May 12, 2020 Volume 4 Issue 18

Today's Issue

Today’s issue of the Faculty Focus includes information on ECOTS training for College faculty in June, the College Faculty Senate resolution on COVID-19 response, Faculty 180, the Stories from the Pandemic Project, deadline reminders, and more. The next issue of the Faculty Focus will be sent Tuesday, May 19.

Emory College Online Teaching Strategies (ECOTS) June Training

To better prepare for whatever contingencies the fall may hold, all faculty and instructors teaching this fall should plan to enroll in ECOTS training, which will be held from June 8-28. Training will occur in discipline-specific cohorts, and enrollment information has been distributed to chairs and lead staff. Departments should submit enrollment information by this Friday, May 15.

All faculty were sent a letter on May 5 from Dean Elliott outlining the need for the training as well as details on when and how the training will take place and compensation for it. Read more on the Remote Teaching site and see the FAQ for more information. Additional ECOTS trainings for newly hired, visiting and temp faculty will be held as needed in August. Please direct questions to

Faculty Senate Resolution

The Emory College Faculty Senate overwhelmingly approved at its May 8 meeting the following resolution to support our academic mission as the University and College meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Affirming Emory College Faculty’s Commitments during the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic disruptions that continue to unfold. Amid the uncertainty, the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Senate affirms the commitment of the Emory College faculty to provide our students with outstanding undergraduate experiences and to champion the institution’s larger educational and research missions.

These exceptional times require exceptional responses. Perhaps the most immediate challenge we face is large-scale preparation for all contingencies regarding classroom delivery, including remote forms of teaching and learning. As we work closely with the administration to define and allocate necessary resources and support, the Emory College faculty embraces the collective and individual calls to actions that benefit our students, reflect our shared values, and strengthen the institution in ways beneficial to our colleagues and ourselves.”

The College Faculty Senate will continue to meet via Zoom during the summer, starting in late May once additional dates are set. Senate meetings are open to all faculty.

Final Grades for Spring 2020

Reminder that ALL grades for Spring 2020 are due at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, May 13.

Faculty 180: Reporting Deadline Monday, June 1

This spring all tenure-track and lecturer-track faculty will enter their activity information encompassing the past year (May 2019 – May 2020) in Faculty 180 instead of through OFARs. Activity information will need to be entered and completed by all regular faculty by the extended deadline on Monday, June 1.

Faculty 180 Training Sessions

Your department chair may have already arranged for a department-specific session but there are also general training sessions available through Zoom. You can access the instruction guide to Faculty 180 on the Office of Faculty website.

The six remaining general sessions available are:

May 19
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
May 21
9 a.m. – 10a.m.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
May 27
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

These sessions will be posted on the Dean of Faculty Outlook calendar so faculty can go there to claim the session link(s). You may also RSVP to the email and we will send you a calendar invite with the Zoom link information.

Daily Office Hour: The Facet team also is holding a daily office hour to answer questions about the new Faculty 180 reporting system. This daily office hour is in addition to already scheduled ECAS-specific Faculty 180 training sessions. The office hour is Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. via Zoom and will run through the end of May excluding Memorial Day.

Department and Program Reporting Deadline June 30

As in past years, the Online Annual Reporting System (OARS) for department and program reporting and recordkeeping will open in late May and close June 30. Please contact Lori Cavagnaro,, if you have questions.

Due May 15: Final Call for Named Chair Nominations, Hightower Fund Applications

Named Chair Nominations

It is the time of the year that you consider nominating your colleagues for a named chair. We are not certain how many such chairs we will be able to consider for the upcoming year, but your nominations play a crucial role in helping identify faculty deserving of further recommendation.

Three Winship Distinguished Research Awards are awarded every year. All nominations are kept on file for three years. In particular, nominations for the Dobbs and White chairs may be considered over several years, and new materials may be added to the file after the initial nomination. Generally speaking, nominees should not already be holders of named chairs.

Descriptions of Named Chairs and the Winship Award:

  • Samuel Candler Dobbs: Full professors who have shown extraordinary accomplishment and considerable future promise in research and teaching.
  • Goodrich C. White: Full professors who have distinguished themselves by extraordinary service to the university and by strong accomplishment in research and teaching.
  • Winship Distinguished Research Award: Tenured faculty who demonstrate singular accomplishments in research. Such recognition should honor achievement and further scholarly research and research-based teaching. Awarded for a three-year term.

To nominate a member of your faculty, submit a brief letter of nomination (no more than one page) and a copy of their detailed CV to by Friday, May 15. We encourage nominations that include letters of support (no more than one page) from more than one faculty member, although all nominations will be considered carefully.

Hightower Speaker Funds: Fall 2020 Applications

Each year Emory College receives funds from the Hightower endowment, which memorializes the late Robert E. Hightower Sr. This endowment provides funds to bring outstanding visiting lecturers to Emory.

The College has typically committed funds of $75,000-$100,000 annually. These include small allocations for partial funding of a single speaker to large amounts to support conferences with several speakers. Applications for Fall 2020 events are currently being accepted. The deadline to submit the application is May 15.

More information about the application process can be found on the Office of Faculty website along with the Hightower Fund application.

Stay Connected

Arts at Emory: Bringing the Arts to You

Arts at Emory has recently compiled stories, events, and collaborative projects into their first Arts at Emory Digital Newsletter. The newsletter, which will go out the first and third Monday of the month, includes podcasts, virtual art galleries, exhibit tours, and more. To subscribe, sign up at the Arts at Emory email club.

Emory College Social Media

Social media is providing an important tool for staying connected with our students and each other. If you or your department is active on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, please be sure to follow @emorycollege on your posts. Please share, comment, and like our posts as well to help build and support our virtual college community. Email April Hunt,, with any questions.

Stories from the Pandemic Project

Emory Telling and Hearing Our Stories (ETHOS) and Emory’s Oral History Project have launched the Stories from the Pandemic Project, a university-wide effort to provide a space for people to reflect on their experiences of the pandemic, to share with others to create communities through stories, and to document this extraordinary moment in Emory’s history.

Stories from the Pandemic, housed on the ILA’s website, will leverage the power of stories to create a shared personal and intellectual experience during the COVID-19 crisis. The website space allows all members of the Emory community – faculty, students, staff, and alumni – to find ways tell their own story, listen to others’ stories, create a story circle, and/or participate in an oral history interview.

University Updates

Refer to the University’s COVID-19 Website for the latest University-wide updates, including useful information and resources specifically for faculty, staff, and students.

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