Academic Policies for Faculty

 

 

Academic Affairs Mission

Objectives
Academic Affairs pursues its mission through an interlocking set of objectives within Academic Services, the BSFS Program and the Faculty Suite:

  • To deliver the BSFS program with the same excellence in instruction and standards as is offered on the main campus, and support the academic needs of students who struggle or who wish to excel;
  • To promote academic honesty and integrity;
  • To foster students’ understanding of the world’s international stage.
  • To recruit excellent faculty members, from the main campus and in open searches, and to facilitate faculty members’ engagement with colleagues on the main campus;
  • To plan the curriculum, develop new majors and certificates, and promote best pedagogical practices, working with the faculty;
  • To encourage and support faculty members’ research.

Activities in Academic Affairs to Achieve Each Objective

  • To deliver the BSFS program
  • We oversee the BSFS curriculum and, in collaboration with the faculty, develop and promote majors and certificates.
  • We currently offer four majors— Culture & Politics, International Economics, International History and International Politics; we also offer three certificates unique to this campus—Media and Politics, American Studies, Arab and Regional Studies.
  • We promote independent research and term papers for students into the certificate requirements and in the honors track of each major; we also help faculty recruit students to apply for UREP grants, nationally-competitive fellowships and graduate schools.
  • Academic Services supports students in academic difficulty with tutoring and other forms of learning support.
  • Most academic deans teach one course a semester.
  • We put together a session of summer courses, since students need summer courses to advance their education before they go overseas, to catch up on electives, or to accelerate degree progress.

To promote honesty and integrity:

  • We maintain a branch of the University honor system;
  • An assistant dean for academic affairs serves as the executive director;
  • Faculty members and students serve on the Honor Council.

To promote students’ understanding of the world as an international stage and to educate them to be responsible and effective players on that stage:

  • We maintain the functions of OIP within our office: actively advertising and recruiting students to come to and from the main campus for a semester, a year, or even for summer courses;
  • We stage crisis simulations for students each semester.
  • We schedule two bi-local courses, with both main campus & Doha based students.
  • We also collaborate with Student Affairs in its service-learning and community-based learning (such as Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace) initiatives.

To recruit and retain an excellent faculty and to ensure that it is linked to the main campus:

  • The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs oversees the recruitment process and faculty members are involved in every open search, together with main campus colleagues on the search committees.
  • We oversee and financially support regular travel by faculty members to the main campus to engage with their disciplinary colleagues there;
  • Faculty members have sought colleagues on the main campus as partner PI’s in their NPRP grants.

To support the curriculum and promote best pedagogical practices:

  • The academic deans are each assigned to collaborate with the faculty member who serves as the primary major or certificate advisor to plan that part of the curriculum.
  • The faculty schedules round-tables to share ideas and best practices.
  • The Office of Academic Services works with faculty to develop pedagogies and practices that respond effectively to the needs of the student population.

To encourage and enable the faculty’s own research, we offer internal funding:

  • Summer stipends to support ongoing research;
  • Competitive internal research grants awarded annually;
  • Funding for travel to professional conferences when the faculty member is involved in the program.

 

 

Statute of the Faculty

STATUTE OF THE FACULTY
School of Foreign Service at Qatar
Georgetown University
By-laws

Faculty appointed to the School of Foreign Service at Qatar (SFS-Q) are affiliated with the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Therefore, institutions and practices of faculty governance and educational policymaking operational on the main campus ordinarily govern faculty affairs at SFS-Q.
 

I. SFS-Q Faculty:

The SFS-Q Faculty Council consists of all full-time faculty, specifically (a) DC-based faculty on short- or long-term assignment in Doha, (b) faculty hired in Doha on exclusively short-term contracts, (c) faculty hired in Doha to offer specialized instruction, (d) core faculty, and (e) senior core faculty. For standards of appointment, renewal and advancement for core and senior core status, see SFS-Q FACULTY FRAMEWORK, Spring 2011 (II.D.1-2 for core, and II.D.3 for senior core) and the Faculty Handbook.

The SFS-Q Faculty shall be deemed to consist of the Faculty Council, Teaching Administrators, Research Fellows, and Adjunct Faculty.

  • The Faculty Council consists of all full-time teaching faculty [(a) through (e) above].
  • Teaching Administrators are full-time administrators who teach one or more courses per academic year.
  • Research Fellows are main campus doctoral candidates appointed ordinarily to one semester or one year terms at SFS-Q, and who typically serve as teaching assistants.
  • Adjunct Faculty are part-time faculty members hired on limited term contract and who teach one or more courses per year.

Core and senior core SFS-Q Faculty shall be titled for all official purposes as Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar, or, informally, in abbreviated form as Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor at SFS-Q.

Upon appointment or advancement to senior core faculty status, faculty members will be recognized and rewarded in several ways, including:

  • Contractual arrangements signaling long-term continuity;
  • Base salary adjustment;
  • Appropriate title signaling professional standing;
  • Opportunity for sabbatical-equivalent research semesters; and
  • Defined role and opportunity for participation in shared governance, along with other opportunities to contribute as faculty leaders, including participation in the selection and review of senior core faculty.
     

II. Election of the Faculty Leadership:

The SFS-Q Faculty Council shall elect from among its members a Chair by secret ballot.

  • Candidates for the position of Chair must have completed at least one semester in residence at SFS-Q prior to taking office.
  • Candidates for the position of Chair can be (a) senior core faculty, (b) core faculty, (c) DC-based faculty on short- or long-term assignment in Doha, and (d) faculty hired in Doha to offer specialized instruction. Non-DC-based faculty hired in Doha as adjunct faculty on exclusively short-term contracts are not eligible to serve in this leadership position.
  • The Chair shall normally be elected for a term of three years beginning with the termination of spring semester. The Chair will ordinarily function in that capacity through the summer. In case a Chair is not on campus for the second semester, a replacement Chair shall be elected by the Faculty Council for the remainder of the term.
  • Only members of the Faculty Council are allowed to vote for the Chair.
  • The election of the Chair will be conducted near the end of the spring semester, generally at the final meeting of the Faculty, but prior to the end of classes.
  • The Election Committee will solicit written nominations for the position of Chair from eligible Faculty. Nominations must be made by no fewer than three Faculty Council colleagues. Nominations must be followed by a nominee’s written confirmation of willingness to serve if elected.
  • To elect a Chair, each voter will be asked to vote for one candidate only. The nominee receiving the majority (over 50%) of votes of members of the Faculty Council will be declared elected. If no candidate receives a majority in initial balloting, voting will be repeated with the candidate (or candidates) having the least number of votes dropped from the ballot.
  • The Faculty may choose to elect a three-member Steering Committee in lieu of a Chair, provided a majority (over 50%) of the Faculty Council so vote in secret ballot. At least one member of the Steering Committee must have at least one semester in residence in Doha. To elect a Steering Committee, each voter will be asked to vote for not more than three of the candidates on the ballot. Candidates receiving a majority (over 50%) of votes are considered elected. If fewer than three candidates are elected, or if there is a tie for the second and/or third position, then voting is repeated using ballots containing the names of the remaining unelected candidates, and voters will vote for only one candidate to fill the remaining positions. Nominations will follow the same rule as in E above.
  • Outcomes not anticipated by these rules will be resolved by the Election Committee in a manner consistent with practice specified by Robert’s Rules of Order wherever possible.
  • The elected Faculty Leadership shall be approved by the Dean. In the event the Dean turns down an elected leadership, he or she shall provide written justification to the faculty. Subsequently, elections are held again either before the end of the spring semester or at the beginning of the fall semester, whichever is most workable.
  • Remuneration of the elected Chair includes a summer service stipend and/or entitlement to release from at least one course per year, at the discretion of the Dean.
     

III. Meetings of the Faculty and of the Faculty Council:

  • The Faculty, as defined under I. above, normally meets monthly, approximately 4 times each semester, but as often as the Faculty Leadership deems necessary. Notice of meetings, together with a tentative agenda and minutes of the preceding meeting, shall normally be sent to members one week prior to the date of the meeting.
  • The Faculty Council, as defined under I. above, may meet in place of the Faculty, either when a meeting of the Faculty Council is called by the Faculty Leadership or when a majority (over 50%) of the Faculty Council in residence in Doha call for such a meeting in secret ballot.
     

IV. Responsibilities of the Leadership:

The Faculty Leadership is elected to carry out certain administrative responsibilities and has the authority to carry them out in consultation with the faculty. The leadership serves in principle as ex officio member(s) of all Faculty committees. The Faculty Leadership shall:

  • Call periodic meetings of the Faculty and/or the Faculty Council.
  • Draft and circulate before each meeting an agenda.
  • Any member of the Faculty may place an item on the agenda by notifying the Leadership before a meeting.
  • Chair the meetings of the SFS-Q Faculty and/or the Faculty Council.
  • A majority of the Faculty Council members in residence shall constitute a quorum. For any revision of the by-laws, two thirds (2/3rds) of the Faculty Council members in residence shall constitute a quorum.
  • Decisions of Faculty or Faculty Council meetings shall ordinarily be made by majority vote of Faculty Council members present and voting.
  • In the absence of a quorum and/or in exceptional cases, the Faculty Leadership may authorize voting by mail ballots or by electronic means.
  • Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, the latest edition.
  • Communicate important results or findings of Faculty or Faculty Council meetings to the Dean(s) and other parties as directed by the Faculty or Faculty Council.
  • Report regularly to the Faculty on matters discussed at the decanal level.
  • Assume such roles as are called for in the SFS-Q Faculty Framework, including, but not limited to, working with the SFS-DC Faculty Chair to constitute core faculty and promotion review committees.
  • Preside over the election by members of the Faculty Council of the Election and Merit committees.
  • Assume such roles as are called for by the SFS-Q Faculty Framework, including, but not limited to, serving on core faculty and promotion review committees in collaboration with the SFS-DC Faculty Chair.
  • Solicit faculty recruitment to standing and ad hoc committees responsible for academic and faculty affairs.
  • Propose new standing or ad hoc committees for consideration by the Faculty or Faculty Council as appropriate.
  • Solicit faculty recruitment to academic certificate committees (such as the Certificate in American Studies and Certificate in Arab & Regional Studies).
  • Represent the Faculty at Unit Heads, Academic Advisory, and other SFS-Q meetings, as required.
  • Represent the Faculty in discussions with representatives of the School of Foreign Service and its Faculty in Washington, DC.
  • Initiate and oversee the selection of the yearly Faculty Distinguished Lecturer, and, when requested, to evaluate proposals for additional guest lecture invitations. A member of the Faculty Council may be designated to perform this task on behalf of the Faculty Leadership. Selection of the Faculty Distinguished Lecturer is ordinarily done in consultation with the Dean, the Director of Research, and the Director of CIRS.
     

V. Committees:

Committee members are responsible to the Faculty and Faculty Council as a whole and are expected to report to the Faculty and Faculty Council on issues that affect the faculty. There are three categories of committee – elected standing committees, regular standing committees, and ad hoc committees. Any member of the Faculty may serve on any of these committees.
 

Elected Standing Committees

Two standing committees are elected by the Faculty Council following a process of nomination and election:

  • The Election Committee consists of two or three members of the Faculty Council elected near the end of spring semester but always before the final meeting of the Faculty. It selects a Chair from among its members immediately following its election. The Chair of the Election Committee may be called to serve as interim Convener of the Faculty during periods when the Faculty Leadership is absent. The Election Committee is entrusted with the task of organizing and supervising the election of the new Faculty Leadership, generally at the final spring semester meeting of the Faculty, in collaboration with an administrator from the Office of Academic Affairs. The Election Committee also oversees procedural matters pertaining to elections of faculty at the various other levels of faculty governance.
  • The Merit Evaluation Committee consists of at least three members of the Faculty Council. It oversees the yearly process of faculty performance evaluation of scholarship, teaching and service. It examines reports of each member of the Faculty Council in each of these three areas and allocates points following procedures established by the Faculty Council. It then forwards its recommendations to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Additionally, it examines from time to time the evaluation criteria and procedures and advises the Faculty Council in regard to revisions.
     

Regular (Appointed) Standing Committees

All regular standing committee members are nominated by the Faculty Leadership following consultation with members of the Faculty. Members may be drawn from both the Faculty and Faculty Council. Members of several of these committees are appointed by the Dean following the nomination process. These are the Research, Academic Events & Projects Coordinating Committee and the Admissions Committee. Members of the Honor Council are appointed by the Provost. Membership of other standing committees does not ordinarily require appointment by the Dean.

  • The Research. Academic Events & Projects Coordinating Committee has multiple responsibilities, including (1) evaluation of applications for yearly Faculty Research Grants; (2) review, evaluation & recommendation in regard to all major research, academic events & projects proposals, including individual & group research projects, research seminars & symposia, lecture series, panels, faculty-student debates, and so on; (3) proposes research projects, seeks to identify funding sources, and informs faculty of opportunities for research collaboration; and (4) considers any issue relating to faculty research and makes recommendations to the Faculty in regard to such issues.
  • The Honor Council has the responsibility to educate students about Georgetown University’s standards of academic integrity and conduct, to inform the Faculty and students about Honor System procedures, and to implement these procedures. The SFS-Q Honor Council replicates the Main Campus Honor Council as completely as possible and adheres to exactly the same standards.
  • The Research Fellows Committee generally consists of three members of the Faculty. In consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who is ex officio member of the committee, it recruits, makes recommendations for hiring, and allocates research fellows according to the curricular needs of SFS-Q and in view of the professional development of the Research Fellows. The committee also liaises with and provides assistance to the Research Fellows, as needed, during the period of their appointment. The committee may assist the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in supervising and evaluating their performance during the period of appointment.
  • The Curriculum Committee consists of at least six members of the Faculty Council and two ex officio members, the Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. It is charged with examining and offering guidance to the faculty and administration regarding all aspects of the curriculum, including review of existing curriculum offerings, the assessment of new major and new course proposals, the structuring of majors, scheduling of courses, sequencing of research leaves, and faculty recruitment.
  • The Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee acts to define the learning goals of the SFS-Q program overall, then more specifically within the majors and certificates (by working closely with the curricular groups) expressed in terms of learning outcomes, with reference to work that has been done recently on main campus. As part of that process, the committee would have the opportunity to discuss best teaching and assessment practices and look at methods of innovation for excellence in teaching and learning.
  • The External Engagement Committee bears responsibility for reviewing, evaluating and recommending in regard to all proposals, private or public, for the engagement of SFS-Q with individuals, organizations, institutions and programs external to SFS-Q. Its recommendations, to be fed into an SFS-Q external engagement administrative framework, take into account the strategic objectives of SFS-Q, resource availability, and the promise of the proposed engagement,.

Other Committees - Ad Hoc, School, Curricular Groups & Liaison Appointments 

  • Three or more members of the Faculty Council generally serve on the Admissions Committee of the Office of Admissions. The Admissions Committee is charged with reviewing student applications and participating in interviews and deliberations during the admissions process in the spring semester.
  • Ad hoc committees with a variety of specialized tasks are appointed from time to time by the Faculty Leadership as needed. Once the committee issues its final report, it dissolves.
  • T Liaison and Facilities Liaison appointments, generally consisting of one member of the Faculty Council, are made by the Faculty Leadership at the start of each academic year.
  • Members of the Faculty Council are also asked to serve on SFS-Q committees, generally appointed by the Dean.
  • Members of the Faculty Council are also represented on Curricular and Certificate Groups. These include at present:

Curricular       Certificate
IECO              CARS (Arab & Regional Studies)
IPOL               CAS (American Studies)
CULP              CMAP (Media and Politics)
IHIST

VI. By-laws:

Any amendment to the By-laws must be voted on by secret ballot and approved by a majority of the Faculty Council in residence.

 

 

Merit Review Policy 

Rewarding the scholarly and professional contributions of faculty at SFS-Q is an essential component of Georgetown’s effort to recognize academic achievement and to maintain a productive scholarly community. With these goals in mind, the SFS-Q faculty conducts an annual merit review of performance of all faculty appointed to the Doha campus. 

In accordance with the Merit Review policies for the School of Foreign Service, the SFS-Q faculty approved the following set of guidelines for merit review in February 2008.

 

Guidelines for SFS-Q Merit Review

February 20, 2008
 

General

The SFS-Q Merit Review system consists of several steps. First, the Merit Review Committee (the faculty chair plus two additional elected core faculty members) assigns points to each faculty member based on the previous year’s Annual Report. Second, each faculty member is informed by the faculty chair of the points in each category of scholarship, teaching, and service, assigned to them. The faculty chair also announces the range and median points for each category. Third, a faculty member gets an opportunity to appeal the points assigned to them. Fourth, after the appeal process is over, the Merit Review Committee submits the recommended points for each faculty to the SFS-Q Dean’s Office. Fifth, If the SFS-Q Dean’s Office agrees with the point assignments, it then places these point values into the SFS Merit Review spreadsheet, which calculates percentage increases based on (1) a 3:2:1 ratio of scholarship: teaching: service for all but faculty hired on a 3-3 course load, (2) a 2:3:1 ratio of scholarship: teaching: service for faculty hired on a 3-3 course load (3) a half point-to-percentage and half point-to-dollar ratio, and (4) a three-year rolling average of points in the fields of scholarship, teaching, and service. Finally, the SFS dean recommends a final set of percentages to the provost, who authorizes salary figures for the next year.

The following guidelines form the usual basis for awarding points. In some circumstances, the Merit Review Committee may award additional points for extraordinary merit in each category. Faculty may include requests that justify extraordinary merit.

  • When faculty members are on leave/sabbatical, merit assessments for scholarship will be determined as if they were in residence. If a faculty member is on leave/sabbatical for one semester, the teaching points for the semester under review will be doubled. Service points for a one-semester leave/sabbatical will normally equal 0 unless the faculty member has taken on additional service during that period. If a faculty member is on leave/sabbatical for an entire year, the teaching and service points will be equal to the average for the previous two years of the three-year rolling average.
  • New faculty and those without a previous record at Georgetown University will be granted the pool for scholarship, teaching, and service during their first year of recorded service at Georgetown University.
  • In the point system, “0 points” is equivalent to “normal” activity in scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • No value below 0.5 point will be awarded for any single item (publication, teaching activity, service activity).
  • Jointly authored work will normally receive half the points of sole-authored work.
  • Scholarship points are awarded only in the year of publication.

Main Campus Faculty with split appointments will be evaluated as determined by the deans of both the campuses.
Faculty serving only one-semester will be evaluated in SFS-Q.
 

Research and Scholarship 

  • Book chapter in peer-reviewed book: 1 point
  • Non-peer-reviewed scholarly publication: 0.5 points
  • Peer-reviewed article: 1-3 points
  • Single-author edited volume or special journal issue: 2 points
  • Single-author non-university press book: 3-6 points
  • Single-author university press book: 6 points
  • Exceptionally meritorious book (genuinely path breaking contribution): additional 2 points
  • Substantially revised edition of previous book: 0.5 point
  • External Research Grants: 0.5-2 points
     

Teaching

  • 1 point for achieving a 4.5-4.75 teaching evaluation on the overall evaluation of the instructor with a 4.0 or better on how much student learned in this class, for a class with at least 3 students
  • 2 points for achieving a 4.76-5.0 teaching evaluation on the overall evaluation of the instructor with a 4.0 or better on how much student learned in this class, for a class with at least 3 students
  • 1 point for every new course preparation
  • 0.5 point for each tutorial, honors thesis mentoring or certificate paper mentoring (in year of completion only), so long as conducted outside the context of a regular course.
  • 2 points for chairing a PhD or MA committee (at GU or elsewhere) in year of completion only.
  • 1 point for being a member of a PhD or MA committee (at GU or elsewhere) in year of completion only.
  • 1 point for each course taught above the 2-2 teaching load defined over Fall and Spring.
     

Service

Faculty must accumulate at least four service commitments to SFS or other units of the university or the Qatari community in order to be awarded additional points.

  • 0.5 point for every additional regular service commitment to the SFS or other units of the university or the Qatari community
  • 1 point for every major service commitment to the SFS or other units of the university (e.g., serving on admissions or merit review or governance; chairing a search committee or chairing a curriculum committee)
  • 0-2 additional points for significant uncompensated professional service (e.g., journal editing, serving as president of a professional association, refereeing journals, reviewing external candidates for tenure, and organizing conferences). Serving as a journal editor will normally receive 1 point. Serving as a book review editor for a journal will normally receive 0.5 point or more. Service on editorial boards will not usually receive points.
  • No points will be awarded for service activities for which a faculty member is already compensated (e.g., director of a center, director of a certificate program, field chair of an undergraduate major).
     

Appeal Procedure

At the conclusion of the faculty-led portion of the merit review process—which concludes with the formal recommendation of points to the dean—the Faculty Chair will make available via email the range and median point values for that year in scholarship, teaching, and service. In addition, the Chair will make known the point values awarded to each faculty member. A faculty member may, then, request for the detailed information about how those values were calculated. If a faculty member wishes to appeal the point values, he/she should contact the Chair, giving detailed reasons for the appeal. The Chair will forward this information to the other members of the Merit Review Committee, which will reconsider the point values and render a judgment based on the merit review guidelines and the information supplied by the faculty member. The committee will then make an appropriate recommendation to the Dean.

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty Fellowship

GU-Q Faculty Fellowships provide one semester of research leave in which faculty are relieved of teaching and most service responsibilities in order to devote full time attention to their research.

  1. GU-Q Faculty are eligible to apply for a Fellowship to be awarded after twelve semesters of counted full-time service in GU-Q. Any semester in which a faculty member has taken leave or was otherwise relieved of all teaching is not normally counted among these twelve (excepting teaching reductions associated with administrative or faculty leadership roles).
  2. To be awarded a Faculty Fellowship, a faculty member must have been notified of full-time faculty appointment in GU-Q (or final appointment approval must be pending) for a term that includes the period of the Fellowship and the two semesters immediately following the leave.
  3. Applications for GU-Q Faculty Fellowships must include a research plan for the semester of leave as well as an updated CV. The research plan will be evaluated by a GU-Q faculty committee and then forwarded with recommendation for review by the GU-Q faculty leadership (faculty chair or steering committee) and by the Dean of GU-Q. The Dean’s recommendation will take into account the proposed activity during the period of the requested leave and the curricular and resource impacts of the faculty member’s absence.
  4. The leave request and GU-Q Dean’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Dean of SFS
  5. for recommendation and leave approval by the Provost.
  6. During the semester in which the faculty member receives the Faculty Fellowship, there will be no changes to his or her salary or benefits as paid by GU-Q. Any additional expenses incurred by the faculty member during the course of the Fellowship due to relocation or research undertakings will be the sole responsibility of the faculty member.
  7. For the duration of the Faculty Fellowship, the faculty member shall be relieved of all teaching and service duties at GU-Q. The location and nature of the research to be undertaken shall be the responsibility and at the discretion of the faculty member.
  8. At the end of the leave period, the faculty member must submit a written report to the GU-Q dean of accomplishments during the semester.

 

 

 

 

 

Scholar / Practitioner in Residence 

Scholar / Practitioner in Residence Application

Proposal for Scholar/Practitioner in Residence 

  1. A Scholar in Residence (SIR) is any individual with a Ph.D. with an active research agenda. The program covers scholars whose research brings them to the region, co-authors who travel from abroad to spend a few days in Qatar and collaborate with faculty at SFS-Q, and scholars in Qatar or the region who have a research driven reason to spend time at Georgetown.

    A Practitioner in Residence (PIR) is an individual, who holds a key position in a large organization or company in Qatar or the Gulf region. An invitation will give the right to an individual to work from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q).
     
  2. The duration and frequency of each residency will vary, depending on the scholarly and professional needs of the individuals as well as the schedule and needs of their sponsors and of the school. Scholars traveling to Qatar from outside the region may spend an entire academic year, a semester, or a shorter period within a semester at SFS-Q. Scholars or Practitioners in the region can be invited to spend one day per week per semester, or a week per semester, or specified days within the semester. The exact details of the invitation will depend on the schedule of the individuals we invite, but it will also depend on how much time we want to allocate to these individuals.
     
  3. All Scholars and Practitioners in Residence must be sponsored by a member of the teaching staff (faculty and deans). This person is expected to: nominate his or her candidate, to familiarize the candidate with the application process and assist with it if necessary, and to ensure that the Scholar or Practitioner is appropriately welcomed upon arrival and makes appropriate contributions to the academic and intellectual life of the University.
     
  4. All Scholars and Practitioners in Residence, as part of their affiliation with SFS-Q, are expected to contribute to the academic and intellectual life of SFS-Q. They may do so by giving a lecture or seminar for faculty or by meeting with students. The Scholar’s or Practitioner’s sponsor helps identify and organize appropriate contributions.
     
  5. To apply for an invitation, individuals must email the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with the following:
  • Dates of the proposed stay
  • A short (one-page) statement of interest, which explains why the candidate wishes the affiliation; a brief description or outline of proposed work, collaboration, or scholarly research; and a brief notice of the proposed contribution to the intellectual life of SFS-Q
  • A current curriculum vitae.

6. The Faculty Chair or Steering Committee reviews applications for an invitation and makes its recommendations known to the faculty as a whole for its approval. Recommendations are then forwarded to the SFS-Q Council and finally to the Dean, from whom any invitation must finally be issued.

7. Scholars & Practitioners are not charged a fee.

8. Scholars & Practitioners are eligible for the following privileges:

  • Access to the library;
  • Qatar Foundation ID Card;
  • Office space, as available;
  • Georgetown University NetID, for those invited for at least a semester.

9. Scholars & Practitioners are not eligible for further support or privileges such as:

  • transportation;
  • housing;
  • help with visas or immigration;
  • remuneration for business or travel expenses;
  • business cards. 

10. Scholars and Practitioners may not audit courses.

11. Upon arrival, SIRs or PIRs must meet with an administrative officer of Faculty or Academic Affairs to pick up the keys to the office and receive any additional instructions.

 

 

 

Hiring Research Assistants

Faculty may seek a research assistant for help with specific projects. You may choose undergraduates from SFS-Q or other universities, or other qualified individuals. SFS-Q Teaching Assistants and Graduate Fellows in Residence, however, are not eligible to be hired as research assistants.

Because of the educational value of a research assistantship, we strongly encourage you to consider students from SFS-Q before searching elsewhere for a research assistant. The Office of Student Affairs maintains a list of SFS-Q students who have expressed an interest in working as a research assistant. Student Affairs is available to help you identify an appropriate candidate for your work.

Funding Sources

SFS-Q Faculty are eligible for the following sources of funding that may be used to hire research assistants. You must secure funding before your research assistant begins his or her term of employment. Students will receive an hourly rate of compensation in Qatari Riyals on a pay schedule consistent with Main Campus classifications and rates.

  • Faculty Research Grants
  • Undergraduate Research Experience Program Grants (currently capped at $2K for each SFS-Q undergraduate student mentored by a faculty member)
  • Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) Grants
  • See Opportunities for Research Funding at SFS-Q for more information.

Hiring Undergraduate Students as Research Assistants

  1. Follow the process described in Undergraduate Students as Research Assistants.
  2. Please obtain signatures of approval from both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs about any undergraduate whom you consider appropriate as a research assistant. The approval of Academic Affairs is required to verify that the student is in good academic standing. Student Affairs tracks student employment to verify that students are not employed for more than 20 hours a week.
  3. You must have secured funding for your research assistant prior to requesting a contract.
  4. SFS-Q does not provide research assistants with an office or with IT support.

Hiring Others as Research Assistants

  1. Follow the process described in Research Assistants (Other than Undergraduate Students).
  2. Please obtain the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Your intended research assistant should submit a current resume.
  3. You must have secured funding for your research assistant prior to requesting a contract.
  4. SFS-Q does not provide research assistants with an office or with IT support.

 

 

Departmental Assistants

Undergraduate students studying at any branch campus in Education City may apply for a student departmental assistant position. However, students may not work more than 20 hours total per week during the academic semester. Students may work for more than one department, however, the 20 hour maximum still applies. Students will receive an hourly compensation in Qatari Riyals on a pay schedule consistent with Main Campus classifications and pay rates. Academic Affairs and the Faculty Suite employ student assistants to provide clerical and administrative support for faculty members. Student assistants are supervised by the departmental administrative assistants, who assign their work as it is received from faculty members. Student assistants are available to help with copying of materials for classroom use, creation and dissemination of flyers and other program announcements, collecting and disseminating mail and other correspondence, etc. Student assistants are not research or teaching assistants and may not be used as such. Student assistants will always comply with all university policies, particularly regarding copyright.

 

 

SFS-Q Policy on Dates when Faculty Must be in Doha 

It is important for faculty to be in residence at all times required for the delivery of the academic program.

Fall semester

  1. New faculty are required to arrive in Doha two weeks before classes begin.
  2. Returning faculty are required to arrive in Doha one week before classes begin.
  3. All faculty are required to attend the New Student Convocation, customarily held the Thursday before classes begin.
  4. Faculty are not required to be in residence during regularly scheduled holidays and breaks. Travel before or after holidays or breaks that involve missing a class or recitation section must receive prior approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Faculty should consult the SFS-Q Policy on Missed Classes and the SFS-Q Policy on Class Rescheduling.
  5. All faculty are required to remain in Doha until the end of the academic term, which is the last day of the entire exam period for all individuals, regardless of when they administer their own final exams or receive final term papers or projects from their own students.

Spring semester

  1. Returning faculty are expected to arrive in Doha on Saturday before classes begin.
  2. Faculty are not required to be in residence during regularly scheduled holidays and breaks. Travel before or after holidays or breaks that involve missing a class or recitation section must receive prior approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Faculty should consult the SFS-Q Policy on Missed Classes and the SFS-Q Policy on Class Rescheduling.
  3. All faculty are required to remain in Doha until the end of the academic term, which is the last day of the entire exam period for all individuals, regardless of when they administer their own final exams or receive final term papers or projects from their own students.
  4. Faculty must attend the Commencement ceremony, which is scheduled as soon as possible after final examinations.

Faculty may request exceptions to these residency requirements by applying in writing, and at the earliest possible date, to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Requests for exceptions will be considered on the basis of the timeliness of the application and the academic or personal reasons given. Such reasons may include, but are not limited to, conference presentations, the need for urgent medical care, and emergencies in one’s immediate family. The Associate Dean may, at his/her discretion, also consult with the Faculty Chair and/or the Dean as part of the approval process.

SFS-Q Faculty Academic Travel Policy

Statement

SFS-Q is committed to guaranteeing that faculty members have access to the “resources enabling them to shape the character and intellect of our students, to break new ground in research, and to render service of the greatest value to the public as well as the University” (Faculty Handbook I.A).

Purpose

This policy is designed to communicate the terms and conditions under which faculty can use the following types of funding to support academic travel:

  1. Conference Travel Fund
  2. Faculty Research Grant

Terms for Travel using the Faculty Research Grant

Provided funding is available, SFS-Q faculty will be able to apply for annual Faculty Research Grants (FRG). Such grants are awarded only upon the approval of a research proposal deemed to be meritorious by the Faculty Research Committee and Dean. FRG funds are intended to support the research activities of the faculty, including travel expenses in support of specific research projects.

Full-time faculty in residence for a semester or for the academic year may apply for an FRG. All full-time teaching faculty in residence for an academic year or a semester will be eligible to apply for the same fund amount. Faculty teaching summer session courses only are not eligible to apply for a FRG. The amount of each individual FRG will be communicated to the faculty shortly after the application submission deadline.

The available travel fund amount will be based on the awarded FRG. The travel needs to be specifically requested and approved in the FRG proposal. Requests for research travel not mentioned in the proposal will be considered, if the travel is clearly related to the project and funds are available.


FRG funds are designed to enable research production, whereas conference travel funds are designed to allow research presentations at meetings and conferences. In general, FRG funds cannot be used to pay for conference travel. If a faculty member attends a conference and adds additional days to pursue academic research, then accommodation and incidentals for the additional days can be claimed out of the FRG. If the faculty member can demonstrate that attending a specific conference is central to the research project described in the FRG proposal, then the request to use FRG funds for this purpose will be submitted to the Faculty Research Committee for consideration and approval.
 

Faculty members are responsible for tracking their own research travel expenses. Expenses must be in accordance with standard SFS-Q business travel policy and procedure.

Faculty members must not exceed the individual FRG fund and may not “borrow” against future funds. Faculty must reimburse SFS-Q for all expenses in excess of their budget.

FRG funds for an academic year cannot be carried forward to the next year. Funds not used by the end of the FRG cycle will expire.

 

Terms Applying to Academic Travel

Academic travel must not interfere with faculty obligations in the classroom. Faculty members should therefore plan their travel in order to minimize the number of classes they must miss. All faculty should consult the SFS-Q Policy on Missed Classes.

To apply for academic travel funding, faculty members must submit a completed Faculty Travel Request Form to the Travel Office. Submitting an application in another format, or to another office, will delay the processing of travel requests.

Requests to use Faculty Conference Travel Funds must include documentation of the faculty member’s participation in the conference (e.g. copy of the conference program, notification of paper or panel acceptance, etc.).

Requests to use FRG funds must include documentation of the faculty member’s intended research activities (e.g., archival research, interviews, etc.)

The Faculty Travel Request Form should be submitted at least 10 business days before the first date of travel. Applications submitted between 3-9 business days before the first date of travel will be reviewed as time permits. Applications submitted 48 hours or less before travel will not be considered.

After approval for travel is obtained, travel arrangements may be made by the faculty member or through the Travel Office.

All Faculty Travel Request Forms and supporting documentation are reviewed and approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In the case of requests to use FRG funds for travel, the form and documentation are also processed by the Office of Research Compliance. The Associate Dean may, at his/her discretion, consult with the Faculty Chair and/or the Dean as part of the approval process. 

Travel funds can be utilized for airfare, accommodation, meals, local transportation, and incidental expenses. In addition, conference travel funds can be used for conference registration.

Academic travel by faculty is considered business travel. Faculty members may choose to fly economy class to maximize the use of their Faculty Conference Travel Fund and FRG. Every effort will be made to accommodate travel preferences for hotel, transport, etc.

When faculty arrange their own travel, they must cover all expenses including airfare, hotel accommodation, meals, taxis, and business-related phone calls, and request reimbursement upon return. Expenses for travel booked by the faculty will be reimbursed only if original receipts, along with the original boarding pass and the approved Faculty Travel Form, are submitted for reimbursement. No travel advance will be provided. The faculty member must contact Risk Management to follow the process of registering travel in line with the GU international travel policy. Any financial penalties incurred due to cancellations or changes are borne fully by the faculty member and are not reimbursable.

The preceding terms apply also in cases where a faculty member uses his or her own personal funds, or other external funding, to support academic travel.

This policy must be considered in concert with all prevailing academic, financial, and general university policies (e.g. directives from the president, provost or other senior leadership, policies on missed classes, financial policies, etc.). The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs has the right to deny requests which may contravene other university policies or conflict with the curricular needs of SFS-Q.

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SFS-Q Policy on Missed Classes

 

The Georgetown University Faculty Handbook requires all Faculty to hold classes as scheduled except in the case of emergency. All missed classes, whether planned or the result of an emergency, must be rescheduled. (Faculty Handbook III.C.3)

Faculty members may reschedule one class per course per semester without prior authorization, provided all students are able to attend the rescheduled class.

If a faculty member must miss a second class of a course during a semester, s/he should consult as soon as possible with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, whose prior authorization is required.

Barring personal emergency, missing more than two classes of a course during a semester is normally not permitted and requires prior approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Depending on the circumstances, the Associate Dean may consult with the Faculty Chair and/or the Dean before making a decision.

If a faculty member must be absent because of illness or other emergency, s/he should:
a) alert students in advance about the absence; and, b) inform the Office of Academic Affairs as soon as possible. Academic Affairs will notify the students of the absence if the faculty member is unable to do so in a timely manner.

As soon as possible after a class missed because of an emergency, faculty should consult with the Assistant Registrar in Academic Affairs to reschedule. Since every enrolled student must be able to attend the rescheduled class, it cannot be scheduled at a time that conflicts with other classes on the students’ schedules. The ability of the students to attend a rescheduled class is therefore the chief criterion used by the Assistant Registrar to determine the date and time of a rescheduled class. Faculty should consult the SFS-Q Policy on Class Rescheduling.

Academic travel must not interfere with faculty obligations in the classroom. Faculty members should therefore plan their travel in order to minimize the number of classes they must miss.

All requests for academic travel must be initiated by submitting a completed Faculty Travel Request Form, along with supporting documentation, to the Travel Office. Faculty should see the SFS-Q Academic Travel Policy.

On the Faculty Travel Request Form, faculty must indicate the following information:

  1. the date(s) of the class(es) to be rescheduled and/or
  2. a plan to cover the missed classes (e.g. having a colleague proctor an exam or give a guest lecture)

Academic travel will not be approved without a reasonable plan for making up missed classes.

All requests to miss a class or classes due to academic travel must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean may, at his/her discretion, also consult with the Faculty Chair and/or the Dean as part of the approval process.

After approval to miss a class or classes is obtained, the faculty member should be in touch with the Assistant Registrar to make arrangements for rescheduled classes.

The preceding terms apply also in cases where a faculty member uses his or her own personal funds, or other external funding, to support academic travel.

 

 

 

SFS-Q Policy on Class Rescheduling

Changing the permanently scheduled meeting time for a course

The SFS-Q course schedule is planned to ensure that:

  1. required courses can be taken by every student who needs to take them;
  2. unnecessary conflict or overlap between required classes is avoided;
  3. the best possible use is made of available classroom space;
  4. there is an even and fair distribution of morning, afternoon, and evening classes among both students and faculty.

In light of these aims, faculty may not change the semester-long class schedule without prior authorization from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

If a faculty member wishes to request a permanent change in course meeting time, then s/he should meet with the Associate Dean as soon as possible to discuss the rationale for the scheduling change.

The Associate Dean will approve requests for permanent schedule changes provided that all of the following criteria are met:

  1. the faculty member has a sound academic or personal rationale for requesting the scheduling change;
  2. a suitable alternative classroom is available;
  3. a new time can be found that does not conflict with students’ schedules or other scheduled courses.

If any of these conditions cannot be met, the request must be denied.

Rescheduling a single class missed due to emergency

As soon as possible after a class missed because of an emergency, faculty should consult with the Assistant Registrar in Academic Affairs to reschedule. Since every enrolled student must be able to attend the rescheduled class, it cannot be scheduled at a time that conflicts with other classes on the students’ schedules. The ability of the students to attend a rescheduled class is therefore the chief criterion used by the Assistant Registrar to determine the date and time of a rescheduled class. Faculty should also consult the SFS-Q Policy on Missed Classes.

 

Rescheduling in advance a class because of academic travel

Once a faculty member has obtained the authorization of the Associate Dean to miss a class or classes due to academic travel, s/he should contact the Assistant Registrar to reschedule. Since every enrolled student must be able to attend the rescheduled class, it cannot be scheduled at a time that conflicts with other classes on the students’ schedules. The ability of the students to attend a rescheduled class is therefore the chief criterion used by the Assistant Registrar to determine the date and time of a rescheduled class. Faculty should also consult the SFS-Q Policy on Missed Classes.

 

 

 

 

Legitimate Reasons or Causes for Students' Absences

Faculty members have the right to set attendance requirements for their classes as well as to excuse any student from class on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with University policy and their own best judgment. The BSFS deans have the responsibility of verifying on behalf of students when their absences are caused by legitimate circumstances that warrant the professors’ consideration and accommodation if possible.

For religious holy days, Georgetown University has a separate policy which states that students shall be excused from classes without penalty, provided they give their professors notice at the beginning of the semester. This policy is stated below with a link to the website listing all religious observances covered by this policy.

  1. Absences are considered caused by legitimate circumstances, either in advance or after the fact, when students present documentation for the following reasons:
    1. an illness severe enough to require a doctor’s consultation;
    2. a medical or personal emergency;
    3. a death or a serious medical emergency in the immediate family;
    4. a family situation over which the student has limited or no control
  2. The deans DO NOT consider any of the following legitimate reasons for a student’s absence:
    1. minor illnesses for which a student would not normally consult a doctor;
    2. routine or scheduled medical tests or appointments;
    3. family trips or vacations;
    4. conference attendance;
    5. working hours for jobs;
    6. internships or internship-related events;
    7. job interviews
  3. If a dean determines that a student has a legitimate reason for an absence, he or she notifies all of the student’s professors immediately and in writing.
  4. In these cases professors are asked to make every reasonable accommodation to help the student make up the work. These accommodations may include: br /> a. waiving this particular absence in light of an attendance requirement as stated in the syllabus
    1. allowing the student to make up quizzes, tests, and midterms, if practicable, within a reasonable time frame
    2. allowing a reasonable extension for turning in written assignments
  5. Even when an absence is judged to be legitimate, the student is reminded by his or her dean of the responsibility to make up any missed work. Students are also reminded that their professors may not be able to accommodate or excuse their absence and that they should speak with their professors as soon as they can in order to begin catching up.
  6. If no reasonable accommodation is possible or if a student has accumulated too many absences— even ones with legitimate causes—the professor can and should tell both the student and his or her academic dean that. The dean can then collaborate with the faculty member in counseling the student about the effects of poor attendance. The student may even be asked to consider withdrawing from courses or taking a leave of absence for the remainder of the semester, if any prospect of catching up is dim.
  7. Regarding absences for religious holy days, the following policy obtains. Students are expected to communicate directly with their professors, but the academic deans are ready to help with any situation and would like to know if students are planning to miss class because of religious holy day obligations.

Policy developed by the Council of Associate Deans and the Main Campus Executive Faculty and amended by the Provost:

Georgetown University promotes respect for all religions. Any student who is unable to attend classes or to participate in any examination, presentation, or assignment on a given day because of the observance of a major religious holiday (see below)* or related travel shall be excused and provided with the opportunity to make up, without unreasonable burden, any work that has been missed for this reason and shall not in any other way be penalized for the absence or rescheduled work. Students will remain responsible for all assigned work. Students should notify professors in writing at the beginning of the semester of religious observances that conflict with their classes. The Office of the Provost, in consultation with Campus Ministry and the Registrar, will publish, before classes begin for a given term, a list of major religious holidays likely to affect Georgetown students. The Provost and the Main Campus Executive Faculty encourage faculty to accommodate students whose bona fide religious observances in other ways impede normal participation in a course. Students who cannot be accommodated should discuss the matter with an advising dean.

*For a complete list of religious holy days to which this policy applies, please visit "Important Dates" on Campus Ministry page.

 

 

Organizing Student Trips

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar is committed to the principle that Faculty and Staff represent Georgetown University both on campus and off campus. This policy governs events led or arranged by SFS-Q faculty or staff that take SFS-Q students outside of Qatar.

  1. All such trips must be approved by the Dean, based on a written proposal that includes: 1) rationale for the trip or event; 2) criteria for selection of students; 3) an itinerary; and 4) a budget.
  2. Selection of students for trips must meet the following conditions.
    1. Selection must conform to Georgetown University’s non-discrimination policy.
    2. The trip must be open to all SFS-Q students or an acceptable generic subsection of them (e.g., members of a particular course, members of a student organization, honors students, all 1st year students). The trip must be well advertised and the application process and criteria for selection must be made known to all candidates.
    3. Selection for overseas trips, except those connected with an academic course, are made by the Standing Committee for Student Trip Selection, which includes representatives from the Academic Dean’s Office, Student Affairs and the Faculty.
    4. Trips connected with an academic course must include all students registered for that course.
  3. Requirements for Preparing for Student Travel
    1. Leader and Treasurer: Trip organizers must select a leader and a treasurer. The leader is the project manager for the trip, responsible for planning and execution. The leader deals directly with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to ensure that the trip is in compliance with SFS-Q’s rules and expectations. The treasurer is responsible for creating a budget for the trip, working with the Travel Coordinator to arrange flights and hotels, managing petty cash and collecting all receipts for reimbursement.
    2. Chaperones: Chaperones must be identified as early as possible, preferably before the trip is advertised. If the trip is co-ed, there must be at least one male and one female chaperone. While SFS-Q spouses and family members may on occasion serve as chaperones, there must be at least one SFS-Q employee on each trip.
    3. Preparatory Visit: Where appropriate, trip organizers should make at least one preparatory site visit to the destination to establish contacts and ensure familiarity with hotels, sites, travel logistics and other environments to which students will be exposed.
    4. Air Travel: Air Travel should be by the most direct route possible. Students must travel economy class. Travel insurance must be arranged.
    5. Pre-Trip Sessions: Organizers must meet with the students to familiarize them with the mission and itinerary of the trip. Students must be informed that the Georgetown University Student Code of Conduct is in force at all times on all trips.
    6. Waivers: Students must sign waivers for participation in trips. These waivers can be obtained from Student Affairs.
    7. Doha-Based Contact: A Doha-Based Contact from Academic or Student Affairs must be identified to serve as the primary point of contact on campus for the duration of the trip. This individual must be given a copy of the final itinerary with detailed contact information well in advance of the departure date.
  4. Requirements and Expectations on the Trip
    1. All trip leaders and chaperones are on duty at all times on the trip. They must not separate themselves from the group for any significant period. They must be in contact with or within reach of students, SFS-Q and Georgetown University at all times.
    2. The team leader is responsible for calling the Doha-Based Contact upon arrival at the destination and at any time the group checks into a new hotel or residence. Any emergency situation must be reported to the Doha Based Contact as soon as possible.
    3. Any change in the itinerary that would result in an early or late return and/or a change of flight must be approved by the Doha-Based Contact in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

 

 

Final Examination Policy 

"The University normally designates 2-3 days between the end of
classes and the beginning of the final examination period each
semester as study days (see the Academic Calendar for the actual
dates). This provides time during which undergraduate students can
complete the work of the semester and prepare for final examinations.
The study days should be free from any required activities or
deadlines for papers or other last assignments. If a professor wishes
to schedule a review session or a make-up class, attendance must be
voluntary, not mandatory. Final assessed activities in all courses
(the traditional final exam being but one example) should fall in the
examination period following the study days. The instructional length
of the semester should not be foreshortened by placing final
assessments in the last week of classes."

 

 

Proctoring Exams 

Recommendations Developed by Student Members of the Honor Council 

Top 10 Recommendations for Professors when Proctoring Exams…
The student delegation on the Honor Council has compiled the following list of rules and behaviors that they would recommend the faculty implement when giving exams. While some of these may seem obvious, they each stem from real-life situations and concerns the students on the council have witnessed and voiced.

  1. The Professor should stay in the room throughout the entire exam. Do not leave.
  2. NO laptops should be used by students during the exam. When using laptops, students tend to share information in a variety of ways.
  3. NO books or papers should be allowed on the tables and desks.
  4. NO cell phones should be allowed during the exam. They should be turned off and away from the table.
  5. The professor should keep track of time on the board. This keeps students from needing to use their cell phones or other electronic devices to know the time.
  6. Students should not be allowed to share calculators. With many calculators, answers can be saved and shared.
  7. Students should not be allowed to sit directly next to one another. This is unnecessary and creates negative temptations to cheat.
  8. The professor should be attentive to what is going on in the room during the exam. Simply sitting at the front of the room reading a book is not sufficient attentiveness. You would be surprised what can go on while you are reading.
  9. NO talking should be allowed amongst students under any circumstances. This rule should be enforced by the professor.
  10. The professor should remind students before the exam begins of their honor code obligations and the consequences of breaking these obligations.

 

 

Instructional Design

Support for instructional design is organized as a partnership between the Office of Information Technology, Academic Affairs, and the Faculty and is coordinated by the Instructional Design Analyst. Each of these areas contributes to creating and sustaining an environment conducive to innovation in teaching and scholarship and together with the Assistant Dean responsible for the Office of Academic Services, the Instructional Design Analyst helps organize and make use of all the resources available to faculty to support teaching and learning. The instructional design analyst is an educational specialist with expertise, knowledge and experience in the fields teaching, learning, and technology. The IDA consults with and supports faculty in the planning and development of course and curricular design requirements including issues of assessment, teaching methodology, and the integration of instructional media and technologies. The IDA collaborates with faculty members to identify and implement individualized methods or strategies for integrating technology into their teaching and learning goals as well as works with faculty to gather student feedback on the effectiveness of curricula, teaching methods, and program offerings.

The instructional design analyst collaborates with faculty in identifying “best practices” in the effective use of instructional technology in college level instruction and helps develop projects in the design of educational materials for identified curricular needs and other special initiatives. In addition, the instructional design analyst provides direct training and technical support in the use of Georgetown University course management system, Blackboard, as well as other institutionally supported resources such as blogs and wikis as well as the use of digital audio and video, multimedia development tools and website development. The IDA also provides consultation and support for all distance learning initiatives at SFS-Q. The IDA can help faculty evaluate and recommend software, media, web-based resources and other digital solutions to meet identified instructional or curricular needs.