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Supporting Faculty Members | Guide for Unit Heads

OFA and ADVANCE have created a document to offer suggestions to academic leaders about how to balance faculty member needs impacted by the COVID-19 crisis on faculty members with the need to continue department operations, offer high-quality instruction to students, and support research excellence. Download the file.

Faculty Health & Safety Expectations

The Office of Faculty Affairs has developed guidance designed to inform faculty members of their responsibilities in adhering to health and safety expectations established by the University during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the file.

Receive updates and review resources on the gradual reopening of campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Returning to Work on Campus
Understand the steps you need to take before returning to campus, complete the COVID-19 Employee Screening Checklist and review additional resources.

Modified APT / AEP / APPSC Guidelines
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In response to the Provost's call for necessary modifications to regular UMD procedures, Academic Affairs has published modified guidelines for college and unit-level promotion processes. Click here to download a copy.


Welcome to the Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland. The Office exists to help faculty members achieve professional excellence as we continue on our path toward becoming “equal to the best.” We seek to attract and retain top talent while supporting all aspects of the faculty experience. From recruitment through retirement and emeriti engagement, we are the source of faculty life on campus.

Promotion and Periodic Review Guidance

In recognition of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) issued the attached guidance regarding University promotion, promotion and tenure, and unit level reviews for tenured/tenure track, professional track, and permanent status/permanent status track faculty. Download the file.

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture Series
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Register to Attend the Lectures | 2020-21 Award RecipientsLearn More About the Award

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture Series Program recognizes successful scholar-teachers and enables them to share their achievements and expertise with the campus at large. These public presentations feature topics related to the research interests of the award recipients.

UMD and National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
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Become a member; attend a workshop! Learn more about our institutional membership.

University of Maryland Emeritus/Emerita Association (UMEEA)
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Become a Member | Learn More About the Association 

UMEEA encourages and facilitates the continued involvement of retired faculty with the university, identifies and advances the continuing intellectual interests and scholarly activities of UMEEA members, offers a range of programs on topics of interest, and more.

Digital Measures
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The new faculty reporting system — Digital Measures (formerly Activity Insight) — remains available to faculty to continue to update their activities throughout the year. Find tutorials, guides, and other resources at

Registration Open: PTK Symposium
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Register | February 26, 2021 | 9:00am-2:30pm

For the third year in a row, the Professional Track Faculty will host a symposium to celebrate, grow, and connect. This virtual event will include a diverse group of plenary speakers, engaging and informative workshops, and networking opportunities. Visit the Symposium website for more details.

Nominations Now Open for Professional Track Faculty Excellence Awards
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Nominate a faculty member for the Provost's Excellence Awards for Professional Track Faculty. The nomination period is January 15 - February 15.

Learn more about the award and criteria, and submit a nomination.

UMD Joins Efforts to Make STEM Faculty More Inclusive and Diverse
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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), has announced 19 public research universities, University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) being one of them, that will join a three-year institutional change effort to develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention practices.

APLU co-leads the effort, known as Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty. The newly announced cohort is joining two prior cohorts. Read the article.

A number of circumstances may require you to temporarily migrate your class online with short notice: a campus closure, increased absenteeism during a flu outbreak, inclement weather, etc. This site will provide you with guidance, strategies, and resources for making a swift change to your course delivery method and leveraging the appropriate technology to keep your course running. 

Also see, a collection of IT articles and links about preparing to telework.