From the Dean's Desk – April 23, 2020

Dear GT Computing Colleagues,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Yesterday I promised you deadlines, and today I’m here to deliver, and on time, too.

First, let’s talk hiring. Our hiring procedures have changed since we moved to OneUSG Connect on March 23 (as you have no doubt noticed). Every supervisor is now responsible for ensuring their direct reports are hired, and that includes faculty hiring students, such as undergrad TAs. We are working on ways to make all of this more efficient, but it will take us a while to work the new system. Please be on the lookout in the next few days for detailed instructions from your chair and/or HR about how to handle these duties.

While we’re on the subject of duties, all staff and faculty are required to complete the Institute’s data security training. The deadline was April 20, and some of you have not completed said training. That’s okay, though, because the fact that we are past the deadline does not change the requirement. You can access the training on the Institute’s HR site and complete it through Brightspace/D2L. Again, I’ve done it, and it really isn’t time-consuming at all. I’d even say it’s useful.

Continuing with training, the Institute is also offering distance learning training for faculty who are moving their classes online for the summer (and, I dunno, maybe the fall?). Starting on April 27, all instructors of record will be added to a Canvas course for developing and managing asynchronous activities. Our students have been very understanding about our profoundly unexpected move to online in the spring; however, they will naturally look for a higher standard in the summer (and any other future semester) because that is very much expected. So, If you will be teaching, please take advantage of this support from the Institute.

Lastly, I’d like to remind everyone of an important deadline in the move to OneUSG Connect. The Institute has realized that some of our employee data has not transferred correctly into the new system. The Institute has asked that all supervisors make sure the data are correct for their direct reports before May 1. You can access this information through the Manager Self-Service tile in OneUSG Connect. Please report any problems you find to our college HR team, so you don’t end up with 27 direct reports you didn’t know you had, all wondering why you haven’t approved their timesheets.

Stay safe everyone and stay sane. It’s almost Friday (tattoos for everyone (if you’re into that sort of thing (I make no judgements]!



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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