March 10, 2021 Volume 5 Issue 15

No Assignment Week March 15-19, Rest Day March 16

All faculty are strongly encouraged to adhere to the March 15-19 “No Assignment Week,” which includes the next rest day on Tuesday, March 16. The rest day should be treated as a holiday, i.e., no class meetings, assignments due, asynchronous assignments, out-of-class screenings, etc. should take place. During the rest of the week, synchronous class sessions will be held; however, faculty should not give exams or assign graded work outside of class hours. Questions about this can be directed to  

Emory College Online Resources

Gather Anonymous Student feedback

If you have not already checked in with your students to gauge how online teaching and learning is going this semester, the Emory College Online team encourages you to do so. We have prepared an Anonymous Student Course Check-In form that you may adapt for your courses (access instructions for deploying the survey through either Microsoft Forms/OneDrive or Google Forms). You may distribute this form as a one-time survey, or it may be left open to collect anonymous feedback throughout the semester.

Retain Your Zoom Recordings

Beginning this week, the Zoom administrators will begin to reduce the days that cloud recordings are retained from 180 to 150 days.This means that recordings from fall 2020 will soon be due for deletion (you will receive an automated email from Zoom anytime a cloud recording is being deleted). While most instructors will not need to retain synchronous class session recordings beyond the relevant semester, you should download and retain any Zoom cloud recordings that you’d like to use for future courses (asynchronous content recordings, expert interviews, etc.).

This resource explains the process for downloading Zoom cloud recordings and saving them using Canvas Studio. You may also save your downloaded Zoom recordings in OneDrive (instructions). Learn more about Managing and Sharing Zoom Recordings. You may recover a Zoom cloud recording up to 30 days after it has been deleted.

Tenure and Pre-Tenure Review Process Deadline

The 2021-2022 pre-tenure and tenure review processes begin soon. Chairs should contact by Thursday, April 1 with the names of any faculty from their departments who will be completing a pre-tenure or tenure review during the upcoming academic year.

Schedule Your COVID-19 Screening Test

All faculty and staff who are coming to campus regularly are strongly encouraged to schedule a weekly test. Faculty and staff who are considering returning to campus periodically this semester, including coming to campus for a screening test, still need to onboard. 

Click here to schedule your on-campus screening appointment. This simple saliva test is highly accurate, with results coming by email in less than 48 hours. There are four testing locations: WoodPEC, Emory Conference Center, SAAC, and Goizueta Business School. The Emory Forward site has information about the testing program and a link at the bottom that you can also use to schedule a test.

Vaccine Community Update March 18

Join President Greg Fenves and Amir St. Clair, associate vice president for COVID-19 response and recovery, plus special guests, for the next biweekly vaccine community update Thursday, March 18. See the Emory Forward site for the zoom link, and for recordings of previous updates. Check the Emory Forward site for the latest information on vaccine availability and distribution for the Emory community.

Faculty Funding Opportunities

Corporate and Foundation Funding Search Tool Now Available

The Office of Corporate Relations and the Office of Foundation Relations have teamed up to create a resource site to provide a curated list of current funding opportunities and other resources. This site will help promote connections between Emory colleagues and corporate/foundation partners. The resource site can be accessed via this SharePoint Search Tool link.

LAST CALL: PERS Grant Proposals Due March 18

The Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship (PERS) will consider proposals from regular Emory College faculty for modest seed funding for new research, research travel, other research related activities, and matches for equipment grants. Proposals must demonstrate, where appropriate, efforts to seek other sources of funding, and will be evaluated on the basis of merit and need. The spring application deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, March 18.

Hightower Speaker Funds: Fall 2021 Applications Now Open

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. Applications for Fall 2021 events are currently being accepted. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, April 1.  More information about the application process can be found on the Office of Faculty website along with the Hightower Fund application.

Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellows Applications Due April 2

This marks the 21st year of competition for the Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship.  The program will support two fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Any faculty who have not previously received this award and have achieved emeritus status on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to apply. Applications should be sent to the email account with “Heilbrun Fellowship” in the subject line and be received by Friday, April 2.  The criteria for selection will include:

  • The relationship of the proposed project to the candidate's previous research.
  • The feasibility of completing the project within the term of the Fellowship.
  • The pertinence of the research to resources available at Emory.
  • The overall value of the research to the applicant's field or discipline.

Fellowship recipients will be asked to agree to the following conditions:

  • Submission of a written report to the Committee upon completion of the Fellowship.
  • Formal acknowledgment of Fellowship support in any published work that results
  • Attendance at receptions and social gatherings sponsored by the Committee.

Application details:

  • Detailed description of the planned research project to be undertaken during the term of the fellowship
  • Budget detail of the research expenses
  • Curriculum vita that includes activities undertaken since gaining emeritus status

Named Chair Nominations Due April 5

Faculty department chairs and program directors are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for consideration as named chairs. Nominations play a crucial role in helping to identify faculty deserving of recognition. 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. Nominees should not already be holders of named chairs.

To nominate a faculty member, please submit a brief letter of nomination (no more than one page) and a copy of their detailed CV to by Monday, April 5.  Nominations that include letters of support (no more than one page) from more than one faculty member are encouraged, although all nominations will be considered carefully.

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: Three are awarded annually. 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.

Presidential Address March 23

Emory President Greg Fenves will deliver his first address to our university community at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March. 23. The speech will be livestreamed on and all members of the Emory community are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Meetings:

Mar 19, 8:30 AM Chairs/Directors Orientation Session: Evaluation and Merit Process for Faculty and Staff

Location: Zoom

Leaders: Carla Freeman and Laura Papotto

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

Emory Forward website.