A Word From the VP

Dear Colleagues,

I hope 2024 is off to good start for you. No doubt the closure of the university on the second day of classes created some challenges for many of you. It seems like we’ve had more than our share of disruptive weather events at the start of recent semesters. Kudos to our faculty and staff for doing such a great job managing these unexpected events.

In the last issue of the newsletter, I highlighted our record number of candidates for promotion to Full Professor and featured the university’s increased efforts to support and mentor Associate Professors on the path to Full. Those efforts were spurred on by feedback we received from past administrations of the COACHE faculty survey. Very soon (during the week of February 5th) all faculty will receive an email from COACHE inviting you to participate in the 2024 Faculty Satisfaction Survey (see below for more information). I hope you will take the time to complete the survey and encourage your colleagues to do the same. The survey results provide vital information to university leadership about how best to support our faculty.

Thank you for all you do for FSU. I hope you enjoyed a very well-deserved Winter break and that it will sustain you through the end of the semester.


Janet Kistner
Professor of Psychology
Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement



Faculty Support and Development


What’s a COACHE year, you ask? This is a year in which FSU faculty get to record their satisfaction about their work environment. FSU has participated in Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education surveys every three years since 2015, and the 2024 survey launches during the week of February 5th. Please be on the lookout for an email inviting you to complete the survey. It’s a great opportunity to voice your opinion.

What is COACHE?

The COACHE survey is unique because it not only assesses levels of satisfaction of FSU faculty across multiple domains of their work, but also compares FSU data to a national cohort and a select group of peer institutions. The national cohort is comprised of more than 100 universities that complete the COACHE survey.

What difference has COACHE made at FSU?

Our last COACHE survey, administered in 2021, showed no official areas of concern, as defined by COACHE, but we did find two areas in need of improvement: 1) fostering interdisciplinary work; and 2) mentoring for associate professors. The 2021 results showed improvements in faculty satisfaction in both areas but also showed there was more work to be done. To address concerns raised by associate professors, listening sessions with associate professors were held to better understand the issues; based on their feedback, a series of workshops were created to support associate professors in their pursuit of promotion. Meetings with department chairs and deans have stressed the importance of mentoring for associate professors and the need for constructive feedback in annual letters on progress toward promotion. Similarly, work groups to facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching continue to meet. These efforts are ongoing. We look forward to receiving faculty feedback about how FSU is doing in these areas as well as other areas of importance to our faculty.


Writing Opportunities

A key way to manage and even increase our productivity is to schedule writing time. NCFDD requests 30 minutes daily, because daily is key. Thinking about our projects five days a week lessens the time we spend reorienting ourselves to where we were in our process. FSU offers 4.5 hours of time every workday that you can join a colleague in writing. Between 6:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday you can find an FSU colleague to write in solidarity with you. Select a time that works for you and commit to it. You can log your spring commitment here: SPRING WRITING COMMITMENT.


New Faculty Deep Dive Lunches

Come talk with experienced colleagues about life as a faculty member at FSU.

Monday, February 12, 11:30 - 1:00, Suwannee Dining Hall

Monday, April 15, 11:30 - 1:00, Suwannee Dining Hall



Fulbright Scholar Application Workshop

When: Wednesday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:00
Where: 201 Westcott
What: Information and Q &A about Fulbright Scholar awards for FSU Faculty


Can External Recognition Advance Faculty Careers?

When: Wednesday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:00
Where: 201 Westcott
What: Information and Q &A about awards and other recognition for FSU Faculty
Register here.


Faculty Celebrations

Professional Development Leave

Congratulations to these Specialized Faculty granted a Professional Development Leave in 2024-25.

  • Amy Kowal
  • Anel Brandl
  • Ansje Burdick
  • Antonio Mendez
  • Banghao Chen
  • Barbara Hamby
  • Casey Dozier
  • Christopher Hayes
  • John Felkner
  • Katherine Yaun
  • Katie Sherron
  • Lisa Munson
  • Meghan Martinez
  • Michael D. Franklin
  • Molly Hand

Nuts and Bolts

Promotion & Tenure Q&A Sessions

For Assistant Professors, Monday, April 1, 2024 at 3:30pm on Zoom
Assistant Professors who will be going up for promotion and tenure in 2024-2025 or in the next few years are strongly encouraged to attend. Vice President Kistner will be available to answer any questions.

For Associate Professors, Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 3:30 on Zoom
Associate Professors who will be going up for promotion to Professor in 2024-2025 or in the next few years are strongly encouraged to attend. Vice President Kistner will be available to answer any questions.

For Staff only, Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 3:30 on Zoom
Staff who will be assisting in the preparation of faculty promotion materials are strongly encouraged to attend. Melissa Crawford and Anglea Hockin from the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement will be available to answer any questions.


SciVal at FSU

FSU Libraries is pleased to announce that the FSU community now has access to SciVal, a powerful tool for visualizing research performance, benchmarking against peers, and identifying emerging research trends. Using data from Scopus, the world's largest citation database, SciVal provides researchers and administrators with strategic insights to help their research programs thrive.

More specifically, SciVal supports researchers and authors with:

- Assessing research performance summaries for any desired research entity (from individual researchers to entire colleges and departments)
- Identifying and analyzing existing and potential collaboration opportunities based on publication output and citation impact
- Analyzing research trends for self or pre-defined research areas, measuring the impact of institutions, countries, authors, and Scopus sources involved
- Identifying which research topics have momentum, indicating higher levels of funding
- Create analyses across different modules to create unique reports

You can login to SciVal using your FSU ID here: guides.lib.fsu.edu/scival. If you have questions about SciVal or would like to arrange a training for your research group, please contact Jeremy Katz, Research Impact Librarian, at jkatz@fsu.edu.


ORCID Registration is Worth Your Time

Why should a scholar register with ORCID? What impact could it possibly have on your professional story? Take a look below for four ways ORCID registration may simplify your administrative work or solidify your public record.

Better manage your scholarly identity

  • Uniquely distinguish yourself from other researchers
  • Keep track of all your affiliations, contributions, and distinctions in an interoperable, trustworthy platform throughout your career regardless of changes in name, gender, institution, or discipline

Save time spent on administrative needs

  • If you publish an article in a journal that has an ORCID integration, ORCID can automatically add the citation information to your ORCID record.
  • Once the citation is in ORCID, you can easily import it into FEAS.
  • Soon, you will be able to export all your citations from FEAS to ORCID.
  • Many other systems enable you to import ORCID data, including those used by many publishers and research funders

Increase your citation impact

  • Having an ORCID can passively improve the accuracy of your author profiles in other systems such as Scopus, Google Scholar, and Web of Science.
  • By improving the accuracy and completeness of your author profiles, your citation impact metrics (times cited, etc.), may increase.
  • Researchers accrue many benefits from improved citation metrics, including increased competitiveness for grants and honorific awards.

Comply with funder requirements

  • - Through NSPM-33 and the 2022 OSTP Memo, the White House has directed all federal research funders to develop policies that require all prospective grantees to provide persistent digital identifiers that are linked with their published research outputs.
  • - Federal funders must update their policies to reflect these new requirements by December 31st, 2025.
  • - Although ORCID is not mentioned by name, it is the only identifier technology for individuals that meets the stipulated requirements.
  • - As FSU looks to secure more external awards and increase its annual research expenditures, compliance with these new regulations will be crucial.

The Office of Faculty Development and Advancement has developed an integration between ORCID and FSU’s Faculty Expertise and Advancement System (FEAS). This integration streamlines the process of importing information about your research contributions into FEAS. More information about this integration is available here.

Faculty who wish to benefit from this integration are encouraged to register and/or connect their ORCID profiles and then begin importing works to their profiles following these instructions. A short video tutorial on the process of importing works is also available at vimeo.com/236776451. Users can also import works directly from Google Scholar.


The FSU Faculty Community

Milton S. Carothers Faculty Lecture Series

This long-standing, FSU faculty lead speaker series aims to share the work of FSU faculty with the entire campus and regional community. Don’t miss Melissa Radey on February 13 and Mariana Fuentes on April 15. Lunch is provided WITH an RSVP.

Carothers Faculty Lecture Series - Melissa Radey



All meetings begin at 3:05 p.m and are on Zoom unless otherwise noted.
Registration is required for attendance and a link is sent out about a week before each meeting.
If you would like the registration link, please contact the Faculty Senate Coordinator.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023; Agenda, Minutes
Wednesday, September 20, 2023; Agenda, Minutes
Wednesday, October 18, 2023; Agenda, Minutes
Wednesday, November 15, 2023; Agenda, Minutes
Wednesday, November 29, 2023; Agenda, Minutes
Wednesday, January 17, 2024; Agenda, Minutes
Wednesday, February 21, 2024; Agenda, Minutes
Wednesday, March 20, 2024; Agenda, Minutes


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