March 24, 2021 Volume 5 Issue 16

Vaccine Availability Expanded, Community Update April 1

The state of Georgia will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all Georgians over the age of 16 as of Thursday, March 25. All faculty and staff are encouraged to get a vaccine. Beginning March 25, ALL faculty and staff can follow the registration process outlined below. Please remember that scheduling appointments is subject to vaccine availability.

Registration Process for Faculty and Staff

You may now sign into your Employee Health Portal and complete your COVID-19 vaccination consent. After your vaccination consent is complete, and when appointments are available, you will receive an email from where a link will be provided to schedule your appointment through Emory Healthcare.

Check the Emory Forward site regularly for the latest information on vaccine availability and distribution for the Emory community.

Community Update April 1

Join Amir St. Clair, associate vice president for COVID-19 response and recovery, plus special guests, for the next biweekly vaccine community update Thursday, April 1. See the Emory Forward site for the zoom link, and for recordings of previous updates.

Tenure-clock Extension Guidance

In the Fall 2020 semester, the Emory University Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees approved a blanket one-year tenure clock extension to all pre-tenure faculty on the tenure track.

This extension recognizes the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on faculty research and teaching, and applies to all pre-tenure faculty in Emory College of Arts and Sciences who joined Emory before or in January 2021. It is an opt-out approach whereby we work with those faculty who would prefer not to receive the extension. This extension in no way limits faculty from being granted further extensions for other reasons consistent with our current policies. More information about tenure clock extension policies and tenure clock examples can be found here.

If you have any further questions about this extension or its implications for your particular trajectory, please contact Dean of Faculty Deboleena Roy,

Emory College Guidelines for Annual Review COVID-19 Statement

Emory College of Arts and Sciences is introducing an optional COVID-19 statement that faculty can use to explain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their research, teaching, and/or service. This statement may accompany materials submitted for the Annual Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation, LTF Reappointment and Promotion Reviews, Annual Faculty Progress Reviews of tenure track faculty, and Tenure and Promotion Reviews. More information is available here.

Tenure and Pre-Tenure Review Process Deadline

The 2021-2022 pre-tenure and tenure review processes begin soon. Chairs should email 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.

Faculty 180 and Merit Evaluation Process Training Now Available

This spring, all tenure-track and lecture-track faculty will once again enter their activity information encompassing the past year (May 2020 – May 2021) in Interfolio, Faculty 180. Activity information will need to be entered and completed by all regular faculty by Friday, May 7. Instructions for entering your activities can be found on the Office of Faculty website. Training sessions are also available. You may attend any of the events listed below through this link: These sessions are also included on the Faculty 180 instruction document.

  • For New Users: Data Entry/Reporting in Faculty 180 (Interfolio) for the Emory College 2020-2021 Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation Process
    • Thursday, March 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Friday, March 26, 2-3 p.m.
  • ECAS 2020-2021 Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation Process Office Hours (open to all faculty; drop-in with your questions)
    • Monday, March 22, 10 -11 a.m.
    • Thursday, April 1, 3-4 p.m.
    • Friday, April 9, 2-3 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 15, 11 a.m.-Noon
    • Tuesday, April 20, 4-5 p.m.
    • Friday, April 30, Noon-1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 5, 11 a.m.-Noon
    • Thursday, May 6, 2-3 p.m.
  • For Lead Staff: ECAS Annual Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation Case Creation Training
    • Tuesday, April 13, 2-2:45 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 15, 3-3:45 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 28, 11-11:45 a.m.
    • Friday, April 30, 2-2:45 p.m.
  • For Chairs and Directors: ECAS 2020-2021 Annual Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation Form Training (how to complete evaluation forms for your department faculty directly within Interfolio RPT)
    • Training sessions
      • Monday, April 26, 3-4 p.m. or
      • Thursday, April 29, 1-2 p.m.
    • Office hours (drop-in with your questions)
      • Monday, May 17, 10-11 a.m.
      • Thursday, May 20, 2-3 p.m.

Faculty Funding Opportunities

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

Connecting Globally: Project Proposals Due July 1, Next info Session April 6

Emory University has partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Agnes Scott College, and Spelman College, and Kennesaw State University to form the Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative (AGREC). AGREC seeks to build and strengthen collaborative networks of multi-institutional scholars and practitioners to support global research and education initiatives in greater Atlanta.

AGREC invites scholars to submit collaborative projects across disciplines, institutions, and universities that address a need in our global and local communities. Proposals are due July 1. The next info session is April 6. At Emory, the AGREC partnership is stewarded by Atlanta Global Partnerships in the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives. For more info, please email Obse Ababiya,, assistant director, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the AGREC site for details and links.

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.

First Fridays at 4: On Debt - Neoliberal Coloniality in the Colony of Puerto Rico with Rocio Zambrana

Emory College and the James Weldon Johnson Institute recently launched “First Fridays at 4: Emory Faculty Scholarship on Race,” a new program featuring the groundbreaking scholarship of Emory College faculty (many of them recent hires) on a wide variety of topics related to the study of race, difference, and social justice. The April 2 talk features Rocio Zambrana, Associate Professor of Philosophy, who will discuss how debt functions as a form of coloniality in the colony of Puerto Rico.

For more information, zoom link and to register, visit the JWJI website.

The LINC Initiative: Learning through Inclusive Collaboration Info Session April 5

Please join Emory College’s Institute for the Liberal Arts for a LINC Information Session from 3 – 4 p.m. on Monday, April 5 to find out more about LINC. The HHMI LINC Initiative (Learning through Inclusive Collaboration) seeks to unlock the powerful synergy of intellectual and social inclusivity in the classroom to drive innovation at Emory. LINC Courses will leverage existing course offerings by preparing faculty pairs from different disciplines to create points of intersection, convergences, or links, between the two courses.

Participation in the LINC Faculty Workshop on August 12, 13 & 16, 2021 (for a total of 12 hours, specific times TBA) will lead directly to faculty teaching a paired LINC course in the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are interested but cannot attend the information session, the recording will be available on the LINC website.

Reminder: 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 including a video of the process and a link at the bottom that you can also use to schedule a test.

Emory Forward

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