CNS acknowledges the many contributions of CNS lecturers and has created services and opportunities to enhance their professional success.

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The CNS Lecturers Council

The CNS Lecturers Council is a group of lecturers within the college who gather to discuss shared concerns and strategize about solutions and best practices as they relate to Lecturers success and professional development. Each department has a representative serving on the council. Subjects that the Council address include promotion, service expectations, and job responsibilities. In addition, the Council focuses on specific issues such as strategies for mentoring, advising and teaching undergraduates, using various classrooms and technologies, and on line courses. The Council is committed to sharing information and exchanging ideas with all faculty and specifically with the larger workforce of CNS lecturers.

Lecturers Council Roster

Lecturers' Professional Development Fund


The CNS Lecturers’ Professional Development (LPD) Fund awards eligible lecturers funding for activities that contribute to their scholarship and effectiveness as teachers and mentors.


Lecturers can apply for grants of up to $2,000 each for professional development activities that involve teaching, research, and/or creative endeavors. Examples of appropriate projects include participation at professional meetings or training workshops, graduate student or work study assistance, computer hardware or software, travel required to access resources of other institutions, subscriptions to professional journals, and editorial assistance. (Read about past recipients.)


Faculty with continuing appointments as Lecturers in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst are eligible to apply.

To apply

  • Provide a two-page overview of the professional development request that includes the purpose, relevance of the endeavor to the applicant’s scholarly development, timeframe, and detailed budget request. 
  • Also include an updated c.v.
  • Only one award will be granted per applicant during a twelve-month period.
    • Apply by October 1 for projects that will occur during the current academic year.
    • Apply by March 1 for projects that will occur either during the remaining academic semester or the following summer.
  • CNS funds can be combined with other sources of funding, such as TEFD grants, etc.
  • Submit completed applications to Amanda Leigh-Hawkins.

Award Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed based on the specific relevance to the Lecturers professional development at this time and potential contribution to the University’s mission of teaching and research. All LPD fund recipients will be required to submit a brief summary of their professional development request, to the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, following the completion of their project.

For more information contact Wendy Varner, Director of Faculty Development Programs, College of Natural Sciences, wvarner@cns.umass.edu.