What is Faculty180?
Faculty180 is a software package by Interfolio specifically for faculty activity reporting and evaluation.
How will Faculty180 be used for faculty evaluation process?
Faculty180 will be used for faculty activity reporting, annual evaluations, as well as, rank and tenure, mid-probationary review, Senior Lecturer promotion and renewable term Lecturer reappointment processes. Sabbatical applications will also be managed through Faculty180.
What is the timeline for implementation of Faculty180?
The implementation process is currently underway. The first year, 2016-17, focused on getting the FAR fields correct as well as ensuring that data is collected for accreditation and other reporting needs. In 2017-18, processes for the mid-probationary review cases, lecturer reappointments, senior lecturer promotion, sabbaticals, and annual reviews were piloted. In 2018-19, faculty annual reviews will be conducted for academic-year faculty in Business, ECP, JST, half of the departments in Engineering, and a few departments in Arts & Sciences. In 2019-20, a few more departments will be rolled into the system for their annual review process. And in 2020-21, we expect all departments on campus to be using the system for their annual review process and the promotion to full and tenure process will be added.
Who will be involved in implementation?
Using a template implementation plan provided by Faculty180, a committee structure and timetable have been established to move forward with implementation. During 2016-17, the system was piloted with approximately 50 faculty members to testing faculty activity fields to ensure accurate and necessary data collection. The test cases ranged across the schools and colleges. In 2017-18, over 250 faculty have been involved in pilot processes. In 2018-19, over 300 academic-year faculty will be involved in the annual review process alone.
When will faculty have to start using Faculty180?
Starting in Fall 2020, all academic-year faculty will be using the system for annual FARs and evaluations. All processes piloted in 2017-18 will continue.
What support is available for faculty getting started with Faculty180?
Our Faculty180 system expert Lisa Taft, is available by phone, via email, or to meet in person. In 2018, Lisa conducted a number of drop-in sessions to train faculty on how to enter data in their profiles. She has met with a number of departments to conduct 30-minute Faculty180 demonstrations and answer questions. Lisa can meet with faculty individually or attend departmental meetings. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How was Faculty180 chosen?
In summer 2015, a working group comprised of faculty and staff members of each school (at least one faculty member, one staff member, and one associate or assistant dean from each school) reviewed various software management systems for evaluation and promotion processes (e.g. faculty activity report, annual evaluation, rank and tenure, mid-probationary review, Senior Lecturer promotion and renewable term Lecturer reappointment). Information Technology assisted with the review of the software systems. The group identified the top three possible vendors – Faculty180, Digital Measures, and Lyterati. In January of 2016, representatives from each of the three potential vendors were on campus for two days to present demonstrations and answer questions. A survey of attendees was conducted. Video demonstrations were also made available for the community to review through February.
After considering all of the feedback, the working group recommended that Faculty 180 be adopted. Faculty180 offers a user friendly interface, a dashboard function to manage activity, a high-degree of customizability that can be managed locally, many options for workflow development, capacity to generate customizable CVs, biosketches, accreditation reports, a link to webpages for timely updates to faculty CVs, and an excellent service record (confirmed through reference checks).
Before the software decision was finalized, on-line demo Q&A sessions were held with the deans and chairs of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Counseling Psychology in May of 2016. IT also conducted a complete review of Faculty180. With a green light, the contracts were signed in June of 2016.