New UA Profiles Directory Supports Campus Collaboration

New UA Profiles Directory Supports Campus Collaboration

By Amy WilliamsUniversity Relations – Communications
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For now, faculty members are the only ones with profiles, but in the coming year, the system will be available for everyone. Faculty have been asked to check their profiles before they are made publicly accessible on Oct. 1.
For now, faculty members are the only ones with profiles, but in the coming year, the system will be available for everyone. Faculty have been asked to check their profiles before they are made publicly accessible on Oct. 1.

With so many departments and offices around campus, it can sometimes be difficult to find the right person when collaborating on a project. The new UA Profiles directory is intended to make connecting with campus collaborators a little easier.

UA Profiles has been developed over the last year with leadership from University Information Technology Services, University Libraries and faculty, and is now accessible to anyone with a NetID.

The directory includes profiles of UA faculty that highlight their research and teaching interests, recent publications and other information that students and other collaborators would find helpful.

For now, faculty members are the only ones with profiles, but in the coming year, the system will be available for everyone. Faculty have been asked to check their profiles before they are made publicly accessible. 

UA Profiles is being launched in phases, starting with profiles of 2,500 faculty members who entered their profile information while completing their annual faculty reviews through UA Vitae, an online performance review system.

Faculty members can use UA Vitae to make changes to their profiles. Any changes that are made in UA Vitae take 24 hours to be updated in UA Profiles. In the coming academic year, the Graduate College will help graduate students use the UA Vitae system to create a profile in UA Profiles. The final phase will give UA Vitae access to any employee who wants to create a profile.

Starting Oct. 1, the profiles will be made available to the public in an effort to show the community what faculty at the UA do. 

"It will give a much richer public face to what faculty at the University do," said Tom Miller, vice provost for faculty affairs. "There's a lot of misunderstanding of what faculty do and the directory will help various partners and collaborators in the community understand the expertise, artistic achievements and varied contributions of faculty."

The overall goal is that the new system will help create more interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, students and employees around campus. Miller said that UA Profiles eventually will replace the UA Phonebook to provide more insight into employee contributions. It also will include organizational charts within departments.  

"Information on faculty contributions is becoming increasingly important as our work becomes more interconnected," said Karen Williams, dean of University Libraries and UA interim chief information officer. "I welcomed the opportunity to support the leadership of associate librarian Maliaca Oxnam in developing the UA Vitae system because it helped the library expand its role in archiving the work of faculty, and as interim CIO I have been excited to see UA Profiles provide a public venue for showcasing faculty contributions.”

The final stages of getting all UA employees and students into the new system are expected to be implemented within the coming year.

"The flexibility of the technology behind UA Profiles allows us to connect people together through many paths and relationships, and across institutional data sources," said Tom Bourgeois, executive director of campus IT operations. "Moving forward, we will use the same technology to connect faculty, staff and students alike to each other to promote the varied collaborations that make this University great." 

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