eFARS updates


eFARS Due Date

  • 2012 Faculty Annual Reports are due at 5pm on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

One Change to eFARS 2012

Only one change was made to eFARS this year. In the Publications section, a “multiplier entry field” was added. The change will allow faculty to enter certain types of publications once, and then indicate the “Number of time published.” So if you write a regular column in a newspaper or journal, then you can enter the publication once and indicate the number of times that the column was published. The multiplied total will be included in your individual summary page of your eFARS. View a one-minute video about this change.

The Extension Planning Section is Open

The Extension Planning and Reporting section (section H.2. in the eFARS outline) is where all Extension Agent faculty complete the Buy-in of their Planned Program Outcomes, their Personal Action Plans, and Unit Plans of Work (UPOW). UPOW are initiated by Unit Coordinators and contributed to by other unit agents in the Unit.

Due dates for agent faculty for these items are as follows:

  • Buy-in and Personal Action Plans: Dec. 15
  • Unit Plans of Work: Dec. 31

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Planned Programs and Knowledge Areas?

You are asked to tag your outputs (publications, presentations, etc.) to Planned Programs and Knowledge Areas. What are these and how do you change them to create your own customized list to match the work you do? Watch this short 2-3 minute video to learn more!

Why Do We Tag Outputs in eFARS to a Mission Area?

Each year as part of the USDA planning and reporting process the College is required to document outputs (publications, presentations, grants, etc.) and impacts of our Extension and Research mission area work. This reporting does not include outputs and impacts from the Teaching and Outreach mission areas. That is one of the reasons why we have the requirement to tag practically everything that is entered into eFARS, so that we can correctly capture and report the Extension and Research accomplishments in the required USDA reports.

Here are some guidelines for tagging your work to the correct CALS Mission area:

  • The Teaching Mission area tag is meant for those faculty with a teaching appointment, engaged with teaching students as part of the formal academic mission of the university. Faculty without a teaching appointment could tag work to the Teaching mission area if they provided a guest lecture to a Virginia Tech class. An Extension agent or specialist “teaching” anywhere else as part of your role as an Extension educator, is not tagged to the Teaching mission.
  • The Outreach/Service Mission area is the category used by CALS faculty without an Extension appointment that do work in service to groups, communities, individuals, etc.
  • The Extension Mission area is the category used by CALS faculty with an Extension appointment when reporting educational programming work to groups, communities, individuals, etc.
  • Faculty with research appointments in the college or those faculty contributing to research efforts would be expected to tag that work to the Research mission area. For example, Extension Agents could tag efforts reported in eFARS to the research mission area when working on a research project in collaboration with a specialist on campus or at an AREC.

Please visit the eFARS website for the most current information.

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