The College makes every attempt to provide faculty members with half-time or greater appointments with a personal computer and software that meet teaching, research, and project requirements within the limits of the budget. Each year computer systems are considered for replacement based on the then current replacement cycle program for faculty. New faculty members are offered the choice of computing device. Technology Services assists faculty in the use and upkeep of College-issued computing devices.
Faculty Replacement Cycle Cohorts
This year Cohort A is due for new computers for all tenured or tenure track faculty. As usual there is an OS X and Windows laptop option, please let us know if you would like a desktop or tablet instead. The specifications for each option are listed below.
2016 MacBook Pro 13-inch
2.0GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
16 GB RAM
256 GB Solid State Drive (if you need a larger hard drive then you will need to petition your department or the Provost or use grant funds to cover the additional cost ~ $180)
USB Type-C Multiport Adapter
Note: Macintosh computers no longer have internal DVD drives. You can consider purchasing the LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer Drive if you find you need a DVD drive.
HP Elitebook 850 G4 15.6-inch
2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-7200U
16 GB RAM
256 GB Solid State Drive (a larger hard drive is possible within the upgrade allocation)
Note: Does not have an internal DVD drive. You can consider purchasing the LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer Drive if you find you need a DVD drive.
If you would like to use grant funds, start-up funds, or departmental funds to purchase technology, please contact Jon Breitenbucher, Director of Educational Technology at (email@example.com). Information Technology has established partnerships with vendors to offer educational pricing.
Please note the following:
- Computer equipment provided to faculty members remains the property of the College and is returned to the College at the end of a faculty member’s contract.
- Faculty are responsible for the “safe keeping” of their computer equipment, especially notebook computers and tablets. While the College carries extended manufacturer’s warranties on its notebook computers that cover failure of most components of the system, it does not carry accidental damage or loss insurance (insurance covering repairs of notebook computers that are damaged due to spills, being left out in the cold, being dropped, or negligence; or notebook computers left behind, lost, or stolen).
- Visiting faculty members are provided with a personal computer from the College’s existing notebook and desktop inventory. Faculty on approved research or study leaves may take their computers with them while on leave.
- The College’s current cycle replacement program provides for replacement of College-issued standard computers once every four years. Replacements will occur on a rotating schedule of cohorts of departments. More about the replacement cycle program and schedule can be found on IT’s website.
- When a College-issued computing device is replaced, regardless of the funding source, the original device is to be returned to the College’s equipment pool. Technology Services will assist faculty in configuring the new computing device and moving data files from the old system to the new as necessary.
- Upgrades will consist of a “standard” system, currently HP or Apple. Faculty will have the choice of a computing device format. The specifications of the “standard” system are such that it would meet the needs of faculty for their typical teaching and work; faculty would still have the opportunity to obtain more specialized or sophisticated computing equipment for their research through academic equipment requests or grants. Educational Technology staff will meet with faculty in the upgrade cohort prior to Spring break about their preferences for a system; systems would be distributed to faculty before the end of June.
- Faculty on leave may take their computing devices with them (including desktops). If a faculty member is to be on leave during the year her or his department is upgraded, Ed Tech will work with the faculty member to arrange for delivery of the new computer before the faculty member goes on leave, if possible.
- Full-time tenured faculty who retire are permitted to keep their computers on retirement if the computer is at least four years old. Faculty members who are retiring at the end of the academic year in which their departments are upgraded have three options: (1) to not receive a new computer; (2) to “buy in” to the new computer with credit given for the remaining value of the faculty member’s current machine, as determined by TS, and then retain the computer upon retirement; (3) to receive the upgraded system, then return it upon retirement. The determination of which option would be made by the Office of Academic Affairs in consultation with the retiring faculty member.
- Upon receiving a reasonable request, the Provost and the Chief Information and Planning Officer may make exceptions to these policies.