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Department Chairs & 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.)


2016-2017 Workshop Schedule

Last updated: 3/20/2017

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University Overview: Managing and Advancing Faculty

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (139 French Admin) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Presented by: Dan Bernardo

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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes

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Faculty Performance Reviews

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (139 French Admin) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Presented by: Dan Bernardo and Daryll DeWald

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.

Course Materials: Presentation

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Managing Your Unit’s Budget

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (Lighty 405) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Presented by: Don Holbrook and 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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation

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Dealing with Faculty Personnel Issues

Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (139 French Admin) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Presented by: Lisa Gehring and Terrence Ryan

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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation

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Dealing with Staff Personnel Issues

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (139 French Admin) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Presented by: Lisa Gehring

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

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation | CS Corrective Discipline Guide

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Dealing with Student Issues

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (139 French Admin) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Presented by: Lisa McIntyre, Cassandra Nichols and Lisa Gloss

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.

Course Materials: Quick Reference Guide | Disruptive Student ReferenceWorking with Graduate Students

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Understanding Diversity, Ethics and Workplace Harassment

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (139 French Admin) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

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.

Course Materials: 

Ethics Presentation Notes | Ethics Brief

Discrimination Presentation Notes | WSU Response to Discrimination

Ethics PowerPoint Presentation | Discrimination PowerPoint Presentation

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Working with WSU Campuses

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Spokane (room TBD) and Tri Cities (room TBD) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Presented by: Renny Christopher and John Roll

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.

Course Materials: 

Executive Policy #29 | Academic Director Responsibilities

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Understanding the University Budget

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:30 am

Session originates in Pullman (Lighty 405) and is available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

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.

Course Materials:

Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation

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