August 16, 2023 Volume 9 Issue 1

Welcome Back!

As we gear up for Fall semester, today’s Faculty Focus includes information on the Annual College Staff Service Award Honoree Ceremony this Thursday on the Quad, the annual Gate Crossing + Coke Toast for the Class of 2027, as well as important notes on uploading syllabi, international travel, as well as workshops for new faculty and department chairs.

You're Invited! The Annual College Staff Service Award Ceremony Aug. 17

All faculty and staff are invited to the Annual College Staff Service Award Honoree Ceremony and the New School Year Kickoff at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 17 on the Emory Quad, hosted by our new dean, Barbara Krauthamer.

Come celebrate College staff who have reached milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years of service to Emory University and Emory College of Arts & Sciences during the 2022-2023 academic year.

A boxed breakfast from Panera will be available for the first 200 attendees. There will be a mimosa toast to express our gratitude for our staff and to welcome the new school year.

For more information, please visit the Staff Service Award web page.

Fall Syllabi Due Today

Syllabi from all undergraduate courses must be posted to the Course Atlas for the fall semester. Faculty are asked to submit a copy of their fall syllabus (which may be marked as a draft), a syllabus from the course from a recent semester, or an outline of the syllabus to the undergraduate staff in their department or program by Wednesday, August 16 for posting to the Atlas. 

Emory Gate Crossing + Coke Toast: Welcome the Class of 2027 Aug. 21

All Emory community members are invited to celebrate a new Emory tradition at 11:15 a.m., Monday, August 21 as we welcome the Class of 2027 as they walk through the iconic Haygood-Hopkins Gate to mark the beginning of their journey at Emory. The Emory community is invited to cheer on its newest members as they proceed to the quad where President Fenves will lead the annual Coke Toast. Only 30 minutes of your day will make memories that last a lifetime for new students. Add to your calendar now!

Gradescope Now Available for College Courses

Emory College has secured a license for Gradescope, an automated grading tool that is now integrated with Canvas. Gradescope supports traditional bubble sheets as well as variable-length assignments (problem sets and projects) and other fixed-template assignments (quizzes, exams, etc.). It is designed to assist with the grading of both paper-based assignments (which are scanned and uploaded by students or faculty) and digital assignments.

The bubble sheet assignment feature in Gradescope allows instructors to administer multiple-choice exams and to scan and upload students completed bubble sheets for automated grading. There is more information about Gradescope on the Learning Design website, including instructions for activating your Gradescope account through Canvas and using the Gradescope bubble sheet feature. (Please note that you must initialize your Gradescope account through Canvas before you will have access through

Traveling Abroad? Register for International SOS

Due to recent international incidents, it remains a top priority to educate all Emory travelers on the importance and rationale for registering with International SOS.

International SOS Overview

Emory contracts with International SOS to provide security and medical evacuation services, and a variety of online health, safety, and security resources for the university community traveling abroad on university business or sponsored activities. When employees purchase plane tickets through an Emory travel agency (CTM, Maupin, Partners Travel Management/Cadence Travel), their air itinerary is automatically registered with International SOS as a benefit to Emory travelers. If a ticket is purchased through a non-Emory travel agency, employees much register via International SOS’ My Trips. Visit the Global Strategy and Initiatives website for more details.

Beginning Fall 2022, in additional to the evacuation coverage, Emory faculty, staff, and students on Emory-sponsored international travel (Emory business, study abroad, research, etc.) now have emergency medical insurance.

Join the 2023-24 Fulbright Campus Committees

The National Scholarships & Fellowships Program (NS&FP) in the Pathways Center is currently recruiting faculty and staff to serve on our Fulbright Campus Committees for the 2023-24 Fulbright application cycle.

Each year, NS&FP supports upwards of 55 Fulbright applicants, across Research/Study and English Teaching Assistantship grants, to dozens of countries. Emory is consistently recognized as a top producer of Fulbright recipients, and our applicants’ success is not possible without the support of Emory faculty and staff during the campus interview process.

Fulbright Research/Study

This award funds one year of research/study in a foreign country for students or recent alumni with previous research experience and/or preparation for graduate study abroad, strong academic records, and interest in cultural exchange. Language requirements vary by country. 

Fulbright ETA

This award funds one year as an English Teaching Assistant in a foreign country for students or recent alumni with some teaching, mentoring, or related experience and interest in cultural exchange. Language requirements vary by country.

If you are interested in serving as a panelist for review and/or interview and selection processes for other National Scholarships & Fellowships Program awards, there are many opportunities to serve. Contact  Jessie McCrary for more information.

Join the Monthly 'Ask RCRA' Community Forum

The Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs (RCRA) invites faculty and staff to our monthly "Ask RCRA" community forum! Learn more about important research compliance information, including regulatory updates and institutional changes in policies and procedures.

Register here. You will receive instructions by email on how to join the meeting after registering online.

Please submit your questions to be answered during the session to or

Department Chair and New Faculty Workshops

2023-2024 College Chairs and Directors Workshop Schedule 

Department Faculty and Staff Management

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., Friday, September 8. Location: TBD

Undergraduate Education Policies, Procedures, and Programs and Pathways Center (Chairs and Directors) 

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 27. (date subject to change) Location: Psychology Building, Room 250

Department Faculty and Staff Management (Chairs and Directors) 

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., Friday, October 27. Location: TBD 

2023-2024 New Faculty Workshop Schedule

New Faculty Orientation

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 24, Jones Room, 3rd Floor (Woodruff Library)

Office of Undergraduate Education 

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, September 8. Location: TBD

Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at Emory and Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program 

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, October 27. Location: TBD 

Workshops ONLY for departments that have been approved for searches in the 2023-2024 academic year

Workshop on Faculty Recruitment for Excellence and Diversity 

10 a.m. – Noon,  Friday, August 29, Jones Room, Woodruff Library 

Implicit Biases and Best Practices – Practical Application in Search Conversations 

All faculty search committee members should sign up for ONE of the specific sessions offered below - preferably as a group.

Sessions led by Nahomi Ichino and Deboleena Roy. Please RSVP to

  • 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 18. Location: TBD
  • 11 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 3. Location: TBD