UAB’s Faculty Profiles System provides a single location for faculty to store their professional information – publications, grants, teaching and professional activities. The system can be used to make research and professional activities visible in order to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations, identify colleagues with specific areas of expertise for consultation, and facilitate consistent faculty activities reporting.
Training on the system has been completed in the Schools of Health Professions, Engineering, Education, Dentistry, Optometry, and Public Health and the Libraries. Implementation and training are underway in the School of Medicine and in the College of Arts and Science, department by department. Many of the faculty who are involved with T32 grants have also been trained so that the data can be used to track graduate committee appointments, publications and grants. We have over 30 individual reports that faculty can generate and numerous aggregate reports that Department Chairs and Deans can generate, along with the ability to download an Excel spreadsheet with data. The reports can be useful in preparing performance evaluations, grant applications and promotion, tenure packages and accreditation materials, among other things. Faculty Profiles is an excellent tool for highlighting and telling the story of the great work that is being done by the UAB faculty and departments.
Oversight of the project has been provided by the UAB Faculty Activities Committee, which began meeting in the spring of 2014. The committee has representatives from all schools/college/libraries and provides direction for the implementation of the Faculty Profiles System and communication with members of the UAB faculty.
UAB’s Faculty Profiles System is built on Symplectic Elements. Other U.S. institutions using Symplectic include Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Cornell University.
Current Schools and Departments using Faculty Profiles