Faculty Activity Report
The below message was sent to all faculty on February 15, 2018.
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
As I announced during the Fall Academic Workshop last August, based on the recommendation of a committee of faculty representatives from each college and the libraries, Butler has adopted Interfolio’s Faculty180 as our faculty activity reporting tool.
Beginning in August, 2018, all faculty will submit their Faculty Activity Report through the Faculty180 tool. Please note that Faculty180 will not change what you report, or how you are evaluated. Rather, it will allow you to report your teaching, scholarly and creative work, and service activities in a system that does more than capture this information for faculty evaluation purposes. For example, individual faculty members can use Faculty180 to develop and maintain a curriculum vitae. In addition, Faculty180 will streamline faculty reporting needs for accreditation and program review purposes. Most importantly, Faculty180 will allow for reports on the whole institution or by department, program, or college to celebrate and promote the outstanding work of our faculty.
Although our adoption of Faculty180 was first announced in Faculty Senate last April (and subsequently at the Fall Academic Workshop in August), we have taken the needed time to configure, implement, and pilot test the tool before rolling it out to all faculty for use beginning August, 2018. I am particularly grateful to Associate Provost Michelle Jarvis, academic affairs project coordinator Heather Vaughn (who will continue to provide system administrative support for Faculty180), CAT staff member Gideon Sears, and IT personnel Tim Roe and Chris Ardeel for their efforts to configure the tool in a way that works for Butler. My thanks also go to the 27 faculty members from all six colleges and the libraries who tested the initial configuration of the system and offered suggestions for improvements that were made based on their feedback. Please know that as further opportunities to improve the system are identified, we will continue to make appropriate adjustments. Eventually our student evaluation instrument will be integrated with the system, making reporting about teaching even more streamlined. We are waiting to complete this point of integration until the faculty committee considering student evaluation systems finishes its work.
As was the case last year, FARs for the 2017-18 academic year will be due on August 31, 2018. While that may seem far away, we do wish to offer faculty opportunities to familiarize yourselves with the system in preparation for using it. Faculty180 will be introduced to faculty this semester during meetings of each college/the libraries. If you would like to explore the system yourself, beginning on March 1, you can go to faculty180.butler.edu and sign in with your Butler credentials. Once logged in, there is an arrow by your name in the upper right corner of the screen. If you click on this arrow, you can select “Institutional FAQs” to see the reference guide we have created. Finally, we are offering training sessions for faculty in March, April, and May (additional training in August will also be available).
If you would like to sign up for Faculty180 training this semester, please click on the link below. If you have a laptop computer, you should bring it with you to the session, along with note-taking materials. Please note that all COE faculty will go through training at a regularly scheduled faculty meeting in March and do not need to sign up for any additional training.
All faculty will receive communications this semester when the system is open for your use. Thank you for all that you do to support our students and academic community. I hope you will find Faculty180 to be a good means of summarizing and celebrating your work.
Kathryn A. Morris, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs