January 9, 2018

Emory College Strategic Plan Update

The Emory College Faculty Senate and University Provost Dwight McBride have endorsed the Emory College of Arts and Sciences strategic plan, “Leading the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Emory College’s Strategic Priories.” Explore a summary of the plan. The full plan and additional information on the strategic planning process can be found on the Emory College Strategic Planning website.

Faculty and administrators, working collaboratively over the past two years, developed the strategic priorities and initiatives to push forward our liberal arts and sciences leadership and mission with a strong focus on faculty support and development, an exceptional student experience, and targeted research areas that have high potential for broad impact.

New Inclement Weather Make-Up Class Policy

The Emory College of Arts and Sciences administration has developed an Inclement Weather Make-Up Class policy to better support faculty and students in the event of University closures that affect class time. The full policy can be found on the OUE Faculty Resources Web Page. The policy provides make-up options open to faculty in the event of cancelled classes because of University closures as well as links to various technologies faculty may want to use. 

In the event of a closure, faculty have the discretion to choose the best mechanism to deliver class content in an alternate format. For longer closures (defined as three or more days), the College has reserved all Registrar-scheduled classrooms over the course of two weekends to allow for additional in-person class meetings to replace the missed class time as needed. It is critically important that faculty use the scheduled dates for make-up classes and not schedule make-up times independent of the policy.

Spring 2018 Class Make-Up days are:

• Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March 25 (for the first two missed class days)

• Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15 (for the second two missed class days)

Faculty or staff with questions about the policy may contact Senior Associate Dean Joanne Brzinski (poljb@emory.edu) or Jason Ciejka (jciejka@emory.edu). For questions about the logistics of the policy, contact Andrea Lentz (alentz2@emory.edu).

Inclement Weather Communications

The Emory Closing information/inclement weather hotline, 404-727-1234, is available 24-7 to all faculty, staff, and students. Closings and delayed openings also will be posted to the main Emory homepage, www.emory.edu, and across the University’s social media channels. Departments should discuss in advance how closing information will be distributed to staff and faculty should a closing occur.

Requests for Temporary Faculty, Leaves and Course Releases Due Jan. 17

ALL requests for faculty leave, course releases, and temporary faculty are due to the Emory College Office of Faculty by Wednesday, Jan. 17. Copies of the policies and procedures are available on the Office of Faculty Website. If you have questions, please email Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu.

Cuttino Award Nominations Due Feb. 9

Nominations for one of the College’s top awards for Arts & Sciences faculty – the Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring – are now being accepted. This award is named in honor of the late George P. Cuttino, a longtime faculty member in the history department renowned for his mentoring and teaching. It is presented each year during Commencement.

The successful recipient of this prestigious award should exhibit a record of exceptional mentoring. Nomination letters should include specific information about the nominee’s record as a mentor, and nominations signed by, or with letters from multiple faculty, are encouraged. Nominations are due Feb. 9 and should be sent to Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu.

Upcoming Deadlines: Teaching and Research Funding Opportunities

Fox Center Invites Applications for Senior Fellows

The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry will award up to four annual internal Fellowships to tenured members of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences faculty for an academic year of study and residence in the Center. Selected FCHI Senior Fellows will be released from their University teaching and service commitments for the academic year. In addition, Emory College faculty will receive a research budget from the Center. Applications are due Jan. 31. Full details and application information is available on the Fox Center website.

Halle Institute - FCHI Undergraduate Global Research Fellows

The Halle Institute for Global Research and Learning and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI) will offer up to six Fellowships to support research outside the United States for juniors in any school (Arts and Sciences, Business, Nursing) contemplating honors theses or other types of senior capstone projects. The international research portion of the fellowship will be followed by participation in the vibrant research community of Emory faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars based at the FCHI and the Halle Institute. The deadline for applications is Feb. 5, 2018. Download an application.

QEP Evidence-Focused Seminar Workshop

As part of Emory’s Quality Enhancement Plan: The Nature of Evidence, faculty are invited to apply for the fourth Faculty Development Workshop on Evidence-Focused Seminars May 16-18, 2018. Please note: this year the application is open to any faculty member who will teach a First Year Seminar (FSEM) OR an upper level seminar in 2018-2019 (FSEMs will be prioritized). Faculty may choose to develop a new course or re-develop an existing course into an Evidence-Focused Seminar.

Applications are due Jan. 16. Full details and application information can be found on the QEP website. An honorarium of $3,000 is provided.

College Website Support

Special Training Sessions for Cascade 8 Transition

All department website administrators are reminded that the current version of Cascade will be will be upgraded to Cascade 8 on Jan. 27-28, 2018. The Cascade interface will look different from the current version as well as change how users accomplish some tasks. It will likely take users some time to orient to the upgraded system. To prepare for the upgrade, web editors should review the documentation, “Cascade 8 Overview,” and thoroughly explore their sites in the Cascade 8 testing environment  (use your current login information for Cascade).

The Emory College Office of Communications also will host special training sessions, “Cascade 8: What ECAS Web Editors Need to Know.” The seminar will provide current College Cascade users with an introduction to Cascade 8 and highlight the major differences between the current and new versions.

The special sessions will be held in Room 314, Woodruff Library (across from the Jones Room), on the following dates following the upgrade:

  • Jan. 29, 1:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 1, 1:30 p.m.

No sign up is required for the special training sessions.

Cascade Basic Training for New Users, Spring 2018

In addition to the Cascade 8 sessions for experienced users, the Emory College Office of Communications will hold several basic Cascade 8 web training sessions this spring for staff and faculty website administrators. These sessions are especially good for people new to website work or who need a refresher.

Cascade Basic Training for Beginners   

  • Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m.
  • Feb. 20,  1:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • March 21, 10 a.m.-Noon
  • April 17, 2-4p.m. 

All classes take place in Room 314, Woodruff Library, Electronic Classroom (across from the Jones Room). Register for the class on the Emory College Office of Communications website. Contact senior web producer Jill Hennecy with any questions about the training.

Undergraduate Admissions Outreach

Department Letters Due March 9

Emory College’s Directors of Undergraduate Studies are invited to provide letters of welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for admitted students who have expressed an interest in individual departments or programs. 

Several departments have participated in this admissions recruitment effort in recent years. Proactively reaching out to students makes an important difference in the decision of the best students to select Emory, and helps recruit a diverse and talented class. If you need a copy of a letter previously sent from your department, or a template and letter samples to compose an email for admitted students, please contact Beverly Clark, director of communications for Emory College. Send completed letters to Beverly Clark by Friday, March 9.

Emory Speakers Bureau Pilot Program – Survey Deadline Jan. 15

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is piloting an Emory Faculty Speakers Bureau that seeks to showcase the College’s scholarship and academic programs to young scholars in our community. This is an opportunity for Emory to engage with the community, introduce talented students to academe, and showcase how the topics they study apply beyond high school.

Emory College of Arts and Sciences faculty are invited to opt in to participate. Interested Faculty should complete this brief survey by Jan. 15.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will support the logistics of the pilot program (transportation, scheduling, etc.). If you have questions, contact Angela Holmon (angela.holmon@emory.edu). Participation will be noted in any future assessments of university service.

International Collaborations Panel Discussion Feb. 7

As part of its “Thinking Together” series on scholarly collaborations, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, in partnership with the Office of Global Strategies and Initiatives, will host a faculty panel discussion focused on international collaborations at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Jones Room, Woodruff Library. In this session, faculty from different fields who have collaborative projects in other parts of the world and/or with international partners discuss best practices and advice, common pitfalls to avoid, what they think makes for a great international collaboration, how they found collaborators, and more.

Panelists include:

  • Aryeh D. Stein, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

  • Jeffrey Lesser, Department of History, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

  • Deborah Bruner, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

  • Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokepec, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Lunch will be provided. Register here.

Feast of Words Feb. 12

“A Feast of Words,” the annual literary celebration that recognizes Emory faculty authors and editors of books published in the last year, will be held from 4-6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. The event is hosted by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE), Emory Libraries and Information Technology and the Emory University Bookstore, and sponsored by the AJC-Decatur Book Festival.

Upcoming Meetings

Jan 16, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Department Chairs Meeting

Location: 3rd Floor, Carlos Museum

Jan 17, 4:00 - 5:30 PM College Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Jan 25, 3:30 - 5:00 PM Chairs and Directors Orientation Session

Location: White Hall Room 200

Topic: Influence Without Authority

Jan 31, 4:30 - 5:30 PM College Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library