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2023-2024 Self Evaluation

It’s time for the annual performance review. Started last year, I am keeping track of my responsibilities. Since I write on the daily basis, documenting my work flowed smoothly into my routine. Around this time of the year, I had always dreaded the self evaluation. This year, I am going incorporate my year-long tasks into the evaluation.

Specific examples which demonstrate the employee’s job knowledge and execution:

  • Created Scalia Forum Save The Date Invitation
  • Worked with the alumni office on class notes
  • Worked on WordPress update requests
  • Worked with University on moving to GA4
  • Provided ITS access to our Google Tag Manager account
  • Reworked the slides to double up the dimensions to ensure better image quality on large-screen TVs
  • Attended 2023 Computer In Libraries Conference
  • Created promotions for the 23rd Annual Judicial & Legislative Reception
  • Met with Beacon Technologies to get quotes on HTML and migration for Cascade
  • Met with Cascade to get quotes for portion of migration and templates
  • Recommended specs for the production server: Cloudflare Add-on for CDN and security, 16 CPU Cores, 20GB Memory, 160GB SSD Space, and 5TB Data Тransfer
  • Compared monthly price for cloud hosting services including DigitalOcean, SiteGround, etc.
  • Worked with colleagues on Google Tags.
  • Provided feedback to a fellow designer on banner designs
  • Worked with director of technology on the calendar
  • Work with the web content specialist on site updates
  • Worked on WordPress support with colleagues
  • Researched on Cascade to understand more about its architecture and to ask questions.
  • Discussed server administrations with Beacon Technologies
  • Upgraded MODX to 3.0.3
  • Upgraded PHP to 8.1 on production server
  • Upgrade MySQL 10.3.34 on production server
  • Rewrote the NGINX web rules to force HTTP to HTTPS on production server

Specific examples which demonstrate effectiveness in organizational relationships:

  • Published MVETS’s 2022 Year in Review. Highlights of what they had done in 2022.
  • Worked with Law Review staff on developing their new website. The current site was a huge mess. It was powered by the Elementor Full Site Editing plugin. The plug-in was not working correctly. They kept running into issues. I had a meeting with them and I suggested that they need to get off Elementor and migrate over to Gutenberg. They hired developers to do the redesign. I gave them advice and guidance.
  • Made ppdates for Voices for Liberty’s Call for Proposal Request
  • Worked with Admissions staff to show them how to update the CAS intranet so they can link to videos and PDFs
  • Restructured Working Papers on our site and on SSRN
  • Posted course schedules
  • Attended 2023 Computers in Libraries Conference
  • Discussed whether higher institutions should continue to use social media. Why do we send our users to other social media sites where we don’t have control of the content? The sources aren’t reliable. We should instead draw the users from other networks to our site where we have complete control.
  • Discussed Open AI (ChatGPT) and Metaverse (VR)
  • Attended sessions on web content strategy and web security, which I found useful.
  • Tested out WordPress 6.2 release. The Site Editor was out of beta and very stable. You can do anything without knowing any code. It’s quite impressive.
  • Worked with the Director of Technologies to move the courtroom videos to WordPress so he can shut down the server upstairs. We should consider moving it into Cascade as well for the migration.
  • Renewed SiteImprove for another year.
  • Worked on Scalia Forum graphics for print menu, signages, and digital screens.
  • Collaborated with the Web Content Specialist to take care of change requests.
  • Supported WordPress sites for the Centers.
  • Worked on the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic website in WordPress.

Status and results of previously agreed-upon performance goals and objectives:

  • Launched Student Bar Association Website
  • Launched the Art Clinic Website
  • Published the Request for Proposal for Voices for Liberty Website
  • Put together the landing pages for the IP program
  • Handled update requests
  • Added new adjunct faculty members
  • Updated profiles and People Finder
  • Updated course schedule
  • Updated tuition costs
  • Updated student organizations and their officers
  • Published the web version of the fall 2023 course schedules.
  • Fixed the Events Calendar Issues with duplicating titles.
  • Published the Transcript Information for International Students for LLM and FLEX LLM pages.
  • Work with the Dean of Admissions on the admit/incoming switchover.
  • Designed Voices For Liberty’s speakers page with bios and photos.
  • Finished putting up the summer course schedule
  • Put the fall course schedule together. The page was ready. Just waiting for the greenlight to publish.
  • Added 3 new courses: Law 246, Law 370, Law 427
  • Worked with career staff to post the job fair on the CAS intranet
  • Worked with career staff to upload videos to the CAS intranet
  • Worked with Director of Admissions to add transcript evaluation on LLM and Flex LLM pages
  • Worked on adding Google Scholar for faculty members
  • Worked with Gray Center to give vendor access to their site
  • Worked on the IP Program landing page.
  • Worked on updating MVETS pages.

Examples which demonstrate the supervisor’s Operational Leadership

  • Created email invitation for the Annual Fall Kick-off Reception.
  • Ran a report in Eventbrite for the Capitol Hill Alumni Reception.
  • Worked with students to put together the announcement for the Moot Court Competition.
  • Participated in the Law Library’s summer workday & Learning institute.
  • Updated and added new Faculty pages.
  • Created Mason Mentors Profiles for Fall 2023
  • Created an online form for students to submit their profile pictures.
  • Worked on admissions orientation agendas
  • Updated JD Tuition & Costs
  • Added new full-time faculty members
  • Updated the course schedules for David and Margarita
  • Updated forms for Record Office
  • Added and trained new content editor for Trial Ad student organization
  • Added request form for Event Planning
  • Added new content editor for Admit Intranet
  • Updated Incoming information for the intranet and switch from Accepted homepage to Incoming homepage
  • Worked with Beacon Technologies to set up SSL certificates and sFTP access for the new server.
  • Took the FREE Annual Cascade CMS End User Training Webinar.
  • Worked with outside consultants to set up 4 WordPress microsites: JurisMasters.gmu.edu , JMCyber.gmu.edu , JMCriminalJustice.gmu.edu , and JMGovCon.gmu.edu
  • Worked with ITS and HR to get outside consultants access to our VPN.
  • Updated the Fall 2023 Incoming Class Profiles
  • Updated the ranking page
  • Worked on revising the Online LLM in U.S. Law and Online Global Antitrust Law & Economic landing pages.
  • Attended the WordCamp Conference. Since I had been getting lots of requests for WordPress sites, the conference was very helpful. It had a very strong, passionate, and ambitious community. They focused on Gutenberg, accessibilities, and longevity. They were working on a 100-year goal.
  • Removed all course schedules and syllabi.
  • Republished 2 years course schedules and syllabi.

Examples which demonstrate the supervisor’s Mentoring and Coaching

  • Fixed CAS login issues.
  • Contacted an alumna about accessing the alumni directory site.
  • Completed training: 2023 Mandatory Role-Based Technical IT Security Awareness.
  • Completed training: University Policy 1204: Prohibited Relationships with Students.
  • Updated webinar pages for Online LLM.
  • Updated course schedule.
  • Created HTML version of course schedule.
  • Updated course descriptions.
  • Designed Sixth Scalia Forum’s save the date, invitation, and graphics.
  • Replaced the WordPress sliders for the monitors. Soliloquy cut off the top of the slides every time new sliders were added. Smart Slider solved that issue.
  • Fixed the WordPress Events Calendar for Voices for Liberty website.
  • Re-uploaded course schedules and syllabi from 2021 to 2023.
  • Relaunched the Online LLM U.S Law and Online Antitrust pages.
  • Updated admissions pages requested by Sabrina.
  • Supported outside consultants on WordPress for the 4 JM sites.
  • Assisted the Gray Center WordPress site including adding new editors and authors.
  • Assisted Law & Liberty WordPress site to provide editors and authors access.
  • Continued to update Fall course schedules and syllabi.
  • Updated the WordPresss kiosk site.
  • Upgraded to MODX 3.0.4
  • Created Alumni News block on the homepage and archive page.
  • Trained alumni staff to make updates in MODX.
  • Updated Voices for Liberty pages.
  • Designed Sixth Annual Scalia Forum Invite
  • Updated Records language
  • Created a faculty site for a faculty member
  • Created and updated Voices for Liberty pages
  • Updated Admitted Student Intranet
  • Updated Mediation Course Description
  • Updated Arts Clinic webpages
  • Created a form for Alumni Newsletter
  • Updated Flex LLM Spring 2024 Course Schedule
  • Migrated CDN and Firewall from StackPath to CloudFlare
  • Created a Thanksgiving card.
  • Created a holiday party card.
  • Updated requests from the Records office.
  • Updated U.S. Law and Antitrust Online requests.
  • Updated MVETS requests.
  • Updated course schedules.
  • Created new events pages for Voices for Liberty.
  • Created a new site for Global Wealth Management.
  • Reviewed the testing pages and templates for the new law.gmu.edu.
  • Switched to CloudFlare’s CDN and Firewall for MODX Cloud.
  • Switched the Admit Intranet from incoming landing page to accepted landing page.
  • Created a new subscriber user for Admit Intranet.
  • Changed student org’s descriptions.
  • Fixed the job links on the homepage.
  • Fixed SSL Certificate issue for JM landing sites.
  • Created save the date card for the Sixth Scalia Forum.
  • Created graphic banners for CMEIL.

Performance and development goals and objectives

  • Complete the migration to the new content management system (Cascade)
  • Make the transition to the new CMS
  • Learn the admin side of the new CMS
  • Provide support for the new CMS
  • Collaborate with colleagues on the new CMS
  • Continue to support WordPress Multisites 
  • Grow the network of WordPress-powered sites
  • Make the transition to the Gutenberg editor
  • Create new WordPress theme to meet the Mason new branding
  • Support the law school members (faculty, staff, admin, students) with web-related technologies
  • Support the web team members
  • Collaborate with the library technology admin
  • Attend web development conferences to sharpen up my skills
  • Attend design conferences to stay on top of the trend
  • Dive deeper into web accessibility
  • Get ready for AI, especially ChatGTP
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