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Curating your Online Presence: WPI Website Profile

Interested in boosting your visibility online? This is the guide to get you started.

WPI Website Profile

WPI Website Profile: WPI generates profile pages for all faculty and staff members that can be accessed through the WPI website. Profiles appear on department pages and the faculty directory. Profiles can include information about education, research interests, scholarly work, professional honors, and links to other profiles/sites.

Faculty and staff members can edit their own profiles, delegate someone else in their organization to perform edits, or work with a library representative to make updates. See below for more details on each of these options.

Email if you have questions or would like assistance with updating your profile.

Self-Guided Profile Maintenance

Getting started:  

Edit your WPI Faculty Profile is a step-by-step guide and video from Marketing and Communications on how to edit your profile.

What you can do:

You will be able to edit all sections of your profile: biography, contact information, education, research interests, and professional affiliations, highlights, and honors. You will also be able to tag your profile with UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) as you see fit.

What you can’t do:

There are some fields that can be changed only through communications with or are imported from Workday. Contact to alter the following:

  • Photo

Update the following fields in Workday:

  • Preferred Name
  • Office
  • Phone

Please note that you cannot edit your primary department or job title. These are managed in Workday by Talent & Inclusion.

What you need:

The most helpful document in this process will be your curriculum vitae (CV). Most information needed for the update will be found on that document. Other important pieces of information are links to social media and personal sites (academic and otherwise).

Library-Assisted Profile Maintenance

What we can do:

In addition to the edits available in Self-Guided maintenance, library staff are also able to make some additional basic stylistic edits. There edits fall mainly into the biography or the scholarly works sections. In the biography, we will work with you to determine content that should link out to other sites or add information to showcase other special interests that do not have an obvious home on the faculty profile. For scholarly works we focus on showcasing third-party sites that automatically update your publications list to keep it current, and adding featured works that you feel are most representative of your contributions.

What we can’t do:

We cannot directly edit any of the fields listed in the “What you can’t do” section for Self-Guided maintenance. We can, however, establish contact with CMS Help and follow up with them to ensure those edits come through in a timely fashion.

We also cannot reorder any of the fields in the faculty profile and only perform basic coding edits.

What you need:

The most helpful document in this process will be your curriculum vitae (CV). Most information needed for the update will be found on that document. Other important pieces of information are links to social media and personal sites (academic and otherwise).

Email to work with someone from the library.

Tips for Maintaining a Fresh WPI Faculty Website Profile

Your official WPI Faculty Website Profile is an important way of identifying yourself online. 

Concerned about not having time to keep your profile fresh and up-to-date? 

  • Make your description broad and not bound by time so that you do not have to update it often.  For example, avoid phrases like, 'this year I...' or 'I have x years of experience.'
  • Use either the first-person ("I research... ") or third-person perspective ("Professor Smith researches.." or "Dr. Smith researches...") when writing your biography.
  • Consider investing time to create your ORCID and linking to it from your WPI Faculty Website Profile. Once your ORCID is created, it will automatically update your publication list as new works become available.
  • Consider linking to other services that update your publications automatically such as Google Scholar Profile, or Scopus ID. See the Google Scholar Profile and Scopus ID pages on this guide for more information.
  • Link to profiles that you do update (a lab or research group website, a personal WordPress site, Twitter, Google Scholar Profile, etc.)