Visiting Appointments

Visiting appointments are understood to be terminal when made; they may be for varying lengths of time dependent upon the particular circumstances. The terms of a terminal appointment will be made explicit in writing at the time of appointment.

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 Five College Coordinator serve on the Governing Board of Five Colleges, Inc. The Five College Coordinator and 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.

The Alumni

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.

The Students

There are approximately 1,600 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.

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).

The Faculty

The Faculty of Amherst College consists of (1) the President, the Dean of the Faculty, Professors, Associate Professors, and Assistant Professors appointed to regular full-time or part-time tenured or tenure-track positions; (2) all individuals on non-tenure track, renewable contracts, who teach regularly in the College curriculum and whose primary affiliation is with Amherst College; and (3) all persons with visiting teaching appointments, for the duration of their appointment at Amherst College, provided that appointment is their primary professional responsibility at

Administration of the College

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.

The Board of Trustees

In accordance with provisions of the Charter as amended most recently in 1991, the Board of Trustees of Amherst College consists of twenty-one members: the President of the College, as a member ex officio so long as he or she shall continue in office; fourteen members elected by the Board as Term Trustees, for six-year terms, and limited to two such successive terms; and six members chosen by the alumni of Amherst College for terms of six years each, in accordance with the regulations for the election of Trustees by the alumni as adopted by the Societ

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

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