May 5, 2021 Volume 5 Issue 19

Spring 2021 Online Teaching Survey

All faculty and instructors received a short online teaching survey this week. Please take a few minutes to share about your online teaching experience this semester. Emory College Online will use this information to better understand successful online teaching approaches and strategies that may transition well to in-person courses, as well as to shape our best practices moving forward. The survey will remain open until Friday, May 14. Thank you for your feedback.

First Fridays at 4: Do Our Votes Count? Race and Political Inequality in American Democracy

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. Bernard L. Fraga, associate professor of political science, will continue the “First Fridays at 4” series this Friday, May 7 at 4 p.m. with a deep dive on racial and ethnic disparities in voter turnout. Register here.

Fraga will discuss the causes and consequences of racial/ethnic disparities in who turns out to vote. Drawing on research from his recent book “The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America,” the talk will explain the persistence of large disparities in rates of political participation between whites and non-whites in contemporary elections. The talk will also demonstrate the power of Black, Latinx, and Asian American voters to shape election outcomes when mobilized and empowered to do so, both nationwide and in Georgia specifically.

Spring 2021 Grade Deadlines

Please make note of the following deadlines for spring 2021 grade submissions:

  • For graduating seniors: Grades are due at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 13 (extension to 10 a.m. on Friday, May 14 for exams that took place on May 12).
  • For all other students: Grades are due at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, May 18.

Department and Program Reporting System Now Open

The Online Annual Report System (OARS) for departments and programs is now open and will close on Wednesday, June 30. Your departmental report is available here. We understand that you may need to streamline your approach for department-level reporting this year. If you have trouble accessing OARS, please contact Marc Theune at OARS System Administrator. If you have questions about the report or data, please contact Lane DeNicola ( or Lori Cavagnaro (

Lecture-Track Faculty Promotion Names Due June 1

The 2021-2022 review process for promotion from lecturer to senior lecturer begins soon. Chairs and directors should email by Tuesday, June 1, with the names of any faculty from their departments or programs who wish to be reviewed for promotion to senior lecturer during the upcoming academic year. More information about the promotion process and deadlines is available here.

Retaining Zoom Recordings

Please remember that Zoom recordings are now only retained for 150 days. 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.

Faculty Review Process: Office Hours with Dean Roy Available

Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Deboleena Roy will hold office hours for lecture track faculty from 3-4 p.m. this Friday, May 7, to address any questions about the Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation (FAME) process this year. These office hours may be particularly informative for new and junior faculty. Join via this link.

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 Office Hours 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 this Friday, May 7. Instructions for entering your activities can be found on the Office of Faculty website and the Faculty 180 instruction document

The final Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluation Process Office Hour (open to all faculty; drop-in with your questions) takes place from 2-3 p.m., Thursday, May 6. You can attend through this link.

Chairs and Directors: Office hours are also available for chairs and directors who are managing 2020-2021 Annual Faculty Activity and Merit Evaluations. Drop-in with your questions from 10-11 a.m., Monday, May 17, and from 2-3 p.m., Thursday, May 20, through this link.

Staff Performance Evaluation Process Workshop Available for Supervisors

Emory College Human Resources will offer a supervisor training session on completing the staff performance evaluation document from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 11, via Zoom. Please RSVP to Jo Crawford, jo', if you wish to attend and receive the meeting link. The University HR Performance Management site also includes everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about performance management.

ECAS Staff evaluations for the 2020-2021 year should be completed by Friday, June 4.

Deadline Extension: Proposals for ILA's Fall "Side-Car" Courses Due May 10

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. The deadline for applying for Fall 2021 Sidecar Courses (IDS 290) has been extended to May 10, 2021. 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 on the team receives a $1,000 stipend. Contact Kim Loudermilk,, for more information about the program. Full details and the application are available on the ILA website. If you are interested but you don’t have a partner, please email Kim Loudermilk ( and Peter Wakefield ( They also can match you with IDEAS Fellows. 

CFDE to Host Panel May 13 on Scholarly Production During the Pandemic and Beyond

The Center for Faculty Development will host a facilitated conversation on “Scholarly Productivity in the Pandemic and Beyond: Tools, Priorities and Spaces” from 2-3p.m., Thursday, May 13 via Zoom. Register here.

When COVID-19 hit in 2020, labs closed, conferences were canceled, research travel ground to a halt, and for many, working from home was complicated at best. As the year wore on, however, scholars across all disciplines, from bench scientists to humanists, discovered and invented ways to pursue research and writing goals within the confines of the pandemic. This session aims to unpack the ways Emory faculty adapted the tools, priorities, and spaces of their work to those limitations – and what adaptations they might want to keep as we approach a post-pandemic era. The panelists/facilitators include:

  • Jennifer Ayres, Associate Professor of Religious Education; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Candler School of Theology
  • Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Candler School of Theology
  • Sara McClintock, Associate Professor of Religion, Emory College
  • Bill Wuest, Associate Professor of Chemistry and GRA Distinguished Investigator, Emory College

Get Your Vaccine

All Georgians over the age of 16 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. All faculty and staff are strongly 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 in to 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.

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. 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.

Emory Forward

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