- Log on to the COLA database with your UT EID (COLA database log-on page)
- Edit personal information and affiliation data for each departmental affiliation (each separated by a blue bar; see Home tab) and click "UPDATE DATABASE"
* Please make sure to fill out: Biography, Interests, Office Hours, Office Location/Phone (if applicable)
- Faculty: Edit Course descriptions and syllabi (see Courses tab) and click "UPDATE DATABASE"
- For PSY 357s: Edit/Add UG Research (see UG Research tab and PSY 357 Posts) and click "UPDATE DATABASE"
- Custom tab: Edit/add a custom tab for additional categories of information, such as Publications (see Faculty Spotlight below and Custom tab) and click "UPDATE DATABASE"
- External link: Add a link to your lab and other related websites and click "UPDATE DATABASE"
- Confirm your changes by viewing your profile from the department web site.
Updating Your Psychology Department Website Profile
To access your profile, go to: www.utexas.edu/cola/_db
(UT EID and password required. Bookmark this page for easy access later!)
For faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral researcher web profiles
The UT College of Liberal Arts (COLA) provides each faculty member, graduate student and postdoctoral researcher with a profile page (see our Faculty List and Graduate Student List) that allows them to maintain their professional information in a single location. That information can then be displayed on any COLA website with which the faculty, student or postdoc is affiliated.
Your profile on the department website promotes you, your work, and the department as a whole. When prospective students, employers and funders are searching for information about our department, COLA's data tells us that more than not, they go to the department's website first. Once there, the most clicked-on pages of each department are the Faculty pages and the Graduate Student pages. Visitors want to see who the faculty are, what their research interests are, and what the graduate students and postdocs are working on. Please make sure your page is filled out and kept updated.
LAITS (Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services) provides easy-to-follow instructions with videos on how to update COLA website profiles. Please note that although these instructions refer to faculty, the same information applies to graduate student and postdoctoral researcher web profiles, as well.
Be sure to click on the blue "UPDATE DATABASE" button at the bottom of each page or your changes will not be saved!
Please make sure your interests,* office hours, office location and phone number are filled out in the appropriate boxes, and that your CV is attached and current.
External Links (found at the bottom of your database page) can be added to link to your lab (highly suggested) and other related websites. They will show up in a column on the right side of your profile under the header "External Links".
* Grad students & faculty: Be sure to add an external link to your lab pages!
Custom Tabs can be added to add extra pages to your profile for more infomation, such as lists of publications,* research, media, postdocs, photos, etc. The "Courses" tab is automatically created and filled in by the database. These will show up as links on the right side of your profile under the header "Profile". In the database, each "tab" created will show up as a tab at the top of your page, making that page easily accesible for editing.
It is especially important for faculty to fill out the "Interests" box and create a "Publications" tab.
The front page of the department website has a Faculty Spotlight area (right side, beneath the main photo) that randomly spotlights a faculty member each time the page is refreshed, pulling their information from the COLA database. The Spotlight automatically pulls into it the contents of the "Interests" box. If your "Interests" box is empty, this area will be blank when you are randomly highlighted in the Spotlight.
The Faculty Spotlight also automatically publishes links to "Publications" and "Courses". If you do not have a tab called "Publications," this link will go to a blank page on your profile. Please be sure you have created a "Publications" tab and have listed your publications there.
To update/add a photo to your profile, please email your photo to Tamara Kowalski <email@example.com>. Please make sure your photo is not less than 500 pixels wide, and preferably at least 600px wide.
COLA's preferred photograph style:
- Large portraits that appear clear and crisp, so that final id's made from these will have a professional polished look on the web
- Head should be directly facing the camera with full face in view
- COLA will accept wider or narrower images & prefer that images not be less than 500 pixels wide.
When to expect your photo to be on the website:
- Photos received during the 1st to the 15th in a month, will usually be up by the end of that month.
- Photos received during the 16th to the end of the month, will usually be up by the middle of the following month.
If you need a photo taken of yourself for your profile, please contact Tamara Kowalski to request a photoshoot.
Questions can be directed to the Psychology Department web contact, Tamara Kowalski.
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