August 28, 2023 Volume 9 Issue 2

Today's Issue

Important undergraduate announcements, faculty funding and professional development opportunities, as well as upcoming workshops for department chairs and new faculty members are featured in today’s Faculty Focus.

Meet the New Faculty!

Emory College of Arts and Sciences welcomes an exceptional and diverse cohort of 64 new faculty members across all disciplines to campus this year. They reflect ambitious recruitment and hiring over the last year. Learn more about them here.

Undergraduate Announcements


Add/Drop/Swap ends on September 6, but students may also petition to drop classes without penalty through September 26. Students who register for classes during add/drop/swap should not be penalized for missing classes prior to the point at which they enroll; however, it is their responsibility to make up any missed work.

Accommodated Exam Proctoring

The Office for Undergraduate Education (OUE) Accommodated Testing Services (ACTS) will proctor exams for students with accommodations through the Department of Accessibility Services (DAS). Here are some reminders about this service: 

Spring Incomplete Deadline

Friday, September 8 is the deadline for students to submits incomplete work from Spring 2023.

Final Exam Schedule and Policy Reminder

College policy restricts faculty from giving quizzes and tests during the last weeks of classes or on reading days. Faculty holding final exams must also adhere to the final exam schedule published by the Registrar. 

Student Absences

Please note that the OUE does not excuse absences for short-term or routine illnesses. Students may choose to submit the student self-certification form for short-term absences, but completion of this form does not constitute an OUE excused absence. Handling student absences is part of classroom management, and the form is simply a way for students to notify instructors that they are ill and not attending. See Guidelines for faculty regarding student absences.


Gradescope is now available for College faculty. This is an automated grading tool integrated within Canvas; it supports traditional bubble sheet tests as well as variable-length assignments (problem sets, etc.) and other quizzes and exams.

Faculty Funding and Development Opportunities

CFDE 2023-24 Writing Retreats: Apply by Sept. 5

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) will again offer four faculty writing retreats in the 2023-24 academic year. The retreats vary in length and format. All regular, full-time faculty members are invited to apply.

The structure of the retreats will be flexible to allow participants to "take what they need" from the experience: long stretches of writing/focus/deep concentration time and little else; work with a writing coach to develop a sustainable and productive writing practice; or focus on building a writing practice within a community of other faculty writers and establish a writing group.

All participants must also be able to commit to attending the entire retreat. All expenses will be paid except for transportation to and from the retreats.  

Space is limited. Preference will be given to applicants who have not yet participated in a CFDE faculty writing retreat. On the application form we ask that you rank your preferences among the four retreats offered. Eligibility is limited to full-time Emory faculty. 

The application deadline is Tuesday, Sept 5, 2023. Applicants will be notified of selection status no later than September 13. To learn more and to apply, please visit this CFDE webpage

International Research Grants

The Halle Institute-Tel Aviv University Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) is now open to all full-time faculty members.

These grants primarily support mobility for innovative collaborative research projects between Emory faculty and faculty from our partner universities. Collaborative research may be in any field or discipline and take place in any country or region. 

Grant guidelines, the application process, and a full list of fall 2023 CRG opportunities can be found online


  • University of Bonn – Monday, September 25 
  • Yonsei University – Monday, October 2 
  • Tel Aviv University – Monday, October 30

Call for Applications: 2024-25 ILA Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellow

The Interdisciplinary Teaching 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 Institute for Liberal Arts (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.

For more information or to apply, visit the ILA website here. Applications are due Friday, October 20 by 5 p.m. EST.

Apply for the Hightower Speaker Funds

Each year Emory College of Arts and Sciences receives funds from the Hightower endowment, which memorializes the late Robert E. Hightower, Sr. This endowment provides funds to bring outstanding visiting speakers to Emory. The College typically support requests up to $5,000 depending on the level and duration of the speaking commitment and engagement with Emory College students and faculty.

Hightower applications are now accepted and reviewed on a rolling schedule. Apply online

Pedagogy Mini Grant Request

Emory College offers mini grants to support faculty teaching. A mini grant should be used for an activity 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 for the Pedagogy Mini Grant online.

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.

2023-2024 Workshop Schedules

2023-2024 College Chairs and Directors Workshop Schedule

Department Faculty and Staff Management 

9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Friday, September 8. Location: Psychology Bldg. Room 250 

Undergraduate Education Policies, Procedures, and Programs and Pathways Center  

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 27. Location: Psychology Building, Room 250

2023-2024 New Faculty Workshop Schedule

Office of Undergraduate Education 

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, September 8. Location: Psychology Bldg. Room 220 

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: Psychology Bldg. Room 220   

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, Tuesday, 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 
  • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 3. Location: TBD 

Upcoming Meetings

Aug 30, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Senate Meeting

Location: Robert W. Woodruff Library

Sep 20, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Senate Meeting

Location: Robert W. Woodruff Library