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ELEMENTS Helps Track Instructional, Professional Work

Faculty members are already using ELEMENTS to track their scholarly publications and teaching accomplishments.

Soon we’ll be adding more modules to this faculty activity reporting system. Once it’s fully implemented, it will provide you with a comprehensive picture of your professional life. In the near future, ELEMENTS will help you produce your annual activity report, and it will give department heads an efficient way to provide data for academic program reviews and annual planning documents.

At this point, all Knoxville instructional faculty, including faculty at UT Space Institute, have profiles in ELEMENTS that contain their publications and information about the courses they are teaching. Log in to ELEMENTS to check your profile.

The publication data imports from several different commercial databases. When a new publication is imported into your profile, the system sends you an e-mail, asking you to log in to the system and claim or reject the pending publication. You can also enter publications yourself.

Teaching data is imported directly from Banner into your profile. You may wish to confirm the accuracy of the data, but no action is necessary.

This month, we are adding new data fields in the teaching module that will let you record instructional activities not captured in the Banner feed, such as teaching awards, instructional or pedagogical grants, research supervision, and other activities. We’re also adding a professional activities module that will allow you to record institutional, disciplinary, and professional service as well as other activities.

By late summer, OIT will have designed a form that will let you produce an activity report for your annual performance review.

Once the new End-of-Course (EOC) surveys are fully implemented, OIT will work with the Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost to identify data from the EOC to be imported into your profile.

OIT also will work with the Office of Research and Engagement to import sponsored research information from Cayuse SP.

Look for more announcements about ELEMENTS, including a web page designed to assist you in getting the most out of your profile, in the months ahead.

For more information about elements, contact John Zomchick, vice provost for faculty affairs, at 974-6152 or zomchick@utk.edu.

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