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Mason FACTs (Faculty Activity and Collaboration Tools)

Investments for Faculty

As George Mason University matures as a multifaceted public research university, the need to invest in systems that facilitate the work of our faculty, programs, and institution as a whole becomes more critical. We must be able to promote faculty expertise and academic programs to prospective students, various university stakeholders, and the broader community.

  • Technologies that simplify and streamline institutional processes:
    • Integration of faculty profiles on Mason websites
    • Facilitate the administrative process for unit and college reviews
    • Facilitate administrative compliance reporting for funders; federal and state agencies; and accreditation (institutional, college/school, and departmental/programmatic)
  • A searchable, faculty verified database that can assist in accessing and leveraging data for strategic purposes:
    • Facilitating faculty collaboration and partnerships
    • Identifying faculty achievements & accomplishments
    • Sharing stories of faculty excellence

What is Interfolio? 

Interfolio is an enhanced "faculty-first" higher education technology that offers a digital and holistic platform for faculty information. Interfolio supports the full lifecycle of faculty work and has proven the following:

► Experience and understanding of R1 university renewal, promotion, and tenure processes and accreditation 

► Capacity to satisfy institutional needs and uphold Mason's commitment to centric beta testing and associated assessments

► Ability to provide superior support throughout the planning, implementation, and maintenance phases 

Interfolio was selected through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, after demonstrating the above strengths. The RFP process involved campus representatives and stakeholders:

  • Research Council
  • Information Technology Services
  • Faculty & Faculty Senate
  • Communications and Marketing 
  • Office of the Provost
  • Human Resources and Payroll

“Faculty define the culture and intellectual climate of a campus. They drive research initiatives, grants, published works, and critical thinking. They are responsible for the success of current students and the influence of generations of alumni."

Interfolio


Renewal, Promotion & Tenure (RPT)

The Renewal, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) tool has the capacity to automate existing workflows and processes for faculty renewal, promotion and tenure into a unified content management system to streamline the RPT experience for both candidates and reviewers at all levels within one secure and configurable system.

 

Faculty-180 (F-180)

The Faculty-180 tool can collect, integrate and consolidate data around faculty activities and accomplishments into a single database to leverage faculty strengths across the institution, support faculty collaboration and partnerships, and to tell the story of Mason faculty strengths to a variety of stakeholders.


 

The Mason FACTs Advantage

For Faculty
Renewal, Promotion, & Tenure (RPT)
  • Paperless, secure and unified platform
  • Single submission of electronic materials
  • Due date reminders available
Faculty-180 (F-180)
  • Promotes scholarly networking and collaboration
  • Generates customizable CVs and bio-sketches
  • Offers single-source, faculty-verified online academic portfolio
  • Reduces the need to respond to multiple administrative requests
     
For Programs
Renewal, Promotion, & Tenure (RPT)
  • Efficient and consistent processing of multiple dossiers through multiple stages of review
  • Status tracking
  • Controlled review access
  • Configurable templates
Faculty-180 (F-180)
  • Promotes strategic and data-driven decisions
  • Integrates with faculty profiles on Mason website
  • Facilitates administrative reporting 
  • Reduces workload in managing programmatic accreditation (where applicable)
     
For Mason
Renewal, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT)
  • Automates existing workflow processes for RPT within a unified online content management system
  • Promotes RPT committee collaboration within one secure and configurable platform
  • Increases our ability to align and streamline our processes for both candidates and reviewers at all levels
Faculty-180 (F-180)
  • Collects, integrates, and consolidates data around faculty activities and accomplishments into a single faculty database
  • Enhances our ability to:
    • Leverage faculty strengths across the institution
    • Facilitate faculty collaborations and partnerships
    • Tell the story of our faculty strengths to a variety of stakeholders

“Mason FACTs provides us with much needed tools to facilitate faculty transdisciplinary collaboration across campus. Learning from the successful implementation of similar tools at our R1 peers, I am confident that our faculty will take full advantage of Mason FACTs not only to document their own accomplishments but also to reach out to potential collaborators for teaching, scholarship, and other creative work.”

S. David Wu, Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Change Management Approach

FACTs change management approach