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

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

CEO Andrew Rosen discussed 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, discussed our customer-centric approach to product strategy and will share themes and initiatives of the 2021 roadmap.

In this webinar, we covered:
  • 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 Wang

Senior Vice President, Product, Interfolio

This webinar aired in January 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

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

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 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.


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

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.

On-Demand Webinar: Supporting Faculty Careers & Development

What’s next for supporting faculty careers and development?

As schools navigate the fall semester, what does the shift from student-focused decisions to assessing impact on faculty look like? Ultimately, what decisions need to be made now in anticipation for 2021? Hear from faculty affairs experts at leading colleges and universities, representing viewpoints from both private and public institutions.

In this free webinar, we discuss how new or existing technology can maintain essential faculty workflows and support career development, using Interfolio Review, Promotion, and Tenure and Lifecycle Management as examples. Additionally, our panelists share how their faculty processes were affected by the current pandemic.


Roger Bounds

Dr. Roger Bounds serves as Interim Dean for the College of Health and Human Services and Professor of Health at Northern Arizona University.

He recently served as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Department Chair for the department of Health Sciences.  Roger has been a member of the Northern Arizona University Health Sciences faculty since 2001. Prior to NAU, he taught full-time at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Roger earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Education for Allied Health Professionals.

Danielle Certa

Danielle Certa serves as the Assistant Director of Faculty Appointments for the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost at Vanderbilt University.

In her role as Assistant Director, Danielle provides expert analysis and guidance regarding faculty appointments, reappointments, and promotions; search processes; review processes; faculty data collection as it pertains to federal compliance requirements; as well as ensures compliance with university policies and procedures.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Hendrey

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Hendrey serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Queens College of The City University of New York.

During her time as Provost, the College has increased enrollment; inaugurated the Transfer Honors Program; finalized an agreement with a Japanese university consortium to offer faculty development program to visiting science faculty; and participated in the American Council on Education (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory.

Hayley Spizz

Hayley Spizz serves as the Faculty Policies Administrator at Smith College.

She has worked at Smith College in the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty since 2003. In her role as Faculty Policies Administrator, she promotes fairness and equity through ensuring consistent application of Smith faculty policies by faculty, staff and administration. Her areas of responsibility include reappointment, tenure, and promotion review processes; sabbaticals and leaves; and faculty development.

This webinar took place in October 2020.

eBook: Mapping Scholar Careers

The Costs of Mismanaging Faculty Appointments and Journeys

Download this free eBook to understand:

  • What faculty affairs offices don’t know (and cannot easily accomplish) about their faculty today
  • What gaps exist among most institutions’ technology options today
  • What dangers you risk when your academic appointments and journeys go unsupported
  • What the solution should look like

On-Demand Webinar: How Two Institutions Modernized Faculty Recruiting

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.


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?

On-Demand 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.


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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On-Demand Summit Session: Tracking Faculty Accomplishments to Improve Teaching

July 9, 2020 | 3:15-4:00 PM EST

How can tracking faculty activities improve teaching outcomes on your campus?

Andy Goodman, Director in the Office of Academic Affairs for the University of Missouri System, shares his thoughtful approach to configuring Faculty Activity Reporting (Faculty180) to structure and take in data to produce insightful outcomes.

In this session from the Interfolio Virtual Summit, Andy demonstrates how building your product instance to reflect reporting desires is a critical step in implementation. He shares templates, examples from faculty, and other learnings you can apply to your usage of Faculty Activity Reporting (Faculty180) on your campus.


Andy Goodman

Andy Goodman is a Director in the Office of Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri System. He is the former Center for Teaching and Learning director and current faculty member at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He leads system-wide initiatives like the adoption of Open Educational Resources and improving teaching effectiveness.

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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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.