Supporting Faculty During COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted academic life in many ways. UMD ADVANCE has created the following resources to help campus leaders and individual faculty navigate, address, and document the impact of the pandemic on faculty members.

Examples of COVID-19 Impact Statements

This document offers guidance for how faculty members can explain how their work has been impacted by the pandemic, including in COVID-19 Impact Statements and in Faculty Success, the faculty activities reporting system.

College Level COVID-19 Accommodations and Resources at UMD

In an effort to understand the range of COVID-19-related accommodations, this brief summarizes the responses from each UMD academic college or school regarding changes to faculty-related policy and practice. Initiated by the ADVANCE Program and the ADVANCE Professors, each dean and associate dean for faculty affairs completed a brief inventory regarding their unit’s response to COVID-19.

Documenting COVID-19 Impacts in Faculty Success

This list describes faculty work activities that may have been impacted by the pandemic that faculty members may wish to document for the purposes of evaluation, promotion, and reporting. OFA has subsequently mapped these work activities into the relevant Faculty Success fields. 

Strategies for Equitable Faculty Evaluation

This brief summarizes studies that consider the impact of the pandemic on different groups of faculty members; describes interventions institutions have used to mitigate and document the impact of the pandemic on faculty equity; and finally identifies key equity issues that may emerge in faculty evaluation and provides strategies for how evaluation committees can put in place “equity checks” to enhance fairness.

Unit Head Guidance for COVID-19

OFA and ADVANCE have created a document to offer suggestions to academic leaders about how to balance faculty member needs impacted by the COVID-19 crisis on faculty members with the need to continue department operations, offer high-quality instruction to students, and support research excellence. View this guidance here.