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.
Unless excused by the trustees or by the president, all faculty members shall be required to be in attendance at the college during the academic year. No faculty member shall be employed in any occupation which interferes with the thorough and efficient performance of the responsibilities of his or her office, and no engagement shall be made by any faculty member for teaching in another institution during the academic year without the permission of the president.
There are approximately 1,800 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.
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.