Human Resource Services

Department Chairs and Directors Workshops

The Department Chairs and Directors Training Workshops are designed to address the needs of current and experienced chairs, faculty and administrators of academic units. 

Human Resource Services collaborates with the Office of the Provost to coordinate this annual series addressing such topics as faculty performance reviews, personnel issues, recruitment, leadership and communication.  Previous sessions of these courses are available as videostreams.  (Note: Viewing of the videostreams will not be reflected on your HRS training history.)

Department Chairs & Directors Training Workshop Schedule

Last updated: 7/20/2015

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University Overview: Faculty Recruitment, Mentoring and Retention
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Jerman Rose

This workshop provides an overview of Washington State University's structure and academic policies. It also addresses faculty recruitment, mentoring and retention efforts at WSU.

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Faculty Performance Reviews
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Jerman Rose

Specific topics addressed in this session include pre-tenure reviews, the tenure and promotion process (procedures, timelines, standards) and the Chair's role at Washington State University.

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Managing Your Unit's Budget 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Tom Martin

This workshop provides information and insight into successfully managing departmental and unit budgets.  The discussion will include understanding budget statements, PBL, Accruals, F&A Accounts and Endowments. Also included is where to find meaningful data that measures department productivity.

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Leadership and Communication
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Todd Norton

This course provides a framework through which participants can: assess personal leadership styles; learn how differences in leadership styles affect group process and morale; learn about different communication styles, rapport building, active listening, group and written communication; learn how to use WSU's Strategic Plan as a backdrop; and convey messages that are clear and compelling.

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Conflict Resolution and Negotiations
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Tom Tripp

In this course, participants will learn: sources of conflict within the workplace; strategies for dealing with conflict; personal conflict management styles; basic negotiation strategies; basic negotiation scenario constructions.

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Dealing with Faculty Personnel Issues
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Theresa Elliot-Cheslek

This course examines the Washington State University faculty disciplinary policy and the issue of research misconduct. Available resources on campus are identified with an emphasis placed upon communication with the Dean.

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Dealing with Staff Personnel Issues
Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Theresa Elliot-Cheslek and Terry Ryan

This workshop addresses such staff personnel issues as performance evaluation and discipline at Washington State University.

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Dealing with Student Issues
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Lisa McIntyre, Pat Sturko and Cassandra Nichols

This workshop focuses on such student issues at WSU as: distance education; the student handbook; student disciplinary policies; handling student complaints; graduate recruiting goals; program assessment; navigating program modifications; and directing issues to the appropriate office.

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Understanding Diversity, Ethics and Workplace Harassment
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Heather Lopez and Kim Anderson

In addition to describing the WSU offices and services addressing key diversity initiatives, this workshop reviews both WSU’s Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy and the State Ethics Law with an emphasis upon the appropriate use of resources and conflicts of interest.

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Working with Urban Campuses
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Michael Mays and Amy Wharton

This workshop represents an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities posed by WSU's multi-campus system. The presenters will provide their perspectives on some key areas and seek a participatory session with attendees.

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Understanding the University Budget
Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 7:30 am

Presented by: Joan King

This workshop focuses on WSU’s planning and budgeting process.  It includes identification of sources and types of funds that impact WSU’s budgets.  Additionally, information regarding allocation processes and special funding categories makes this course particularly useful to those interested in advancing their understanding of financial management in the university setting.

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