User Profiles

Every Brown CS account has a web account profile. Your profile contains information like your name, email address, office (if you have one), your picture, and more. Some information comes from a central source and some is provided, and can be modified, by you.

Types Of Information

There are three kinds of information associated with your account.

Directory Data

Some information about you comes from Brown and Brown CS data sources. For instance, your first and last name come from Brown records. These fields usually cannot be changed using the department website. To correct errors in read-only fields, click the link that follows to email TStaff.

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Some information about you comes from you. These include your picture and a link to your personal website.  To edit these fields, visit your account profile.  From your public profile page, you can navigate to your account profile data by selecting the "Edit Profile Data" item from the Profile toolbar menu.

Public Profile Page

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate concentrators have public profile pages that display both directory and user data as described above. In addition, users may add any information they want to this page in the "Profile Content" placeholder, described below.

Changing Your Public Profile Page

The structured data at the top of your user page is accessible via your account profile. The free-form content at the bottom is a Profile Content placeholder with a CMS text plugin that you can edit directly as follows.

  1. Log into the website using your LDAP password.  Click the "Sign In" link in the lower right corner of any CMS page on the CS Department website.
  2. Navigate to your public profile page.
  3. Are you in edit mode?structure_content.png
    • If you see "Structure" and "Content" buttons in the toolbar, you are.
    • If not, select "Edit Profile Page" from the "Profile" toolbar menu.
  4. Mouse over your page content and double-click when you see the "double-click" cursor.
    • If there is no content to mouse over, click on the "Structure" button in the toolbar.
    • In the "Profile Content" box, double-click on the word "Text".
    • Later, when your finished editing, remember to click on "Content" in the toolbar to switch the view back to page content.
  5. In the popup editor window, you can enter whatever content you wish. Use the "CMS Plugins" dropdown menu to add links, images and other complex features. Note that you can also edit the raw html by clicking on the "Source" button on the right, but be aware that some html content is not allowed and will be removed when you save. For instance, you cannot add iframes or javascript. See the CMS help page for more information on editing cms pages.
  6. When you are finished editing, click "Save".profile_menu2.png
  7. You can exit edit mode by selecting "Edit Off" in the "Profile" toolbar menu.

Changing Your Portrait And Headshot Images

Your account profile can include up to two images of yourself. Brown CS holds several photo shoots each year using a quality camera, lighting, and background. We strongly encourage you to have your portrait taken, and as a bonus, you get to keep and use your images as you please.


Everyone has permission to upload images to the "user files" folder in the Django admin.  Please create a subfolder for yourself there.  To get there, click on the magnifying glass icon next to the Portrait or Headshot fields in your account profile.

  1. Log into the website using your LDAP password.  Click the "Sign In" link in the lower right corner of any CMS page on the CS Department website.

  2. Go to, or select "Edit Profile Data" from the "Profile" toolbar menu on your public profile page.

  3. Click the "Edit Profile" link.

  4. Scroll to the "Portrait" or "Headshot" section (see descriptions below), then click on the magnifying glass icon. This opens a new window. 

    • Your Portrait image is displayed on your user page. If you do not provide a Headshot image, it is also used as your Headshot, but cropped to 1/4 size, centered on the Subject Location (a red circle that appears on the image and can be dragged around it). Your headshot is a tightly cropped image of your face which is used on pages that list many people. If you do not provide a Portrait image, your Headshot is also used as your Portrait image. A single image can be used nicely as both your Portrait and Headshot by selecting it as your Portrait, and putting the Subject Location right over your nose. If your face occupies about 1/4 of the image, it will look fine in both contexts.

  5. Repeatedly click the blue "<" button at top left until you get to the root directory that shows a list of folders that include dept files, group files, and user files.

  6. Click the "user files" folder

  7. Click the "New Folder" button at top right, create the folder in the window that appears, and then click on your folder. 

  8. Click the "Upload" button at top right to upload your photo to the clipboard.

  9. After the new photo is uploaded, click the "Paste" button under the photo's thumbnail.

  10. To set this picture as your new Portrait or Headshot, click the blue arrow to the left of the photo. You will be returned to the "Edit your profile" page.

  11. Click the "Update" button at the bottom to save your changes.