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Teaching Commons About us

Description of Services

The UMass Teaching Commons is a portal through which faculty may discover the rich set of support services our campus offers from areas such as the Center for Teaching & Faculty Support (CTFD), the UMass Amherst Libraries, and OIT Academic Computing. The Teaching Commons is a space that supports either organized programming or walk-in support for UMass faculty members. For a listing of scheduled events, please review the Teaching Commons Calendar.

Events may be scheduled by UMass faculty, the Center for Teaching, Office of Faculty Development, or the UMass Amherst Libraries. If you are interested in scheduling an event, please see the “Reserving the Teaching Commons for Academic Events” form for details. If there is no scheduled event indicated on the calendar, the Teaching Commons is open to UMass faculty for walk-in use.

It’s my first time in the Teaching Commons; what can I expect for walk-in use?

When a faculty member enters the Teaching Commons on the 26th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, they are greeted by a student assistant at the reception desk. Once the identity of the faculty member has been verified by the student assistant, the faculty member is free to explore the space at their leisure.

If needed, the student assistant can answer questions about available faculty services on the UMass campus, and there are also brochures outlining many of these services available on display in view of the reception area. The student assistant will also be available to provide basic technical support regarding any Teaching Commons computers or equipment.

For a more detailed description of equipment, technology and seating in the Teaching Commons, please see “Description of Space”. 




Last Edited: 14 December 2011