New Faculty Activity Reporting Tool


Rice has now launched Interfolio’s Faculty Activity Reporting (FAR) system, which replaces our old FIS, effective November 2022.  This is the 3rd of 3 Interfolio modules that Rice has adopted for upgrading key faculty processes; it joins Faculty Search, and Review, Promotion and Tenure (RPT), which has concluded its pilot phase and will be fully implemented for tenure-track promotion and reappointment cases coming up for review in the 2022-23 academic year, as well as for Teaching Professor rank and Research Professor rank promotions.  Collectively, these faculty-centric tools are known at Rice as “Faculty Folio,” and are all now accessed through a single web portal. Interfolio is known for ease of use by faculty, and has been well received among faculty and staff here at Rice.

The FIS legacy system, at around 15 years old, is at end-of-life for a homegrown computer system. The 2022 annual reports will be completed in the new FAR, starting in November 2022.

There was a web training session for staff who assist faculty as proxies in the completion of the 2022 faculty annual reports on Nov. 9, 2022. The recording of this session can be accessed here.

There was also a session for faculty, "Intro to FAR for Faculty" on Dec. 9, 2022. That recording can be accessed from within FAR, via the "Announcements and Help" page, or from here directly. The slides are here.

Teaching Professor Ranks

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Nominations are open for all ranks of the new teaching professor career path. These ranks, including assistant teaching professor, associate teaching professor, and (full) teaching professor, are intended to provide a career path and professional development for long-term non-tenure track faculty with opportunities for advancement whenever possible. For more details, please visit:

Frequently Asked Questions
Teaching Professor Ranks Procedures for Appointments.

You may also send your question to or to your dean’s office.



New Tool for Faculty Searches

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A new tool, Faculty Search from Interfolio, was launched on November 1, 2020. This system delivers an improved experience for faculty search committee members. During the July 2021 rollout of the imagineOne project, Faculty Search bridged the gap during the period when RICEWorks was being phased out. Oracle/iO is now integrated with Faculty Search for faculty postings, search committee evaluation, hiring proposal approvals, and new faculty onboarding.



Interfolio's Faculty Search

Faculty Processing in iO for HCM Initiators