Welcome to the Office of Faculty Affairs
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was one of only seven medical schools nationally to receive a Faculty Career Flexibility Award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the American Council on Education (ACE). With this support, in 2013–14 the OFA designed and implemented programs, policies, and practices to provide opportunities for work–life balance, and leveraged continued investment in issues critical to faculty development, advancement, and satisfaction.
The central theme of our accelerator plan for the ACE/Sloan Award is: Maximizing Options for Faculty to Reach and Sustain their Full Potential. New programs have been added to our portfolio for multiple types of faculty: Faculty Onboarding Program (new faculty); Peers for Promotion (assistant professors 5-10 years in rank); Pathway to Tenure Program (tenure track faculty); and Transition Through Retirement (senior faculty). Part Time Guidelines were developed to assist faculty and their chairs in considering potential changes in work effort. In 2014– 15, mentoring will be a primary focus to ensure that all faculty receive the mentoring they need and desire to be successful.
The OFA uses three strategies to deliver support to faculty: Online Resources, Workshops, and Individual Consultations. Check out the many updates to the OFA website, which features guidance on such topics as career planning (Individual Opportunity Plan), mentoring (UMMS Mentoring Network), and planning for retirement (Retirement Checklist).
Faculty are the “heart and soul” of UMMS. The OFA is committed to enhancing the development and advancement of our faculty, and disseminating innovative and effective programs developed at UMMS. UMMS is a proud co-sponsor of a national conference, Career Flexibility for the Biomedical Faculty of Today and Tomorrow, to be held in Boston in March 2015.