November 5, 2020 Volume 5 Issue 7

Post-Election Debrief Today at 4 p.m.

Join Emory College election experts Alan Abramowitz, Professor of Political Science, and Bernard Fraga, Associate Professor of Political Science, for an in-depth discussion of Election 2020, moderated by Emory College Executive Associate Dean Carla Freeman today, Thursday, Nov. 5 from 4-5 p.m. Register here for the Zoom link. Questions for the panelists? Email

Post-Election Analysis

Join Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute, for a post-election analysis with the Emory Alumni Association, also today, starting at 5 p.m. Register here.

A full list of election-related events featuring Emory expertise can be found here.

Annual Benefits Enrollment Closes This Friday

Emory’s annual benefits enrollment will close at midnight this Friday, November 6. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to review your benefits options and complete your enrollment. Use the tools and resources located on the annual enrollment website to better understand your options, estimate your upcoming needs, and consider your costs. Changes will be effective January 1, 2021.

Enroll online through Self-Service at You will need your Network ID and password. If you need assistance, call 7-7777 (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) or visit online. For benefits-related questions, send an email to

ILA Invites Proposals for Spring 2021 "Side-Car" Courses

The Institute for the Liberal Arts invites applications from Emory College faculty members interested in developing “Side-Car Courses” as part of a team that includes a faculty member in another department or discipline and two undergraduate IDEAS fellows. A side-car course brings together two courses (and instructors) that overlap, either through methodologies or topics, to create a short, one-hour, interdisciplinary course that runs simultaneously with its two sponsoring courses.

Each faculty member in the team receives a $1,000 stipend. Contact Kim Loudermilk,, for more information about the program. Contact Emma Ellingson,, about the application process. Applications are due Monday, November 16.

Office for Undergraduate Education: Updates and Deadlines

Academic Integrity and Online Learning

The Covid-19 pandemic created increased pressures and new opportunities for academic dishonesty among students nationally. Join Jason Ciejka and Blaire Wilson from OUE at noon, Friday, November 13 as they host a session about lessons learned in academic integrity and online learning. Please RSVP for the link to the event.

One national trend has been the increase in students posting exam questions to online tutoring platforms like Chegg. The Emory College Honor Council has built a Chegg Take Down and Data Request form to combat the challenge of course content leaving the virtual classroom. If unauthorized materials from your class are posted to Chegg, please submit the form to share information about the incident and have the materials removed.

Spring 2021 Pre-Registration Advising

Students received a message from OUE regarding Spring Pre-Registration last month. You can view a copy of that message here.

Key Points:

  • Students will register during the week of November 16-20 based on their earned credit hours.
  • Pre-Registration Advising is scheduled to take place between November 2-13.
  • Add/Drop/Swap will open on Monday, November 30.
  • The Course Atlas Spring 2021 schedule will be available to students on Monday, November 2.
  • The new Atlas CART feature will be available for students to build multiple sample schedules directly in Course Atlas. The primary CART created in the Atlas will be automatically transferred over to OPUS where students will complete the registration process.

Faculty Advising Tips

  • First Year Advisees: All Faculty will need to meet with their first-year advisees before they register for classes starting November 19. You can see your “undeclared” students in your faculty student center. There may be sophomores/juniors/seniors who have carried over; you should be able to see who is a first year by earned credits. OUE requests all Pre-Major Faculty Advisors to notify OUE via this form if their first year student DO NOT reach out to schedule a meeting by November 13.
  • Credit Hours for Spring: All students may register for up to 19 hours. Students with a 3.0 or higher may register for up to 22 hours (FY Students will not have a GPA until January). For most students, 15-17 is advised. If students are asking about underloads or Leaves of Absence, please send to
  • Major and Minor Declarations: Students can declare or change a major or minor using the form on OUE Resources A-Z under “D” for declare a major. First year students can start declaring in January. All other students can use the form to make changes.

Fall Course Evaluations Launch Nov. 16

The default deployment window for all College course evaluations will be November 16 through December 2 (this will be customizable via Canvas or EvaluationKIT in the usual way). Note that the Laney Graduate School has agreed that we can now offer full course evaluation support to any ECAS-taught graduate course. Inquiries on that or any course evaluation topic can be submitted to

Faculty are encouraged to continue to set aside time in final synchronous class meetings for course evaluations and consider offering incentives to students to complete them for both synchronous and asynchronous courses. Best practice suggests that students be advised to stay connected to the synchronous section but mute their audio and video (as should instructors) during the evaluation interval.

Faculty Funding Opportunities

Hightower Speaker Funds

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 Spring and Summer events are currently being accepted. 

The deadline to submit applications for Spring events is Monday, November 15. More information about the application process can be found on the Office of Faculty website. Applications should be submitted electronically to

Winship Awards for Lecture-Track Faculty

Emory College is pleased to announce a competition for the Winship Awards for Senior Lecturers and Professors of Pedagogy. The Winship Awards, typically one or two per academic year, will provide a one-semester leave (i.e. a release from both teaching and service) and a $1,500 budget for professional expenses during the year of the award. Winners of the Winship Awards for Senior Lecturers may take their leaves during either semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.

For more information about the application process, please go to the Office of Faculty website. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Monday, December 7.

Emory Libraries Seeks Feedback on Virtual Resources

Emory Libraries is conducting a survey of students, faculty, and staff to learn more about their fall 2020 experiences with remote teaching and learning, virtual library resources and services, and online workshops to learn what improvements can be made. Please fill out the brief survey by Friday, Nov. 6.

Call for Faculty Books Published This Year

The Feast of Words, the CFDE's annual celebration in honor of faculty authors and editors of books, will take place online this year. Additionally, rather than celebrating books published in the prior calendar year, it will celebrate titles published in the prior academic year.

If you published a book between January 1 and August 31, 2020, please let us know by submitting information about your book via this form. Book length projects only, please. The Feast of Words is co-hosted with Emory Libraries & Information Technology and Emory Barnes & Noble. More details coming soon.

Dining with Students

Emory College faculty are invited to help students get to know professors outside of the classroom and offer an opportunity for meaningful dialogue. If you are interested in joining a small group of students for a meal in person, on campus, complete this form and someone from the Academic Initiatives team in Residential Life will be in touch with you about next steps. Please note you must be approved to return to campus in order to participate in Community Hour. The events will be set up in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

Box File Migration to OneDrive

Emory University has made the decision to end its contract with the Box platform and transition all file storage to Microsoft OneDrive by April 2021 with most of the migration completed by the end of 2020.

LITS has identified resources to automate most of the migration process with limited impact to the individual user. The LITS team will work with each school and unit to analyze Box use and workflows, transition files and permissions to OneDrive, and provide training for use of the OneDrive platform. Most of the migration will be completed by the end of 2020 with full migration to OneDrive completed by April 2021. Access to Box will not be available after your school/unit has migrated to OneDrive.

In the interim, faculty and staff are asked to:

  • Begin to delete unnecessary files out of Box to ease the migration process for our technical team. 
  • Begin new projects within the OneDrive environment versus Box.
  • Visit the dedicated Box Migration website to learn more about this transition.
  • Watch for emails from College IT leadership, who will relay critical information and provide support for the transition.  

Emory Forward

For the latest Emory University COVID-19 guidelines and information, visit the Emory Forward website.

Upcoming Meetings

Nov 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Department Chair & Director Orientation: Business Operations Overview/Strategic Allocation of Resources

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Dec 4, 8:30 - 9:30 AM Department Chair and Director Orientation: Faculty and Staff Management

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Dec 18, 8:30 - 10:00 AM Department Chair and Director Orientation: Lecture Track and Tenure Track Promotion, Mentoring and Retention

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Nov 20, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM New Faculty Orientation: Research and Grants

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Dec 9, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Department Chairs Meeting

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Dec 14, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Lead Staff Department Operations Meeting

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