The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) offers a number of funding opportunities to support the teaching and professional development of faculty members at UMass Amherst. Please see below for more information and application instructions for each of these opportunities.


2017 Manning Prize winner Haivan Hoang
Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts.  This competitive prize is presented to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community.  

Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) program honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level at UMass Amherst. Students and alumni nominate instructors in September. Three separate committees choose three tenure-track faculty, one lecturer, and two teaching assistant recipients who receive the award in the spring.

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College Outstanding Teaching Award (COTA)

The COTA program honors faculty members for their teaching accomplishments at the college level. Award consists of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. Open to full-time faculty who meet specific requirements.


Students presenting in Caitlyn Butler's engineering class
Flex Grant

Flex Grants are small grants of $500 that are funded by the campus through the MSP contract. Grants are intended to support faculty professional development related to teaching. Open to all MSP bargaining unit faculty and librarians.

Periodic Multi-Year Review (PMYR) Grant

PMYR Grants for Professional Development in Teaching are designed to support the teaching development goals of tenured faculty. Proposals can address a wide range of teaching development activities. Grant provides Associate and Full Professors with grants of up to $3,000. Separate from any PMYR funds faculty members may receive from their college.

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Open Education Initiative Grant

The Open Education Initiative is a faculty incentive program that encourages the use of existing low-cost or free information resources to support student learning. TEFD partners with the UMass Library, Instructional Innovation, and the Provost's Office to support the Open Education Initiative program and offer grants.