Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Updating Your Psychology Department Website Profile


To access your profile, please log into the COLA Web Editor (https://colaweb.la.utexas.edu)

* UT EID and password required. (Bookmark this page for easy access later!)

Updating Your Psychology Department Web Profile Page

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.

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Instructions for Editing Profile Pages

LAITS (Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services) provides easy-to-follow instructions 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.

QUICK INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Log on to the COLA Web Editor with your UT EID & password
  2. Edit personal information and affiliation data for each departmental affiliation (if applicable; each department is separated by a grey bar; see Home tab) and click "Save Changes"
  3. Fill out: Biography, Interests, Office Hours, Office Location & Phone (if applicable)
  4. Faculty: Course descriptions and syllabi (see Courses tab) are automatically filled in by the registrar, but you can update text here and click "Save Changes"
  5. PSY 357s: Use UG Research tab (at top; see UG Research tab and PSY 357 Posts) to edit existing or add new post and click "Save Changes"
  6. Custom tab: Use to edit or add new custom tab for additional categories of information, especially for Publications (see Faculty Spotlight below and Custom tab) and click "Save Changes"
  7. External link: Add a link to your lab and other related websites and click "Save Changes"
  8. Confirm your changes by viewing your profile from the department web site.
Be sure to click on the blue "Save Changes" 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 (link at the top of page) can be added for your lab (highly recommended) and other websites you are affiliated with. 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 page(s)! 

Custom Tabs can be added to add extra pages to your profile for more infomation, such as lists of publications (required for faculty),* 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.

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* Faculty Spotlight *

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 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. 

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Adding a Photo to your Psychology Profile

To update/add a photo to your profile, please email your photo to Tamara Kowalski <tamara@austin.utexas.edu>. 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.

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Questions can be directed to the Psychology Department web contact, Tamara Kowalski.

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