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Volume 5 | Issue 5

January 2022

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Faculty Success - January 2022

January 2022

Faculty Success: Updates

The 2021 Annual Activity Report submission process officially opened on January 18, 2022. All tenured and tenure-track faculty members must complete and submit their 2021 Annual Activity Report by March 11, 2022.  While all professional track faculty members are invited to use Faculty Success (formerly Digital Measures) to document their activities, expectations for their mandatory participation in 2021 annual reporting have been set at the local college/unit level; participating professional track faculty were notified by email in late December that they would be submitting a 2021 annual activity report. 

Training Workshops

Weekly training sessions are being offered for faculty to prepare for the annual activity reporting. Sessions will be held on Zoom. The training covers the use of the platform, data integrations, tracking activities, time-saving tips, and goals and expectations for entering data. The schedule and registration are on the Faculty Affairs website

Annual Activity Report Submission: What to Expect

Submitting your annual activity report is a straightforward process:

  • Log in to Faculty Success
  • Enter  your Activities on the Faculty Success platform for the calendar year 2021
  • Go to the Workflow section (available in the top red bar) , select the UMD Annual Faculty Activity Review task from the Inbox and review the guidelines for report preparation. You also have the option to add a personal statement for the year by attaching a file.
  • Submit your report and personal statement (if applicable) to your unit approver.

You can learn more about the submission process by reading the Annual Activity Report Submission - Faculty Instructions.

A Few Things To Remember

The system is open now for your use; you may begin documenting your 2021 activities immediately. Please note that courses taught, course evaluations, and completed thesis/dissertation committee involvement data will be auto-populated for 2021 by January 25, 2022. 

Faculty Success integrates with several citation management systems and supports BibTeX file import. This is a great way to bring in your publications. The Libraries have a guide on how to use the Publication Import feature in Faculty Success.

Also, as you work on manually adding your activities, be sure to remember to save each record. The Rapid Reports tool lets you preview your activities in the annual report as you are entering them. Additionally, you may find the duplication feature is a timesaver.

Explaining Faculty Work/Activity

UMD ADVANCE and the Office of Faculty Affairs offer useful resources to help individual faculty members and campus leaders navigate, address, and document the impact of the pandemic on faculty members. The Strategically Documenting COVID-19 Impacts and Invisible Faculty Labor document offers guidance and examples on the use of the optional Notes & Annotations field and the personal narrative statement, to highlight new or ongoing invisible labor and to show how a faculty member’s research, teaching, and service may have changed, in quality and/or quantity, as a result of the pandemic. 

Bulk Data Import Service

A bulk data import/update service is available.  We can import your activity data from an Excel file into Faculty Success. Templates for ten commonly used activity screens are available on the Faculty Affairs website, as well as template column definitions. Send your populated Excel file to the Faculty Success team by February 25, 2022, and we will load your data into Faculty Success. 

This service can also apply bulk updates to activity records on a particular screen in Faculty  Success, avoiding record-by-record editing in the system. Contact the Faculty Success team to get an Excel file pre-populated with your data for the associated data screen. You'll send the updated Excel file back to the Faculty Success team and we will load your updates into Faculty Success.

Learn More About Faculty Success

The Faculty Affairs Activities Data website is not only your starting point for logging in to Faculty Success; it is also a self-service resource with short how-to videos, extensive user guides, and contact information for the Faculty Success team. Platform support is available through email and by phone (301.405.7681).

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