Salaries and Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefit Programs for Full-time Faculty

The Director of Human Resources and the Staff of the Human Resources Office are responsible for administering the fringe benefits program for all College employees. The actual provisions of each formal benefits plan, policy or contract will determine entitlement of benefits, benefit levels and other matters. Fringe benefit programs for which Faculty are eligible include:

Teaching and Advising

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.


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)

Faculty Responsibilities, Academic Regulations, Meetings and Committees

A. Academic Regulations
1. Statement of Intellectual Responsibility (Voted by the Faculty 1966: amended April 1987)
2. Statement on Freedom of Expression and Dissent (Voted by the Faculty, 1968)
3. Statement on Respect for Persons (Voted by the Faculty, 1969)

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

Grants and Allowances

1. Requests for travel advances or reimbursements for purposes approved by the College through the Dean of the Faculty's Office should be made to the Comptroller's Office. Receipts for all expenses for which reimbursement is sought must be submitted to the office.

Salaries and Payroll

All salaries and any annual increments to them are established and voted by the Board of Trustees, usually at their April meeting, upon the recommendation of the President, in consultation with the Dean of the Faculty and the Treasurer. 1. Payroll. The fiscal year of Amherst College runs from July 1 to June 30th. Annual faculty salaries are for nine months' work but are paid in twelve equal installments on the last day of each month, July 31st through June 30th, inclusive.

Salaries and Fringe Benefits

All salary, fringe benefits and College service policies are determined by the Board of Trustees on the recommendations of the President, the Dean of the Faculty and the Treasurer. 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.

Department and Program Reviews

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 to the department.