March 15, 2023 Volume 8 Issue 15

Today's Issue

Registration for Fall 2023 is approaching, the ChatGPT discussion continues, and applications for ILA Sidecar courses are being accepted. Read this and more in today’s Faculty Focus.

Fall 2023 Course Registration, Advising & the New GER

The registration period for Fall 2023 classes runs March 27 through April 12. In addition, new general education requirements will apply to students who enroll at Emory or Oxford College in Fall 2023 or later. Faculty can use the Faculty and Staff Guide to GERs in advising conversations with students.

Dates to remember


Registration advising is scheduled to take place between March 20 and April 7.

Fall 2023 Registration  

Fall registration in OPUS will take place from March 27 to April 12.

Still have questions?

ChatGPT/AI Webinar March 24

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence presents a second session on “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Higher Education” from noon -1:30 p.m., Friday, March 24. Register here. The event is sponsored by the Emory College Honor Council, CFDE, and AI. Humanity

This Q&A with faculty experts will focus on the medium-and long-term impact of artificial intelligence for pedagogy and higher education, starting with opening remarks by Provost Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Panelists include: 

  • Eric Weeks (Moderator), Director, CFDE, and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Lauren Klein, Associate Professor of English and Quantitative Theory and Methods, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fei Liu, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Matthew Sag, Professor of Law, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science, Emory Law
  • Phillip Wolff, Professor of Psychology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences 

Faculty Activity Reports Open March 17

The Online Faculty Activity Report in Interfolio Faculty 180 will be available for data entry starting this Friday, March 17. Grant data from Emory’s Research Administration Services system is being pre-populated this year although that work may not be complete until the week of March 20th.

Instructions will be sent this week to chairs, directors and lead staff for distribution to their faculty. All Online Faculty Activity Reports in Interfolio Faculty 180 must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 30. No extension will be possible.Your department chair will let you know if there is an earlier, department-specific, deadline for activity report completion.

Chairs, directors and lead staff will receive evaluation and merit documents during the week of April 17. The packet will include:

  • Instructions for lead staff on creating faculty annual merit and performance review cases in RPT
  • Instructions for chairs on accessing Faculty Evaluation forms within Interfolio RPT
  • Instructions for chairs on accessing and using the ECAS Faculty Merit Tool
  • Staff Evaluation instructions.

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.

Arts and Social Justice Fellows: Application Deadline Extended

The Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program is accepting faculty applications for the Fall 2023 cohort. The deadline for faculty applications has been extended to Friday, March 31.

Artist fellows work with their faculty partner to reimagine an existing course and injecting a creative approach to addressing the social justice issues surfaced within class conversations. Faculty from across Emory University may apply. Apply to the program online.

Call for Applications for Sidecar Courses

The Institute for the 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.   

Sidecar courses are intended to help students integrate ideas from different fields and allow them to explore a topic both more deeply and creatively. If you are interested but you don't have a partner, please email us at the addresses below. 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 for Fall 2023. Proposals are due Friday, March 24. Review the proposal requirements and submit your proposal online here

STEM Cel (Community Engaged Learning) Workshop March 29

This CFDE community-engaged learning workshop is designed for faculty, graduate instructors, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduate members of labs in the STEM fields who may be applying for or are already engaged with National Science Foundation grants or other similar grants that require evidence of "broader impacts." Broader impacts are often accomplished through engagement with community partners. The workshop takes place from 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 29. For more information and to register, visit this link.

The workshop will be facilitated by:

  • Eric Weeks , director of the CFDE, associate vice provost for faculty affairs, and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics, and
  • Vialla Hartfield-Méndez, director of engaged learning in the CFDE and teaching professor in Spanish and Portuguese.

2023-2024 Pre-Tenure and Tenure Review Process

The 2023-2024 pre-tenure and tenure review processes begin soon. The Office of Faculty is contacting chairs about faculty who are scheduled for review during the upcoming academic year. Chairs should email by April 1 with the names of any additional faculty from their departments who will be completing a pre-tenure or tenure review during 2023-2024. More information is available here.

COACHE Survey: Your Voice Matters

All full-time Emory College faculty are encouraged to complete the 2023 COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey using their unique link to the survey sent from one of the following emails: or If you have questions about your eligibility, contact If you accidentally deleted or cannot find the email containing your personalized survey link, contact The survey will close on Friday, April 7.

This 25-minute survey can be completed in one sitting or saved allowing you the flexibility to complete it later. Visit COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey for more information.

Attend a Teaching Table March 22

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. The next lunch takes place Wednesday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m. Register here.

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 for any inquiries.

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 with appropriate details. A staff member will follow up with the student to provide support as needed.

2023 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Each year during Undergraduate Research Week, Emory features the research of hundreds of students. The 2023 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium takes place Monday, May 24 and will showcase student work from all fields, including humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and creative and performing arts. 

If you have a student or know of a student researcher interested in presenting, please encourage them to apply. Presentations can be oral or poster presentations.

Applications for presenters are due:

April 3 - Abstract Applications
April 13 - Poster Presentation Applications

Space is limited. Learn more and submit applications on the URP Symposia website. 

Social Impact Networking Night

The Pathways Center is hosting its first local event for Emory alumni in Atlanta with a Social Impact Networking Night Monday, April 24 at the Carter Center. 

Faculty are invited to come and meet members of Emory’s growing network of alumni influencing change in social causes that matter. This business casual networking night brings together professionals and leaders in the government, policy, legal education, and nonprofit sectors. If you know of any local Emory alumni currently working in the above industry sectors, please share this event with them. Registration information is available on the website.

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 has 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 Distinguished Emeritus Fellows details can be found online.

Visit Science Gallery Atlanta April 1 for Emory Community Day

Science Gallery Atlanta (SGA) will host Community Day Saturday, April 1 to provide an opportunity for Emory faculty, staff, and students to explore JUSTICE, this year’s SGA exhibit. The event is sponsored by Emory’s Office of Research.

The JUSTICE exhibition season invites researchers, artists, and audiences to contemplate and reimagine some of the current big ideas in our society that have local and global impact—criminal justice, labor practices, transit, climate change, housing, food access, health inequity, data agency, and more. Register online for JUSTICE Community Day.

Shuttle service from the Emory campus to Science Gallery Atlanta and back will be available. Each guest will also receive a ticket for free food from local vendors (while supplies last).

Dean of Faculty Office Hours

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

March 2023  

Fridays, 3 – 4 p.m.

March 17 – Tenure Track Faculty

March 24 – Teaching Track Faculty

April 2023  

Fridays, 3 - 4 p.m.

April 7 – Tenure Track Faculty

April 14 – Teaching Track Faculty

May 2023  

Fridays, 3 – 4 p.m.

May 5 – Tenure Track Faculty

May 26 – Teaching Faculty

Faculty Food Truck & Fun March 21

Please join the Office of Faculty and your colleagues with the return of the Faculty Food Truck & Fun gathering Tuesday, March 21 from noon – 1:30 p.m. outside White Hall (Quad side). This event is for Emory College faculty. Come and enjoy delicious food from Tres Jardines and live entertainment from Professor Dan Benardot.

You must RSVP here to reserve your spot. Please RSVP by Monday, March 20.

Upcoming Meetings

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

Location: Ackerman Hall, 3rd Floor Carlos Museum

Apr 24, 4:00 - 6:00 PM Celebration Honoring Retiring Faculty

Location: Ackerman Hall, 3rd Floor Carlos Museum