Frequently Asked Questions about the Faculty Information System (FIS)
Faculty Annual Reports:
- Q1: Why is the 2017 Faculty Annual Report deadline on January 31, 2018, this year?
In recent years, the annual report was due in mid-February, but because the annual report will be a factor in faculty salary increases, the deadline was moved up to coincide with the annual budget process. (Most Rice academic schools had already moved their internal deadlines up.)
- Q2: What should I do about FIS records from previous years that are incomplete or inaccurate?
For now, please concentrate only on 2017 information for your annual report. See Q7 for more info.
Faculty Information System (FIS):
- Q3: What happened to FARIS, the system we used for our 2016 reports?
FARIS is being discontinued. Our faculty found it too complex and difficult to use, and it did not live up to a number of its promises.
- Q4: What is the plan for the Faculty Information System for the future?
We will use a refurbished and somewhat enhanced version of the “old FIS” as a bridge solution for the 2017 annual reports. Then we will do further evaluation and planning for a longer term solution that fits the needs of Rice’s faculty and administration.
- Q5: What features and improvements over the old FIS can we expect for 2017 reporting?
Many fields will be prepopulated from Banner, including courses taught, grad students advised, research grants, and demographic information. Faculty will be able to export their 2017 publications from Google Scholar and upload them into the FIS.
- Q6: Is the look and feel going to be the same as the old FIS? Will we have to learn a new interface?
The interface will be basically the same as the old FIS. The only thing new to learn will be if you want to use some new functionality for downloading your 2017 publications from Google Scholar and then uploading the file into the FIS.
- Q7: What will happen to the information I entered last year in FARIS?
The information has been preserved. However, you will not see it in the FIS at this time, pending a decision on the system to be used for 2018 and beyond.
- Q8: Will there be Scholarly Interest Reports, as in the old FIS?
No. Unfortunately, this feature has been suspended for this year.
- Q9: Is anything entered in the FIS visible publicly or university wide?
No. The FIS is only for the purpose of the annual report, and only individuals with appropriate security in the system will be able to view your information.
- Q10: Will department staff be able to complete annual reports on behalf of faculty?
Yes. However, if you want to download 2017 publications from Google Scholar, the faculty member will have to log into their own Google Scholar account, export the list in CSV format, and then send the file to the staff member to be uploaded into the FIS. If new staff need FIS access, the department administrator should email a request to email@example.com and include the staff member’s Rice ID (E number).
- Q11: I notice that there are no teaching evaluation scores for Fall 2017 classes. Will these appear later?
Yes. When the semester is over and the deadline for evaluations has passed, these scores will be added to the reports.
- Q12: Why am I unable to access the FIS from off campus?
In order to use the FIS from off campus, you must use VPN. This is to protect your own and others' personally identifiable information in this and other campus systems.
- Q13: Can I cut and paste a whole publication or presentation citation from my CV to the FIS?
No. In order to have data that is useful for reporting purposes, elements like title, journal name, page number, etc., must be entered in discrete fields. Therefore the complete citation field is no longer available. We hope that the new upload feature from Google Scholar will help to mitigate any inconvenience to faculty.