Joining the Amherst Faculty
Amherst seeks scholar-teachers to join our diverse intellectual community of exceptional faculty, students, and staff. We hire stellar candidates for faculty positions using a search process that places an emphasis on generating broad and inclusive applicant pools. The hallmarks of the Amherst Faculty are its commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context; the expansion of the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level; and engagement in College and community life. Amherst is enriched through its membership in the Five College Consortium, which comprises five campuses, 2,200 faculty members, and 30,000 students.
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Amherst faculty normally teach two courses per semester, with an equivalence adjustment for faculty who teach lab courses. Nearly all faculty mentor honors students engaged in thesis work. Advising is considered a central responsibility of the Faculty. The Dean of the Faculty’s office provides resources and support for pedagogy and related areas of academic life.
Scholarship and Creative Work
Throughout their careers, our teacher-scholars are actively engaged in scholarship and creative work, support for which is provided through generous internal programs, as well as external grants. All tenure-track assistant professors receive a full year's sabbatical leave at full salary after reappointment and another full year of fully paid sabbatical leave following a positive tenure decision. Thereafter, faculty receive leaves at 100 percent salary, at the rate of one semester for every six semesters of teaching. The College offers approximately $1 million per year in support of faculty research, including set-ups for new faculty, and grants of up to $30,000 to support the research of tenure-track and tenured faculty. All faculty receive an annual travel allowance to attend conferences and to support research.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Amherst’s President, Biddy Martin, has noted, “Amherst’s student body has come much closer to reflecting the realities of the racial, religious, and cultural differences that make up our world…What we want is to take responsibility and use the privilege to ensure that the benefits of that diversity are realized, that the education we offer is infused with those benefits, and that any challenges that arise from them are addressed.” (An excerpt from President Martin’s 2011 inaugural remarks. Read the full text of the speech and watch her deliver it.)
The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Amherst is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply for positions. The College does not discriminate in its admission or employment policies and practices on the basis of factors such as race, genetics, gender identity or gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, or status as a veteran of the Vietnam War era or as a disabled veteran. The College complies with federal and state legislation and regulations regarding non-discrimination. Inquiries should be addressed to the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.