Spring 2021 Faculty Information

Building Access

Faculty who need access to their office space should email Kelly Fernándezin order to limit the number of people in the building.

Annenberg faculty, postdocs, lecturers, and others who will regularly be on campus for four or more hours each week throughout the entire semester must be tested once per week. Those who meet the testing criteria must enroll in Penn's testing program by January 18 using the online scheduling application. You can find more information about the university’s testing program on the Penn COVID-19 Response website. If you have any questions about the Penn Cares testing program, please email Donna Burdumy, Annenberg School Director of Human Resources.

COVID-19 Childcare Grant

Eligible faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 from Penn to reimburse childcare expenses in your home or in a childcare center. Visit Penn's Childcare Resources and Support page to learn more.

Employee Assistance Program

These are challenging times, and Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides eligible faculty and staff and their families access to free, confidential, 24/7 counseling and referral services for personal and professional life issues from any location. Learn more about the EAP here.

If You Are Sick

In accordance with current guidelines, if you are feeling unwell, seek medical guidance. If you are unable to work due to COVID-19 illness, please email dean@asc.upenn.edu.

Library Access

The Annenberg School Library will be closed for the Spring 2021 semester, but Annenberg library staff are available remotely to assist with research, Canvas courseware support, streaming, and e-book requests.

All Penn Libraries materials will be picked up outside of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and arranged through  Pickup at Penn.For the latest on this and other library services, consult the main library homepage as well as the Phased Service Availability FAQ. Please email Katie Rawson with any questions.

Penn HR Guidance for Managers

Faculty who supervise staff members may find helpful this page of human resources-related guidance for supervisors created by Penn’s Human Resources. As a reminder, official university guidance is that all non-essential staff should continue to work from home, and for the safety of the entire campus community that should continue to be the default except in exceptional circumstances.

Research Resumption

We have developed procedures for safely resuming research under these COVID-19 circumstances. Please refer to the Resuming Research page for details.