Promotion

A member of the faculty appointed initially as an assistant professor and subsequently granted tenure will be promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective the start of the academic year following the tenure decision.

A member of the faculty appointed initially as an associate professor without tenure and subsequently granted tenure will continue as an associate professor with tenure until promoted to the rank of professor (voted by the faculty, May 2007).

Procedures for Academic Appointments to Tenured or Tenure-Track (Regular) Positions

At all ranks, new appointments to tenured or tenure-track positions are made by a recommendation from the President to the Board of Trustees, which has the final power of appointment.
For all such positions, the authorization to search requires the approval of the President or the Dean of the Faculty, after consultation with the appropriate departments or committees and with the Committee on Educational Policy on the nature and ranking of the position. The President and/or the Dean of the Faculty normally interview all final candidates and formulate all offers.

Five Colleges, Incorporated

Together with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College is a constituent member of Five Colleges, Inc. The five presidents and chancellor of the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts and the executive director of the Five Colleges serve on the Governing Board of Five Colleges, Inc. The executive director of the Five Colleges and his or her staff are responsible for the cooperative management of activities undertaken by the colleges jointly. The Five College Center is located at 97 Spring Street in Amherst.

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).

Academic Regulations

1. Statement of Intellectual Responsibility (Voted by the Faculty 1966; amended April 1987) Every person's education is the product of his or her intellectual effort and participation in a process of critical exchange. Amherst cannot educate those who are unwilling to submit their own work and ideas to critical assessment. Nor can it tolerate those who interfere with the participation of others in the critical process.

Salaries and Fringe Benefits

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

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 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.