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Teaching Commons Access

Authorized Use of the Teaching Commons

WHO is authorized to use the space?

The Teaching Commons was designed specifically for UMass Amherst faculty and will act as a portal that faculty enter to discover the rich set of teaching support offered by the UMass Amherst campus. This space is limited to UMass Amherst faculty use only; if a visiting scholar/faculty member from another institution needs to access the space, they must be accompanied by a UMass Amherst faculty member, or, guest access may be obtained for the duration of their visit. Please email us for questions related to guest access requests.

Access to the Teaching Commons is permitted during the space’s hours of operation only. When entering the Teaching Commons, faculty will need to sign in at the staffed reception desk and may also be required to produce their UCard for verification of their identity.

If a faculty member does not have a UCard available when entering the space, they will be required to produce photo identification which will be cross-checked by the reception desk staff to verify that they are UMass faculty.

Reserving the Teaching Commons for Special Events and Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: Reserving the Teaching Commons is separate from the reserving the conference space 26th floor (room 2601). For usage policies and reservation of room 2601 in Du Bois, please refer to the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Room 2601 Use Policy.

UMass Amherst faculty, the Center for Teaching, Office of Faculty Development, or the UMass Amherst Libraries may reserve [pending content approval and scheduling] the Teaching Commons for:

  • Faculty-led discussion of academic topics with peers

  • Academic workshops led by faculty, or with designation of specific faculty office staff leader

  • Special events approved on a case-by-case basis

To reserve this space, fill out and submit the Reservation Form. Please submit your request at least 2 weeks prior to suggested date of event, to allow for appropriate scheduling and resource allocation.





Last Edited: 29 March 2011