April 7, 2021 Volume 5 Issue 17

Spring 2021 Course Evaluation Timelines

Emory College’s Spring 2021 course evaluations are scheduled to open for student submissions from Monday, April 26 to Wednesday, May 5. While instructors and staff can modify this window, all evaluations must close to student submissions no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 14. Instructors will be able to customize their evaluations within Canvas beginning Monday, April 12 and ending Wednesday, April 21 (department staff are able to do so April 5-23). Zoom office hours for those configuring course evaluations are being held 9:15-11:15 a.m. every Thursday and Friday through April 23 at this link. Questions can also be emailed to ec-courseevals@emory.edu.

Reminder: Final "Rest Day" Next Week

The last day Rest Day of the semester takes place next Wednesday, April 14. Please note for your planning: Classes regularly scheduled for Monday will NOT MEET to allow for Wednesday classes to be held Monday. Classes scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 will be held on Monday, April 12. If you have any questions, please contact oue.facultysupport@emory.edu.

Please note that rest days are a holiday, with no assignments due, no asynchronous assignments, out-of-class screenings, and no class meetings taking place. If you have any questions about rest days, please contact oue.facultysupport@emory.edu.

Summer/Fall 2021 Return to Campus: Exemption Process

As you are aware, the University and the College expect that faculty and staff will be available for in-person instruction and work on campus in the fall. However, faculty and staff can request an exemption to in-person work because of certain health conditions (including health conditions of a member of the household). 

The University’s HR website now has information on this process, including instructions on how to request such an exemption. Please send any questions the new exemption policy does not cover to ECAS_Connections@emory.edu

Please note: Faculty who are scheduled for fall teaching should file any exemption requests as soon as possible, as we are currently scheduling fall courses. All faculty and staff should know that health information will not be shared with either department chairs or members of the dean’s office.

Faculty Review Process: Office Hours with Dean Roy Available

Emory College has added some features to the Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation (FAME) process this year, including a mechanism to tag both COVID-19 and DEI-related activities. Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Deboleena Roy is happy to address any questions and will hold open office hours for all faculty for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester. These office hours may be particularly informative for new and junior faculty.

Please consider joining one of the office hours below via this link.

  • Thursday, April 15, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Lecture-track faculty)
  • Friday, April 23, 3–4 p.m. (Tenure-track faculty)
  • Thursday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Tenure-track faculty)
  • Friday, May 7, 3–4 p.m. (Lecture-track faculty)

Emory College faculty undergo multiple forms of review in addition to the FAME review for both lecture-track and tenure-track faculty. Other faculty review processes include annual progress reviews, and reviews during initial appointments, reappointments, tenure, and promotions. A summary of this information can be found on the Office of Faculty website.

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 in the Faculty 180 instruction document.

  • Emory College 2020-2021 Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation Process Office Hours (open to all faculty; drop-in with your questions)
    • 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.

ILA Invites Proposals for Fall 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. No more than six side-car courses will be funded in Fall 2021. Full details and the application are available on the ILA website. Applications are due Friday, April 30. Contact Kim Loudermilk, klouder@emory.edu, for questions about the program.

Spring 2022 CFDE University Courses - Call for Proposals

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence invites faculty proposals for University Courses (3 credits) in Spring 2022. Proposals to teach a university course in Spring 2022 are due April 23, 2021. CFDE will provide a budget for each course in the amount of $2000 as well as assistance with course development, registration, and identification of possible collaborators in other schools. 

Proposed topics should be broad enough to generate interest from students across the university, and to be approached from a variety of disciplines. Representation from at least three of the schools at Emory in both the faculty and students is desired for each course.

For more information about course structure and application materials, please visit the CFDE website. Submissions will be accepted online using this link. Please direct questions about the process to cfde@emory.edu.

Get Your Vaccine

All Georgians over the age of 16 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. All faculty and staff are encouraged to get a vaccine and can follow the registration process outlined below. Please remember that scheduling appointments are 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 noreplywebchart@med-web.com here 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.

Reminder: 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, dean_of_faculty@emory.edu.

Degree Tracker Training Available for Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Registrar is hosting Degree Tracker training sessions for staff and faculty Tuesday, April 13, and Friday, April 16. Sign up here

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 and a link at the bottom that you can also use to schedule a test.

2021 Autism Awareness Month Events

Throughout April, Emory University will hold several Autism Awareness Month virtual events to highlight our neurodiverse campus community. Events include keynote speakers, an Autistic Student Panel April 26, a Student Research Symposium April 16, and a Virtual Happy Hour April 22. Go here for more information on event dates and times and registration instructions. Sponsors include: Emory University Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Emory University Department of Accessibility Services, Emory Autism Center, Emory University School of Medicine, and Emory Autism Awareness Student Organization.

Emory Forward

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