Often, a college or university first adopts an Interfolio module to solve a specific faculty process pain—such as digitizing tenure, hiring efficiently, or passing accreditation. Yet higher education leaders increasingly recognize the multifaceted Faculty Information System as an essential technology across the scholar lifecycle. In this panel, hear how the University of North Texas Health Science Center; the University of Michigan, Dearborn; and Tulane University have seen accumulating benefits from adopting multiple Interfolio modules over time.
Chief of Staff and Executive Director, Academic Planning and Operations
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Dr. Mitch Sollenberger
Associate Provost and Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan, Dearborn
Assistant Provost for Finance and Operations and Chief of Staff
Chief Client Officer
Recorded at the 2022 Interfolio Virtual Summit, Andrew Rosen, Interfolio CEO, and Theo Pillay, Elsevier SVP & GM of Institutional Products, discuss the future of higher ed and Elsevier’s acquisition of Interfolio.
Higher Ed Professional, Podcaster, Co-Founder, The EdUp Experience
SVP & GM Institutional Products
What counts as faculty impact? We know there are many reasons why entities in academia seek to track the total impact of scholars’ work. In different situations, such goals might be securing funding, informing policy, recruiting competitively, representing fields equitably, or others. The difference in these end goals can influence how academic accomplishments are recognized and rewarded. Hear how several institutions are leveraging the Interfolio platform to tell a fuller story of faculty impact—in a modern way.
Faculty Affairs Specialist
University of Wyoming
Dr. Kristin K. Stang
Associate Vice-President of Faculty Affairs & Support and Professor of Special Education
California State University, Fullerton
Dr. Binod Tiwari
Associate Vice President for Research & Sponsored Projects
California State University, Fullerton
Vice President, Account Management
Universities develop highly specific processes for faculty professional evaluations in order to maintain academic excellence. Yet every year, the traditional administrative practices for processing P&T and other faculty reviews at once tie up a massive amount of time, and offer alarming room for error. Hear what institutions as diverse as the University of Colorado School of Medicine; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the Dartmouth College Faculty of Arts & Sciences have gained by shifting their tenure, promotion, and other faculty evaluations into Interfolio.
Division Coordinator, Social Sciences
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Director of Faculty Affairs
University of Colorado School of Medicine (Anschutz Medical Campus)
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel
University of California, Los Angeles
The academic talent marketplace has been rocked by COVID-19, broad professional “reshuffling,” and an evolving relationship between higher education and other industries. How are colleges and universities today best achieving successful and inclusive faculty recruitment? And how do modernized administrative practices intersect with universities’ strategic recruitment goals? Hear from several academic affairs professionals on what competitive and equitable faculty hiring looks like in 2022 and beyond.
Inside Higher Ed
Dr. Sheanine Allen
Senior Associate Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Columbia University in the City of New York
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Biology
When higher education is the focus of news stories or the national spotlight, it is often not in the most flattering light. There are indeed important trends and concerns that higher education continues to work to address; however, there are also astonishing accomplishments that result from the ongoing work of institutions and their faculty. In this keynote, we briefly explored that national spotlight before focusing most specifically on the often-unheralded work that faculty perform in service to students, the public, and democracy. These endeavors are worthy of celebration. In an era where anxiety, compassion fatigue, and burnout are real threats to our faculty, this session concludes with concrete recommendations for how to meaningfully recognize faculty accomplishments as well as actions to take to ease burdens and reduce burnout.
C. Edward Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation
American Association of Colleges and Universities
About the Speaker
C. Edward Watson, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and formerly Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia. At AAC&U, he leads national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts to advance quality in undergraduate student learning. He also directs numerous faculty development and institutional capacity building efforts in support of faculty and student success. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Campus Technology, EdSurge, Consumer Reports, UK Financial Times, and University Business Magazine and on CNN and NPR regarding current issues and trends in higher education. He is also the author of two recent books, Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes and Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past – Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices.
We’re excited to announce that Interfolio is now part of Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care. Elsevier, which is part of RELX, has 8,700 employees, is headquartered in Amsterdam and has offices worldwide.
Andrew Rosen will remain the head of the Interfolio business, now a part of Elsevier’s Research Intelligence portfolio, which includes Scopus, SciVal, Pure, and Digital Commons. We will continue to operate our business as usual – which includes having the same great team of account managers, implementation specialists, customer support managers, and others. You will still receive the same high-quality service and support.
Interfolio clients’ contracts and historic rights remain unchanged and intact. This includes our commitment to data rights and privacy; we will absolutely continue to honor and protect Customer Data and User Data per our current and continuing mutual agreements.
Interfolio remains dedicated to helping you solve the challenges you face in your current faculty search or faculty evaluation processes. With the highest set of capabilities and greatest capacity for configuration, we know higher education and what our clients need to be successful. Elsevier’s decision to acquire Interfolio only reinforces this and the value they see in continuing to solve these challenges. Being part of Elsevier’s portfolio allows us to leverage the exceptional resources and experience of both companies.
We are excited for the next phase of Interfolio’s journey and look forward to our continued work with you to advance research and academic work.
Read more in the press release.
Faculty Evaluations: Building Efficient Administrative Processes
Ongoing budget constraints and the past two years’ challenges require institutions of all sizes to do more with less. Faculty, administrative staff, and software choices are not spared from this necessity.
We know faculty members are focused on the vital work of teaching students, making valuable contributions to their fields, and providing critical service to the institution.
And your professional staff—from faculty affairs, to the provost and dean’s offices, to the departments—provide essential support for that work.
So how can you help build administrative processes that work more efficiently, and support faculty more effectively?
We invite you to watch this on-demand webinar with Kean University and the University of Rhode Island so you can hear firsthand best practices to re-engage and motivate your faculty and staff with the modern, user-friendly Interfolio platform for faculty evaluations.
Ultimately, institutions that fail to support faculty work with the right technology—rather than just any digital method—will be left behind by those that do.
In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- Firsthand experience from Kean University and URI about how the specialized Interfolio platform has alleviated administrative burdens for faculty and professional staff.
- The benefits (and struggles) of evolving from an existing digital system, or even moving from a paper process.
- Productive steps to take in the change management process to gain buy-in from (and hours back for) your faculty members across the board.
Lead Information Technologist
University of Rhode Island
Assistant Director for the Office of the Provost and Vice President
Senior Vice President of Marketing
With the Interfolio platform, NYU has significantly enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of its faculty workflow processes.
In return, the university has seen these benefits unfurl campus wide—such as for faculty, staff, and the Provost Office. Read more about why they adopted and their experience implementing a new system in this case study.
Celebrating Faculty Impact
Provosts, deans, and faculty affairs leaders are coming together this June to discuss the current state of higher education and the pivotal role of the Faculty Information System for the academy going forward.
In sessions throughout this free 2-day event, we’ll hear all about celebrating faculty impact—and how the unique Interfolio platform is facilitating that impact at universities of all kinds.
What is the Interfolio Virtual Summit?
Experts on faculty careers will join academic and technology leaders from Interfolio partner universities to discuss pressing issues facing the faculty affairs profession and the most successful ways to manage them, including critical ways the Interfolio platform is helping.
In addition, the Interfolio Virtual Summit offers a chance for professionals at higher education institutions who work with faculty to engage with the widely experienced Interfolio team, understand Interfolio’s ongoing and planned areas of innovation, and learn from our experience working with over 400 institutions and organizations worldwide.
The Interfolio Virtual Summit is free to attend.
What sessions are planned?
The full agenda will launch later this spring.
Who should attend?
- Senior academic leadership invested in their faculty members’ capacity for impact—including provosts, faculty affairs heads, deans of colleges, and other executive roles intersecting with faculty—whether your institution already uses Interfolio or not
- Current Interfolio institutional administrators who wish to find new ideas and solutions to the modern issues of faculty management (and administrative effectiveness) using Interfolio modules
- Other higher education professionals focused on driving faculty impact and improving the faculty work experience—whether you are in HR, IT, research, libraries, or some other office
Harvard Graduate School of Education & California State University East Bay
The pandemic forced major, rapid shifts in how universities and colleges execute their faculty advancement processes. As you plan for your next review cycle, hear how Harvard Graduate School of Education and California State University, East Bay have achieved a sustainable approach to review and tenure with Interfolio. In this webinar, they discussed why they took a phased approach, using Interfolio to alleviate certain pains at first, and later expanding to additional uses. Ultimately, their thoughtful transformations created more time for faculty to invest in their most important work.
We showed how Interfolio’s multi-module platform offers universities benefits in both the short and long term:
- Huge time savings and convenience, enabling your faculty and staff to make a bigger impact—right away
- Transparent, consistent, equitable faculty evaluation and hiring processes that help you retain the right faculty and reach your institution’s strategic goals
- Why faculty actually use Interfolio‚ instead of avoiding it (like other systems you might have tried to adopt)
- How Interfolio’s easy configuration translates to a light responsibility on your IT department—enabling you to roll it out speedily
- What you should do now if you want to free up a huge number of hours for your faculty next year
Linda Dobb, J.D.
Associate Provost for Faculty & Student Affairs
California State University, East Bay
Jessica Pesce, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Vice President, Account Management
Tulane University relies on Interfolio for reviews and faculty hiring
Tulane University was an early adopter of Interfolio’s Faculty Search module, which they trust for their campus’s faculty search and hiring efforts.
Soon after, they adopted Review, Promotion, and Tenure to assist with their annual evaluations as well. Learn more about their motivations and results in this informative case study.