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

See the Black Faculty directory, which includes faculty working in STEM-related fields.

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 Equal Opportunity Office 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 Faculty Search Activities Guide 

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

Our personnel support page contains quick access to university and college policies, procedures, and resources for faculty and staff. 


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

Campus Mentoring

Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD)

The UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Learning offers grants for establishing mentoring relationships.

The Distinguished Scientist and Engineer Seminar Series

The Distinguished Scientist and Engineer Seminar Series provides support to faculty teams to invite and host scientists or engineers from underrepresented groups to visit campus. During their time on campus, the visitors will give a research presentation of broad interest to the STEM community at UMass and lead a second workshop to share their personal perspective on navigating an academic career.

Any group of faculty within CNS or COE may nominate visitors for the series. Nomination instructions