September 26, 2023 Volume 9 Issue 4

Today's Issue

This week’s Faculty Focus includes important information on emergency preparedness, upcoming deadlines for International Awards, Chronos Faculty Fellowship applications, and a reminder for mid-semester grade submissions for struggling students.

Emergency Preparedness: Be Emory Ready

At Emory, everyone is empowered to play a role in creating a safe and prepared community. The Emory READY campaign is a collective effort to drive greater preparedness and readiness across our campus community in the event of an emergency or critical event. Launched this fall, Emory READY is designed to help strengthen each person’s ability to be aware, prepared and ready when on campus.

There are five simple steps to become better prepared:

Read more about emergency preparedness in Emory Report or stop by Emory’s Annual Safety Fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, October 5 on Cox Bridge and Asbury Circle.

Undergraduate Announcements

Submit Mid-Semester Grades for Struggling Students

Beginning this semester, faculty who are teaching 100- and 200-level courses are asked to submit mid-semester grades for any students who are earning a C-minus or below. The purpose of mid-semester grades is to identify students who are struggling in individual classes early in the semester so that OUE can connect them with advising and support services as part of the College’s overall retention efforts.

Midsemester grade rosters will be available in OPUS between September 25 and October 4. Grades for 300- and 400-level courses and grades higher than a C minus, do not need to be reported. Contact for questions.

Deadline Reminder: Grading basis deadline and partial withdrawal deadline Wednesday, October 11.

Student Retention Resources

Faculty are on the front-line and may be aware of students who are struggling or uncertain about staying at Emory. We want to help connect students to resources and help them find opportunities at Emory.

Students thinking about transferring

OUE receives the Retention Alert Form and uses the information in advising meetings with students. Email:

Students who are having difficulties (academic, social, medical, personal)

The Student of Concern Form can connect the student with academic resources through OUE, or non-academic resources through the Campus Life Student Intervention team.

Faculty Funding and Development Opportunities

Emory College Chronos Faculty Fellowship: Applications Due November 1

Emory College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for the Chronos Faculty Fellowship for a tenured faculty member in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Honoring the critical importance of time in the scholarly work of research and writing, the Chronos Faculty Fellowship will support one academic year of leave (salary and $10,000 in research/travel funds). This opportunity was established to support creative and ambitious scholarship in the post-tenure period when time for immersive research/writing can be especially difficult to secure.

The successful fellowship recipient will advance a bold research question and demonstrate the capacity to disseminate the results of that research through clear and compelling writing. The Chronos Faculty Fellowship is funded through a generous grant by the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation. In concert with this generous gift, the College will fund a Visiting Assistant Professorship (or similar instructional opportunity) in the successful Chronos Fellowship recipient’s field to provide a professional development opportunity for an individual in the early career stage, and to ensure the coverage of relevant courses.

Fellowship applications should include the following:

  • CV
  • A research/writing proposal no longer than 3 single spaced pages
  • A brief letter of endorsement from the department chair
  • Courses to be released during the academic year of leave

Proposals should be submitted to no later than Wednesday, November 1.

Engage with Corporate and Foundation Relations

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (OCFR) partners with schools and units across Emory University, to provide support for where mutual impact, interests, and strengths align with corporate entities and foundations.

The OCFR team embraces a holistic approach to engagement, serving as a central point of contact and external gateway for university-wide corporate and foundation partnerships. If you are interested in grant seeking and/or pursuing any foundation or corporate funding (not limited to the opportunities below) please reach out to Nicole Dancz-Bal to learn more about how OCFR can support you. Current opportunities and deadlines include:

CFDE Series: Leveraging Rejection into Research

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence will offer a two-part workshop series this fall for faculty, graduate students, and post-docs on strategies to improve manuscript and grant proposals.

Part 1: Mastering Reviewer Feedback

Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 4
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18
CFDE Woodruff Library Suite 216 or via Zoom

Have you experienced the challenges and setbacks of a difficult reviewer whether it’s for a manuscript, book chapter, monograph, or book? These critiques can be both an emotional and intellectual hurdle to overcome, particularly after dedicating so much work, consideration, and persistence into preparing the original submission. In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn from a distinguished panel of senior scholars at Emory who will share effective strategies for navigating and addressing reviewers’ comments.

Part 2: Navigating Grant Proposal Rejections

Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 18
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1
CFDE Woodruff Library Suite 216 or via Zoom

Developing grant proposals is no simple task. Hours of work go into developing the research plan, contextualizing that research plan in the established literature, and building partnerships and collaborations, among other grant development tasks. After all that work, receiving a decline letter can be challenging. What steps should you take now that the proposal has been declined? Should you revise and resubmit for the next funding cycle? Should you consider a different funding opportunity? In this session, a distinguished panel of senior scholars at Emory University will share their experiences in turning grant proposal setbacks into success.

If you require disability-related accommodation to participate in these events, please contact Carol Colaninno, CFDE, at to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Community Engagement Info Session: Emory and the Latin American Association

Join the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence for a Community Engagement Information Session to explore Emory’s collaborations with the Latin American Association (LAA), especially the upcoming Latino Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC) on Saturday, November 11. We will explore:

  • Nuts and bolts of working together across institutions and with community members
  • How you and your students can be involved in the LYLC
  • Resources available (grants, connections, etc.)

The info session takes place from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 28, in Centro LatinX, Cox Hall, 3rd Floor. Conversation leaders include: Luis Andino (LAA Managing Director of Youth Services) Vialla Hartfield-Méndez (Director of Engaged Learning, CFDE), and Taína Figueroa (Associate Director of Center for Women in Campus Life). RSVP at this link.

2023-2024 Workshop Schedules

2023-2024 College Chairs and Directors Workshop Schedule

Undergraduate Education Policies, Procedures, and Programs and Pathways Center

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

2023-2024 New Faculty Workshop Schedule

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

Friday, October 27
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Psychology Bldg. Room 220
Leaders: Eric Weeks & Paula Gomes

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

Implicit Biases and Best Practices – Practical Application in Search Conversations

All faculty search committee members who did not attend the session offered 9/18, should sign up for this session: Please RSVP to

Tuesday, October 3
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Atwood Chemistry, Room 360