About Faculty Staff Reporting

Instructional Workload System (IWS)

The Instructional Workload System (IWS) was designed to comply with the Board of Regents' Faculty Workload guidelines. It reports workload information including the instructional activities of faculty by individual, department, and college to administrators. It allows for online verification of information for faculty teaching and expected loads based on definitions and guidelines provided by the University System of Maryland, Board of Regents' Faculty Workload Policy and annual reporting requirements.

Many reports are available in aggregate for the university and for your unit. After the data are captured and verified, the data are reported to the Provost, the System, the Board of Regents, and to the State Legislature.

Outside Professional Activities (OPA)

Outside Professional Activities (OPA) reports are collected annually from faculty and exempt staff for compliance with the University of Maryland's policy on Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment. All faculty and exempt staff will complete the form online by clicking the link above, or by going to www.ares.umd.edu and clicking in the Quick Links box on the right side of the page, Outside Professional Activities (OPA) reports. For more information, go to the University Policy on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment.

Faculty Activity Reports (FAR)

FAR was a tool previously administered by IRPA to support faculty activity reporting, which was replaced by a system called Lyterati in 2015-2016. That system is now being replaced by Activity Insight and is administered by Faculty Affairs.

Historic FAR reports and views continue to be available on the OPA site. For historic Lyterati information, contact Faculty Affairs.