The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Faculty Development Events (2019-20)

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 (all faculty)

August 26 from 8:30am to 3:30pm2

Design Building

SBS Mutual Mentoring First Meeting

September 4 at 1:00pm

227 Draper Hall (Conference Room)

Developing a Mentor Network: Identifying and Mapping your Mentoring Needs1

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

2601 Du Bois Library

Standing Out: Effective Self-Promotion Strategies for New Faculty1

October 4 from 9:00am to 10:30am

2601 Du Bois Library

SBS Faculty Drinks and Appetizers

October 16 at 4:30pm

30Boltwood in downtown Amherst

Building Your Research Plan: Forming Collaborations and Using Library Resources1

November 1 from 9:00am to 10:30am

2601 Du Bois Library

SBS Tenure Discussion Workshop

November 4 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

N400 Integrated Learning Center

SBS Faculty Drinks and Appetizers

November 12 at 4:30pm

Johnny's Tavern in downtown Amherst

Assessing Your Teaching: Review, Reflect, and Plan for the Next Semester1

December 6 from 9:00am to 10:30am

2601 Du Bois Library
SBS Faculty Drinks and Appetizers

December 12 at 4:30pm

University Club

Reexamining Priorities: Suggestions for Work-Life Integration1

February 7 from 9:00am to 10:30am

2601 Du Bois Library

Understanding Student Feedback: How to Address Students' Teaching Evaluations1

March 6 from 9:00am to 10:30am

2601 Du Bois Library

Managing Your Time: Peer Mentoring, Accountability Groups, and Planning your Summer1

April 3 from 9:00am to 10:30am

2601 Du Bois Library

First Year, First Faculty events.
There will be an additional session for international faculty from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.


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

Getting the Mentoring You Need

October 1 from 11:30am to 1:00pm

N400 Integrated Learning Center

Leading for Change

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

N400 Integrated Learning Center

Making Your Vote Count in Departmental Decision-Making

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

2601 Du Bois Library
Building Your Mentoring Networks: Make Every Connection Count

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

N400 Integrated Learning Center

Building Equitable Collboration Networks

February 3 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

S330 Life Sciences Laboratory

Faculty Mentoring: Best Practices

February 7 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

S330 Life Sciences Laboratory

The Art of Collaboration

February 14 from 9:00am to 11:00am

S330 Life Sciences Laboratory

Strategic Collaboration

April 7 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

S330 Life Sciences Laboratory

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.

EventDate/TimeLocation
Project Management

October 25 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Rand Theater

Personnel Management

November 15 from 9:00am to 11:00am

904 Campus Center

The Art of Collaboration

February 14 from 9:00am to 11:00am

S330 Life Sciences Laboratory

Technical Tools for Effective Collaborations

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

2601 Du Bois Library


Faculty Career Advancement Programming

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) hosts day long 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.

EventDate/TimeLocation

Scholarly Writing Retreat

August 19 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Old Chapel

Scholarly Writing Retreat

September 27 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

26th floor Du Bois Library

Scholarly Writing Retreat

October 25 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

26th floor Du Bois Library
Scholarly Writing Retreat

November 22 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

26th floor Du Bois Library
Scholarly Writing Retreat

January 24 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

26th floor Du Bois Library
Scholarly Writing Retreat

February 28 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

26th floor Du Bois Library
Scholarly Writing Retreat

March 27 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

26th floor Du Bois Library
Scholarly Writing Retreat

April 24 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

26th floor Du Bois Library

 

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.

EventDate/TimeLocation

The Subtle Art of Enticing Your Students to Read

September 25 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

2601 Du Bois Library
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

September 27 from 10:00am to 11:30am

301 Goodell

Diversity Lunch and Learn

October 3 from 11:30am to 1:00pm

2601 Du Bois Library
International Instructors Working Group

October 8 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm

301 Goodell
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

October 18 from 10:00am to 11:30am

301 Goodell
Diversity Lunch and Learn

November 4 from 1:15pm to 3:30pm

2601 Du Bois Library
International Instructors Working Group

November 5 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2601 Du Bois Library
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

November 12 from 10:00am to 11:30am

Old Chapel
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

December 13 from 10:00am to 11:30am

301 Goodell

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

The LEAD+ series listed below is for chairs and is also often open to undergraduate and graduate program directors depending on the topic. 

All chairs are invited to be part of the Chairs Academy, which begins with an all-day event for new heads and chairs on August 28. To RSVP to the New Heads and Chairs Academy, contact the Office of Faculty Developmen (OFD).

The Mutal Mentoring Group for Heads and Chairs, through the Office of Faculty Development, meets for a morning coffee hour on a monthly basis. For more information, contact Karen Helfer.

Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: N400 Integrated Learning Center

TopicDate

New Heads/Chairs Academy

August 28

Introductory Session #11

September 13

Introductory Session #21

September 27

Faculty Onboarding: Challenges and Best Practices2

October 11

Collective Decision-Making Strategies

October 25

Beyond the SRTI2

November 8

Managing Up

November 22

Handling Faculty Performance and Conduct Challenges

December 13

Sexual Harassment and Title IX2

January 10

Faculty Mentoring Best Practices2

January 24

Graduate Student Affairs2

February 14

Alumni Relations – Advisory Boards, Communications, and Development

February 28

A Conversation with the Provost

March 13

Difficult Conversations and Self-Reflections – Managing Conflicts

March 27

Climate, Equity, and Inclusion

April 10

A Conversation with the Chancellor

April 24

1New Chairs/Heads.
2Session expanded to include Associate Deans and Undergraduate Program Directors, and Graduate Program Directors, as appropriate.