Office for Faculty Development

Tenure Track Faculty

The career stages of tenure track faculty include pre-tenured (or Junior), Mid career, Sr. career, and Retired faculty. Some faculty take on the role of Department Chair. OFD supports and plans initiatives for all stages of a tenure track career. 

Pre-Tenure Faculty

New Faculty Orientation

Each year the OFD welcomes faculty to campus at our Faculty Orientation in August. The orientation provides an opportunity for tenure-track faculty to meet their cohort, meet administrators and hear from panels of speakers including our students.

Faculty Handbook

This handbook is a resource for all UMass Boston faculty members.

Additional Faculty Development Support for Pre-Tenure Faculty

OFD both offers and partners with a variety of support units on campus to offer workshops for pre-tenured faculty. See here for more details.

Mid Career Faculty Development

There are many career paths in academia. Recently tenured faculty have many opportunities to extend their research, teaching and service but also to develop institutional leadership and mentoring skills. OFD will begin a new program shortly aimed at supporting mid-career faculty.

Center for Innovative Teaching Seminar for Tenured Faculty

The thematic seminar addresses the theme "Engaging Students in a Changing University." It is guided by existing knowledge and established approaches within the scholarship of teaching and learning. It also takes a research perspective on teaching, encouraging participants to raise questions about their own teaching contexts and to use those questions to frame inquiries into the effectiveness of particular teaching practices. Possible areas of exploration might include promoting meaningful discussion and writing; teaching and learning in large classrooms; and the interface between technology, teaching and learning. See CIT for for information.

Resources for Mid Career Faculty

Senior Faculty

Moving from Associate to Full Professor

As Associate faculty continue to be actively engaged in teaching, scholarship and community service as Professors and leaders in their disciplines, they will want to move from Associate to Full professors. While, there is no one certain criteria or promotion path for promotion from associate professor to full professor, there are steps that one can take to achieve this goal. OFD will offer a session to participants regarding the expectations of promotion from Associate to Professor from the perspective of the Provost’s Office, the University Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure, and UMass Boston faculty who have recently been promoted to Professor.


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