CNS Faculty Development Programs help meet the mission and strategic goals of the College of Natural Science by promoting an inclusive and collaborative culture and by actively supporting the research, teaching, and service work of our faculty while also promoting our faculty's wellbeing and resilience. 

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More information coming soon. 


For CNS Associate Professors:

CNS Preparing for Promotion to Full Professor Workshop

Monday, November 9, 2021, 9am to 10:30am, ISB 145, Hybrid Format (Offered face-to-face and via Zoom.)


For CNS Assistant Professors:

CNS Preparing for Tenure and Promotion Workshop

Monday December 13 2021, 1 to 3:30pm, ISB 145, Hybrid Format (Offered face-to-face and via Zoom.)



Sustainable Careers: Wellbeing Workshop for Faculty

Location: Hybrid: W.E.B. Du Bois Library Rm. 2601 & Zoom

Nov 01, 10:00am - 11:30am

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Cosponsored by Workplace Learning and Development, the College of Natural Sciences and the Office of Faculty Development 

A time for you to learn the evidence-based key tools and techniques to support your overall wellbeing and resilience in your life, daily work, and career. Focusing on mindfulness, positive emotions and relationships, clarity of meaning and purpose, and a strengths-approach, you will learn and experience proven approaches and leave with your next steps for developing your own practices and approach.

Co-led by:  

Paul Papierski - Sr. Organizational Development Consultant, WL&D 

Paul brings an extensive background in employee and manager development, performance improvement, coaching employees and facilitating programs having worked with non-profits and municipalities for 15+years. He holds a MA in International and Intercultural Management with a Human Resource Management focus. Paul is a certified professional coach through IPEC Coaching and holds an Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation, as well as a Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional credential. He's also a certified practitioner of Wholebeing Positive Psychology and as well as the Myers Brigg Type Indicator®. In his spare time, you can find him hiking and walking the wooded trails in New England and traveling the world, as well as tending to his honeybee hives. 

Karen S. Whelan-Berry – CNS Director of Faculty Development and Programs 

Karen brings extensive higher education and corporate experience with a focus on individual and team strengths-based effectiveness, performance excellence and resilience; related positive individual and organizational change; and instructional design that cultivates immediate and long-term skills, habits, and practices. Karen has been tenured faculty in management, and in addition to over 20 publications, Karen has presented at national and international management and positive psychology conferences, as well as regional training and development and human resource management conferences.  Karen holds a PhD in Organizational Studies, a Certificate in Positive Psychology, and Certification in Wholebeing Positive Psychology Coaching. Karen enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, the beach, travel, movies, music, and reading.   



UMass Office of Faculty Development  (OFD) Events

UMass OFD offers a number of events each semester. 

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Individual and Team Coaching

Coaching is usually one-on-one or in a group and is a process to maximize your effectiveness and improve performance.  Coaching first builds a safe, trusting, and confidential relationship and then uses a strengths-based and solutions-focused approach to ensure consistent progress in achieving your goals and increasing your capacity for ongoing positive change and success.  Coaching can help you achieve your goals, work more from your strengths, and increase your overall wellbeing and resilience.  

Facilitation & Consulting for Teams and Departments

Facilitation and consulting can be used for many challenges and opportunities, ranging from building effective teaming, interdisciplinary collaboration and integrative capacity skills and achieving convergent science, to working with departments to complete processes such as curriculum review, strategic visioning, or strengthening climate. 

While CNS FDP or other campus services can provide such coaching, facilitation, and consulting, at times, a UMass or outside consultant may be best. Contact Karen Whelan-Berry,, for more information.

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