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Digital Measures User Guide

Resources and faculty guides for Digital Measures

What is APPR?

What is APPR?

The improved Annual Performance and Planning Review (APPR) 2020 process for faculty members will take place within Digital Measures in a seamless and accessible workflow.

To learn more about the UTHSC APPR Process for Faculty, please read the General Information provided by: UTHSC Faculty Handbook, Appendix J: Procedure for the Annual Performance-and-Planning Review, pp. 111.

The assignment of faculty workloads is the delegated responsibility of the Department Chair. The Chair is responsible for the equitable assignment of faculty responsibilities and assures an appropriate balance of time and effort committed to teaching, research, public service, and if applicable, patient care (Faculty Handbook, Section 4.4.1). It is expected that faculty will devote full-time to their academic duties, unless released time is officially approved.

Each spring, the Chair and individual faculty member agree upon the faculty member’s goals and the Chair’s expectations during the upcoming year (Faculty Handbook, Sections; 5.3.2). This process and these expectations are documented as part of the annual faculty evaluation [i.e., Annual Performance-and-Planning Review]. Specific teaching assignments are usually made on a semester basis by the Department Chair.

Educational activities in a health science center necessarily involve patient care, sophisticated research, and teaching of rapidly-changing and complex biomedical sciences. As is customary in most health science centers, faculty at UTHSC are assigned to specific duties consonant with their individual expertise in teaching, research, or patient care. Faculty are expected to engage in research (or equivalent scholarly activities), patient care, or both as necessary elements of health science education.


Digital Measures Email Notifications

Digital Measures Email Notifications

The APPR process will begin when you receive an email from Digital Measures letting you know that it is time to submit your materials for the annual review process. If clicked, the “Open Now” purple button in the email takes the faculty member directly into their APPR Workflow. Faculty may also access their APPR Workflow by logging into Digital Measures and then selecting the Workflow tab from the top navigation bar.

Important: This email is not from our UTHSC Digital Measures team, but is an automatically generated email from the Digital Measures platform. 

To view your college's APPR Workflow Schedule, click here.


Navigating to Workflow

Navigating to Workflow

The APPR process will begin once you receive an email from Digital Measures (Watermark) letting you know that it is time for you to submit your materials. 

  • You will be able to navigate to Digital Measures from this email, but you may also log in to Digital Measures as you normally would. Once logged in select “Workflow” on the top navigation bar. 
  • Your Faculty Submission step will be waiting for you in your Digital Measures Workflow task inbox. 





If you do not receive an email from Digital Measures, please inform the UTHSC Digital Measures team by emailing 

APPR Workflow Schedules - By College

APPR Workflow Schedules - By College 
  • Launch Date - The day the "Faculty Submission Step" becomes accessible to faculty within Digital Measures
  • Faculty Submission Deadline - The last day for faculty to submit their materials for review before receiving past due alerts
  • Dept. Chair Deadline - The last day for the chair/evaluator to complete their evaluations of faculty before receiving past due alerts
College Launch Date Faculty Submission Deadline Dept. Chair Deadline
Dentistry 12/1/2020 2/15/2021 3/15/2021
Grad Health Sciences 1/4/2021 1/31/2021 2/1/2021
Health Professions 12/1/2020 2/15/2021 3/15/2021
Medicine 12/4/2020 1/15/2021 (1/31/2021)* 3/31/2021
Nursing 12/1/2020 1/15/2021 3/15/2021
Pharmacy 12/7/2020 12/31/2020 3/31/2021
Library 12/1/2020 12/18/2020 1/29/2021

*The Faculty Submission Step for College of Medicine faculty will auto-advance to the Department Chair Step on 1/31/2021.

APPR Steps Simplified

Helpful Digital Measures Tools

Helpful Digital Measures Tools

Before you begin working, be sure that you have updated your Digital Measures information to include your most recent course instruction, publications, research, clinical care, and service.

If you are unsure how to update this information, please reach out to the UTHSC Digital Measures team at or visit any of the helpful resources below.