The Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is a confidential resource and referral service that the College makes available to all Amherst College employees, their spouses and dependents. The Wellness Corporation provides a number of services including consultation, problem assessment, referral and follow-up services for a wide variety of personal and health-related problems. Visit www.WellnessWorkLife.com for information on a variety of topics.
Regular faculty are eligible to select one of the health care programs offered by the College.
Faculty may select individual or family coverage. Faculty enrolling in a plan will also be included in the Dental Plan in a corresponding individual or family contract. Specific plan details, current rate information and enrollment forms are available in Human Resources Office.
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.
Amherst 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 applicable federal and state legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination.
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 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.
The college assists employees by renting houses and apartments at subsidized rates to faculty, visiting faculty, lecturers who have not received senior lecturer status, and coaches who have not received senior-contract status. For eligible tenured faculty, senior lecturers, senior-contract coaches, and certain administrators, the college offers a plan for the purchase of college houses, along with a Matching Grant Plan. A House Purchase Subsidy Program is also offered to eligible employees. These plans are more fully described below.
1. Teaching Load. Amherst tries to keep the teaching load at a level that permits the Faculty to devote considerable time outside of class to students and to scholarly or creative work. Generally, Faculty teach two courses each semester. Departments have historically adapted this norm to their individual circumstances. Faculty are encouraged to teach outside their own departments through participation in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental courses and seminars.
Faculty participate in the governance of Amherst College through their actions in meetings of the Faculty and through service on committees of the Faculty, committees of the College, committees of the Board of Trustees, ad hoc committees and Five College committees. For purposes of committee membership, candidates will normally be selected from the ranks of the regular tenured and tenure-track faculty. Committee service is expected of all regular tenured and tenure-track Faculty, except for those in their first year.