Faculty Orientation (Day 3)

August 12 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Zoom

New Faculty Orientation (Day 4)

August 13 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Zoom

Setting the Stage for the Year Ahead and Begin to Build Community!

September 4 from 9:00am to 10:30am

Zoom

Teaching Pedagogy Best Practices for Fully On-line Learning

October 2 from 9:00am to 10:30am

Zoom

Planning Your Scholarly Activities

November 6 from 9:00am to 10:30am

Zoom

The First Semester: Finding Research and Writing Support

December 4 from 9:00am to 10:30am

Zoom

Developing a Mentor Network: Identifying and Mapping Your Mentoring Needs

February 5 from 9:00am to 10:30am

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Assessing Your Teaching: Reviewing and Reflecting

March 5 from 9:00am to 10:30am

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Engaging in Your Department: What is Your Role this First Year?

April 2 from 9:00am to 10:30am

Zoom


Funded Research Programming

ADVANCE program workshops are delivered in partnership with units across campus to extend and enhance our existing campus offerings. Partners include the Provost’s Office, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Institute for Social Science Research, the Institute for Teaching and Faculty Development, the Center for Research on Families, as well as the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Please contact Donna Baron with any questions.

EventDate/TimeLocation
Documenting Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Faculty Careers

September 3 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

Strategies and Tools for Managing Effective Collaborations

September 9 from 9:30am to 11:00am

Zoom

Interdisciplinary Research, Equitable Teaching, and Collaboration Best Practices

September 14 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

Equitable Practices for Evaluating Faculty Amid COVID-19 (with LEAD+)

October 2 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

Creating and Maintaining a Diverse Department

October 7 from 11:15am to 12:15pm

Zoom

Equitable Practices for Evaluating Faculty Amid COVID-19 (for Department and College Personnel Committees)

October 8 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Zoom

Inclusive Departmental Practices

November 12 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Zoom

Successful Research Collaboration Across All Career States

November 16 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Mentoring Faculty Colleagues

December 8 and 9 from 10:00am to 12:30pm

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Best Practices for Inclusive Governance for Heads and Chairs

February 5 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

Bystander Intervention Performance and Workshop

February 8 from 11:00am to 12:40pm and February 9 from 3:00pm to 4:40pm

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Best Practices for inclusive Governance for Faculty

February 12 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

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Developing Your No: How to Advance as a Faculty Leader

March 12 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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ADVANCE Annual Lecture with Dr. Shirley Malcolm

March 24 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Zoom

Supporting Queer and Trans Faculty

April 9 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

Negotiating for Equity

April 12 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Zoom

The "I'm a PI, Now What?" workshop series is intended to assist faculty Principal Investigators in managing the sometimes challenging tasks of getting all the administrative work completed on a grant while staying focused on the research. Developed by senior grant-funded faculty, this series covers topics such as overall PI responsibilities, working with subcontractors, hiring and supervising staff, monitoring budgets, reporting strategies, and thinking about applying for the next grant.


Faculty Career Advancement Programming

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) hosts a centralized calendar of on-campus events which are specifically offered to support UMass Amherst faculty in their professional development.

OFD also offers a variety of writing retreats and workshops, including monthly Scholarly Writing Retreats on the last Friday of each month throughout the academic year in the Faculty Commons which offers ample space for writing at large tables, workstations with computers, two collaborative workrooms, wireless Internet access, a scanner and copier/printer, and a view of the Pioneer Valley. You are welcome to join for an hour, come and go to accommodate unexpected meetings, or spend the entire day in the company of your colleagues. Entry requires a valid UMass Amherst UCard. Please complete the online registration process required by the library to have your UCard programmed for entry.

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.


SBS Faculty Research Groups

Joining a faculty research group is an effective way to get feedback on your research and helps you develop a network of like-minded scholars across disciplines. UMass and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have many dynamic, active working groups that are open to new members.


Administrative Leadership Programming

Faculty at all ranks (both tenure-track and non-tenure-track) are called upon to lead. Whether running an academic department, serving as a graduate or undergraduate program director, chairing a committee, spearheading a working group, or running a lab, the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) offers an array of programs designed to help faculty understand leadership styles, enhance leadership skills, and help explore pathways to future leadership roles. .

EventDate/TimeLocation

New Heads/Chairs Academy

August 4 from 8:30am to 12:00pm

Zoom

New Heads/Chairs Academy

August 5 from 9:30am to 1:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Meeting the Challenges of Fall 2020 – A Conversation with the Provost

September 4 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Introductory Session – Budget Basics

September 18 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Inclusion, Evaluation, and the Impact of COVID-19 – UMass NSF Advance Team

October 2 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Evaluating Faculty Public Engagement Activities

October 16 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Equity and Inclusion – Diversity Analytics for Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement

October 30 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Title IX and New Regulations

November 13 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Academic Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining – MSP and GEO Contract Highlights

December 4 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Handling Faculty Performance and Conduct Challenges

January 8 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction – Findings and Approaches to Faculty Engagement

January 22 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Inclusive Governance – UMass NSF Advance Team

February 5 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Student Resources and Student Life

February 19 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ A Conversation with the Provost

March 5 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Alumni Relations – Advisory Boards, Communications, and Development

March 19 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ Succession Planning – Identifying, Onboarding, and Supporting Nascent Departmental Leaders

April 2 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom

LEAD+ A Conversation with the Chancellor

April 16 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Zoom