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Should Faculty Search Committees Focus More on Teaching?

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Faculty search committees at many colleges and universities focus too much on candidates’ research and publishing portfolios, according to an essay published last week on Inside Higher Ed. Instead, the article suggests, search committees should pay closer attention to the teaching skills of their candidates, as classroom instruction comprises the lion’s share of faculty duties at […]

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Measuring the Impact of Research in Diverse Disciplines

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. In a world where every dollar spent on academic research must be justified to numerous institutional and political authorities, it is becoming necessary to develop a set of metrics that accurately gauges the impact that research has on society, according to a blog […]

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New: Combined Reports feature in ByCommittee Faculty Search!

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Administering faculty searches across an institution can be daunting—not only do you have to consider the logistics of the search process itself, but you also have keep up with data about applicants and positions across your institution, in every division and department. We’ve heard from our administrative users that finding meaningful patterns that span the […]

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Are Student Evaluations of Faculty Overused?

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Although student evaluations have become a nearly universal component in measuring faculty performance, a new paper suggests that student evaluations are statistically unreliable, and that many institutions are relying too heavily on them in the faculty review process. The paper, “An Evaluation of […]

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Are Adjunct Appointments Harming Higher Ed?

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. National discussion of employment issues and wage fairness has placed a spotlight on a contentious area within higher education: the growing reliance on adjunct appointments and the shrinking number of tenure-track faculty positions at many institutions. In August, a pair of commentaries published […]

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Learning the Ropes as a New Faculty Member

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. For a newly minted Ph.D., landing a tenure-track faculty position at a college or university can be the thrilling culmination of a long road of advanced study. But after two decades of experiencing academia as students, new professors can face an unexpected learning […]

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Writing Tenure Letters: A Guide for External Reviewers

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Whether or not to award tenure to a faculty member is an important question that requires detailed analysis by the candidate’s peers and superiors. In order to compile a robust and objective profile of the candidate, many universities solicit recommendation letters from academics […]

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Busy Season at Interfolio!

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Usually “busy season” refers to the dreaded time of the year for tax professionals. Well, Interfolio deals with numbers too! During our busy season, when scholars are applying for jobs and we are helping them send and quality check their applications, those numbers can teeter off into the thousands. We see thousands of documents from […]

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New Ways to Measure Research Impact

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Academics and university administrators have traditionally measured the success of a faculty member’s published research by tracking the number of times it  was cited in other publications. But some academics are saying that these numbers are misleading and overly simplistic, and are seeking […]

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A Change to Official Transcripts

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This fall, Interfolio is focused on making the application process easier for applicants, and you can see the improvements already. We started by improving the process of requesting and attaching letters to your application, but we’re not stopping there. We’ve just released our next major improvement to the submission of transcripts. Here’s how it used […]

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