College of Liberal Arts

Faculty Activity Reports (FAR) and Publications Database


Faculty Activity Reports (FAR)

  • All faculty members, whether non-tenured, tenured, or tenure-track, are responsible for completing a Faculty Activity Report (FAR) of their academic and professional activities each year (formerly referred to as the Faculty Annual Report).  The report is an essential component of the annual review of faculty, merit review, third-year review, and periodic review of tenured faculty.
  • Although departments are not required to use the Provost Office's online Faculty Activity Report system, each department must establish whether its faculty shall use the online FAR system or adopt an acceptable alternative format–compliant with HOP 2-2160­–for their annual reporting requirements. 
  • FARs are expected to provide a record of a faculty member’s activities (teaching, research, service, and other) for a given academic year.
  • Regardless of format, faculty members are required to submit FARs to their department(s) [with a copy to the Dean’s Office] on an annual basis. Departments who elect not to use the online FAR must provide electronic copies of their faculty FARs for the college files (c/o Ann Kelble).
  • Departments have been permitted by the dean to set internal deadlines for these reports, but each department should ensure that FARs are completed in advance of their annual faculty evaluation process. Each department is responsible for ensuring that the completed activity reports of their faculty are made available to their relevant governing body as part of their evaluation process(es).
  • Departments shall report to the Dean's Office which activity report they will use and shall notify the Dean’s Office (c/o Ann Kelble) if or when their FAR process changes.

How the Online Version Works:

  • The 2019-20 online FAR is currently open and available for use. Firefox and Google Chrome continue to be the preferred browsers for the FAR system.
  • Once the online FAR is submitted, the faculty member will no longer be able to make changes (unless the department chair or admin "Returns" it to them).  
  • Proxy functionality is now available for the FARs as well. Faculty members may assign proxy users to add, edit and delete data in the FAR and, if necessary, submit the FAR on behalf of the faculty member. Proxy users are managed in the Publications Database section.
  • Each faculty member will only be able to view his or her own profile or FAR, unless they are a chair or dean.  Chairs will be able to view created FARs in their department and track submission through the FAR Administration Tool.
  • Questions and comments regarding the functionality of the online FAR can be sent using the link at the bottom of the Faculty Activity Report, or by clicking here:

FAR Administration tool

FAR Faculty Access:


Faculty Publications Database

  • Beginning in 2015-16, all tenured and tenure-track faculty are required by the Provost Office to update and certify their publications, creative works, and other scholarly works on an annual basis in the centrally maintained Publications Database.
  • The database will allow faculty members to assign proxy users who can add, edit, and delete publication information prior to the faculty member certifying the publication list.  Publications can be added one at a time or through a batch upload process. 
  • Once publications have been updated for a given academic year, a faculty member will be able to import them into your online FAR.
  • Firefox and Google Chrome continue to be the preferred browsers for this system. 
  • ANNUAL DEADLINE: October 1 **Deadline for 2020 process has been extended to NOVEMBER 1.

Publications Database:


Staff or Administrator Access:

To request FAR Admin access for new departmental administrators, please e-mail with their name(s) and EID(s), copying Ann Kelble for CoLA verification.

Contact: Ann Kelble, 512-232-4820.


Last updated: 4 September, 2020