Upcoming Webinar : Modernizing Faculty Management: Interfolio’s Vision and Roadmap for 2021

Wednesday, January 27, Noon – 1 p.m. ET

Higher education—and indeed, the world at large—has undergone a dramatic shift this past year. Join us as we look ahead to 2021 and our vision for empowering scholars worldwide to advance their work, their careers, and their institutions.

CEO Andrew Rosen will discuss how Interfolio’s platform approach connects academic recruitment, faculty activity data, committee work, and impact tracking, bringing the scholar’s professional journey into a central place.

Ben Wang, Senior Vice President of Product, will discuss our customer-centric approach to product strategy and will share themes and initiatives of the 2021 roadmap.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
  • How faculty and their challenges impact Interfolio’s work and product outlook, and what we learned in 2020
  • What faculty technology trends/patterns we’ve seen recently, including Faculty Information Systems being named a top 10 strategic technology for higher education in 2020 by Gartner (attribute) 
  • Where Interfolio is headed with our upcoming product innovation

Webinar Guests

Andrew Rosen

Andrew Rosen

Chief Executive Officer, Interfolio

Ben

Ben Wang

Senior Vice President, Product, Interfolio


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

Planning for new faculty technology: Change management & Best practices

Everything you need to know to be ready for the fall 2021 academic year
(Spoiler alert: it’s not too soon) 

2021 is almost here, and before we realize it, we will be welcoming the fall academic year (and the related set of appointments and reviews). How might this year be different for you and your faculty? Is adopting new faculty technology on your list for the year ahead? 

With our twenty years of experience supporting faculty, we know the challenges well: “We’ve tried new systems before. They failed.” “Faculty—and staff—are exhausted. I can’t put them through another roller coaster.” “The way we’re doing it isn’t that bad.”

We get it. 2020 has been full of challenges. And, we’ve seen how streamlining and digitizing faculty management can be smooth and beneficial. Many of your peers have done it, and throughout the process, we’ve learned what works best.

This free webinar, geared towards institutions who are looking to adopt and implement new faculty technology, shares best practices for this transition and how to best roll out this change on campus for maximum faculty adoption. 

We share stories from peers on what worked well (and didn’t). Additionally, we discuss what implementation of a modular system for various review workflows and managing faculty journeys would look like so you can plan ahead.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
  • How (and when) to involve your colleagues and leadership for a successful change to an online faculty management system
  • How peers have implemented faculty technology
  • What a common approximate timeline is for an institution to roll out new technology for fall processes 
  • What digital systems for review, promotion, and tenure and lifecycle management could look like on your campus

Webinar Guests

Josh Gianitsis

Project Manager, Interfolio

Tommy O’Boyle

Account Executive, Interfolio


Change Management - University Faculty Technology - Interfolio

White Paper

Managing Change When Implementing Faculty Technology

Download the White Paper to learn about:

  • How faculty-focused leaders achieve meaningful change
  • Ways to engage individuals on personal, emotional, and cultural levels, in order to adopt new tools
  • How to best manage the timeline and pacing of a new change

December 4, 2020 — We are excited to announce that Interfolio Chief Financial Officer Jay Sweda has been selected as a 2020 Star CFO by DCA Live. Jay represents one of the top finance leaders in the Washington, DC area’s fastest growing and most exciting companies. 

Joining Interfolio in 2019, Jay has played a pivotal role in helping intelligently scale the company’s growth, and he has been instrumental in providing strategic and operational financial direction across the organization.  

“Being a CFO during a ScaleUp period (and especially during a pandemic) takes skill, expertise, and flexibility, all of which Jay embodies on a daily basis,” states Andrew Rosen, Interfolio CEO. “Jay is an integral part of our executive team at Interfolio, helping drive the future of our company and contributing to our stability during turbulent times. I couldn’t be happier that he received this nomination amongst the leading companies in the area. It’s certainly well deserved.”  

Prior to Interfolio, Jay served in finance leadership roles for a variety of technology-based organizations, focusing on providing strategic financial guidance through growth and turnaround opportunities. Read full bio.

DCA Live connects legal, association and nonprofit, entrepreneur, federal tech, real estate and corporate communities in the DC region through events and news.

WHU – Otto Beisheim School partners with Interfolio to support strategic goals

VALLENDAR, GERMANY — December 1, 2020 — WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, ranked the best German business school by the Financial Times, today announced the adoption of new technology for their faculty hiring. Faculty Search, one of the modules of Interfolio’s Faculty Information System, will streamline manual, time-consuming processes.

This new software makes the recruitment process a more efficient and positive experience for both the job candidate and the selection committee. Additionally, for the committee members, Interfolio’s Faculty Search gives more visibility into all aspects of the search, and it enables better communication among the committee.

“Our School is growing rapidly, and recruitment of faculty has to keep pace. Our dated, time-consuming process was no longer sustainable. We needed a platform that could support our growth in a professional and efficient way,” stated Cindy Berdou, Project Manager, Dean’s Office at WHU. “Interfolio ensures we have timely, consistent, and equitable recruitment practices.”

WHU’s digitalization of recruitment will allow them to track how applicants heard about positions. Additionally, diversity data will be centralized in one platform, allowing for more frequent and accurate reporting. With the integrations offered, WHU can also connect their Faculty Search module to other systems of record.

“Interfolio’s platform enables top international business institutions like WHU to scale and grow—meeting their strategic goals—by removing inefficient, burdensome processes,” states Andrew Rosen, CEO of Interfolio. “We’re pleased to welcome WHU as one of our leading global partners.”

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ABOUT WHU

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is a leading German business school with an exceptional national and international reputation. WHU offers academic programs and continuing education for executives throughout their career. Founded in 1984 on the initiative of the Koblenz Chamber of Commerce and Industry, WHU has become a model for future-oriented research and teaching in business economics. WHU stands for ‘Excellence in Management Education’ and pursues this goal in its three core areas of activity: academic programs, research, and knowledge transfer in general management. WHU’s graduates, research, and profitable collaboration with business partners demonstrate the school’s success in achieving its mission.

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 400 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.

Prairie View A&M University announces partnership with Faculty Information System Interfolio to support faculty during recruitment, review, promotion, and activity reporting

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX — November 5, 2020 — Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) today announced the launch of a new digital platform to provide responsive support to faculty during every stage of their careers. Through a partnership with Interfolio, creator of the leading Faculty Information System, current and prospective faculty can now use a single, online platform—built specifically for faculty—for recruitment, promotion, and reporting processes. In turn, administrators will gain new insights into the faculty experience to understand faculty activity and responsibilities.

“We are in the midst of a digitization effort to replace legacy processes on our campus, and we realized there was a major opportunity to design a process for faculty career advancement that was made easier—and more intuitive—with digital technology,” said Dr. James Palmer, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Prairie View A&M University. “Faculty are at the heart of our institution—through the work they do as educators, scholars, and leaders. This work is about tapping the potential of technology to support faculty career growth and acknowledge the countless acts of great teaching, research, and service that happen on campus every day.”

As the latest university to adopt Interfolio’s Faculty Information System, PVAMU faculty and job applicants can easily complete and share essential documents, apply for tenure, and submit letters of recommendation. Faculty and administrators responsible for reviewing applicants and promotion candidates’ materials can seamlessly review these documents whenever and wherever they want, streamlining the review process. With the Interfolio platform, hiring and review workflows can be customized to fit the specific processes of each department.

All PVAMU departments will also have access to Interfolio’s Faculty Activity Reporting module, which will allow easy curation of research accomplishments and other scholarly activity as faculty prepare for the review process, gather information for grant proposals, and share their accomplishments with administrators and their peers. With an intuitive interface and integration with other platforms, Interfolio makes it as easy as possible for faculty members to input their data.

Additionally, PVAMU faculty and administrators will, for the first time, have access to data reflecting the full career progression and activity from faculty from across the institution. With a hub of verified data, administrators can provide faculty with greater transparency into the review and promotion process to build trust in these key career decisions. Faculty members can also use the data to gain new insights into the research interests of their peers and more easily identify opportunities for collaboration. 

“It is critical for the university to systematically collect the research and scholarly activities and outcomes to measure the impact, and demonstrate the new knowledge creation of our faculty to the broader community,” said Dr. Magesh Rajan, Vice President for Research and Innovation at Prairie View A&M University. “The new digital infrastructure, Interfolio, will enhance information gathering, effective data analytics, and gaining new insights on a broad range of research and scholarly contributions by our faculty.”

“As the faculty role continues to evolve with their scholarly contributions being strategically imperative to the success of higher education, institutions are finding it necessary to invest  in modern technologies to advance and streamline historically manual processes that act as impediments to their faculty,” said Andrew Rosen, CEO of Interfolio. “We are proud to be working with Prairie View A&M who clearly recognize how critical it is to support their faculty for the advancement of the institution.”

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ABOUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

Designated an institution of “the first class” in the Texas Constitution, Prairie View A&M University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state.  With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses, and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools.  A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service. For more information about PVAMU, visit www.pvamu.edu.

ABOUT INTERFOLIO

Founded in 1999, Interfolio is an education technology company based in Washington, DC, that offers the first holistic faculty information system to support the full lifecycle of faculty work—encompassing job seeking, professional accomplishment (in teaching, research, and service), evaluation success (in reviews, tenure, promotion, sabbatical), and beyond. All Interfolio software applications focus on faculty, with workflow tools to support shared governance processes; activity reporting solutions that support accreditation, decision making, and data analytics; and consumer offerings that provide portable, private dossier collection and curation for sharing with academics and others. Working with over 300 clients, Interfolio leads with vision and innovation, always focused on advancing faculty and their institutions. For more information about Interfolio, please contact team@interfolio.com, or visit www.interfolio.com.

Partnership with the Public Urban Research University will Streamline Processes for Faculty Promotion, Tenure, and Activity Reporting

Washington, DC — October 21, 2020 — Interfolio, creator of the leading Faculty Information System, announced today a new agreement with Maryland’s preeminent public urban research university—Morgan State University—to launch a new platform to provide a centralized resource to more effectively recognize and review faculty impact on campus. Through the partnership, Interfolio will assist Morgan faculty with directly showcasing their scholarly stories—encompassing teaching, research and service—with peers and administrators. Administrators will now be able to access comprehensive validated data about faculty achievements to inform annual reviews, career development, and strategic decisions.

“We are delighted to be supporting Morgan State in their strategic initiatives around innovation and transformation in becoming a top research institution,” said Andrew Rosen, CEO of Interfolio.  “It is rewarding to be working with a thought leader that is taking action to empower their faculty to be a strong part of their strategic goals and success.”

Moving traditionally manual tenure and promotion cases online will save faculty and staff time while also allowing for consistent processes for promotion, tenure, sabbaticals, and faculty evaluations. With the combination of Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting and Interfolio Review, Promotion & Tenure, faculty have a shareable record of their teaching and scholarship activities. This transparency enables Morgan State’s goal to support and develop faculty throughout their careers, whether mentoring tenure-track faculty, projecting faculty activities for the year, or highlighting past accomplishments.

“We recognize the centrality of faculty to our institution’s current success and our future goals, especially in regards to research,” said Patricia Williams Lessane, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, at Morgan State. “Interfolio is our best opportunity to make significant changes in innovation, transformation, and disruption. We are excited to further support our faculty, students, and community with this technology.”

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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 400 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

ABOUT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 126 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.

On-Demand Webinar: How to Improve Your Faculty Activity Reporting

Watch this discussion on the flexible and varied uses of the right faculty activity reporting system. 

Best practices from University of Wyoming and Winthrop University

A well-known challenge in higher education is collecting, accessing, presenting, and analyzing data about the professional activities of scholars.

In this free webinar, University of Wyoming and Winthrop University discuss how they approach faculty activity reporting on their campuses. 

In 2019, the University of Wyoming was the first institution to include the Interfolio Lifecycle Management along with the use of the Faculty Activity Reporting and Review, Promotion & Tenure modules. Annual reviews, CV and biosketch generation, accreditation, and reporting are just a few outputs from Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting at Wyoming. 

Winthrop was the first institution ever to adopt the full available Interfolio platform for hiring, activity reporting, and faculty review workflows in 2017. Today, they use Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting to realize consistent and efficient processes across campus and bring value at once to faculty and administration with faculty activity reporting. 

“As a land grant institution, we are committed to supporting thriving agriculture, natural resources, people, and communities in Wyoming through quality education, innovative research, and impactful engagement. Building on our history and identity as Wyoming’s sole land-grant and public flagship institution, we are developing more effective, sustainable, and equitable relationships with our communities to address the complex economic and social challenges facing Wyoming, and the world. Interfolio is part of how universities like ours tell this story.”

Tami Benham-Deal, P.E.D Vice Provost for Academic Personnel University of Wyoming

Webinar Guests

Aneesa McDonald

Faculty Information Specialist, University of Wyoming

Brian Hipp

Director of Business Intelligence and Data Management, Winthrop University

Lori Nealy

Account Manager, Interfolio

Kafui Dzaka

Sales Engineer, Interfolio


Best Practices Checklist

Faculty Information Management

Download the checklist to learn about:

  • Building a foundation for faculty data
  • Establishing buy-in
  • Addressing data collection challenges

On-Demand Webinar: Announcing the Interfolio Data Service featuring Emory University

Learn about higher education’s new path to trustworthy academic data.

Please join us for a free webinar about faculty data and how universities can streamline their faculty activity reporting needs.

Special guest Bridget Mullaney, MD, of the FACET Project Team in the Office of the Provost at Emory University, joins us to share a case study on their approach to activity reporting with Interfolio, and we will discuss why Emory was drawn to the innovative new Interfolio Data Service. 

Launched fall 2020, the Interfolio Data Service represents a new way of tackling a fundamental challenge in academic information management: ensuring the ongoing reliability of faculty activity data. 

Emory University is the first higher education institution to partner with Interfolio on the vision of the new Data Service and its potential to populate the Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting database with reliable citation data. We’ll hear what problems they are seeking to solve with this groundbreaking offering.

Featuring

Bridget Mullaney, MD

FACET Project Team, Office of the Provost, Emory University

Katie James, Ph.D

Product Manager, Interfolio

Lauren Wolk, MBA

Senior Project Manager, Interfolio

This webinar took place in October 2020.


White Paper: Data in Faculty Affairs

How Modern Universities Can Get the Most out of Tracking Data

Download the free white paper to learn about:

  • 3 core types of faculty activity data 
  • Main pain points your peers face around faculty data
  • Best practices from peer institutions

“Before requiring information, think deeply about why you need it and whether collecting it is worth the potential inconvenience to faculty.”

David Schwartz
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Interfolio Data Service enables universities and colleges to realize full impact of academic data

WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 28, 2020 — Interfolio, pioneer of the Faculty Information System used by universities and colleges worldwide, today announced the release of the Interfolio Data Service (IDS), its newest offering that provides faculty and administrators with a streamlined way to import, validate, and make actionable their faculty’s scholarly contributions. 

Interfolio’s experience with higher education scholars and administrators over the past 20 years has revealed ongoing inefficiencies and burdens placed on institutions around this process. IDS provides a holistic solution and decreases the high administrative load for faculty and staff. Used in combination with its market-leading Faculty Activity Reporting, IDS retrieves scholarly data from an ever-expanding set of multi-disciplinary sources representing over 230 million citations and 60,000 journals. 

IDS enables its clients to take full advantage of established sources of scholarly data. The data service handles the complex processing and preparation of multiple independent data sources into a single feed—which is deduplicated and matched to specific faculty through machine learning algorithms. Within the platform, faculty can easily review and validate each record before it is saved to their ongoing faculty profile. This validation capability allows faculty to claim records as their own, creating trustworthy data for the scholar and the institution. 

With its regular ingestion of data, IDS enables ongoing accuracy and maintenance of faculty records, and by extension, faculty profiles—for past, current, and future scholarship. This process stands in contrast to other methods like CV parsing or manual data loads, which leads to quickly outdated information. IDS keeps the data accurate as faculty members keep producing new research and publications. 

“As one of the nation’s leading research universities, we continuously ask ourselves ‘how can we better support our faculty?'” states Paul Welty, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Faculty Affairs, at Emory University. “Given the importance of our faculty’s research output and worldwide impact, we want to offer an improved, streamlined way for how scholarship is entered and audited in our faculty activity reporting system and how it populates faculty profiles in order to help further amplify and showcase their great scholarly contributions.”

With its place within the Faculty Information System, IDS offers distinctive value for faculty, allowing data to be used within profiles of Faculty Activity Reporting, powering CVs, accreditation reports, and institutional storytelling. Additionally, with the integration between the Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting and Interfolio Review, Promotion, and Tenure modules, the data from IDS can be used for faculty evaluations. This actionability of the data creates value for faculty to validate and approve the data, as it populates their activity reports and reviews.

“Scholarly data—coupled with the ability to harness the power of its significance—is the foundation of the Faculty Information System. The Interfolio Data Service, with its groundbreaking validation of federated and disambiguated data, centers faculty scholarship,” states Andrew Rosen, CEO of Interfolio. “The Data Service represents our continued evolution of the Faculty Information System as a platform and demonstrates our commitment to focusing on faculty and digitally streamlining historically arduous tasks.”  

The Interfolio Data Service is now available as part of Interfolio’s Faculty Information System platform. For more information, visit www.interfolio.com.

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.

On-Demand Webinar: How London Business School Improved Faculty Hiring & Recruitment

Struggling with a complex paper and email-based workflow around hiring, London Business School faced challenges in managing faculty recruitment and on-boarding.


Whether you’re a business school or not, if you work in hiring academics in higher education, you’ll want to understand how leading institutions like London Business School are going about it.

In this free webinar, Sian Smith, Assistant Director, Faculty HR discusses topics like:

  • How has London Business School optimised academic hiring remotely?
  • What challenges were they facing, and what has the impact been of moving to the Interfolio platform for hiring, promotions, and data?
  • Why does London Business School benefit from Interfolio’s full lifecycle approach to academic engagement?

The webinar also includes a demonstration of the Interfolio Faculty Search module for academic recruiting.

Not ready to watch just now? Read the highlights from this webinar on our blog and learn about London Business School’s move to an international recruitment and hiring system in Interfolio.

Optimising Shared Governance in a Remote Environment

How can institutions ensure a faculty recruitment process that is not only fair and equitable, but also attracts diverse, talented candidates?

This white paper outlines the five main steps to follow when hiring a new faculty member for your college or university.