Provost’s Program to Introduce New Faculty to the College 2020-2021

The provost’s program to introduce new faculty to Amherst begins with informative sessions that span July and the first half of August.  Following this initial series—which includes video and Zoom presentations by faculty and staff on a range of topics—new faculty participate in an extended orientation throughout their first year at the college.  Details of those events will be posted in the fall.  New faculty are asked to check this site throughout the year for updates.


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Video Introductions to Some Offices That Support the Academic Mission

Colleagues across the college look forward to collaborating with new professors. These video introductions supplement presentations about other offices that will be given during individual orientation sessions. 

The following events will be conducted synchronously via Zoom.  If it becomes possible to have any occur in person, faculty will be informed.

Monday, July 6

Welcome and a Review of the Plan for 2020–2021
1 to 2 p.m.

President Biddy Martin and Provost and Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein will welcome new members of the faculty to Amherst and review plans for the coming academic year.  They will be happy to answer questions.


Wednesday, July 15

Course Design. What Does an Amherst Course Look Like?
5 to 6 p.m.

Three faculty members and the director of Amherst's Center for Teaching and Learning will offer their perspectives on designing Amherst courses and putting together a syllabus.  What kind of workload, assignments, and assessments do Amherst students expect?  What makes a successful Amherst course?


Friday, July 24

Who Are Our Students? What Do They Need from Us?
4 to 5 p.m.

This session, conducted by two faculty members and the dean of students, is designed to familiarize new faculty with the Amherst student body.  Discussion will focus on what students want and need, and the ways in which faculty and staff help them thrive in all aspects of their lives at Amherst.


Monday, August 3

Session A for Tenure-Track Faculty
Faculty Personnel Processes: Reappointment and Tenure (tenure-track faculty)
4 to 5 p.m.

This discussion, led by members of the provost’s office, will focus on the procedures and criteria for reappointment and tenure.

Session B for Visiting Faculty and Lecturers
Making the Most of Your Visit  

Three colleagues who are in their second year as visiting faculty at the college will share some of their experiences and their perspectives on the ways in which those who are not on the tenure track can get the most out of their time at Amherst.


Wednesday, August 12

The First Days
4 to 5 p.m.

This conversation will focus on what new faculty should expect, and what they should do, during the first days of class and of the semester. Topics covered will include the “shopping period,” assignment of teaching spaces, and student expectations for the first class meeting. The director of institutional research and registrar services and a member of the provost’s office will lead this session.

Thursday, August 20

Welcome (a reprise) and Title IX Training
4 to 5 p.m.

The provost and dean of the faculty will offer an update on the college’s plans and expectations for the coming academic year.  In addition, the Title IX coordinator will review Amherst’s Title IX policies and procedures.