Melbourne’s RMIT partners with Interfolio to digitise its academic promotion and reporting framework

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — AUGUST 12, 2020 — RMIT University today announced its investment in technology to support academic development and recognition. By partnering with Interfolio, the creator of the leading Faculty Information System (FIS), RMIT further bolsters its support of its over 2,000 academic staff members.

The adoption of Interfolio culminates a multi-year process led by RMIT leadership to refine and standardise the expectations and processes around academic promotion. The technology from Interfolio will allow RMIT to realise the full potential of the new framework by providing a platform to evidence academic achievements and research outcomes. Additionally, it will streamline the logistics of the annual review process reducing the significant administrative work of both individual faculty and faculty committee members. 

“At RMIT, we realize that our academic staff are our most important resource. As such, we have been proactively assessing how we can support all academics to develop and progress at our institution,” says Marilyn Capper, Director, Academic Development and Workforce Transformation. “Our partnership with Interfolio allows us to evidence the important contributions of our academics over the entire staff lifecycle, allowing a more accessible, customised and equitable promotion process for all our staff, irrespective of academic discipline, job role, or professional focus.” 

A key component that RMIT considered when transitioning to a digital platform was the ability for each academic to tell their unique story. Additionally, RMIT required integrations with existing platforms, especially Workday, its system of record for payroll and employment status for its 6,000 employees. RMIT will also use Interfolio to provide reporting for external compliance needs, including national regulatory audits, with data around academic progression, development, and credentialing.

“Our focus has always been on streamlining and digitizing the complex processes involved in shared governance and peer review to ease the administrative burdens on administrators and academic staff, while empowering scholars to showcase their significant academic contributions in ways to tell their best story,” says Andrew Rosen, Interfolio CEO. “By deploying Interfolio’s modern academic information system to the benefit of its academic constituencies, RMIT joins its leading peers across global higher education in modernizing its approach to accomplishing its academic mission.”  

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ABOUT RMIT UNIVERSITY
One of Australia’s most renowned dual-sector tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in education, research, and engagement with industry and community. RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise, leading in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

ABOUT INTERFOLIO
Conceived by academics for academics, Interfolio is an education technology company headquartered in Washington, DC, USA and in Cambridge, England, UK. Founded in 1999, Interfolio operates the acclaimed Faculty Information System for colleges and universities, the Researchfish impact assessment platform for funders and research organizations, and the widely used Dossier service for individual scholars. Over 300 clients based in 15 countries choose Interfolio’s technology for hiring and recruitment, academic appointments and timelines, activity data reporting, faculty reviews and promotions, and research impact analysis. Interfolio provides scholar-first products for the full academic lifecycle—from job seeking to professional accomplishments, committee service, funding award compliance, career growth and advancement, administrative leadership, and beyond. For more information about Interfolio, please contact team@interfolio.com.

Leading institutions discuss Faculty Information Systems, diversity in the academy, and adapting during COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 7, 2020 — Interfolio, creator of the first Faculty Information System, hosts its Interfolio Virtual Summit from Thursday, July 9, to Friday, July 10, 2020. In its second year, this event brings together faculty affairs leaders from colleges and universities around the world for thought leadership, networking, and informative sessions. 

Centered around the theme “A Community of Practice: Fostering Engagement & Impact in Higher Ed,” the Summit addresses the pressing needs of faculty and institutions at this moment—reliable digital solutions for hiring, review and promotion, activity reporting, and lifecycle management; adaptations required by COVID-19; and actionable practices to confront the systematic racism and inequalities in the field.

“Our vision at Interfolio is to support the essential work of faculty and higher education,” states Andrew Rosen, CEO at Interfolio. “The Interfolio Virtual Summit is an extension of this commitment. By bringing together faculty affairs leaders, we actively build a community of practice and foster a forum for knowledge sharing, all which strengthens the field at large.”

Featured sessions include “Achieving a Diverse and Inclusive Faculty Workforce in the 2020s” with speakers from Florida A&M University, Washington University, George Mason University, and University of California, Merced and “Establishing the Faculty Information System” with panelists from University College London’s School of Management, New York University, and Emory University. 

The opportunity to showcase our story and hear best practices from peers at the Interfolio Virtual Summit is so valuable,” states Paul Welty, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Faculty Affairs, at Emory University. “As our institutions face increasing pressures, it’s more important than ever to share resources and knowledge.”

The Summit will be available to watch as a real-time broadcast or through on-demand videos. Summit registration is open to the Interfolio community, free of charge. 

View the full agenda of the Interfolio Virtual Summit. A full listing of sessions follows.

  • Achieving a Diverse and Inclusive Faculty Workforce in the 2020s with Florida A&M University, Washington University, George Mason University, and University of California, Merced 
  • “Establishing the Faculty Information System” with UCL School of Management, New York University, and Emory University.
  • “Enterprise-wide Change Management: Creating Engagement & Buy-in” with the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Pennsylvania
  • “Innovative Uses of Review, Promotion & Tenure” with Tulane University
  • “Tracking Faculty Accomplishments to Improve Teaching” with the University of Missouri
  • “Fostering Success in Decentralized Environments” with Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania
  • “Why the US Lags in Impact Tracking and Why It Must be Prioritized” with Interfolio 
  • “Configuring & Understanding Your University Data” with Arizona State University
  • “Best Practices for Communicating, Training, and Supporting Your Campus” with the University of Washington, School of Medicine

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ABOUT INTERFOLIO

Conceived by academics for academics, Interfolio is an education technology company headquartered in Washington, DC, USA and in Cambridge, England, UK. Founded in 1999, Interfolio operates the acclaimed Faculty Information System for colleges and universities, the Researchfish impact assessment platform for funders and research organizations, and the widely used Dossier service for individual scholars. Over 300 clients based in 15 countries choose Interfolio’s technology for hiring and recruitment, academic appointments and timelines, activity data reporting, faculty reviews and promotions, and research impact analysis. Interfolio provides scholar-first products for the full academic lifecycle—from job seeking to professional accomplishments, committee service, funding award compliance, career growth and advancement, administrative leadership, and beyond. For more information about Interfolio, please contact team@interfolio.com or visit www.interfolio.com.

Webinar: How Two Institutions Modernized Faculty Recruiting

September 10, 2020 | 12-1 PM EST

How did two research universities increase efficiency, diversity, and accountability with streamlined faculty hiring?

Faculty hiring is essential to a university’s academic mission. And, the process is often cumbersome for all parties with inefficient systems to accommodate the necessary, valuable input for hiring committees and a less-than-ideal application process for candidates.

Now more than ever, it’s essential for leading institutions to equitably hire the right candidates, with faculty buy-in—all while working virtually.

In this free webinar, hear how Ebtisam K. Bakhsh, Faculty Affairs Administrator, at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Henry Tijerina III, Digital Project Manager, at the University of Texas at Austin, redesigned their systems to support global faculty recruitment, data-driven advertising, diversity initiatives, and more.

Register to attend the webinar:

Featuring

Ebtisam K. Bakhsh

Ebtisam supports the Faculty Affairs function at KAUST, which includes faculty recruitment, annual reviews, and promotions. Besides governing these major faculty-related processes, she also administers the systems/applications that support these processes bridging the gap between technical and non-technical people to make users’ lives easier and to leverage technology in a way that allows business processes to flow better. 

She has worked in higher education for 7 years and has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, and a postgraduate certificate in Information Technology. She started her career as a business analyst, documenting requirements for IT projects, followed by a transition into the office of Vice President for Academic Affairs handling matters related to faculty.

Henry Tijerina III

Henry Tijerina serves as Digital Project Manager in the provost’s office at UT Austin. In this role, Henry supports the digital requirements of provost and faculty initiatives, develops special projects and also manages an extensive portfolio of websites, applications and digital properties. Henry is the lead developer of facultyjobs.utexas.edu, its integration with Interfolio and related tools that enhance the search experience for prospective faculty.


Blog: Resources for a Diverse and Inclusive Faculty Workplace

Higher education leaders have known for many years which gaps need to be closed to create a more diverse and inclusive faculty body. So what are your peer institutions doing successfully? What methods and tools are they using?

Webinar: Adopting the Faculty Information System with University of Chicago

August 6, 2020 | 12-1 PM EST

How can the Faculty Information System improve system-wide engagement of faculty, staff & leadership?

University of Chicago decided to begin implementing the Faculty Information System in 2018 by leveraging local champions, engaging the right stakeholders, and developing a tiered communications plan. 

In this webinar, we will discuss why University of Chicago is taking a full faculty information system approach, and how they’re navigating a large complex implementation in light of COVID-19.

Featuring

Cassandra Martynow

As Associate Director at University of Chicago, Cassandra supports the planning, development, and implementation of strategic projects to enhance administrative systems, faculty and emeriti resources, and academic programs. She also staffs a variety of provostial committees and supports communications efforts around these and other initiatives in Vice Provost Melina Hale’s portfolio.


eBook: Managing Faculty Online


2020 has been a year for rapid change. Have your faculty affairs processes kept up? Download this eBook to learn how five institutions approach online faculty management.

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June 29 – July 1, 2020

Come chat with us at our virtual booth!

Join us in conversation at the AIR Forum, the Association for Institutional Research’s annual conference, which is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and data and analytics.

Interfolio offers a holistic faculty information system to support the full lifecycle of faculty work. This includes hiring to annual review, committee work, and activity reporting—all of which provide useful rich data. Roles in higher education, like professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields, use Interfolio to streamline processes, elevate data, and support diversity.

Interfolio works with a range of institutions including East Carolina University, Emory University, Texas A&M University, University of Missouri – Columbia, Xavier University, and many more.

With over 400 client institutions globally, Interfolio leads the market in innovative development of technology designed for both institutions and their faculty.

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Watch Video Case Study: Faculty Data and Accreditation Reporting at Tulane University

In a conference on-demand session, Tulane discusses their implementation of Interfolio’s Faculty Information System (FIS) and how they both capture faculty data and make it actionable and reusable.

As no surprise to those in higher education, Tulane was hungry for data but encountered an administrative burden when asking for the same data repeatedly, which also distracted faculty from their institutional goals and purpose. By implementing the Interfolio FIS. Tulane has found ways to streamline faculty annual reporting. Additionally, this allows Tulane to compile and produce data that can be used for accreditation purposes, online faculty profiles, and other departmental data needs. They discovered that data reusability is key! 

Watch as part of the conference, or submit the form above to receive access the video after the conference ends.

In Conversation: Adrianna Kezar + Andrew Rosen

Thursday, June 18, 2020 / Noon – 1 PM ET

Join Andrew Rosen and Adrianna Kezar for a discussion about the pressures on higher education and the future of faculty.

As colleges and universities prepare for uncertainty with respect to tuition and research revenue, state funding, and endowments, many institutions are also exploring the expansion of revenue opportunities.

While it is obvious that COVID-19 will have short and long term impacts on the business of higher education, what are the implications on tenure, non-tenure track, and contingent faculty? Are we witnessing the dawn of a new era in this existential crisis?


About our featured guests

About Adrianna Kezar

Adrianna Kezar is the Dean’ s Professor of Leadership, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California, and Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education.  A national expert on change, governance and leadership in higher education, Kezar is regularly quoted in the media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, Washington Post, PBS, and NPR (national and local stations), among others. At the Pullias Center, Kezar directs the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, and is an international expert on the changing faculty. Her latest book is The Gig Academy: Mapping Labor in the Neoliberal University (October, 2019). 

About Andrew Rosen

As CEO at Interfolio, Andrew Rosen brings a proven track record of successfully introducing and scaling innovative, problem-solving technologies into new markets. Andrew started his career as an early co-founder of Blackboard where he and the team successfully built and scaled the Learning Management System throughout the education marketplace. After taking Blackboard public, Andrew left to grow Presidium Inc., an early education start-up focused on end user support services and then joined the Education Advisory Board as General Manager of its Education Technology. At EAB, Andrew and his team evolved analytics and predictive modeling technologies to address the rising issues around student retention and student success. Most recently, Andrew served as the Sr. Executive Vice President and Head of Product at MicroStrategy, a world-class enterprise analytics platform company.


Free eBook: Rapid Digital Transformation for your Faculty Affairs Processes

Compiled and published in the time of COVID-19, our free eBook pulls together best practices around online faculty evaluations and professional reviews, planning ahead for future digital transformation, and more.

Digital Panel: Achieving a Diverse Faculty Workforce in the 2020s

A diverse faculty composition and inclusive academic workplace is critical to institutional success

While specific steps for achieving faculty diversity and an inclusive workplace have been proposed for decades, the choices and insights available in today’s highly digitized context may open new doors. Watch our on-demand recording to learn where academic leaders focus their efforts to impact diversity, equity and inclusion in 2020.

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Register to watch our panel discussion with leaders from higher education:

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Zulema Valdez

Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Professor at University of California, Merced

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Christy Pichichero

Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Diversity in the College of Humanities at George Mason University

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Genyne H. Boston

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

How did Yale University improve the logistics of their review, promotion, and tenure processes?

Thursday, June 11, 2020 / 2-3 p.m. EST

Yale University struggled with a convoluted faculty promotion workflow that was dependent on one centralized office.

Since 2014, when they were early adopters of Interfolio’s Review, Promotion & Tenure module, Yale has dramatically reduced the workload of the faculty affairs office, while still incorporating the oversight, support, and approval standards required by the institution. Two faculty affairs leaders from Yale discuss the challenges they faced and how their use of Interfolio has evolved over time, including what has changed for their office during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring:

  • Pam Bosward, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs
  • Audrey Bribiescas, Faculty Services Manager

You’ll learn about:

  • How the current environment influenced Yale’s review, promotion, and tenure processes
  • Best practices around implementing a review, promotion, and tenure process using a digital platform like Interfolio
  • Benefits Yale realized from an online review, promotion and tenure process

What should you expect?

On Thursday, July 9, and Friday, July 10, join us online for two days of networking, thought leadership, and knowledge exchange with your peers in higher education. Registration is free. 

With the theme “A Community of Practice: Fostering Engagement & Impact in Higher Ed,” this event is designed for current Interfolio clients. Sessions include how Tulane University, University of Missouri, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University, UCLA, and the University of Washington – School of Medicine use Interfolio on their campus.

The Interfolio Virtual Summit will include:

Thought LeadershipJoin an innovative group of thought leaders from institutions of all sizes to share faculty affairs best practices, turn ideas into reality, and replicate success on campus.

Educational SessionsEnjoy general and breakout sessions on tactical topics like achieving faculty buy-in, best practices for change management, reporting, and more.

NetworkingConnect with peer institutions that have implemented or are currently implementing Interfolio products on their campuses and get a direct line to Interfolio staff.

1:1 Account SessionsSet up 1:1 time with your Professional Services Manager or Account Manager for personalized tips and suggestions.

Pre-Summit Best Practices Product Webinars

Participate in engaging webinars with the Interfolio Professional Services team designed to help you get the most out of your product experience.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 / 3:00-4:00 PM BST (UK)

Comparing the effect of the coronavirus pandemic to the effect of the Second World War, the crisis has disrupted virtually all aspects of life and mobilised nations on a scale not seen since that conflict.

In this webinar, Jonathan Grant, Professor of Public Policy, The Policy Institute, King’s College London, will discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a profound impact on the way that research and science is funded, administered and conducted—and these changes could shape the next generation of science policy.

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.