OFIS Help

This page provides general help for the use of the Online Faculty Information System. If you have a specific question, you might find it useful to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. And remember:  at any time you are welcome to send questions or comments to ofis@cmich.edu.

Before You Begin

You may find it useful to gather together the following information so that you'll have everything you need when you first login to OFIS:

  • An electronic copy of your CV. This will make it possible for you to copy and paste from your CV to OFIS without having to re-key information.
  • Information you might want to enter into the system that doesn't appear on your vita. One example might be a FaCIT workshop that you attended. This can be entered into the Faculty Development Activities Attended section of OFIS (see Main Menu descriptions below).

As you work within OFIS, there are a few things that are important for you to keep in mind:

  1. There is no spell check feature. So ensure anything you key or paste into the system has already been checked for spelling errors.
  2. Do not key or paste titles into the OFIS fields with quotation marks around them. Such items will be appropriately formatted by the system. If you include quotes, you are likely to find that the reports will also provide them leading to double quotes.
  3. All necessary punctuation will be supplied by the system depending on the needs of any given report.

Main Menu

The first screen that you see when you login to OFIS looks like this (Click for an example). The links presented on the main screen are as follows. Click on any of the links below to find a description of the type of information that should be entered there. Some of these items are more important than others, and some will be of value in only certain disciplines.


Below is a description of what you'll find when you click on each one of these areas.

Personal and Contact Information

It is unnecessary for you to enter anything on this screen. This screen holds information like your first and last name, office location, phone number, etc. The basic data are pre-populated from the CMU SAP system.. In fact, there are very few fields that you are able to enter on this screen.

However, it is important that you review the information for accuracy. If you find errors, please email ofis@cmich.edu with the field name, the information that is in error, and how it should be corrected.

 You are free (but are not required) to enter information in any of the fields that are available to you. Note that the Teaching Interest and Research Interest fields allow reports to be generated which may assist you and other faculty to find potential collaborators at CMU. If this is not a function that you find valuable, you may leave these two areas blank.

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Administrative Data – Permanent Data

It is unnecessary for you to enter anything on this screen. This screen holds information like your start date at CMU and dates when you attained various ranks. This information is pre-populated from the CMU SAP system.

However, it is important that you review the information for accuracy. If you find errors, please email ofis@cmich.edu with the field name, the information that is in error, and how it should be corrected.

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Administrative Data – Yearly Data

It is unnecessary for you to enter anything on this screen. This screen holds information unique to each academic year, like your tenure status and rank. This information is pre-populated from the CMU SAP system.

However, it is important that you review the information for accuracy. If you find errors, please email ofis@cmich.edu with the field name, the information that is in error, and how it should be corrected.

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Academic, Government, Military and Professional Positions

It is important that you enter information on this screen. This screen holds information about your work experience. At a minimum, you need to include the name of the organization where you worked, the title you held, and the start and end dates of your position.

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Administrative Assignments

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. For example, if you are temporarily appointed to an administrative post as Interim Associate Dean, this would be the screen where you record this information.

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Awards and Honors

It is important that you enter information on this screen. This information is usually a critical component of a complete CV. It is also something that you might find valuable for other purposes. Therefore, you should enter your data in this section.

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Consulting

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. If you have done consulting work, you may find it important to include information in this section.

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Education

It is important that you enter information on this screen. It is critical that you record your degrees and when and where you acquired them in this section.

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Faculty Development Activities Attended

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. This is where you would enter FaCIT workshops you've attended and/or other training and workshops in which you've participated.

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Licensures and Certifications

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. This is a section that only a few individuals have found of value. However, if you hold a license or certification in a relevant area, you may find it important to include information in this section.

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Media Contributions

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. This is a section that only a few individuals have found of value. However, if you been engaged in media-related activities, you may find it important to include information in this section.

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Professional Memberships

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. If you hold a membership in a relevant professional association, this is the section where you record that information.

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Academic Advising

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen.

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Directed Student Learning

It is important that you enter information on this screen. This is the screen where you enter information regarding your work with students as, for example, a dissertation advisor or Plan B committee chair.

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Non-Credit Instruction Taught

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. If you have done teaching  or training outside the typical course-for-credit model, that information is recorded here.

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Scheduled Teaching

It is unnecessary for you to enter anything on this screen. This screen holds information about the courses you teach at CMU. This information is pre-populated from the CMU SAP system.

However, it is important that you review the information for accuracy. If you find errors, please email ofis@cmich.edu with the field name, the information that is in error, and how it should be corrected.

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Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

It is important that you enter information on this screen.

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Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

It is unnecessary for you to enter anything on this screen. This screen holds information about contracts and grants you've acquired since you've been at CMU. This information is pre-populated from the CMU SAP system.

However, it is important that you review the information for accuracy. If you find errors, please email ofis@cmich.edu with the field name, the information that is in error, and how it should be corrected.

 

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Intellectual Contributions

It is important that you enter information on this screen. This is the section where you record your articles and other publication activity.

 

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Intellectual Property

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. Should you hold any patents or copyrights, this is the place to record this information.

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Presentations

It is important that you enter information on this screen.

 

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Research Currently In Progress

It may be useful for you to enter information on this screen. If you would like to track the research in which you are engaged, and note your collaborators, you may use this section to do so.

 

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Department Service

It is important that you enter information on this screen. Record service that you have been involved in that supports the activities of your academic department.

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College Service

It is important that you enter information on this screen. Record service that you have been involved in that supports the activities of your academic college.

 

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University Service

It is important that you enter information on this screen. Record service that you have been involved in that supports university-wide initiatives.

 

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Professional Service

It is important that you enter information on this screen. Record your service activities that have occurred outside the university and which are associated with your professional focus.

 

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Public Service

It is important that you enter information on this screen. Record your service activities that have occurred outside the university which are focused on public or non-profit sector initiatives and/or involve government agencies at any level.

 

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For Questions About OFIS 
Elijah Earl
Phone: 989-774-1007
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