The Faculty Affairs (FA) Companion Project is part of Penn’s Human Capital Management initiative, the University-wide initiative to improve how we manage the broad range of human resources, payroll, and related processes. The Companion Project will implement a new system to manage faculty recruiting, appointments, reviews, and promotions (using the Interfolio Faculty Information System), while streamlining and documenting the processes required to support the faculty lifecycle.
WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE FA COMPANION PROJECT?
The Companion Project willsimplify processes and enable more efficient and informed decision-making in faculty recruiting, appointments, reappointments, and promotions.
The objectives of the project are to:
Promote consistency and transparency in faculty affairs processes
Leverage technology to make hiring, appointment, post-hire promotion, and tenure processes more efficient
Establish and maintain a single system of record for all academic worker data
Reduce the need for “shadow” systems in schools
Implement a strategic technology platform while retiring dated systems
What Is Interfolio?
Interfolio is a faculty information system that provides a full suite of faculty-focused technology to support every stage of the faculty lifecycle, from hiring through tenure.
Modules being implemented for Phase 1 of the Penn FA Companion Project include:
Reviews, Promotions, and Tenure - supports the collection of review materials and approval workflows for appointments, reappointments, promotion, and tenure cases
Dossier - provides an online platform for faculty to collect and curate scholarly materials, as well as for requesting and receiving confidential letters of recommendation.
Faculty180 is an online platform for faculty activity reporting which enables faculty to collect materials and actively curate scholarship, research, teaching, service, and professional activity over the lifetime of their scholarly career. Implementation planning for this module will begin in late 2019.
If you have questions or comments - or would like to be added to the Faculty Affairs Companion Project listserv to receive email updates - contact the Faculty Affairs Project Team at: FA-Project-Help@pobox.upenn.edu
Members of the project team are available for forums that provide an overview of the project and answer the questions of individual schools or departments. Contact the Faculty Affairs Project Team at: FA-Project-Help@pobox.upenn.edu.
Here is the timeline for the project's implementation: