Faculty Activity Reports (FAR)

NOTE: The next Faculty Activity Report will be due in May 2018, covering January 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018.


  1. The Purpose of the Awards
  2. Completing the FAR Report
  3. Faculty Activity Report Rubric and Form

The Purpose of the Awards

The annual faculty research and creative activity award has been established to recognize research and creative scholarship of Andrews University faculty members. Awards are given to each faculty member who submits an annual Faculty Activity Report (FAR) with scored activities, and range from $50 to $1000, depending upon the number and scoring of the activities reported for the previous year. Faculty members may choose to receive their award as a (taxable) enhancement to their paycheck, or may use the award as reimbursement for professional development expenses that would otherwise be paid directly by the faculty member. Faculty members have up to three years to utilize their award. As an encouragement to use this award for professional development expenses, an additional 20% is added to the award when used for reimbursement, increasing the award range to $60 – $1200.

In order to receive the award as taxable income, email research@andrews.edu with your request. Please allow two to four weeks for the award to appear on your paycheck.

If you do not request the award as cash, it will automatically be held for your use for professional development reimbursement. In order to receive the professional development reimbursement, please submit a signed expense report along with your original receipts to the Office of Research. Activities qualifying for professional development reimbursement include the following:

  • Professional memberships
  • Travel to conferences or workshops
  • Travel for the purpose of research or networking with collaborators
  • Book/software purchases in your research area
  • Other otherwise unreimbursed expenses that enhance your research or professional development

Completing the FAR Form

NOTE: FARs are NOT due in January 2018. The next Faculty Activity Report will be due in May 2018, covering January 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018.

  1. Complete the Faculty Activity Report (FAR) using the scoring rubric given (both documents are available below). All publications and presentations reported on this form will be cited on the Andrews University Research webpage unless you indicate otherwise.
  2. Collect the appropriate supporting documentation for each item reported. If documentation is available online, the web address for the permanent link to that documentation is adequate.
  3. Review the FAR form and scoring with your department chair.
  4. Email the form (in Word format) and associated documentation directly to the Office of Research, research@andrews.edu. If you have nothing to report for this year, please send an email to research@andrews.edu with “FAR: Nothing to Report” in the subject line.
  5. The Office of Research will audit your scores and return the audited FAR to you. You will be given at least one week to review the audited FAR and appeal scoring changes (by providing additional clarification or documentation) before final awards will be determined. 

The activities that will be evaluated are limited to those that have occurred during the year immediately prior to the year in which the award is given. In 2018, we are switching from calendar year to the fiscal year reporting, which means that the 2017-18 “year” will include the 16 months from January 2017 – April 2018 (inclusive). Future reporting will be following the May – April fiscal year. All activities that are reported should include the Andrews University affiliation of the faculty member in order to be counted. For new faculty, a citation indicating “current address” of Andrews University will count for publications and presentations occurring after the beginning of employment at Andrews University for work performed prior to AU employment. Emeritus and Adjunct faculty members are eligible for the FAR award, so long as they maintain an active affiliation with Andrews University, review their FAR with their department chair, and include their Andrews University affiliation on their publications and presentations.

Faculty Activity Report Rubric and Form

Research/Creative Awards Scoring Rubric
Faculty Activity Report Form


Submission Timeline    

Timeline Action
May  Faculty member self-scores the reported activities and reviews the FAR with the department chair.
May 31  Faculty member submits the FAR and supporting documentation directly to the Research Office (electronically, research@andrews.edu).
June - July  Research Office audits the reported activities and scores, communicating with the faculty member directly regarding missing documentation or scoring questions.
July - August  If needed, unresolved disagreements may be submitted to a subcommittee of the Scholarly Research Council for arbitration.
August 15 Research Office reports to each faculty member their final score and award/bonus amount based upon their score.
September  Research Office sends copies of the FAR and summary reports to department chairs and school deans for their records.