April 12, 2023 Volume 8 Issue 17

Today's Issue

Learn more about this summer’s NSF CAREER Proposal Academy, volunteering at Commencement, preparation for course evaluations, plus get details on Undergraduate Research Week and other relevant information in today’s issue.

Spring 2023 Course Evaluation Schedule

Spring 2023 course evaluations for undergraduate, and most graduate courses, are open for review and customization by department staff through Friday, April 14.

  • Instructors can add their own customizations until April 13.
  • By default, Emory College course evaluations will open for student submission at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 17 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 (the final Reading Day).
  • The latest possible date for evaluations is Wednesday, May 3.
  • Once closed, evaluations cannot typically be reopened. However, prior to closure instructors can check their evaluation response rates via the Course Evaluations page on Canvas (a minimum of half the class must respond for full reporting).
  • Instructors are encouraged to set aside time in final classes for students to fill out the class evaluation, and remind students to do them.

Departments may contact the Office of the Faculty (at ec-courseevals@emory.edu) about staff or curricular changes that might affect their evaluation process, or for any other questions.

Faculty Activity Reports Available Now

The Online Faculty Activity Report in Interfolio Faculty 180 is now available for data entry. 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 deadline for activity report completion.

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

  • 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 Activity Reporting Support Now Available: The central Facet team is offering open office hours to answer questions related to faculty activity reporting data entry in the Faculty 180 system. As needed, the team is available for 1-1 support. There are also online resources available.

Open Office Hours | 12-1 p.m. (drop-in)
Join via Zoom.

  • Wednesday, April 19
  • Wednesday, April 26

For additional support, please contact facet.help@emory.edu.

2022-2023 Teaching Track Faculty Promotion Deadline

Chairs and directors should notify the Office of Faculty (dean_of_faculty@emory.edu) by Monday, May 1 about any teaching-track faculty members who plan to be reviewed for promotion to Associate Teaching Professor during 2023-24. More information is available here.

NSF CAREER Proposal Academy: Ten-Week Program Available this Summer

Early-career faculty in the sciences and social sciences can join the 10-week NSF CAREER Proposal Academy organized by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence to help develop a competitive proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program.

The Academy will consist of weekly 90-minute workshops covering all aspects of proposal development, including mentoring, coaching, and quiet writing time.

Sessions will be held every Wednesday starting May 17 through July 19 in a hybrid format, in person and via Zoom. Participants must plan to submit a new proposal or revise and resubmit a previous one by July 26 and meet NSF's eligibility criteria.

The deadline to register for this program is Monday, April 24. Registration and an overview of the program can be found on the CFDE website.

Call for Applications: Open Access Book Subventions

The Digital Publishing in the Humanities (DPH) program offers subventions of up to $15,000 to faculty members who have a book under contract that they would like to make “open” (available to read for free online) immediately upon publication. These subventions are paid directly to the publisher, who produces and hosts the open e-book (generally in PDF or EPUB format). Open books may also be added to digital repositories such as JSTOR, Project Muse, and HathiTrust in order to make it easier for readers to find them.

Contrary to expectations, recent data from the TOME initiative show that sales of print editions of open monographs are holding steady with the sales of comparable non-open monographs. At the same time, open monographs average a tenfold increase in readership compared to purchase-only books.

Applications for open access subventions are open to all Emory College faculty. More information and the application form are available here. Please contact Mae Velloso-Lyons with questions (m.velloso-lyons@emory.edu). Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 1.

Hightower Speaker Fund Applications for Fall 2023 Events

The College is accepting Hightower Speaker Fund applications for Fall 2023 events. Hightower applications are now being accepted and reviewed by the committee on a rolling schedule. Applications received between May 15 – August 15 will be considered at the beginning of the fall semester.

A successful Hightower Speaker Funds request is defined as follows:

  • Hightower Speaker Funds are limited to honoraria only.
  • Other funding sources, including departmental or program support, committed to the program or event must be outlined in the request.
  • The program or event promotes interdisciplinary, college-wide discussion and dialogue on important topics in a variety of fields.
  • Requestors should describe in a brief paragraph of student (undergraduate and graduate) engagement.

All requests must be submitted using the Hightower Application Form. Visit the Hightower Speaker Fund web page for additional application details.

Volunteers Needed for Commencement

Emory University's Commencement is Emory's day where staff members from across campus volunteer to help as thousands come to gather to salute the Class of 2023. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, May 3, for the annual "Chair Rodeo" where the 14,000 chairs are set up on the Quad. On Commencement Day Monday, May 8, volunteers are needed in various roles to direct and support guests. Anyone can volunteer and should talk to their supervisor about participating. Join the tradition! Register today or contact University Events for more information.

Upcoming Events

Undergraduate Research Week 2023

Emory College faculty and staff are invited to participate in Undergraduate Research Week 2023. Events begin this Friday, April 14 and conclude with the Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium from noon-7 p.m., Monday, April 24 in the Emory Student Center multi-purpose rooms.

Attend various presentations, events, talks, and symposia highlighting the scholarly work and research of undergraduate students across campus, and learn about opportunities that your students can take part in as undergraduate researchers and support the work of your students and student-mentees.

Find the full event schedule here.

Emory College Distinguished Faculty Lecture April 28

All faculty are invited to the second annual Emory College Distinguished Faculty Lecture at 1 p.m., Friday, April 28 in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. Professor Monika Raj, from Department of Chemistry will deliver a talk on "Chemical Tools for Biological Discovery.” The lecture will be followed by the Emory College Senate’s end of the academic year reception.

LINC Symposium and Reception

Learn more about the ILA’s LINC courses during the upcoming LINC Symposium and Reception from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, in Callaway Memorial Center S420.

LINC courses pair faculty from different disciplines to create connections between their courses and cultivate classroom inclusivity by connecting different subjects and encouraging collaboration between faculty and students. A list of current LINC courses for Spring 2023 is available online.

Save the Date – Staff Fest 2023

The 45th Annual Staff Fest is back – 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, May 12 on the Quad.

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

April 2023  

Fridays, 3 - 4 p.m.

April 14 – Tenure Track Faculty

April 21 – Teaching Track Faculty

May 2023  

Fridays, 3 – 4 p.m.

May 5 – Tenure Track Faculty

Upcoming Meetings

Apr 17, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Department Operations Meeting for ECAS Lead Staff

Location: Zoom (contact your ECAS HR Associate for link)

Apr 17, 4:00 - 5:30 PM ECAS 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