Faculty Activity Committee Report (September 26, 2019)
I write to update you on the work undertaken by the 2019 Faculty Activity Committee, a small faculty committee assembled in Spring 2019 with the mandate of recommending changes to the Faculty Activity Report (FAR).
- Examining current systems within the FAS (e.g., the Faculty Activity Report and electronic tracking of information) for collecting information about faculty activities in research, teaching, and service.
- Learning about best practices in peer or other relevant institutions concerning the assessment of faculty activities.
- Recommending ways to improve the quality of information relating to accomplishments of faculty within the FAS at Yale, which could include revisions to the current FAR or additional ways to collect these data.
The FAS Steering Committee has discussed the report and has accepted the committee’s recommendations with respect to the structure and process of the FAR, effective this year. These recommendations can be found in Section IIIA of the Report.
The recommendations regarding information about faculty service and number and size of standing committees require additional refinement and coordination to determine how their goals can best be achieved and what resources would be necessary to do so. To that end, we will be convening a small successor committee to explore these issues. I will announce the committee’s charge and composition later this semester.
I am grateful to the members of the Faculty Activity Committee for the time and care they invested to produce the Report, and look forward to the next steps in continuing this important work.
Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science
The Faculty Activity Committee was composed of Marla Geha (Committee Chair; Professor, Astronomy), Rene Almeling (Associate Professor, Sociology), Jack Dovidio (Professor, Psychology and FAS Dean of Academic Affairs), Larry Gladney (Professor, Physics and FAS Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity), Daniel Harrison (Professor, Music), and Quang Phu Van (Senior Lector II, Southeast Asian Studies).