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. 

Working Session on Effectively Recovering From the Pandemic Disruption, Thursday, June 24th, 9:30 to 11am. 

While faculty have previously been impacted by more local or individual disruptions, the pandemic disruption is unprecedented  – impacting multiple aspects and levels of faculty work and life.  Most faculty will not be able to recover over the summer or in one semester.  One challenge is to establish priorities to recover in a way that facilitates accomplishing your short- and long-term goals, while also being sustainable both personally and professionally.

If want to explore this,  join us for this Working Session, by the end of which you will: 

1. Explore some of the current ideas about effective recovery from the pandemic disruption

2. Consider the different aspects/layers of recovery in general as well as your specific recovery, e.g., research programs and lab funding and management; effective mentoring of graduate students; teaching and supporting students; service work; personal recovery of performance excellence, wellbeing, and resilience; and or ongoing restrictions. 

3. Complete a mapping tool for you to identify your priorities and next steps. 

Here is the link to register.

If you would like to attend, but the day and time doesn’t work for you, please email Karen S. Whelan-Berry,

As we planned this event, we realized faculty may appreciate talking among their peers.  If so, we can organize follow-up conversations by peer group.


UMass Office of Faculty Development  (OFD) Events

UMass OFD offers a number of events each semester. 

Visit the OFD Calendar


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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