Faculty Activity Reports

Every permanent EPA employee must submit a Faculty Activity Report (FAR), Plan of Work (POW), and Impact Statement every calendar year.

Here is essential information for the reporting process.

At least one Impact Statement covering the past or current teaching, research and/or extension accomplishments is required.

Impact Statement Suggested Format

  1. Issue: Brief description of the situation and/or objective of the teaching, research and/or extension activity.
  2. What Has Been Done: Brief description of the activity, in laymen’s terms, that has resulted in an actual or potential economic, environmental or social impact.
  3. Impact: Brief description of the actual or potential economic, environmental or social impact with quantitative information, if possible.
  4. Funding Sources: Principal sources of funding for the activity, both public and private, excluding state or federal appropriated funds.
  5. Contact: Name, address, phone and email address of the primary faculty involved in the activity.

Format Guidelines

  • Single space only
  • 1” margin all around
  • 12-pt font
  • Two (2) pages maximum
  • Save as file named LASTNAME_FIRST_IP.doc

Impact Statement: Defined

  • A brief summary (in lay terms) of the social, environmental and/or economic impact of your teaching, research or extension efforts
  • It states your accomplishments and the payoff to society
  • It answers the questions:
    • “So what?”
    • “Who cares?”

Impact Statement: It Is Not

  • General, long-range goal
  • Amount of resources being used
  • Description of a process or activity
  • Count of people participating in something
  • Number of outputs produced
  • Detailed, scientific report
  • A “PR” tool

Impact Statement: Type

  • General Impact Statement (preferred)
  • Potential Impact Statement
  • Anecdotal Impact Statement

Impact Statement: General (Example)

  • Describes a significant quantifiable change in at least one of the following:
    • Economic value or efficiency
    • Environmental quality
    • Social well-being
    • Health or quality of life
  • Has occurred or is currently occurring in the industry, environment or society

Impact Statement: Potential (Example)

  • Potential impact should be considered, especially in basic research, teaching, or youth and family work
  • Should be clearly identified as “potential”
  • Include quantitative predictions based on sound models, if possible
  • Include accomplishments to-date that will lead to impact

Impact Statement: Anecdotal (Example)

  • A single, quantifiable example of economic, environmental or social benefit that can be extrapolated to an identifiable population
  • Should not be at the extremes of the range
  • Two or three similar anecdotes are best

Impact Statement: Problems

Potential sources of misinterpretation

  • No point of reference
  • Potentially exaggerated claims
  • Gain without pain

Impact Statement (Excerpt): No Point Of Reference

Researchers have created imitation chicken meat. The fake chicken has the same texture as real chicken meat. The chicken taste comes from real chicken broth. This soy chicken product costs only about 25 cents per pound to produce.

  • To what does this cost compare?
  • What costs are included?

Impact Statement (Excerpt): Potentially Exaggerated Claims

Two strains of tomatoes recently released offer high resistance to fungal pests. This year, by reducing protective sprays, the new strains are projected to save New York growers about $8 million and more than $100 million nationally.

  • $8 mil. = 44% of NY’s total tomato farm-gate value, so fungal control is > 44% of total production costs.
  • Implies that NY has 8% of national production, actually only about 1%.

Impact Statement (Excerpt): Gain Without Pain

A new five-year agreement sets a minimum price for tomatoes entering the USA, preventing a surge of shipments at disastrously low prices.

  • Disastrous to whom? Producer – yes, consumer – no

Over the past several years we have developed an online tool for the Faculty Activity Report (eFAR). Many have helped with this effort (thank you!) and we have incorporated multiple suggestions to help make it easier to use. This year the entire college will be required to use this tool for the eFAR. It will help us capture the information we need for the federal reports and also help the directors and department heads get data and information for requests and reviews.

We would suggest that you look through all the sections before you start filling it out so you have a better idea of where items might be placed.

All current permanent EHRA employees, part-time and full-time, who receive ANY portion of their salary through the North Carolina State payroll (including grants and trust funds), are required to file a report. This includes USDA, USDI and USFS personnel on a North Carolina State University appointment. Adjunct appointments and non-paid personnel are optional. Post docs are exempt. Administrative EHRA who have no direct academic, research or extension activities are also exempt.

By February 1, 2018, please ensure the 2017 Faculty Activity Reports and Impact Statements are submitted to the online system. Faculty are also required to upload their Statement of Mutual Expectations (SME). Activities are to reflect the calendar year 2017.

The link below will take you to the reporting tool.


Use the following sources for help:

If you have IT questions, please contact Kim Cox. kwcox@ncsu.edu

If you have comments on the new system please send them to Loren Fisher lrfishe1@ncsu.edu

For assistance with the submission process, contact caat_help@ncsu.edu

If you have other questions about the eFAR, see your department head or Sylvia Blankenship sylvia@ncsu.edu

Due Date is February 1, 2018.