General Resources for Faculty

University of Michigan Faculty Handbook

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs produces the Faculty Handbook, both unabridged and abridged versions, to provide readers with brief descriptions of existing policies, procedures, resources, and other information that affects faculty. The Handbook also includes referrals to primary sources for more information. For an overview of the Faculty Handbook, click here.

Office of the Faculty Ombuds

The Office of the University Faculty Ombuds is a confidential, impartial, informal, and independent resource for information and assistance to faculty members. It helps in resolving academic and administrative problems and disputes through procedures that may be preferable to a formal grievance or judicial proceedings.

Please email, or call their office phone at 734-763-2707, and the office will reach out to you to arrange a consultation meeting as soon as possible. (Note: Please do not include any confidential information in your email — only when and how you can best be contacted.)

Taubman College Faculty Ombuds

In addition to the university faculty ombuds, each unit is asked to identify an ombuds for their school/college. The College Rules mention the ombuds in Appendix B: Instructional Staff Grievance Procedures “A member or members of the tenured faculty will be elected by the academic unit faculty to serve a two-year term as Faculty Ombuds.” Our Taubman College faculty ombuds is Craig Borum, professor of architecture.

Faculty Meetings & Retreats

Faculty meetings are held typically monthly (look for emails and calendar invites). Faculty retreats are typically held annually. These meetings and retreats are a great way to stay connected with your fellow colleagues.

Library Resources

See the Library New Faculty Orientation document for information on research, scans of articles, contactless book pick-ups, library instruction and curriculum support, research consultation, and more.


UM and Taubman College use many acronyms to describe organizations, places, initiative, and more. Below find links to common acronyms across college and UM. 

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MCommunity is an enterprise directory and identity management system that allows the university to know who is and is not a member of the U-M community so that central offices as well as departments, schools, colleges, and campuses  can grant and remove access to their online resources as needed and appropriate.


Qiana London and Cassie Germain are notaries and can assist with university-related notary needs.

Confidential Shredding

There is access to secure shredding in the Dean’s suite (room 2150) managed by the Advancement Team. All faculty and staff have access to the shredder. You are welcomed to use the shredder for light loads (a few pages). If you have a box or more, contact the advancement team at

Verification of Employment

See the U-M HR site for Verification of Employment.

Business Cards

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