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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Initiated Activity Input set

An Initiated Activity Input period has now been set, for the semesters Spring 2015 through Winter 2015. Setting an initiated period is not required, and you can always add and/or update your activities at any time of the year. However, this does make some useful features available:

  • It provides you with a subset of data to view and confirm, limited to just the initiated period. Through the normal Activities Input form, activities from all years are shown.

  • It provides you with a means to check and confirm activities which are set with an "Ongoing" end semester. Ongoing activities are open-ended, and will continue to appear in any yearly report view, until you close them out.

  • It allows you to enter comments on courses in the Credit Bearing Courses section.

  • It adds a "Submit for Review" button to the initiated version of the form. Submitting the form is a way for you to let your unit Admin know that you have completed activity entry. It will also take a snapshot of the activities as entered, at the time of submittal, for your own later use.

New Look and feel for UA Vitae is here!

Data 180, the vendor behind UA Vitae, has been hard at work this summer to create a completely new design look for the product Faculty 180, which we know as UA Vitae.  The new design is simpler and more user friendly, and also designed to work on your mobile devices. Log in to UA Vitae and take a look!

While the website itself has received a facelift, the activity and faculty profile sections themselves have not changed.

UA Vitae Quick Start Guide

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Where to enter data for CALS

Use this guide to know where to enter APR information into UA Vitae.

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Import Citations and Publications

Guides to importing your citations and publications.

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CALS Contacts

A list of UA Vitae contacts by school, department, center or county.

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  • UA Vitae offers two methods to "copy" activities across reporting years.  One is described here as the "continue" method, while the other, recently introduced, is the "clone" method.

    When looking at your activities, some will clearly be ones that span calendar years.  For example, you may be a member of a promotion and tenure committee for a three year period.  This is a good use of the continue method.  Rather than enter this activity for each of the three years, just enter the start and end of the committee membership: (starting) Spring 2013 and (ending) Winter 2015.  This activity continues across the span of the three years, and will be included in reports that include any semester of this time span.  For activities that may not have a set end, the end semester and year can be set as Present.  An example could be membership on a doctoral candidate committee.  An "ongoing" activity will continue to be included in reports until it is closed off with an end semester/year.  During each reporting period, you will be asked to leave such an activity as ongoing, or to close it off.

    Other activities may be short term, but repeat periodically.  For example, you may annually attend a professional society conference.  The activity would have very similar details each year, perhaps changing only the date and location.  This would be a good use of the clone method.  Rather than enter the activity each year, it can now be cloned from the previous year, then edited to update the details.

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  • Yes you can. However, much of the hidden formatting which Word uses will get filtered out. If it weren't, you would also have odd characters showing in the text.

    For working on your report text in an offline program, a simple text editor such as Notepad or Wordpad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac, Linux) works better.  You can add simple formatting in UA Vitae after pasting the text in. Editor buttons include bold, italic, underline, numbered list, and bulleted list.

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  • In UA Vitae, your annual reports are called vitae or CVs.  To view your APR CVs, go to Vitas & Biosketches on the Faculty menu. The CALS Annual Review Summary is the CV used for peer review.

    You may also create one or more CVs customized to your personal preferences. To do so, from the Vitas & Biosketches section, click the Add button at the bottom of the list.

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  • The deadline for 2015 annual reports is Monday, January 25, 2016, as set by the Dean's office. A letter has been sent out to HODS and others regarding this. Keep in mind that departments, schools and counties may set their own deadline prior to the college's, so check with your unit head as well.

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  • APROL will remain available, as a read-only system, for an indefinite period. All your APRs will still be accessible. Administrators will also be able to access reports as before.

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