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.


Faculty participate in the governance of Amherst College through their actions in meetings of the Faculty and through service on committees of the Faculty, committees of the College, committees of the Board of Trustees, ad hoc committees and Five College committees. For purposes of committee membership, candidates will normally be selected from the ranks of the regular tenured and tenure-track faculty. Committee service is expected of all regular tenured and tenure-track Faculty, except for those in their first year.

Outside Employment

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.

Informing the Administration of Address Changes

Faculty are expected to inform the Dean of the Faculty's Office of their addresses (and, if possible, telephone numbers) when they are away from Amherst on leave, over the summer or during January Interterm for an extended period of time.

Faculty Attendance and Grade Reports

Members of the Faculty not on leave are required to attend the opening convocation, all faculty meetings, and the commencement exercises. Any member of the Faculty unable to meet one of these obligations should inform the Dean of the Faculty or the President of the reason.

Members of the Faculty are expected, barring emergencies, to meet all scheduled classes.

Members of the Faculty are expected to report their grades to the Registrar within the period of time at the end of each semester voted by the Faculty (See Section H).

The Cooperative Doctor of Philosophy Degree

A cooperative Doctor of Philosophy program has been established by Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and by the University of Massachusetts.
When a student has been awarded a degree under this program, the fact that it is a cooperative doctoral degree involving Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts will be indicated on the diploma, the permanent record, and all transcripts, as well as on the commencement program.

Foreign Study and Exchange Programs

With the approval of the departments concerned and of the Dean of Students, a student may arrange to take an academic leave from Amherst College to spend a semester or a year at another institution and to receive transfer credit for work satisfactorily completed there. Amherst College does not as an institution have any sustained commitments to particular exchange or overseas programs beyond the Associated Kyoto Program, which makes possible an undergraduate year in Kyoto, Japan.

The Honors Thesis

When required as a condition of candidacy for honors, a student must submit the original copy of a typewritten or laser-printed thesis to the Registrar. To ensure archival preservation, the thesis copy to be deposited in the Archives should be on acid-free bond paper of 20 pound weight. Details of the format and materials are available from the Office of the Registrar. Theses are available to members of the Faculty for perusal until the degree meeting of the Faculty, and thereafter placed in the College Archives.