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Off the shelf applications to gather, display and search Faculty Profiles

Our school is looking to develop an application that will allow us to populate a list of faculty profiles, their credentials and their expertise.  This list will then be displayed on the website and will be searchable by visitors.  Prior to endeavoring into a custom web development, I wanted to see if anyone may already have this type of an application in place and if there is something out that we can customize and re-purpose for our needs.

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This may be overkill, but Harvard offers an open source app called OpenScholar. We played around with it while trying to find solutions for creating faculty websites. http://openscholar.harvard.edu/

As for a simple profile directory, we ended up building something in house. http://www.callutheran.edu/faculty/

I would have no idea how to package it as a distributable app, but any developer should be able to cook up something similar. One database table for profile information, one for schools and departments, and one to connect them so that you can assign the profiles to various academic areas.

I should also mention that faculty can log in and update their own profile, but getting them to do so regularly is quite the challenge as you can imagine. The politics of encouraging or flat out requiring them to update it are tricky, as is automating the process of creating profiles when faculty are hired. My best argument is that we know prospective students look at them, find them useful, and help them in the decision process (according to interviews with freshmen).

Erik, just noticed a typo in the left nav of your faculty profile page - http://www.callutheran.edu/faculty/department.php?id=49

 

Gradaute School of Education

 

Thought you might want to know.

 

Yikes, thank you for letting me know! (I'm sure there are more...)

Our university is attempting to do this with a product called Digital Measures. The product was sold as a way to develop faculty collaborations and streamline the tenure process, but we are already building website profiles with some of the data using their API. As already mentioned, getting all faculty on board with this kind of product is a real challenge...

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