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2021 Faculty Activity Reporting (Annual Merit Review)


2021 Annual Merit Review

Reporting Period Opening Soon

Dear Colleagues,

The reporting window for the 2021 Annual Merit Review (“AMR”) will open soon. Faculty will use Northwestern’s Faculty Folio, powered by Interfolio, to record annual activities at Northwestern. Faculty Folio is the central location for managing scholarly accomplishments, research, and service to support the annual review process.

2021 Updates

WE LISTENED! Many of you expressed concern and frustration related to some of the input and review features of the Faculty Folio system during last year’s review cycle. We reflected on your challenges, possible improvements, and new ways we could support you with customizing your data entry and review. There were several behind-the-scenes changes made to improve the user experience. Most importantly, we’ve added an Activity Reporting Form.

Activity Reporting Form

We have developed a step-by-step activity input form that will guide you through the various sections of Faculty Folio. This form will allow you to input activity data and view relevant* information in one screen. You will be able to “Preview” the entire report and see EXACTLY what the reviewers (chairs and Dean’s office) will see. You will also have a “Submit” button. This will ensure that no information is reviewed until you have completed and submitted your record, or the due date is reached (whichever comes first).

*Activities entered for the current reporting period will remain displayed in the Activity Reporting Form. Information entered in a previous or future reporting period will not be visible in the reporting form. Faculty can go to “Activities” to see a complete list of items in any given section. More information on this will be provided during training.

Training & Working Sessions

There will be several trainings and working sessions to walk you through data entry and review, including a focused CommFutures session—Interfolio: Where Does This Go? This session will review the updates to Interfolio, discuss each section of the form, and discern the most appropriate location to input your activities. This 90-minute session is designed to provide a detailed review of the platform, guided by the Office of Faculty Affairs. More information on this CommFutures session, and all other trainings, will be forthcoming.


  • January 5, 2022 – SoC AMR Faculty Activity Reporting opens (update: Report opens December 1, 2021)
  • February 25, 2022 – SoC AMR Faculty Activity Reporting due; Chair Review begins
  • April 4, 2022 – Chair Review due to Faculty Affairs
  • May/June 2022 – Budget Committee Review
  • June 2022 – AMR Notices to Faculty

Reminder: Only activities from the 2021 calendar year are required for reporting, and all data must be entered into your Faculty Folio by Friday, February 25, 2022 to be included in the review process by your department and the Dean’s office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Faculty Affairs at


E. Patrick Johnson

Dean, School of Communication

Annenberg University Professor

Bonnie Martin-Harris

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor

Rick Morris

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance