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: Types

  • 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

A faculty member’s Activity Report summarizes activities during the past calendar year.  The Annual Plan of Work summarizes goals for the future. These are ordinarily annual goals, but this process allows for longer-range goals when appropriate.

Suggested Format

  • Single Space only. For Faculty Activity Reports & Plans of Work, you do NOT need to start a new page for each Roman Numeral.
  • 3/4-inch margins at top, bottom, left and right
  • Number each page, top right
  • Font size no smaller than 10-pt
  • Be concise. Limit to five (5) pages total for the Faculty Activity Report and Plan of Work
  • Save FAR and POW in file named LASTNAME_FIRST_FAR.doc
  • Limit Impact Statement to two (2) pages
  • Save Impact Statement(s) in file named LASTNAME_FIRST_IP.doc

The document should begin with the following information:

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
North Carolina State University
Department Name
Year report is covering
Date submitted

The suggested format for the FAR and POW is to follow the current University guidelines for Sections II-VI of the Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Dossier. These guidelines are available here. You may also use the old format. People with administrative responsibilities may add a section on administration if they wish.

Find the web application for uploading annual Faculty Activity Report and Impact Statement files here. You cannot use this application unless your department or unit designated you as the administrative representative and provided your unity id.Before you begin, be sure that all of your files conform to the naming conventions suggested by the report preparation guidelines. If you do, keeping track of which files you’ve uploaded will be much easier.


Go to the application page and log in.  You will see a display similar to the below:

If you have not uploaded any files, the area under “Files in the [department name] directory” will be blank. Once you have uploaded files, you will see them in the list. This will help you keep track of your files inventory.

CALS FAR Upload Tool


Click the “browse” button to find files on your local computer that you wish to upload.

You will see a standard Windows file selection window, which you can use to navigate to the folder where your files are saved.

Select a file, then click the “Open” button.

Windows Explorer


You will automatically return to the upload application screen where you will see an upload confirmation message and the filename now listed.

You can upload another file by clicking the “browse” button and repeating the process. Continue to upload all your files. Files are automatically saved in the proper location on the server.

Upload Confirmation