November 7, 2023 Volume 9 Issue 7

Today's Issue

Don’t forget: Annual Benefits Enrollment period expires tonight! Check out multiple faculty funding opportunities, including new programs at the Fox Center and summer undergraduate research stipends for humanities, arts, and social sciences faculty, and other opportunities.

Annual Benefits Enrollment

Emory’s Annual Benefits Enrollment period expires tonight, Monday, November 6 at 11:59 p.m.  During the enrollment period, you can select or make changes to your benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and more.

This is also the time for you to set aside funds for your 2024 Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dependent Day Care FSA, or Health Savings Account (HSA). Find out what is new, how to enroll, or make updates on the Annual Benefits Enrollment page.

New and Promoted Faculty Reception Nov. 16

Emory College of Arts and Sciences will proudly recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of new faculty, newly promoted faculty, and named chairs during a reception hosted by Dean Krauthamer at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, November 16 in Goizueta Business School, W525 West Wing Reception Hall (1300 Clifton Road). This gathering promises to be an evening of recognition, camaraderie, and reflection on our shared commitment to excellence in academia. 

Please confirm your attendance by completing the RSVP form by November 10. Read the new faculty bios here.


Online Course Evaluations

Emory College will administer online course evaluations later this semester. All preparation and customization of department evaluations should be completed prior to the Thanksgiving break.  Two-hour “configuration workshops” for department staff (not instructors), will be held on the follow dates and times:

  • Tuesday, November 14, 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Friday, November 17, 10 a.m. – Noon

Each session will provide a guided opportunity to collectively step through the preparatory process with close support. Please register online. Participants may email questions to

Teaching Resources

CFDE Workshop Nov. 9: Dialogue, Discussion, or Debate?

This experiential session hosted by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence will explore the nuances of dialogue, discussion, and debate in the classroom. It will help clarify their use and what instructions are needed to facilitate each type of interaction.

Workshop description: Interaction among students is a highly encouraged, engaging activity that can be done in class or online and is foundational to many classes. But how do you select the best method depending on the topic, question, and learning goal? Are you asking students to participate in a dialogue where they look for common ground and shared meaning, a discussion where they present ideas and seek answers, or a debate where they affirm a point of view and look for flaws in the other argument? All have their place in a class, but when? This session will address these and other questions.

Register here. The workshop takes place from 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Thursday, November 9 in CFDE, Woodruff Library, Suite 216.  Limited spots are available. Please sign up if you are interested. If the demand is high, CFDE will offer this session again.

Gradescope Now Available for All College Courses

As faculty prepare for final exams, please note that 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 & 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. 

There is more information about Gradescope on the Emory College Learning Design website, including instructions for activating your Gradescope account through Canvas and using the Gradescope bubble sheet feature. Two training workshops over Zoom in partnership with the Canvas team are available:

Faculty Funding and Development Opportunities

2024 PERS Applications Due Nov. 17

The Office of Research Funding Support has officially opened the 2024 application cycle for the Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship (PERS). The PERS program is designed to support and enhance research and scholarly activities within our institution, and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of this funding opportunity. This program provides financial support to help advance research and scholarship initiatives.

Key Information:

  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 17
  • More information and to apply for PERS 2024, please visit the PERS program webpage

 If you have any questions or need further information about the PERS program or the application process, email

Winship Awards for Teaching-Track Faculty

Emory College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce a competition for the Winship Awards for Associate Teaching Professors and Teaching Professors.

The Winship Awards, typically one or two per academic year, will provide a one-semester leave (i.e. a release from both teaching and service) and a $1,500 budget for professional expenses during the year of the award. Winners of the Winship Awards may take their leaves during either semester of the 2024-2025 academic year. Read more about the Winship Awards for Teaching-Track Faculty Guidelines and the application process.

Questions and applications should be emailed to Deboleena Roy, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty. Application deadline is Friday, December 8, 5 p.m

SURE Funding Available for Faculty

Undergraduate Research Programs is excited to provide faculty in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences with financial incentives to mentor students who participate in Emory’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

URP offers summer stipends to faculty in these disciplines (and for faculty in all fields who do not receive grant funding during the summer), to lead students in facilitating research on a tiered basis:

  • 1 Student: $1,500
  • 2 Students: $2,000
  • 3 Students: $2,500

For more information, visit the SURE web page.

Two New Funding Opportunities at the Fox Center

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry announces two new programs for faculty: Interdisciplinary Research Hubs and Major Works Review Grants.

Interdisciplinary Research Hubs will engage critical themes and debates within the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences. Convenors are encouraged to engage faculty across departments/programs/schools and rank, as well as participants from other Atlanta institutions. Beyond the familiar seminar or reading group, Research Hubs will inspire a range of activities convening faculty (and students where appropriate), visiting scholars, workshops, panels, and modest conferences to advance humanistic scholarship, methods, and interdisciplinary engagement.

Clusters may meet bi-weekly, or monthly and will be supported for one year, (with the possibility of renewal). Faculty are encouraged to be experimental and collaborative.  Those who have not been prior recipients of FCHI support are especially encouraged to apply. A modest research stipend will be awarded to the convenor(s) as well as support for programming.  

Major Works Review Grants are available to faculty as they prepare a book manuscript for publication or a major work of art for performance, screening, or exhibition, and are open to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences with manuscripts nearing completion. The external reviewer will provide a detailed “arms-length” review of the work, with constructive criticism and suggestions for placing the work with publishers. The Fox Center will provide $1,000 stipends for each external reviewer.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

For more information on either opportunity, please contact Carla Freeman, Director of the Fox Center. 

Corporate and Foundation Relations: New Grant Opportunities

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

2024 Call for Concepts: Exploring Democracy, Environmental Justice, and Social Justice

Faculty member or dean in a program or department in the humanities or humanistic social sciences, or the institution’s provost, and should have the support of the institution’s senior academic leadership.

  • Organization: Mellow Foundation (Limited Opportunity)
  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, November 16 
Interdisciplinary Social and Natural Science Research Projects on Critical Minerals and Metals in the United States

Grants are for interdisciplinary social and natural science research projects on critical minerals and metals in the U.S., led by early- and mid-career scholars. Lead principal investigator must be Assistant or Associate Professors, or in equivalent positions, based at United States universities or colleges.

  • Organization: Sloan Foundation
  • Submission Deadline: Monday, December 18

Grants Available for Emory Projects Supporting Black Communities, Women and Girls

The Black Emory and Women of Emory Impact Circles invite Emory faculty and staff to submit funding proposals for Emory projects and programs that advance the causes of their respective communities of interest on campus, in Atlanta, and beyond. Emory students may also submit applications on behalf of registered Emory student organizations.

Learn more about grant eligibility and submit your applications for the Black Emory Impact Circle here and  the Women of Emory Impact Circle here. Applications will be accepted online through Wednesday, January 24, 2024, with funds to be used during the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Fall 2023 Atlanta Interdisciplinary AI Network Seed Grants 

The Atlanta Interdisciplinary AI (AIAI) Network is offering seed grants of up to $5,000 to support projects and professional development that will help to expand the AIAI Network.

They are eager to expand the AIAI Network by supporting:

  • New projects and other research collaborations at the intersection of AI and the humanities that are taking place in and around Atlanta
  • New projects and collaborations about the intersection of AI and Atlanta
  • Professional development funds to enable new AIAI members to support events of their own, such as reading groups, training workshops, speaker series, community events, etc.

Project teams must include at least one humanities researcher and must be situated in one or both of the following areas: AI and the humanities, and AI and Atlanta.

For more information and to apply, please visit this AIAI Network webpage.

2023-2024 Department Chair, Program Director Workshops

Tenure-Track, Teaching -Track, Promotion, Mentoring, and Retention (For Chairs and Directors with teaching track faculty)

Friday, November 10
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: TBD
Leader: Deboleena Roy


2023-2024 New Faculty Workshop Schedule

Learning Design Session

Friday, November 10
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Psychology Bldg. Room 220
Leader: Sara Jackson Wade


Upcoming Events

Nov 13, 4:00 PM ECAS Chairs meeting

Location: Carlos Museum (3rd floor, Ackerman Hall)

Dec 11, 2:00 PM Lead Staff Department Operations Meeting

Location: TBD