Faculty Activity Reporting
Our Faculty Activity Reporting software (Digital Measures by Watermark) is an online, secure database for reporting faculty activities.
Whatever annual activities were previously entered into Service to Hope forms or found
on a CV can now be entered online. Data can be entered as soon as each activity happens,
and data entry doesn’t have to wait until the end of the year.
All known activities for the 2019–2020 academic year should be entered by March 15, 2020.
Recorded activities can be compiled into reports. Those with appropriate permissions, such as department chairs and divisional deans, can access and search the information, reducing or eliminating repeated requests for this data.
Full-time and tenure-track faculty must report their activities in Faculty Activity Reporting (FAR). Lecturers and adjunct faculty will not use FAR at this time.
- Goals & Highlights
Goals of the project
- Easy input
- Usable output
- Fewer data requests
- Broader usage
- Uniform reporting
- Separation of faculty activity data collection from faculty evaluation
Highlights of FAR
- The provost’s office can pull your annual activity directly. You don’t have to file any paperwork.
- Office managers and chairs can compile a department’s annual activity by running queries rather than manually compiling from Service to Hope forms.
- If your grant is processed through the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs,
that information will be uploaded directly into FAR.
- Teaching schedules and number of advisees will be regularly (semi-annually) updated
based on numbers from the registrar’s office.
- When it comes to entering publications, there are shortcuts. Publication data from aggregate/ bibliographic sources (in BibTeX format) can be pulled so that there is no hand-entry of each publication.
- Training Materials and Guides
- Introduction to FAR (Google Slides)
- Hope College FAR User Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Service to Hope to FAR Translation Guide: Where do I enter my activities?
- Importing Publications into FAR using Google Scholar (PDF)
- Tips and Tricks: FAR blog
- Importing Course Syllabi
Note: Course data is uploaded within a week after the start of the semester
- Contact Us: Email the FAR Admin Team, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2020 Drop-In Training Sessions
Training sessions will have a drop-in, working format. Come when you can, leave when you must. Bring your CV or 2019 activities with you. Enter information, run your annual activity report, and our team will help with questions. Quickly upload publication data where it exists elsewhere (Zotero, Goggle Scholar, etc.), and give us feedback so we can make FAR better in the future.
Friday, January 10 2–2:50 p.m. Schaap 3002 (Computer Lab) Tuesday, January 21 11–11:50 a.m.
Van Zoeren 152 (Computer Lab)
Monday, January 27 11–11:50 a.m.
Schaap 3002 (Computer Lab)
Thursday, February 6 11–11:50 a.m.
Van Zoeren 152 (Computer Lab)
Monday, February 17 1–1:50 p.m. Martha Miller 237 (Computer Lab) Thursday, February 27 8:30-9:20 a.m. Schaap 3002 (Computer Lab)
- Templates for Uploading Data
If you have many activities to enter on one screen, instead of manually entering data into FAR, a faculty member may instead put the information into a spreadsheet for upload.
STEPS FOR ENTERING ACTIVITIES VIA UPLOAD
- Select the spreadsheet from the list below, based on the activity screen in FAR.
- Enter relevant information. A username and date are always required. Data validated fields (the colored columns) must have a selection from the drop-down or be left blank. Not all fields need a response. If you have any questions or need to add more collaborators to the presentation screen, email email@example.com for assistance.
- When the activities have been entered, email the spreadsheet to firstname.lastname@example.org and the FAR admins will upload the data into the system for you. Please allow 2-4 days for requests to be processed.
TEMPLATES BY FAR SCREEN
General Credentials and Experience
- Professional Memberships
- Awards and Honors
- Professional Development Activities
- Media Appearances and Interviews
Scholarship and Creative Activity
We have not created spreadsheet templates for all screens. If you would like to do a spreadsheet upload and don't see the screen listed above, email us and we will create a template for you.
- How to submit your Annual Review in Workflow (through FAR)