Upcoming Webinar: A Modern Online Solution for Academic Review and Promotion Workflows for Larger Institutions

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 // 11am ET

How are you currently managing the essential faculty advancement and workflow processes for promotion and tenure? Many institutions are relying on paper-based systems, piecemeal digital solutions, or a stopgap option such as SharePoint, Google Drive, or Box.

If this sounds familiar, join our webinar to hear why you need to consider making a change now so that your institution can achieve its strategic goals and faculty excellence. Plus, our software is chosen by faculty members (and administrative staff) time and time again. 

In this live webinar we’ll discuss the following:

  1. How a system for transparent, equitable reviews demonstrates your investment and value of faculty
  2. How Interfolio solves for your unique challenges with its 20 years of expertise working in higher education 
  3. What kinds of new information around faculty career development universities have gained by using Interfolio
  4. Why an effective faculty evaluations technology has become a new requirement for modern universities of all sizes that consider diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives paramount to their success
  5. How Interfolio Professional Services can mitigate and alleviate change management challenges

Why should you partner with Interfolio?

Join this live, virtual event to find out how Interfolio has helped administrators, deans, and faculty evaluation committees to save time, be more focused, and stay consistent in decisions. We’ll also explore why they chose Interfolio’s Review, Promotion & Tenure module instead of other vendors or a homegrown system.


Some Interfolio clients with Review, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) on campus include, among many others:

Carnegie Mellon UniversityUniversity of Arizona
Johns Hopkins UniversityDartmouth College
Texas A & M University-College StationNew York University
DePaul UniversityYale University
Tulane University of LouisianaOberlin College


“One of the most important factors for success in transitioning from a paper-based RTP process to a digital format is supporting the culture change with a product that is intuitive and user-friendly for faculty candidates, committee members, administrators, and support staff.  Because Interfolio is tailored to the needs of faculty and the RTP process and provides superior customer service, we will be able to manage that culture change more easily and realize the benefits of a digital RTP process.”   

Natalie Bersig, Director of Faculty Affairs / California State University, Long Beach

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Upcoming Webinar: Managing Faculty Promotion and Tenure Online at Smaller Colleges and Universities

Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 11 AM ET

How are you currently managing the essential faculty advancement and workflow processes for promotion and tenure? Many institutions are relying on paper-based systems or a stopgap digital solution with SharePoint, Google Drive, or Box.

If this sounds familiar, join our webinar to hear why you need to consider making a change now so that your institution can achieve its strategic goals and faculty excellence.

In this live webinar we’ll discuss the following:

  1. Faculty are at the core of every initiative in higher education: They generate all the revenue, they are the largest component of cost in the form of academic payroll, they are ultimately responsible for student success, moving diversity and inclusion strategies forward, growing reputation and brand, but most notably influencing rank, and governance
  2. How Interfolio solves for your unique challenges with its 20 years of expertise working in higher education 
  3. How Interfolio alleviates the administrative burden required to conduct faculty evaluation cases properly and equitably
  4. What kinds of new information and transparency around faculty career development universities have gained by using Interfolio
  5. Why an effective faculty evaluations technology has become a new requirement for modern universities of all sizes

Why should you choose Interfolio as a partner?

Join this live, virtual event to find out how Interfolio has helped administrators, deans, and faculty evaluation committees save time and collaborate efficiently at many of your peer institutions, some of which are listed below. We’ll also explore why they chose Interfolio’s Interfolio Review, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) module over other solutions or homegrown systems.

Today over 400 higher education institutions, research funders, and academic organizations based in 15 countries—and over 700,000 active scholars on the job market—use Interfolio’s technology. We understand the big initiatives and can partner with your institutions and teams of all sizes.


Interfolio clients with at least Review, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) on campus include:

Kentucky State UniversityMeharry Medical College
Winthrop UniversityElizabeth City State University
Swarthmore CollegeGallaudet University
Haverford CollegeJacksonville University (Florida)
California Institute of the ArtsColby College


“Institutions are presented with a lot of options for software. We did not find any other tool that is so faculty focused, and that has tools so well designed for an academic division, like Interfolio. It’s worked out better than we could have imagined to have a product designed with our needs in mind.”

Erin Walsh, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Administration, Bryn Mawr College

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Perspectives from the Field: An Exclusive Virtual Roundtable

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | Noon–2 PM ET

Join us for thoughtful conversation and networking with peers who face similar challenges as you. How has faculty affairs, and specifically faculty reviews and activity reporting, had to adapt in this past year? How are colleagues looking to evolve in 2021? What can we learn from each other?

In this virtual roundtable, fellow higher education leaders from your region discuss best practices and case studies. Then, in small breakout groups, we invite you to connect, ask questions, and share your expertise.

Learn and chat with faculty leaders, including representatives from Yale University. 

Audrey Bribiescas | Faculty Services Manager | Yale University

Donna McDurfee | Administrative Coordinator of Faculty Affairs | Middlebury College

Phillip Teixeira | Lead Information Technologist | The University of Rhode Island


Agenda:

Noon ETWelcome & Introductions
12:15 PM ETRoundtable Discussion
1 PM ETBreakout Sessions
1:45 PM ETClosing Remarks

What is a Virtual Roundtable?

This lunch and learn event brings together higher education leaders to intentionally build a community of practice for faculty affairs. Your experience and insight bring a valuable perspective to the conversation, and we look forward to your participation.

We will discuss:

  • Best practices for faculty reviews and activity reporting
  • Effects of COVID-19 on faculty technology and processes
  • Ideas for change management and faculty adoption

What to expect:

  • An expert panel on faculty management
  • Engaging conversation with colleagues
  • Access to peers and Interfolio leaders
  • Complimentary lunch, delivered to your door
  • Networking with peers “face to face” (or web camera to web camera, as it were)

Register now:


eBook - Supporting Faculty Careers During COVID-19 and Beyond - Interfolio

eBook: Supporting Faculty Careers (During COVID-19 and Beyond)

Download the free eBook to understand:

  • What has worked best for colleges and universities that handle faculty affairs processes online
  • Why today may be the right time to rethink faculty development programs and resources
  • How the Interfolio platform is helping your peer universities adapt to changes in the faculty work experience

Perspectives from the Field: An Exclusive Virtual Roundtable

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 11 AM–1 PM PT | Noon–2 PM MDT

Join us for thoughtful conversation and networking with peers who face similar challenges as you. How has faculty affairs, and specifically faculty reviews and activity reporting, had to adapt in this past year? How are colleagues looking to evolve in 2021? What can we learn from each other?

In this virtual roundtable, fellow higher education leaders from your region discuss best practices and case studies. Then, in small breakout groups, we invite you to connect, ask questions, and share your expertise.

Learn and chat with these faculty affairs leaders:

Joanna Gregson

Joanna Gregson, Ph.D. | Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs | Pacific Lutheran University

Aneesa McDonald

Aneesa McDonald | Faculty Affairs Specialist | University of Wyoming

About our speakers:

Joanna Gregson, Ph.D. is currently the Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs at Pacific Lutheran University. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology, and as a faculty member, Gregson has taught and conducted research in the areas of deviance, gender, and qualitative research methods.

Aneesa McDonald has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Wyoming.  Aneesa has been in the Provost’s office since 2005 and has been the Faculty Affairs Specialist since 2010.  She serves as the point person for a wide variety of faculty related personnel issues, including the implementation and operation of Interfolio modules at the University of Wyoming.


Agenda:

11 AM PTWelcome & Introductions
11:15 AM PTRoundtable Discussion
12 PM PTBreakout Sessions
12:45 PM PTClosing Remarks

What is a Virtual Roundtable?

This lunch and learn event brings together higher education leaders to intentionally build a community of practice for faculty affairs. Your experience and insight bring a valuable perspective to the conversation, and we look forward to your participation.

We will discuss:

  • Best practices for faculty reviews and activity reporting
  • Effects of COVID-19 on faculty technology and processes
  • Ideas for change management and faculty adoption

What to expect:

  • An expert panel on faculty management
  • Engaging conversation with colleagues
  • Access to peers and Interfolio leaders
  • Complimentary lunch, delivered to your door
  • Networking with peers “face to face” (or web camera to web camera, as it were)


eBook - Supporting Faculty Careers During COVID-19 and Beyond - Interfolio

eBook: Supporting Faculty Careers (During COVID-19 and Beyond)

Download the free eBook to understand:

  • What has worked best for colleges and universities that handle faculty affairs processes online
  • Why today may be the right time to rethink faculty development programs and resources
  • How the Interfolio platform is helping your peer universities adapt to changes in the faculty work experience

Perspectives from the Field: An Exclusive Virtual Roundtable

March 31, 2021 | Noon-2 PM EST

Join us for thoughtful conversation and networking with peers. How has faculty affairs, and specifically faculty reviews and activity reporting, had to adapt in this past year? How are colleagues looking to evolve in 2021? What can we learn from each other?

In this virtual roundtable, fellow higher education leaders from the Southeast region discuss best practices and case studies from their institutions. Then, in small breakout groups, we invite you to share your expertise and challenges around specific topics.

Learn and chat with these faculty affairs leaders:

  • Zheng Fan, Executive Director, Information Technology, University of Miami Herbert Business School
  • Cathi Jenks, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and Associate Professor of Criminology; SACSCOC Liaison, University of West Georgia
  • Bridget Mullaney, Facet Project Team, Office of the Provost, Emory University

Agenda:

Noon ESTWelcome & Introductions
12:15 PM ESTRoundtable Discussion
1 PM ESTBreak
1:15 PM ESTBreakout Sessions
1:45 ESTClosing remarks and feedback

What is a Virtual Roundtable?

This lunch and learn event brings together higher education leaders to intentionally build a community of practice for faculty affairs. Your experience and insight bring a valuable perspective to the conversation, and we look forward to your participation.

We will discuss:

  • Best practices for faculty reviews and activity reporting
  • Effects of COVID-19 on faculty technology and processes
  • Ideas for change management and faculty adoption

What to expect:

  • An expert panel on faculty management
  • Engaging conversation with colleagues
  • Access to peers and Interfolio leaders
  • Complimentary lunch, delivered to your door
  • Networking with peers “face to face” (or web camera to web camera, as it were)


eBook - Supporting Faculty Careers During COVID-19 and Beyond - Interfolio

eBook: Supporting Faculty Careers (During COVID-19 and Beyond)

Download the free eBook to understand:

  • What has worked best for colleges and universities that handle faculty affairs processes online
  • Why today may be the right time to rethink faculty development programs and resources
  • How the Interfolio platform is helping your peer universities adapt to changes in the faculty work experience

On-Demand Webinar: 4 Ways Interfolio Makes Faculty Evaluations More Equitable

Learn How Leading Universities Approach Modern Academic Affairs Management

How do modern universities ensure faculty professional evaluations and academic career advancement are equitable and consistent?

Well, for one thing, they run their faculty evaluations through Interfolio.

Watch our on-demand free webinar and moderated Q&A to find out how the widely acclaimed Interfolio Faculty Information System actively addresses fairness and transparency around faculty evaluations, and see it in action.

This aspect of academic affairs is increasingly viewed as a critical consideration—whether the workflow is annual review, tenure, promotion, or other career moments like sabbaticals. 

Find out why hundreds of the world’s leading universities use Interfolio for their faculty professional reviews, including:

  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • University of Chicago
  • London Business School
  • Emory University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • 3 City University of New York (CUNY) Campuses
  • 18 of the 23 California State Universities
  • And many more

You’ll learn:

  • What makes the Interfolio approach fundamentally different (and why so many of the world’s most influential institutions use it today)
  • Which specific features and actions can shape a more equitable faculty review landscape
  • How all stakeholders benefit from this modern method—from faculty being reviewed, to committees, to senior academic leadership, to professional staff

“One of the most important factors for success in transitioning from a paper-based RTP process to a digital format is supporting the culture change with a product that is intuitive and user-friendly for faculty candidates, committee members, administrators, and support staff.  Because Interfolio is tailored to the needs of faculty and the RTP process and provides superior customer service, we will be able to manage that culture change more easily and realize the benefits of a digital RTP process.”   

-Natalie Bersig, Director of Faculty Affairs / California State University, Long Beach

This Webinar was recorded on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Faculty Information System

White Paper: The Faculty Information System

Read the updated 2020 edition of our popular white paper to find out:

  • Why build for faculty first?
  • What colleges and universities stand to gain by supporting and studying faculty work with a modern, digital-first system
  • The six specific elements of higher education faculty information

Interfolio hosted a client-only webinar to address higher education workflow changes and trends we saw among our client partners during COVID-19. Our panel of Interfolio consultants and project managers discussed ways to use your Interfolio modules to track changes and delays you may have experienced because of COVID-19. 

We shared stories and best practices from peers at partner institutions, including the steps they’re taking to manage different processes across campus. We are here as a constant partner in your planning, support, and success. 

If you use Interfolio at your institution, you can find the recording of this April 2020 webinar, as well as specific articles on how to use the platform to track various aspects of COVID-19 impact, in the Interfolio Client Community here. Or else, please contact your Account Manager for assistance.

April 21, 2020 | 3:00-3:30 PM GMT 

[UK Funders] Can research outcomes data be used in decision making by funding organisations?

Chief Data Analyst Gavin Reddick will discuss how the activities, outcomes and outputs from research projects can be used for advocacy, allocation, and accountability analysis by funders and research organisations.

Join us for a free 30 minute webinar where Gavin will show real life examples of how funding can be tracked through non-linear pathways to impact and how analysis of activities such as policy influences, collaborations, commercialisation and others can help funders improve their strategic decision making.

Showing Research Impact with Researchfish by Interfolio

Impact assessment is a major focus of modern funding bodies, higher education institutions, and research centers. But the total impact of funded research activity takes many different forms—not just publications and inventions. And data validated by the researcher is the key.

Funders, universities, and research centers worldwide use Interfolio’s Researchfish to track, study, and communicate the total impact of their research.

How did London Business School implement an international faculty recruitment and hiring system that is optimal for both applicants and administrators?

London Business School had been using a manual process that slowed down their academic recruiting and hiring efforts. We met with Sian Smith, Assistant Director, Faculty, to discuss London Business School’s adoption of Interfolio and hear how their experience led them to become the first international school with a full faculty information system.

Watch the free webinar here—featuring our presentation with Sian, and a demonstration of Interfolio for academic hiring.

Improving the administrative processes created a better experience for their applicants

When asked about initial challenges, Smith cited manual workflows, endless spreadsheets for tracking candidates, and inconsistent submission of application materials. Originally, in 2014, they were looking for a system that could work for both administrative staff and faculty—but quickly realized that they needed a separate, more specialized system for academic staff.

Smith, part of the central office for faculty affairs, collaborates closely with London Business School’s seven departments for faculty hiring. With Interfolio, both Smith and her counterparts have drastically reduced the time spent on paperwork–making the process more efficient and transparent. Says Smith, “I used to receive a massive pack of all the documents in the internal mail, which was very time-consuming for the different subject areas. Now I just hop on the system, and I can download the CV it if I want and take a look before I go into the interview.”

Interfolio webinar with London Business School showing academic hiring product
The free webinar discusses how London Business School has benefited from using Interfolio for academic hiring since 2014.

Before Interfolio, faculty candidates were confused about what documents were required for their application. This lack of clarity resulted in incomplete applications and “email attachments flying around the place,” as hiring committee members had to track down documents, with much back and forth, causing extra time to be spent on the application process.

After implementing Interfolio for faculty hiring, the candidate experience is a smoother one, and the candidates’ documents are more accessible to committee members now that they are in a centralized, online location. When asked about the submission of required documents, Smith responded, “Now applicants can’t move forward in the process without doing those things. […] The experience of the applicant is really straightforward and clear.” As importantly, Smith mentions that the system is intuitive for staff to use as well.

Addressing faculty diversity and reporting

“We use it for hiring, annual review, and the performance review process, and we also use it for promotion to tenure and full professor and for PhD recruiting,” states Smith. London Business School adopted Interfolio’s Review, Promotion and Tenure module shortly after they implemented Interfolio’s Faculty Search. In 2019, they began implementation for Interfolio’s Faculty Activity Reporting module to become the first institution with a full faculty information system outside of the United States.

When asked the benefits beyond hiring, Smith responded, “We struggled to do diversity reporting before Interfolio. We had paper-based monitoring forms that we then transferred into a spreadsheet and created tables. Now we just download a spreadsheet of that data and adjust it into the template needed for the Equality & Human Rights Commission annual reporting.”

London Business School also plans to use faculty activity data for streamlining the accreditation process in a similar way. States Smith, “It’s very helpful for accreditation. Reporting for AACSB can be confusing. Now, we can run reports at the touch of a button versus doing manual spreadsheets.”

With the faculty information system being implemented shortly at London Business School, Smith is optimistic for the strategic results their institution can realize now that “we have everything we need in one place.”

Siân Smith is the Assistant Director, Faculty HR at London Business School. 

To learn more about London Business School’s success with Interfolio for academic hiring, promotion, and data, watch the free webinar here.

The University of Florida will launch Interfolio’s faculty hiring module, Faculty Search, at the beginning of this academic year to support the university’s “Faculty 500” initiative to hire 500 new faculty members over two years—200 of those by this fall. Two leaders from UF’s Human Resources office, Melissa Curry, Director of Recruitment and Staffing, and Kathy McKee, Manager of Strategic Talent Group, joined us recently for a webinar addressing UF’s distinctive faculty hiring strategies and about the role Interfolio will play. 

Many leading institutions use Interfolio for faculty hiring alongside common HR and ERP systems—some even integrating them together. Curious how we could help you streamline faculty hiring? Let us know today.

Challenges involved in an institution-wide hiring initiative

The commitments involved in the Faculty 500 initiative posed significant logistical challenges for all involved in faculty hiring at UF—not least the HR office. Competition for top faculty members was fierce. No new administrative resources would be allocated, and UF’s HR office had a very short time period before hiring processes would begin. In addition, hiring faculty takes place in a decentralized environment, and within a culture of shared governance and search committees—all factors that tend to lengthen the hiring process.

Responding with a strategic recruitment model

In response to the challenging landscape, UF made a commitment to transition from their traditional faculty hiring approach to a more strategic recruitment model. Fundamental to the change was the realization that faculty hiring was simply a unique process, different from hiring staff, administrators, and other personnel. As Melissa and Kathy present in thoughtful detail in the webinar, the new approach would require new commitments, processes, and technologies. It took the form of a plan with five distinct elements, or stages. (Find Melissa and Kathy’s prepared presentation on those stages in the webinar recording.)

Q&A highlights

In addition to Melissa and Kathy’s great detailed presentation about their faculty recruitment strategy as a whole, we posed a few questions about how the institution’s transition to Interfolio fits in.

Please note: These responses have been edited slightly for clarity and length. 

Question 1:  Did you have any technology you were already using for faculty hiring?

For us, the issue with most applicant tracking systems is they are designed for companies and not designed for institutions of higher education that have a shared governance model. We even find that difference between faculty and public employers because the shared governance model is so different at institutions of higher education. Even though our regular applicant tracking system faculty could post online, which was definitely was easier than the paper process, there was an administrative burden because applicant tracking systems are developed for private companies, which generally are very centralized and do not have shared governance.

One of the things that attracted us to Interfolio was the platform was developed for institutions of higher education with faculty search, search committees, and shared governance in mind. We didn’t really find that anywhere else. The ease for the search committee, from an electronic process that looks and acts like the paper process they’re used to, was very attractive.

We had an electronic system but most committees were printing the submitted 200 CVs (which totaled hundreds of thousands of pages) so even though it was an electronic system applications were not easy to read online.

Question 2:  What aspects of the faculty hiring experience specifically merited adopting a better technology for it?

We didn’t have in mind that we needed a new system or an additional system. But what we were hearing was there were specific pain points. When Interfolio came to our attention, we started asking questions.

The ads postings actually look different for faculty positions versus staff positions. Allowing them greater flexibility in how they would appear and how they would be seen online was something Interfolio offered that our current system didn’t have. The whole interactivity: allowing blind review, and allowing search committees and evaluators to make comments on applicant packets (similar to what they might do on written materials)—these were the things our current system doesn’t allow, so those were very important.

Many of our departments were having this issue, which was raised by deans, of collecting reference letters. In the traditional module, you have people submitting for faculty positions, then the department requests from the applicant to have the referee submit their letters directly to the hiring department. Our existing applicant tracking system ended up shifting that traditional burden to the hiring departments, so they were sending notices out to the referees. Then, there could be communication glitches, which created these circles with respect to recommendation letters. With [Interfolio’s], the fact that applicants and referees are familiar with the dossier service and it’s integrated with Faculty Search, that was a great assist for us that came as a part of what Interfolio is.

Interfolio also presents an opportunity to use a tool that seems very straightforward, that on its face is similar to what they were doing traditionally in the academy, and not making them adopt different types of behavior because they’re using an electronic system.

Question 3:  What impact do you predict the new academic hiring experience will have on UF’s ability to meet its goals?

For us, the immediate goal that we think Interfolio is going to help with is hiring of an additional 300 new faculty members in the next 12 months. Some of the things we’re looking for from Interfolio are things like ease of use for search committee members. These faculty members are changing the world—what they do matters. We have some of the best and brightest faculty members in the world, and we want them to do that, and not be burdened with administrative tasks just because they want to participate in the search committee to hire a colleague. And we believe Interfolio will help them quickly participate and give meaningful feedback to hiring the best and the brightest, and then to go back to their business of changing the world.

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