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