All salary, fringe benefits and college service policies are determined by the Amherst College Board of Trustees on the recommendations of the president, the dean of the faculty and the chief financial and administrative officer. In making their recommendations, which are always subject to budgetary constraints and changes in state and federal legislation, these officers of the college regularly consult relevant national survey data, to ensure competitiveness, and consider matters of internal equity.
Policy on Acceptable Use of the Amherst College Electronic Environment
The College maintains an electronic environment that includes a network, server systems, telephones, voicemail, and computers for faculty, staff and students. This environment is maintained to further the academic and administrative work of the College, and those uses take precedence over any others. Restrictions on Use
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.
The faculty endorsed in 1993 a regular schedule of departmental and program reviews. Each review includes an internal self-study and an evaluation by a visiting committee, the appropriate form of which will be determined jointly by the dean of the faculty and the department. The evaluation will be sent to the president, dean of the faculty, and department.