October 20, 2022 Volume 7 Issue 6

This Thursday: Dean Search Listening Sessions for Faculty and Staff

Emory is in the process of launching the search for the next Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences. As part of the process, listening sessions are being conducted with the search firm Witt Keiffer, the search advisory committee, and key constituents. These sessions will help inform decision making and your participation will be much appreciated. The final two sessions take place Thursday:

  • All Staff Listening Session
    10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 20
  • Open Faculty Listening Session #3
    11-11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 20

For nominations and information to be sent directly to the search firm, email deanemorycollege@wittkieffer.com.

Undergraduate Education Updates

New Credit Hour Cap for Undergraduates

The Office of the Provost has recently announced a change in the maximum number of credit hours that a student may enroll in during a regular semester. The new maximum credit limit is 19 credit hours. Note this limit does not include applied music or physical education courses.

Students may petition to increase their semester limit, but will only be approved where there is a compelling academic reason for the request. No student will be permitted to take more than 22 credit hours. Petition information will be available on the OUE website Resources A-Z page and questions about this new policy can be directed to oue.facultysupport@emory.edu.

Faculty Funding Opportunities

2023 ILA Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellowship Applications Due October 23

Emory College’s Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA) invites applications for the ILA’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for a full-time Emory College faculty member, at the level of senior lecturer, associate professor, or above, to spend one academic year immersed in the ILA.

Through teaching, mentoring, and programming alongside the ILA faculty, the Fellow will engage in innovative and inclusive interdisciplinary practices in and out of the classroom, that will continue to impact the Fellow’s professional and pedagogical trajectory beyond the Fellowship year. The Fellow will be released from teaching and service responsibilities in the home department. In addition, the ILA will provide a research stipend of $4,000.

Applications are due October 23. For details and to apply, please visit the ILA website at Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellow.

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 Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu no later than Tuesday, November 1.

Hightower Speaker Funds Available; Requests Due November 15

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.

CFDE Funds Available for Editorial Support, Public Scholarship

Scholarly Writing and Publishing Fund

The Scholarly Writing and Publishing (SWAP) fund, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, aims to assist faculty in developing projects such as book manuscripts, article manuscripts, grant-writing, and digital scholarship. Specifically, the grant, which can equal up $3,000, is geared toward Emory faculty members who are in need of support navigating the difficulties of scholarly writing.

For more information about this fund, including suggested uses of the grant, please visit this CFDE webpage.

Public Scholarship Advancement Fund

The CFDE also offers the Public Scholarship Advancement (PSA) fund, which is intended to support faculty in their public-facing scholarship endeavors. The grant totals $2,500 for purposes included but not limited to the following examples:

  • Subvention for artwork or a related digital endeavor for a book intended for broader readership
  • Developing a platform or a profile for public scholarship
  • Hiring a media coach

For more information on this program, including eligibility, and to apply, please visit this CFDE webpage.

Nominate Someone for an Honorary Emory Degree

Staff, faculty, students and alumni are invited to nominate an individual to receive an honorary Emory degree. Nominees have achieved the highest distinction in their fields while also demonstrating a transformational influence and their lives and careers exemplify a commitment to values shared by Emory. Nominations are due Tuesday, November 1. Details and nomination form can be found here.

Save the Dates: Course Evaluation Training

Emory College will administer online course evaluations as usual this term, with a goal to complete all preparation and customization of evaluations in November prior to the Thanksgiving break November 23-25. Course evaluations are scheduled to begin November 28. Additional information for both instructors and staff is forthcoming, but please save the dates for a trio of two-hour “configuration workshops” for department staff (not instructors) to be held:

  • 10 a.m.-Noon, Monday, November 7;
  • 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, November 15; and
  • 10 a.m.-Noon, Friday, November 18.

Each session will provide a guided opportunity to collectively step through the preparatory process with close support. Staff planning to participate need to register using the form at this link. Questions may be emailed to ec-courseevals@emory.edu.

Emory Pre-College Program 2023 Call for Course Proposals

The Emory Pre-College Program brings bright, ambitious, rising high school juniors and seniors to Emory in the summer to give them a short experience of college life. Current Emory faculty, emeritus faculty members, and advanced graduate students with strong teaching records are eligible to propose courses for the Pre-College Program. Below are the dates for the two-week non-credit course sessions. Each of these two-week courses will include a minimum of 25 contact hours, and in-person courses meet daily from 9 -11:30 am. 

  • Session A (in-person) June 20- 30
  • Session B (in-person) July 3 – 14 (no class on July 4)
  • Session C (in-person) July 17 -28
  • Session C (online) July 17- 28 (class meeting times, tbd)

If you would like to teach in the 2023 Pre-College Program, please< complete the online course proposal form by Wednesday, October 26. We will review the proposals and make decisions by mid-November. The Pre-College staff is happy to discuss the program’s details and answer any questions you might have. Please direct questions to LaToya Rolle, Associate Director (latoya.rolle@emory.edu).

ILA Accepting Proposals for Spring 2023 Sidecar Courses

The Institute for Liberal Arts invites applications from Emory College faculty members interested in developing a sidecar course as part of a team that includes a faculty member in another department or discipline and two IDEAS fellows.

If you are interested but you don’t have a partner, please email Kim Loudermilk (klouder@emory.edu) and Peter Wakefield (pwakefi@emory.edu). If you don’t know any IDEAS fellows, we will match you with fellows.

Each faculty member in the team receives $1,000 (before taxes). No more than six sidecar courses will be funded in Spring 2023. Proposals are due Friday, November 18, 2022. Please visit the webpage for more details.

Annual Benefits Enrollment Starts October 24

Emory's annual benefits enrollment will take place October 24 - November 7. Your 2022 benefits letter has been mailed to your home address and includes important information about this year’s enrollment. You will have the opportunity to review your benefits and make changes as needed during this time period. For more information go to the Annual Benefits Enrollment website.

Upcoming Meetings

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

Location: Candler Library, Room 114

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

Oct 26, 4:00 PM Full Faculty Meeting

Location: Jones Room or via Zoom.

Speakers include James Raper, the new Vice Provost for Wellness, and Branden Grimmett, Vice Provost and Emory College Associate Dean for the Pathways Center.