February 23, 2023 Volume 8 Issue 14

Today's Issue

Learn more about a ChatGPT panel discussion February 27, award nomination deadlines, COACHE survey update, a call for ECS 101 facilitators, and more in today’s Faculty Focus.

Learn More about ChatGPT Feb. 27

All faculty are invited to a panel discussion on “Classroom Considerations Around Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of ChatGPT” from 1-2 p.m., Monday, February 27. This panel introduces Chat GPT to faculty who may be less familiar with it or concerned about how it will impact their teaching and assignments. Sponsored by the Emory College Honor Council, The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE), and A.I. Humanity, this event will be online via Zoom, To RSVP, please fill out this form.

Moderated by Donna Troka, CFDE Director of Diversity and Inclusive Pedagogy, panel participants include:

  • Kim Braxton, Senior Director and Associate University Librarian, Academic Technology Services
  • Jason Ciejka, Associate Dean and Director of the Honor Council, Emory College
  • Laurie Gaydos, Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health

The panel will cover:

  • Current efforts by the ed tech industry to grapple with AI detection
  • Ways faculty are using Chat GPT productively for assignments
  • Policy implications for classes

Panelists will also offer advice around syllabi and assignments. This panel is intended to be practical in nature and help faculty think through short-and-medium term concerns around AI for their classes.

COACHE Survey: Your Voice Matters

By now, all full-time Emory College faculty should have received an email from Provost Ravi Bellamkonda regarding the launch of the 2023 COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey and a unique link to the survey from one of the following emails: coachefaculty@abtassoc.com or coache@gse.harvard.edu. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact COACHE@emory.edu. If you accidentally deleted or cannot find the email containing your personalized survey link, contact coache@gse.harvard.edu.

All faculty are encouraged to participate in this year’s anonymous faculty satisfaction survey, administered in partnership with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE). This 25-minute survey can be completed in one sitting or savedallowing you the flexibility to complete it later. Visit COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey for more information.

Faculty Development Opportunities

Piedmont Project Faculty Workshop Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for this year’s Piedmont Project faculty workshop. The Piedmont Project brings together faculty from all of Emory’s schools and colleges to support new courses or course modules that strengthen curricular engagement with issues of sustainability, environmental justice, and urgent societal challenges. 

Summer stipends of $1,000 are available for the development of new courses or course materials.

Workshops are held in the Luce Center (825 Houston Mill Road), 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, May 10-11. Submit your application by Wednesday, March 22. More information about this opportunity can be found on the Piedmont Project website

No prior experience with sustainability or environmental issues in the classroom or in research is necessary. Past participants include faculty from all units of Emory.

Want to know more?

You can browse the syllabi and statements from previous participants.

You can also contact members of the planning team, Lydia Fort, Theater Studies, and Bree Ettinger, Mathematics, for more information.

Hungry? Teaching? Attend a Teaching Table

Emory’s Teaching Table is an informal lunch session to connect with other instructors exchanging ideas, struggles and wins in the classroom. Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, there is no set agenda, just conversation with instructors from across Emory schools. Space is limited to the first 30 people who register. 

  • Tuesday, February 28, 11:45 a.m. REGISTER
  • Wednesday, March 22, 11:45 a.m. REGISTER

We will meet in the lower level of the Student Center, just outside the Dobbs Common Table dining hall and will be eating in Private Dining Room 1. If you have questions, please contact Eric Weeks.

Pedagogy Mini-Grant Requests

Emory College offers mini-grants to support 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 ECAS is eligible, including tenure-track faculty, teaching-track, adjunct faculty, visiting faculty and graduate students. The request can be up to $350. Apply online.

Please contact Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu for any inquiries.

Find Faculty Funding

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence website offers a rich collection of resources for funding ideas and proposal development. Visit this link for information about:

  • The universe of faculty funding
  • Key opportunities and awards
  • Researching funding sources
  • Proposal development
  • Proposal preparation tools and resources
  • Tips and training for grant writers

Undergraduate Announcements

Student Retention Initiatives

Emory College has launched several initiatives this semester to increase first- to second-year retention. Faculty and staff who become aware that a student is considering transferring out of Emory are encouraged to submit a Retention Alert Form or email retention@emory.edu with appropriate details. A staff member will follow up with the student to provide support as needed.

ECS 101 Facilitators Needed for Fall 2023

Emory College New Student Programs is now recruiting staff facilitators for ECS 101, a one-hour required course that Emory College students take to introduce them to all of Emory’s opportunities as well as academic and community expectations. 

ECS 101 will meet weekly for 50-minute sessions, August 23-November 17 (13 weeks). We will offer 82 sections (capped at 20 students) of ECS 101, each led by one facilitator. Facilitators will receive $750 extra-duty pay at the end of the fall term.

Please review the required qualifications and facilitator responsibilities for 2023 and complete the ECS 101 Facilitator Application 2023 by Friday, March 10.

  • In the application, you will select your top three days/time choices. 
  • Please note there are limited sections on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • If you would like to nominate a colleague, you may do so in the application.

You will be notified of acceptance in mid-March.

Questions? Contact Associate Dean Shari B. Obrentz, Ph.D. at sobrent@emory.edu or 404-727-5110.

Upcoming Student Deadlines

  • February 24: Partial Withdrawal Deadline
  • February 24: Letter-Grade/Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory change deadline
  • March 6-10: Spring Break

Pathways Internship Funding Awards Available Now

The Pathways Center has launched the Pathways Internship Funding Awards for undergraduates. These one-time awards can assist students in saying yes to their dream summer internship. If you know of a student that has recently accepted an internship opportunity, please encourage them to apply. Applications are now open through the Spring semester.

Whether the internship is in the U.S. or abroad, paid or unpaid, the Pathways Center can provide funding for expenses such as airfare, housing, commuting, and food. Emory undergraduate students (first year – junior) can apply for the following:

  • The Pathways Domestic Award for US-based internships (up to $3,000)
  • The Pathways Global Award for international internships (up to $4,000)
  • The Liberal Arts Edge Award, which requires the completion of ECS-102 (up to $5,000)

Learn more about Pathways internship funding on our website.

Temporary Faculty Requests for 2023-2024 Due Feb. 28

Reminder to Department Chairs and Directors: Please submit your temporary faculty requests for next year by Tuesday, February 28. The Qualtrics link to complete for each instructor is Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions. Please refer to an email from Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu that you received on January 24 for more details on the process and information required or email Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu with questions.

Named Chairs Nominations Needed

Please consider nominating your colleagues for consideration as named chairs in 2023-2024. Nominations play a crucial role in helping identify faculty deserving of further recommendation. In particular, there are three Winship Distinguished Research Awards available.

Generally speaking, nominees should not already be holders of named chairs. If you wish to nominate a member of your faculty, please submit a brief letter of nomination (no more than one page) and a copy of their detailed CV to Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu by Wednesday, March 1.

Nominations that include letters of support (no more than one page) from more than one faculty are encouraged, although all nominations will be considered carefully. For more information on available named chairs please see Funding & Awards (emory.edu) on the Office of Faculty website.

FINAL CALL: Nominations Needed for Annual Honors

Nominations are now open for faculty and student awards given during the university’s Commencement and the Emory College graduation ceremony.

2022-2023 Cuttino Award for Mentoring

The Cuttino Award is named in honor of the late George Peddy Cuttino, a member of our history department from 1952 to 1984. The successful recipient of this prestigious award will be a regular member of the College faculty and should exhibit a similar record of exceptional mentoring of students.

We invite nominations from any regular faculty member of Emory College. Your one-page nomination letter should include specific information about the nominee’s record as a mentor at Emory. Send your letter to the Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu account with Cuttino Award in the subject line. Nominations are due by Friday, March 3, 2023. Those not chosen for the award this year will be held and reconsidered for three years.

Please take time to identify people most deserving of this important honor.

McMullan Award

Emory College is soliciting nominations for the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award. The McMullan Award is meant to honor a graduating senior of uncommon stature in the eyes of the Emory community. Academic achievement is an important criterion, but not the sole measure of excellence.

The recipient should also demonstrate outstanding citizenship, exceptional leadership, and singular qualities of mind and character. The winner of the McMullan Award will receive $30,000 at the time of graduation to be used for any purpose of their choosing.

Nominations should be submitted via the nomination form by Thursday, March 2. Please see the call for nominations or email Robert Torre, rtorre@emory.edu, for more information.


Call for Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellows

This marks the 23rd year of competition for the Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship. The program will support two fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each for the 2023-2024 academic year. Any faculty who have not previously received this award and have achieved emeritus status on or before September 1, 2022 are eligible to apply.

More information regarding the Heilbrun Distinguiested Emeritus Fellows details can be found online.

Dean of Faculty Office Hours for Spring 2023

Dean of Faculty Deboleena Roy will host regular office hours via Zoom throughout the semester for tenure track and teaching track faculty. Dates and times are below. The Zoom Link for Open Office Hours is available here

February 2023  

February 24: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Tenure Track Faculty 

March 2023  

Fridays, 3 – 4 p.m.

March 3, 10, 17, 24 – Tenure Track Faculty

March 31 – Teaching Faculty

April 2023  

Fridays, 3 - 4 p.m.

April 7, 14 – Tenure Track Faculty

April 28 – Teaching Track Faculty

May 2023  

Fridays, 3 – 4 p.m.

May 5, 12, 19 – Tenure Track Faculty

May 26 – Teaching Faculty

Save the Date

Back by popular demand: Faculty Food Truck and Fun, Noon-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21. More details to come!

Upcoming Meetings

Feb 24, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Chairs/Directors Workshop: Zoom Session with Chairs and their Tenure-Track Faculty -- Tenure, Promotion, and Mentoring Faculty Meeting

Leaders: Deboleena Roy, Becky Gunter

Mar 3, 8:30 - 9:30 AM Chairs/Directors Workshop: Evaluation and Merit Process for Faculty and Staff

Location: Candler Library, Room 114

Leaders: Deboleena Roy, Laura Papotto

Mar 20, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Department Chair meeting

Location: Ackerman Hall, 3rd Floor Carlos Museum