Academic Resources Team
Amherst College provides a wide range of services for faculty to support them in their work related to teaching and learning. Please see below for a list of departments that provide academic support. They are collectively called the Academic Resources Team (ART):
The Academic Technology Services (ATS) team works with faculty, instructional staff, and students to enhance teaching, learning and research through the effective, innovative, and meaningful integration of digital technologies. We are also focused on supporting the college community in creating digitally accessible materials with the goal of reaching all users, and contributing to an inclusive environment.
The Center for Community Engagement supports initiatives that link experience with theory and reflection. The CCE serves as a resource for faculty members as they develop and implement assignments, courses, research projects, and summer experiences that give students opportunities to link learning inside and outside of the classroom, tackle problems that matter, and develop skills that they can apply in other settings. We offer faculty members who are incorporating community- and project-based learning into their teaching and research the technical support they need, in whatever form it may take.
The Center for Teaching and Learning facilitates Amherst College's ambition to provide a rigorous liberal arts education in a vibrant, inclusive learning community. The Center collaborates with faculty, instructional staff and other campus partners, drawing on evidence-based practices, to embrace the challenges of teaching and learning in a complex, globalized and digitized world. We offer a variety of support and programming throughout the semester including curricular design for departments, course design for faculty, building assignments and assessments, identifying pedagogical resources, and developing strategies for getting and interpreting student feedback to improve teaching.
Research & Instruction Librarians work with hundreds of classes each year, teaching research skills in the context of specific courses and assignments. Together with our colleagues in Archives & Special Collections, R&I Librarians partner with faculty to develop ways to facilitate students' critical and creative thinking about research, helping to design and sequence research assignments across semesters or throughout majors. We teach approaches and strategies as well as particular sources and tools for finding, questioning, and creating new knowledge.
The Mead Art Museum connects people, art, and curricula. Using the museum and its collections as sites and sparks for learning across disciplines and topics, Mead educators work with faculty to develop assignments, projects, and programs that deepen learning objectives. Our portfolio of projects ranges from one-time visits to semester-long course partnerships, and we work well with a range of disciplines, from American Studies to Chemistry to History of Art, and more.
In addition to providing support for students in quantitative courses, the Moss Quantitative Center aims to support faculty who teach quantitative courses or who want to integrate quantitative analysis into their teaching and research.
The Office of Sustainability works to infuse sustainability across the Amherst curriculum. Sustainability engages with complex issues and engages multiple disciplines in dialog and practice, and carries a unique set of learning objectives and teaching strategies. OS staff are available to work with faculty one on one or through our Affiliate Faculty program to help integrate sustainability within their courses. The office also provides a vast array of high impact, formative student sustainability learning experiences through a variety of student programs and partnerships within the local sustainability ecosystem.
The Writing Center provides support for writing and public speaking throughout the College, with services and programs aimed at both students and faculty. Our professional team of writing and public speaking associates offer the following to faculty:
- Writing and Speaking Workshops for your Students: Associates can partner with you to design and lead workshops in your classroom to teach relevant writing, speaking, and reading skills and approaches.
- Consultations about Writing and Speaking Instruction: Associates are also available for individual consultations to discuss approaches to assignment design, writing and public speaking instruction, and effective feedback and commenting.
- Faculty Seminar and Workshops: The Writing Center offers faculty seminars where faculty learn, discuss, and practice strategies for teaching and evaluating students’ writing.
- Writing Retreats and Accountability Groups: The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by offering writing retreats during breaks in the academic year and other programming to sustain a community of writers at the College.