The Alumni

Any person who matriculated at Amherst College and whose class has graduated is eligible to become a member of the Society of the Alumni. The alumni maintain their own organization with elected officers and a governing council. The alumni are represented at the College by the Alumni Secretary and the staff of that office. A wide variety of publications designed to inform the alumni is published regularly by the College.

The Students

There are approximately 1,600 full-time students at Amherst College. The rules and regulations governing students, the committees that have jurisdiction over student life, and other pertinent information are summarized annually in the Student Handbook.

Other Instructional Personnel

Visiting Assistant, Associate and (full) Professor; Visiting Artist and Writer (for non-tenure-track individuals on contracts for up to three years).
Adjunct Assistant, Associate, and (full) Professor; Adjunct Lecturer (a non-tenure track designation for those individuals with appropriate academic credentials, who have an on-going relationship with one or more academic departments or programs of the College, and who may, as occasion demands, teach; these arrangements will be regularly reviewed by the Dean of the Faculty).

The Faculty

The Faculty of Amherst College consists of (1) the President, the Dean of the Faculty, Professors, Associate Professors, and Assistant Professors appointed to regular full-time or part-time tenured or tenure-track positions; (2) all individuals on non-tenure track, renewable contracts, who teach regularly in the College curriculum and whose primary affiliation is with Amherst College; and (3) all persons with visiting teaching appointments, for the duration of their appointment at Amherst College, provided that appointment is their primary professional responsibility at

Administration of the College

1. The President The President, who serves at the pleasure of the Trustees, has charge of the internal administration of the College, is presiding officer of the Faculty, has general responsibility for the property and grounds of the College, presides at all commencements, and confers all degrees voted by the Trustees and signs the diplomas. The President reports to the Trustees at least annually on the condition and needs of the College.

The Board of Trustees

In accordance with provisions of the Charter as amended most recently in 1991, the Board of Trustees of Amherst College consists of twenty-one members: the President of the College, as a member ex officio so long as he or she shall continue in office; fourteen members elected by the Board as Term Trustees, for six-year terms, and limited to two such successive terms; and six members chosen by the alumni of Amherst College for terms of six years each, in accordance with the regulations for the election of Trustees by the alumni as adopted by the Societ

College Organization

A. The Board of Trustees
B. Administration of the College
        1. The President
2. Academic Administration
3. The Library
4. Business Administration
5. Chief Advancement Officer
6. Special Assistant to the President for Diversity
C. The Faculty
D.

Introduction

Amherst College was founded in 1821 as an outgrowth of Amherst Academy, which had been established in 1814. The founders of the College were residents of Amherst and nearby towns. More than 1,300 of them contributed money, materials and labor to the enterprise, and the College was named for the town (which itself was named in honor of Jeffrey Amherst, Commander of British forces in the French and Indian War). The first president of the Board of Trustees was Noah Webster, the lexicographer.

Pre-Introduction

A. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Amherst College does not, in its admission or employment policies and practices, discriminate against individuals on the basis of extrinsic factors such as race, sex, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, national origin, handicap, or status as a veteran of the Vietnam War era or as a disabled veteran. The College complies with applicable federal and state legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

Faculty Handbook

THE HANDBOOK: PURPOSE AND PROVISIONS
The purpose of this 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 which 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.

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