FAQ for Annual Reviews



Monday, 12/12/22, from 1:00pm - 2:00pm online.

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Beginning with 2018 ARDs, the annual review process utilizes Digital Measures Workflow for the entire campus.  This means that the reports are automatically generated.  Faculty members will enter their data, check that the reports are correct, and Submit.

(1) Enter data:  Faculty enter their accomplishment data into the main Activity screens as usual. You may be required to provide supplemental documentation (such as full-text versions of publications), so you should upload files into the Activity screens and click the box for "Include File for Portfolio Review."  This is also how you should handle any graphs, charts, or graphics that you would like to link to; upload them into a relevant screen and click the "Include..." box. You should upload your teaching evaluations as well (Detailed Instructions) Goals are entered into the screen called "Narratives for Your Faculty Performance Agreement."  (Use "Add a New Item" with the date 2023 for your new, 2023 FPA.)  If there is narrative text required for your ARD form, that text goes into the screen called "Narratives for Your Annual Review Document."  (Use "Add a New Item" with the date 2022 for your ARD that will cover last year, 2022.)

IMPORTANT: You MUST enter your 2023 FPA Workload Percentages under Administrative Data -> Yearly Workload Summary.  You should also make sure that your 2022 Workload percentages are there and correct, as they will appear in your ARD. (Detailed Instructions)

(2) Check the reports:  At the top of your DM screen, you will see an option called "Workflow."  If you click on that, you should see an option available for your 2022-23 Annual Review process.  Click to open that, and you will see three reports that are automatically generated.  They are your 2022 ARD, your 2023 FPA, and your Vita-Interactive. (Note: chairs and other administrators may not see all of these reports; see note below.)  Before you begin, you should "Refresh" these reports. You can click on each of these reports to see their contents.  The Vita-Interactive contains links to any documents that you have uploaded into your Activity screens.  If there are any corrections to be made, you should make them in your data (see Step 1, above) and click "Refresh Report" in the Workflow.  You can also check your reports (especially before the workflows are set up) by going to "Run Reports" or "Rapid Reports" and selecting the relevant ARD, FPA, or Vita-Interactive. 

Note for chairs and other administrative faculty: Since chair and administrator workflows contain users from several different colleges, we are not able to automatically populate college-specific ARDs for some administrators. You will need to run your college-specific ARD from Rapid Reports and upload it into the corresponding field in the workflow yourself.

(3) Submit:  When the reports are complete and correct to your satisfaction, and you have entered any comments or additional files required by your department or college, you should click "Save" at the top of the Workflow page.  When you are ready to submit, click "Actions" and then select "Submit to Department Chair" (or Assistant Chair, or Joint Chair, or other reviewer as appropriate).  NOTE: Your Annual Review is not complete until you click "Actions" and select "Submit."  Clicking "Save" is not enough.

Dr. Traci Redish in the Bagwell College of Education has made videos to assist that college's faculty, and she has kindly made the video (linked below) about submitting to Workflow available to us.  If you have any question or problem, unless you are in the Bagwell College, please send them to digitalmeasures@kennesaw.edu.


Video describing the process of submitting Annual Reviews in Digital Measures


Note that all reviews this year must be entered in the comment boxes; there is no option to upload a letter.  The following video reflects the main steps of the process, although the form you will fill out looks slightly different this year.  

Video for Administrators reviewing Annual Reviews in DM

There are also instructions within the form.

Faculty and administrators: Please note that ALL FPAs for 2023 MUST contain workload percentages. See the large bolded text in the third paragraph in the instructions above.

Note that if you must Refresh your FPA to make the percentages appear, it must be all the way back at the beginning of the workflow.  The workflow generally goes:

Faculty -> Chair -> Faculty Response -> Dean -> Faculty Response -> Complete

If your review is at either Faculty Response stage, you will not be able to Refresh it.  Your chair or the Dean (if it's at the later Response step) will have to Recall it and Send it Back all the way to the first Faculty step.  Note that the review comments will not be visible at the earlier stages, but they are saved, and will re-appear at the later stages.

  • Your college will set the deadline. If you have not already received this information, you can ask your chair.

  • No. You will enter your data into Watermark, then check your ARD, FPA, and Vita-Interactive in Workflow. You will then Submit the forms to your chair from the Actions menu.

  • Watermark Faculty Success is a way of cataloging all of the faculty's accomplishments, to be used for purposes like T&P portfolios, accreditation reports, reports on global and community engagement, High-Impact Practices, student success measures, websites, etc. We ask faculty to do annual reviews in Watermark in order to get all of that information in there. Watermark may not make annual reviews go quicker, but doing annual reviews in Watermark will make those other tasks easier.

  • No. There is a feature of Watermark Faculty Success which allows you to run a Google Scholar report on yourself, export that into a bibtex format file, and upload that into Watermark.  You can also import an existing cv that might be in Word format.

  • Please email facultyactivitydata@kennesaw.edu to correct this.

  • This information comes from the FIS system, so the information needs to be fixed there. If you will email the details of the problem to facultyactivitydata@kennesaw.edu, we will make sure that your record is fixed, first in the FIS system and then in Watermark.  But it may take a few weeks before the corrected results appear in Watermark.

  • This is probably because your highest degree is not indicated as such. Go to the Degrees screen (under Professional Credentials), select your highest degree, and look for the drop-down menu that says "Highest Degree You Have Earned?" and select "Yes."

  • Enter your best description under "committee name." It won't matter that it's not a committee.

  • Scheduled Teaching entries originally came from Course Response student evaluations, so they only go back to when we started using the DM online student evaluation module.

  • You should be able to save the document that opens as a Word document. Alternatively, you can open Word, and from within Word open the rtf document that was downloaded. Then go to "Save As..." and you should be able to save it in Word format.

  • In order to request Watermark data from a former institution be transferred to KSU, you must first complete the Import Authorization Form and submit it to facultyactivitydata@kennesaw.edu

  • First, select the item from the list and select "duplicate."  Then go into your new entry (which YOU own) and unselect the other authors' names from the drop-down list, and, instead, type them into the "name" boxes.  Ask your co-authors to unselect YOUR name from THEIR version.  Then you will each have only one copy, and you will own the one listed in your account.

  • There is a field used in Watermark called "Preferred First Name," and if you have not entered anything there, it may appear blank.  To fix this, go to Administrative Data -> Personal and Contact Information, and enter your Preferred First Name in that field.

If you have any other questions, please email facultyactivitydata@kennesaw.edu