September 21, 2022 Volume 7 Issue 4

Undergraduate Education Updates

First-Year Faculty Connections

During Orientation, many of you met your assigned first-year students during the FYFC panels. First-Year students started sending emails last week to set up 1-1 meetings with you in October. There is no formal agenda for these meetings, but rather an opportunity for students to ask you questions about your academic interests, professional journey, Emory or Atlanta. You may also ask them about their experience at Emory, or if they need any support/referrals. Meetings can be for 30 minutes or an hour, and can take place virtually, or in person. 

Tracking Students Who Have Not Attended Class

The Office for Undergraduate Education is currently verifying situations where students appear on class rosters but have never attended class. Our team is proactively contacting students to offer support and ensure that they have access to resources in support of their academic pursuits. If you have a student who has NEVER ATTENDED your class this semester, please complete a Student of Concern Form to provide details on any relevant students.

Suicide Prevention: A Community Effort Program Sept. 30

Faculty and Staff are invited to join Counseling and Psychological Services at Emory (CAPS) for Suicide Prevention: A Community Effort, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, September 30, in Harland Cinema. The program will include a screening of a new CAPS suicide prevention video, followed by a discussion on strategies to support people who are in distress. For more information, contact Daboin Dominguez,

Extended Drop Period

A reminder that we are currently in the Extended Drop period. Students may request an extended drop through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. OUE will process these requests as quickly as possible to ensure your rosters are updated.

Faculty Food Truck & Fun this FRIDAY

Back by popular demand, the Office of Faculty will host our Faculty Food Truck & Fun gathering (formerly known as Third Tuesdays Taco) for all Emory College faculty this Friday, from noon-1:30 p.m., September 23 outside White Hall. There will be a food truck, live music performed by our own talented Emory College faculty, and a chance to connect with colleagues and friends.

You must RSVP here to reserve your spot: Please RSVP by Thursday, September 22.

New Faculty Celebration Oct. 3

All Emory College Faculty are invited to the annual “Celebration Honoring New Faculty, Newly Promoted Faculty, and Named Chairs” from 4-6 p.m., Monday, October 3, at Double Zero in Emory Village. Please RSVP to Lynette Lee, if you plan to attend. All new faculty and other honorees will also receive an invitation from the Office of the Dean.

Emory College welcomes more than 50 new faculty members this year across all divisions. Read more about this impressive cohort of new colleagues and come out and meet them Oct. 3.

Faculty Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Social Justice and Socially Engaged Arts

This program in the Office of the Provost seeks to identify and support research proposals from current Emory faculty members whose research, scholarly efforts, and creative activities address social justice and the socially-engaged arts, broadly writ.

Proposals can address work that aligns with a single topic area outlined here or work that integrates efforts across multiple areas. Proposals should present compelling new ideas for research or scholarly works and must present a clear plan for using these one-time, internal seed funds to create a (mostly) self-sustaining signature initiative at Emory. Internal Submission Deadline: Saturday, October 15. For more information, please visit this link.

Emory College Chronos Faculty Fellowship: Applications Due Nov. 1

The College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for the Chronos Faculty Fellowship for a tenured faculty member in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Honoring the critical importance of time in the scholarly work of research and writing, the Chronos Faculty Fellowship will support one academic year of leave, allowing a tenured member of the College faculty to pursue deep intellectual inquiry, pose important questions, and contribute to critical debates in and beyond a single field or discipline. This opportunity has been conceived as a way to support creative and ambitious scholarship in the post-tenure period when time for immersive research/writing can be especially difficult to secure.

The successful fellowship recipient will advance a bold research question and demonstrate the capacity to disseminate the results of that research through clear and compelling writing. The Chronos Faculty Fellowship is funded through a generous grant by the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, and provides a single fellowship, (salary and $10,000 in research/travel funds). In concert with this generous gift, the College will fund a Visiting Assistant Professorship (or similar instructional opportunity) in the successful Chronos Fellowship recipient’s field to provide a professional development opportunity for an individual in the early career stage, and to ensure the coverage of relevant courses.

Fellowship applications should include the following:

  • CV
  • A research/writing proposal no longer than 3 single spaced pages.
  • A brief letter of endorsement from the department chair
  • Courses to be released during the academic year of leave

Proposals should be submitted to no later than Tuesday, November 1.

Hightower Speaker Funds Available

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 larger amounts to support conferences with several speakers.

Faculty are invited to make requests for funding for spring and summer events by Tuesday, November 15. The committee meets once a semester to review requests. Requests that are submitted after deadlines will still be evaluated on a rolling schedule by the committee. For more information and to apply, go to the Office of Faculty website.

Pedagogy Mini-grants Available

Emory College offers mini-grants to support Emory College faculty teaching. A mini-grant should be used for an activity directly related to a class you are teaching during the semester. Anyone currently teaching in the College is eligible, including tenure-track, lecture-track, adjunct, and visiting faculty as well as graduate students. The request can be up to $350. The link to request funds is Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management.

Teaching Resources and Opportunities

CFDE Rubric Development Workshop Sept. 29-30

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence will present two Rubric Development Workshops late this month, to walk instructors through everything from rubric creation to updating existing rubrics. These workshops begin by reviewing the parts of a rubric based on the book Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, convey Effective Feedback, and Promote Student Learning. The CFDE will host two sessions:

  • 1-2:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29 (in person)
  • 10-11:30 a.m., Friday, September 30 (via Zoom)

For more information and to register, please visit this webpage.

Teaching Tables: Share a Meal, Chat About Teaching

The CFDE is hosting Emory's Teaching Table, an informal monthly lunch session to connect with other instructors exchanging ideas, struggles, wins, etc. in the classroom. The intent is to build a cross-curricular community of instructors effectively broadening approaches to teaching and learning. Space is limited to the first 30 people who register. For more information on upcoming dates and to register, please visit the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence website.

One Big Question: A Podcast About Big Ideas with President Greg Fenves

Listen to Emory College’s Tayari Jones, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing, discuss the power of story-telling on “One Big Question: A Podcast About Big Ideas,” hosted by Emory University President Greg Fenves.

After nearly four decades in higher education, Emory President Gregory L. Fenves still has an almost obsessive drive to ask questions about pretty much everything. It comes from his love of learning and, at Emory, he is surrounded by some of the most brilliant minds in the world. On his podcast, President Fenves asks his guests big questions about society, the future, the challenges we face, and the unexpected, bold, ambitious, and brave solutions they’ve discovered. Download and learn more about the podcast series here.

Dean of Faculty Calendar

You already know that the email address is one of the best ways to get in touch with the ECAS Office of Faculty. You can also add the calendar to your Outlook. Important deadlines as well as events for faculty, chairs, and directors are posted on this calendar. For instructions about adding this shared calendar, click here.

Upcoming Meetings

Sep 23, 8:30 - 10:00 AM College Chairs and Directors Workshop

Location: Psychology (PAIS 225)

Undergraduate Education Policies, Procedures, and Programs; Leader: Joanne Brzinski

Oct 14, 8:30 - 10:00 AM College Chairs and Directors Workshop

Location: TBD

Department Faculty and Staff Management; Leaders: Laura Papotto and Deboleena Roy

Oct 21, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM New Faculty Workshop

Location: TBD

Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at Emory and Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program; Leaders: Paula Gomes and Eric Weeks