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The college is committed to fostering a dynamic intellectual community free of bias and prejudice. Offering opportunities for understanding differences while increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff is an ongoing and top priority. The college and its departments continue to make substantial efforts to recruit and retain faculty from underrepresented groups. These efforts are in collaboration with faculty, staff, and department and university leadership.

Faculty Hiring

How to Diversify Faculty Candidate Pools

Best practices for how to expand and diversify the pool of faculty candidates in searches. Diversity slides for CNS Search Committees

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity provides training for CNS leadership and faculty regarding all aspects of the search process.

Dual Career Couples

The Five Colleges Academic Career Network (ACN) exists to help campuses accommodate dual career couples.

Guidelines for Faculty Searches

Provost's Office Revised Guidelines for Tenure Stream Faculty Searches.

Campus Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Matters highlights campus initiatives on faculty and staff diversity. Read the UMass Amherst strategic plan for campus diversity.

Tenure and Promotion

CNS offers a range of Tenure and Promotion Workshops on an annual basis.

Mentoring

CNS Peer Mentoring

CNS peer mentoring groups for women faculty

These informal networks bring together faculty who come from various departments across CNS and cut across ranks (lecturers, research faculty, assistant, associate and full professors). These self-run facilitated groups enhance collegiality, learning, and career advancement at UMass Amherst. Group formation is based on common interests and schedules. Informational mixers are held each fall for women faculty interested in joining a group.

CNS peer mentoring groups for faculty of color and immigrant faculty

These self-run groups of mixed gender faculty also cut across departments and ranks. Similar to the women’s groups, they foster collegiality, learning, and career advancement. These groups use the same model as the women’s mentoring groups.

To indicate interest in joining a group, please complete the CNS Mentoring Group Form. Contacts: Wendy Varner, wvarner@cns.umass.edu and Buju Dasgupta, dasgupta@psych.umass.edu.

Campus Mentoring

STEM Diversity Institute (SDI)

The UMass Amherst STEM Diversity Institute (SDI) focuses its activities on increasing the number of URM and URM women faculty in STEM disciplines at UMass Amherst and beyond by exploring novel mentoring and professional development strategies through grassroots discussion forums and by disseminating the successful practices arising out of the discussions forums, related activities, and research.

Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD)

The UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) offers grants for establishing mentoring relationships.

Faculty Survey

In 2014-15, Buju Dasgupta, as Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, conducted a survey of all departments in the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Information and Computer Sciences, and some departments in the College of Engineering. Access the survey results.