Each CHASS department handles its web site—and the faculty information posted there—a bit differently. But some departments have chosen to use the CHASS faculty profile system. This system allows you to enter a great deal of information about your research, teaching, service, and personal interests into a form from which departments can extract and display information.
This system is particularly valuable to the CHASS research office because we can use it as a database of your research and service interests. Even if your department does not use the data stored in this system, starting in the fall of 2011 the CHASS research office will require that information be input into the system as part of internal and external grant proposals. The goal is to better serve you by providing you with information about potential grants, fellowships, scholarships, and other resources that will enhance your research and community engagement. We strongly encourage all faculty to fill out as much of their profile as possible.
Entering data in the system is simple. The first thing you will want to do is log into any NCSU system that requires a unity password. I like to log into the MyPack portal because I use it often anyway. Another good option is the NCSU libraries site, which is also behind the unity password. Once you have done this, you would then follow this link to the CHASS faculty directory:
On this page, I will scroll down to find my name. You could also use the find function (usually, Ctrl+F) to search for your name. Click on it, and see something like this:
Note two things: First, I haven’t done much with my own profile in this shot! Second, see where it says “edit profile” in the upper right side of the beige area? This will appear only if you are logged into a unity system.
From this point, the system is self-explanatory. You can do a lot of things with this form, including upload a picture, a copy of your vita, and course syllabi. You can post your office hours, post a link to your website, and enter
Academic/Research Projects (ongoing projects, for example)
Extension/Community Engagement activities
Under all these fields, you will see a set of “view” options:
Checking these checkboxes controls what will be shown on the CHASS faculty directory website, and on your department website if your department has chosen to use this system to display web information. As you can see, I have allowed a lot of this to be posted on the page.
I have found it easiest to simply cut and paste material from my CV into the windows. While it is most straightforward to simply upload a CV, I cannot search your CV for keywords in this system. I strongly urge you to type your work into a word processor and save it, and then paste it into this form—otherwise, as I recently experienced, a browser glitch can make your work disappear. Indeed, in each editing window there is an icon with a small W on it, which indicates “paste from Microsoft Word,” which allows you to easily move text from your CV or other source to the profile system. You may also wish to click the submit button often to save your work.
Of course, not all your publications need to be listed in this system—the last five to ten years might be a good rule of thumb. I’d appreciate your adding enough to help me understand what you do, and what your interests are, so that I can find and send you information tailored to your interests.
With the information you provide, I will be much better able to support your scholarship with internal and external funding.