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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.

COVID-19 Pandemic Modifications to Tenure, Promotion, and Review Processes


Provost Rice and the Office of Faculty Affairs, in collaboration with unit leadership, have established COVID-19 pandemic modifications to tenure, promotion, and review processes (e.g., merit, annual, third-year, post-tenure). These modifications were based on listening sessions conducted by the Office of Faculty Affairs with each college and the Libraries, as well as our observations and published literature regarding the impacts of the pandemic on faculty. The recommendations and developed strategies were also presented at the April 6, 2022 Senate meeting. Read the updated measures and guidance.

UMD Institutional Member of National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

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Become a member of NCFDD. Register to attend NCFDD offerings, such as writing challenge, webinar or core curriculum workshop.

UMEEA Event: A Conversation with Provost Rice & UMEEA Annual Meeting

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June 1, 2022 | 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM | Register for Event

The University of Maryland Emeritus/Emerita Association (UMEEA) is pleased to host Provost Jennifer King Rice as she joins us for a conversation on the changing conditions of faculty life and possible roles for emeritus/emerita faculty.

2022 Orientation Programs


Save the Dates:

Academic Administrators Orientation & Refresher (online):

  • Wednesdays, June 22 - July 27, 2022 | 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM 

New Faculty Orientation:

  • August 15 & 18, 2022 (online) and
  • August 25, 2022 (in-person)

Learn more about Orientation.

Adjunct Instructional Faculty Meet with Campus Leadership

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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, 2022, with Jennifer King Rice, Senior Vice President and Provost; Carlo Colella, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer; John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs; and Heidi Bulich, Associate Director for Faculty Initiatives. Read a summary of the discussion.

Nominations Now Open: ALP & DEO Programs


The Big Ten Academic Alliance is accepting nominations for the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) and Department Executive Officers (DEO) SeminarMaterials are due by June 1, 2022.

Learn more about this leadership development opportunity.

UMD's Faculty Ombuds Officers: Past and Present, Looking Toward the Future


This past January, Dr. Karen M. O'Brien began her tenure as the university’s faculty ombuds officer, a position previously held by Professor Emerita Dr. Ellin Scholnick, who held the position for over ten years. Being faculty ombuds officer is a difficult task because of the nature of many of the disputes, and because of the position’s vital commitment to neutrality and confidentiality. Read on to learn about the contributions of these two ombuds officers, challenges facing the role, future goals and opportunities, and what they would like faculty members to know.

University of Maryland Emeritus/Emerita Association (UMEEA)


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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.