December 10, 2019 Volume 4 Issue 5

Online Course Evaluations Close December 11

Fall 2019 online course evaluations for most courses in Emory College will close this Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Students are receiving email and pop-up notifications in Canvas letting them know when they have course evaluations to complete. Faculty are encouraged to remind students to complete course evaluations in class or via email and Canvas today and Wednesday.

Class evaluation results are expected to be released the week of Jan. 6 to department administrators and faculty. Lane DeNicola, Emory College director of institutional research, will notify departments once they are available.

If you have any questions about online course evaluations, please email Additional resources are available on the EmoryUP website.

Tenure and Promotion Deadlines

The Office of Faculty ( should be notified by January 15, 2020 about any tenure-track faculty members who plan to begin a promotion to full Professor review in 2020. For more information, see the Principles and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure under the Tenure-Track Faculty tab.

The Office of Faculty ( should be notified by January 15, 2020 about any lecture-track faculty members who plan to begin a promotion to Professor of Pedagogy review in 2020. For more information, see the Policy for Appointment and Review of Lecture-Track Faculty under the Lecture-Track Faculty tab.

Requests for Temporary Faculty, Leave, Course Releases Due Jan. 31

ALL requests for faculty leave, course releases, and temporary faculty are due to the Emory College Office of Faculty by Friday, Jan. 31. This year these requests will be made through a Qualtrics survey so please go to the website for the appropriate links under policies and procedures available on the Office of Faculty website. If you have questions, please email

Faculty Development Opportunities

Seeking Faculty Books Published in 2019

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, together with the Emory University Bookstore, and Emory Libraries and Information Technology, will host on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, the annual "Feast of Words," a celebration of Emory faculty authors or editors of books published in 2019. The Feast of Words celebration will take place this year in Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum.

At that time, the CFDE also will publish a list of these titles. If you published a book this year, please complete the online form at this link to be included on this list of honorees by Monday, December 16. Please submit information about book-length projects only. Contact Allison Adams, CFDE associate director for research and scholarship, with any questions,

What is ‘Excellent Teaching’?

Hiram Maxim and Arri Eisen, currently Emory College Teaching Chairs and members of the T&P and LTF Promotion Committees, respectively, will lead three informal discussion coffees spring semester to explore this question with early-career tenure- and lecture-track faculty. Each meeting is limited to 10 faculty, so please RSVP to by January 10, 2020, with your preferences.

The discussion will take place 9-10:30 a.m. on the following days:

  • Friday, January 24, Callaway Center, room S420
  • Monday, March 23, Modern Languages, room 201
  • Friday, April 17, Callaway Center, room S420.

ILA Faculty Spring Discussion Group to Focus on “End of Life” Issues

The Emory Palliative Care Unit and the Institute for the Liberal Arts are partnering to develop ways to bring education about death and end of life decisions into undergraduate education. The ILA is organizing an informal reading/discussion group for next semester to get faculty input and ideas about these issues. There will be four semi-independent sessions and faculty are invited to attend just one or all four – as each session will focus on a different set of questions/issues/ideas.

The goal for these ILA discussions is to develop curricular and co-curricular initiatives, including speakers, forums, and new classes specifically focused on these issues and introduction of these issues more intentionally into existing classes. The planned meeting dates are:

  • Tuesday, January 28, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 10, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 16, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Interested faculty should contact ILA director Robyn Fivush,, no later than Friday, January 24. More information, including meeting locations and any readings, will be sent to faculty prior to the first meeting.

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop Offered Spring 2020

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory College, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing will host the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science for a two-day, on-campus workshop for Emory faculty in STEM and other science fields on May 13-14, 2020. The Alan Alda Center at Stony Brook University advances science and medicine through training in clear and vivid communication.

Emory faculty university-wide in the natural sciences, social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

On day one of this two-day workshop, Alda Center instructors will guide participants through improvisation exercises to help them become more aware of connecting and engaging with various audiences. Participants will notice a transformation in the way they approach communication, relating to others in a more empathic way.

The second day of training will allow participants time to reflect upon lessons learned from improvisation exercises and begin to apply new skills to refine and practice presenting their work in a new and more engaging way.

For more information and to apply, visit the CFDE website or contact Allison Adams,, CFDE associate director for research and scholarly writing.

Faculty Funding Opportunities

University Research Committee Call for Proposals

The University Research Committee (URC), a standing committee of the Faculty Council, awards small research grants to full-time faculty of Emory University. The program is intended to support research and creative projects of faculty in fields for which there is little or no external funding or to explore new areas of research that are likely to attract outside support.

The URC is currently accepting grant proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year. The URC Grant Proposal Online Portal will remain open through January 7, 2020. All regular, full-time faculty of Emory College, Oxford College, and Emory University are welcome to submit a proposal. Each applicant may submit one application selected from one of the following categories:

  • Arts: Visual and Performing
  • Biological and Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Each category, with the exception of Interdisciplinary, grants a maximum of $30,000 per award. The maximum Interdisciplinary award of $40,000 requires two or more Principal Investigators (refer to Application FAQs for details). To learn more about eligibility and to access the online application, please visit the URC website.

Halle Institute Collaborative Grants Available

The Halle Institute for Global Research Collaborative Research Grant program is open to full-time tenured, tenure-track, and lecture-track faculty from any of Emory's nine schools (all fields and disciplines). Applicants develop a proposal with current or potential faculty partners and broad, cross-disciplinary projects. Ones that include undergraduate and/or graduate students are encouraged.

Previous research experience in the partner institution’s country is not required, and upon request, the Halle Institute will offer help creating connections with potential collaborators.

The Halle Institute is currently accepting applications for the following Spring 2020 grants:

São Paulo State Research Foundation

Applicants are encouraged to submit funding applications for innovative and sustainable programs built around collaborative research projects linking faculty from the State of São Paulo and Emory University. The research may take place in any country as long as it is done collaboratively. The expectation is that these initial projects will lead to long-term collaborations and institutional and research relations and, when applicable, generate significant external funding for on-going collaboration. Applications are due on January 24, 2020.

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Global Disease, Healing, and Health

The Collaborative Research Grant for Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Disease, Healing, and Health is a unique funding opportunity in partnership with the Emory Global Health Institute. This program is designed to identify new collaborative research projects linking Emory faculty from at least two Emory schools. Proposals are expected to broaden networks via innovative research from different disciplinary or methodological perspectives. Applications are due on January 24, 2020.

St. Andrews University

Applicants from all schools and disciplines are encouraged to submit funding applications for innovative and sustainable programs built around collaborative research projects linking faculty from the University of St. Andrews and Emory University. The research may take place in any country as long as it is done collaboratively. Outcomes may include publications, external funding, or other forms of ongoing collaborative research. Applications are due on February 3, 2020.

For grant guidelines and to access the application, please visit the Halle Institute for Global Research.

Office for Undergraduate Education: Updates & Deadlines

Grade Deadlines: Final grades for Fall 2019 degree candidates are due on Friday, December 20 at noon. All remaining grades are due on Monday, December 23 by 11:59 p.m.

Inclement Weather Class Policy – Dates for Spring 2020

Due to the increasing number of inclement weather/university closure days in recent years, Emory College authored an Inclement Weather Make-Up Policy. The full policy can be found on the OUE Faculty Resources web page. Should there be a need to enact the policy in Spring 2020, the following dates have been pre-identified as the make-up dates:

  • Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22
  • Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5

OUE will send communications to faculty, staff, and students in the event the policy is enacted. Questions regarding policy can be directed to Dean Jason Ciejka (

Fall 2019 Incomplete Grades

A student may be granted formal permission by a dean in the Office for Undergraduate Education, in consultation with the course instructor, to defer the final examination or other parts of a course.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have completed at least 50 percent of the course work,
  • Be able to pass the course upon completion of the remaining work, and
  • Be able to complete the remaining work independently (apart from the administration of any missed quizzes or exams).

Approval of Incomplete Grades can only be given by the Office for Undergraduate Education and is based on information provided by the instructor as well as documentation provided to a dean by the student of the specific health or personal circumstances. The submission deadline for incomplete work for Fall 2019 is January 31, 2020, unless otherwise agreed by the instructor and OUE. Questions regarding this policy can be directed to and the full policy is available in the Emory College Catalog.

2019-2020 Holiday Schedule

Emory University will officially be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Tuesday, Jan. 1 through official university holidays and winter recess days. In keeping with College practice, department chairs and other lead administrators may decide whether it is reasonable to also close their departments Monday, December 23. However, as a reminder, Dec. 23 is the due date for faculty to submit fall 2019 grades.

If you decide to close your department, it is expected that someone from your department will check departmental messages — phone and e-mail — at least daily, so that anyone trying to reach your department can receive timely assistance.

Should you decide to close your department, each member of your staff must either take vacation leave, or work from home, meaning, in particular, that they must be accessible, and responsive to any appropriate requests. Anyone who will not be available must take vacation time Monday, December 23. If you have questions about this practice contact Laura Papotto,, for assistance.

Inclement Weather Reminder

Please remind your department about the Emory Closing information/inclement weather hotline, 404-727-1234. Closings and delayed openings also will be posted to the main Emory web homepage, and across the University’s social media channels.

Please discuss with your department how you will distribute closing information to your staff and faculty should a closing occur. For more information regarding emergency preparedness and response, see the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) website.

Upcoming Meetings

Dec 16, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Lead Staff Department Operations Meeting

Location: White Hall, Room 102

Jan 10, 8:30 - 10:00 AM Lecture-Track Faculty Meeting (Chairs, Directors, and their Lecture-Track Faculty)

Location: Atwood Chemistry, Room 215

Jan 13, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Department Chair Meeting

Location: Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall

Jan 15, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Jan 24, 8:30 - 10:30 AM Tenure, Promotion, and Mentoring Info Session (Chairs and their Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty)

Location: Atwood Chemistry, Room 360

Leaders: Carla Freeman, Valerie Loichot; 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Tenure-Track Faculty; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Tenured Faculty interested in the promotion process

Feb 7, 8:30 - 9:30 AM Chairs and Directors Orientation: Funding Opportunities and Grant Culture

Location: PAIS 250

Leaders: Tiffany Worboy, Ron Calabrese, Carla Freeman, Chryssi Laguines, Kate Lawlor