I have a large number of faculty who never submitted an SOP because they are working remotely – many are finding the SOP to be a substantial administrative hurdle to their return to our research space. Is there a way to streamline this process (e.g., a department-wide SOP covering common research practices in our discipline, or similar?)

Yes, we have done similar in other spaces, primarily through our Shared User Facilities SOP. Please reach out to me and we can work together develop an SOP that covers the necessary spaces – mlong1@purdue.edu