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.
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.
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.
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 https://faculty.umd.edu/activity/.
Academic Administrators Orientation & Refresher
July 7 - August 18, 2021 | Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30pm | Register
This series will provide you with an overview of and updates on key policies and procedures, allow for discussion of important issues facing our campus community, and offer strategies for increasing effective communication in academic departments. Learn more.
Faculty Listening Sessions
OFA and ADVANCE would like to hear your concerns for returning to work and addressing the “long tail” of the pandemic. We recognize that the impact of the pandemic has been uneven, exacerbating inequities of race, gender, caregiving obligations, age, disability, and employment status. To better understand the faculty perspective and the impact of the pandemic on individual faculty members, we invite you to share your thoughts with us:
Sign up for Confidential Individual Meetings with a member of our team
UMD Provides Accommodations and Resources to Address COVID-19 Impacts
The University of Maryland (UMD), like many other universities, has been working to provide faculty members with a range of accommodations and support to help them manage the impact of COVID-19 on their careers and lives.
Some of the new accommodations include reformulating tenure and promotion criteria in light of the pandemic’s impact on scholarship and teaching. Some colleges are also exploring how to update the appointment, evaluation, and promotion (AEP) guidelines for faculty members on the professional track. Read More.
Modified APT / AEP / APPSC Guidelines
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.
Nominations Now Open for the Department Executive Officers Seminar (DEO)
The Big Ten Academic Alliance, Department Executive Officers Seminar is accepting nominations. Program materials are due by July 1.
UMD Mentoring Guidance
The Office of Faculty Affairs has established updated mentoring guidance. This document is to guide unit heads, deans, and faculty members on:
- the particular requirements around mentoring at the University of Maryland;
- recommendations from the Office of Faculty Affairs on optimal mentoring beyond the requirements; and
- best practices for strong mentoring and developmental networks.
Adjunct Instructional Faculty Meet with Campus Leadership
The Office of Faculty Affairs held a meeting with the University’s instructional adjunct faculty members (those with an appointment below 50% FTE), known as “meet and confer”, on March 31. A summary of the discussion with Ann Wylie, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President; Carlo Colella, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer; John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs; and Heidi Bulich, Associate Director for Faculty Initiatives, can be found here.
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.
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 keepworking.umd.edu, a collection of IT articles and links about preparing to telework.
University of Maryland Emeritus/Emerita Association (UMEEA)
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.