The purpose of the Faculty Handbook is to provide all members of the faculty, particularly those who are new to Amherst, with knowledge of the policies, regulations, practices, and expectations that prevail at Amherst College. The various provisions of this handbook are subject to revision from time to time by the trustees, administration, and faculty on their own initiative or in response to changes in state and federal legislation.
Support for the Faculty (Including Funding)
The Office of the Provost administers institutional grant and fellowship programs for the faculty. Information on funding criteria, application deadlines, and awards, can be found here.
See also the Teaching at Amherst pages.
The Office of the Provost supports mentoring practices that span a network of relationships, including but not limited to peers, near-peers, and senior colleagues at Amherst and at other institutions. Faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of mentoring opportunities at every stage of their career at the college. For more information, visit the Support for Faculty Mentoring site.
Academic Technology Services
Academic Technology Services can assist you with your technology need for teaching, the classroom, and research, including the Moodle learning management system for course web sites, e-reserves and audio/video reserves.
Library Services and Resources
The library provides a variety of services to support faculty research and teaching. Librarians work with hundreds of courses each year and are eager to meet with faculty members to discuss their courses and to develop ways to facilitate students’ critical and creative thinking about research. If you need books, films, or other materials that that the library does not already own or license, we can purchase them. We will work with you to place electronic and print material on reserve for your course. The library also welcomes you to contact your subject librarian with broad recommendations for building the collection in your discipline. For more information on how the library can support you, visit the library’s faculty services page.
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
FSAP is a confidential resource for faculty, staff, and their immediate family members that is available free of charge. FSAP staff are licensed professionals who offer assessment, brief counseling, and referrals to help resolve a broad range of personal, work, and family problems. Employees and their families may call 413-545-0350 to make an appointment.
Five College Faculty Resources Online
For links to information to the many resources and opportunities available to Amherst faculty members and their students through the Five College Consortium, visit fivecolleges.edu.