The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Provost’s Office at University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Ensuring excellence in discovery, learning, and public service.


Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Provost John McCarthy is the chief academic officer for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The overarching responsibility of the chief academic officer is to advance the academic mission of the university in the areas of discovery, learning, and public service. The provost works closely with the deans of the schools and colleges, department heads and chairs, and other senior leadership to provide undergraduate and graduate educational programs of the highest quality. Other key priorities of the provost include recruiting, retaining, and supporting an outstanding and diverse faculty, and supporting the faculty’s efforts to advance knowledge, engage in creative activity, and serve the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

The Public Flagship University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded in 1863 as a land-grant university dedicated to educating the public, generating new knowledge, and applying discoveries to the betterment of society—a mission we still stand for today as the Commonwealth’s leading public research university. Looking ahead through our latest strategic plan, we are confident we can deliver for the people of Massachusetts and beyond a public university that provides revolutionary ideas and impact that is on par with the best national and global public universities.

A Message from the Provost about Fall 2020 Reopening

To read the Provost's message about Fall 2020 Reopening Plan click here

UMass Amherst's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please visit: UMass Amherst's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the official University website dedicated to the most up-to-date University communications and resources for faculty, students, and staff for all matters related to coronavirus.

Disruption-Resilient Instruction

For information on remote course delivery, please visit the Disruption-Resilient Instruction page.


UMass has climbed into the Top 25 of the nation’s premier public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.

UMass Amherst has 12 departments ranked in the top 20 of their fields, according to Academic Analytics 2018 data.

For the fifth consecutive year, UMass Amherst has been named to the Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges.

Our faculty regularly receive awards from recognized academies and fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and more.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud to offer a number of avenues by which we can recognize our excellent faculty, such as these various recognitions and awards.

Thinking about becoming a part of the UMass Amherst community? Learn more about life as a faculty member with us.

Recent News

Barbara Krauthamer, professor of history, dean of the graduate school and senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovation at UMass Amherst, has been appointed as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Allison Vorderstrasse, a faculty member and Ph.D. program director at New York University, has been named the dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mari Castañeda, professor of communication and associate dean for equity and inclusion in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been named the new dean of the Commonwealth Honors College.