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.

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.


The College values faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to the life of the mind and concerned involvement in the general life of the College. Over the years, the Faculty has adopted several statements that are deemed to govern different areas of college life. Together, these statements, which appear below and are published annually in the Catalog and Student Handbook, also form the College Honor Code.

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)

Termination, Dismissal for Cause, and Grievance Procedures

1. Termination The connection with the College of faculty members appointed for specified terms shall automatically cease at the end of the term specified, unless they are reappointed.

Leave Policy, Fellowships, Research and Professional Support

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 Executive Director and his 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.


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)

Tenure For Regular Part-time Members of the Faculty

Members of the Faculty who teach part-time, but not less than half-time, on a regular basis at Amherst College, are eligible for tenure under the same qualitative standards as full-time members of the Faculty. It is intended that a person holding a regular part-time appointment from Amherst College regard that appointment as his or her primary professional obligation.

Tenure For Regular Full-time Members of the Faculty

An appointment without term is authorized by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the President.