Steps for Uploading Syllabi in FAR

  1. Go to and click on “Enter faculty activity (FAR/Digital Measures)”
  2. This will take you to a log-in screen. Log-in with your Hope user ID and password. (This is the same as your email login and password. Do not type
  3. Select “Scheduled Teaching” under the heading “Teaching.”  If you cannot see subheadings, click the arrow to the left of the heading to expand the view.
  4. Your courses will automatically populate within a week of the start of the semester. Select a course to open up (or “drill down”) to course-specific information.
  5. The new screen, “Edit Scheduled Teaching” will show the course details. Most fields are not editable and errors can be reported to or the registrar. You are able to indicate if this is a new course preparation or a new format for your existing course. If you designate “yes” on either field, this will be indicated with an asterisk or obelisk on your annual faculty activity report.
  6. To upload a syllabus, select “Choose File….” next to “Syllabus for this course” and upload the appropriate file.
  7. When you are done, select “Save” at the top right to save the entry and go back to the list of courses.

Are you a visual learner? Here’s a step-by-step guide (in .pdf) with screenshots of each step.

Faculty: Save Data Entry Time! Upload Publications to FAR

Did you know that you can upload your publications to FAR from an external source?
Save time on data entry! Click on the “Import” button on the top of the Publications summary screen to get started.

You can directly import data from Web of Science, Crossref or PubMed.

You can also go to most reference managers or databases and download a BibTeX file of your citations. Digital Measures has information on BibTeX imports from sources like EndNote, Google Scholar, HeinOnline, Mendeley, RefWorks, Scopus, or Zotero.

We also have a Hope College resource guide for importing publications from Google Scholar. The document details how to create a list of your publications through Google Scholar and then importing them to FAR.

As you import, publications are screened to avoid duplication and to help you link to co-authors at Hope College.

Once your publications are imported, you can go through and edit for clarification, corrections, or to flag the activity for specific strategic initiatives.


FAR: How far back to include?

By mid-January 2019 it is expected that data in Faculty Activity Reporting (FAR) will be accurate back to January 2018. Any reports pulled will assume accuracy from 2018 on.

This means you only need to enter data from 2018 on. But you can keep going back further!

Reasons you might want to include data from before 2018:

  1. It’s easier to include the activity than filter it out.  This is true if you’re uploading data from another source (a BibTeX file or a spreadsheet).
  2. You want people to know. Since the database is searchable, even if it doesn’t show on any annual reports, people can still find out that you are an expert or you won a particular prestigious award.
  3. You want to see how it looks in a report. As you’re testing the system, if you want to see how FAR compares to the old format, you might want to enter all 2017 data from your last Service to Hope form and run reports to see how the activities are reported.
  4. You want to use Activity Insight (the FAR software) to create your own CV. If all your faculty activities are in the system, with just a few clicks you can create customized CVs to fit a variety of purposes, often using your preferred citation style. The CV will download as an editable Word document, so you can change stylistic elements after download as well.