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.)


2018-2019 Workshop Schedule

Last updated: 6/21/2018

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“You’re an Academic Leader. Now What?”

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. | Butch’s Den (CUB L60) with videoconferencing
Presenters: Todd Butler, Stacy Hust, Squeak Meisel, Kelly Ward

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The transition from faculty member to academic leader can be daunting. The purpose of this session is to connect new academic leaders on campus, to address the transition from faculty colleague to unit leader, and to provide insight from experienced leaders.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.


University Overview: Managing and Advancing Faculty

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenter: Dan Bernardo

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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.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.


Data Management and Resources

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 9:00-11:00 a.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenter: Fran Hermanson, Stephanie Kane, William Warfel

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Chairs, directors, and other unit leaders often need data to drive decision making. In this session participants will learn about what institutional research data is available and how it can be used in planning and reporting. In addition the session will go over how to use the reporting function within Activity Insight.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.


Faculty Annual Review Process

Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Craig Parks, Kelly Ward

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

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation


Dealing with Faculty and Staff Personnel Issues

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Location: Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Kim Anderson, Heather Burchell, Lisa Gehring

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With a focus on key personnel issues at WSU, this short course includes information on the following:

– Faculty and staff disciplinary policy
– Research misconduct
– Communication with the Dean
– Staff performance evaluations
– University resources

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation


Managing Your Unit’s Budget: People and Numbers

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Don Holbrook, Joan King, Stacy Pearson

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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.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation


Advancing Research in Your Unit

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenter: Chris Keane

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Leaders play a key role in helping faculty develop as researchers. This course provides an overview of WSU as a Research University. It describes the role of the Office of Research as well as the relationship of WSU and the Washington State University Foundation.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation


Promoting Effective Teaching

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Carmen Lugo-Lugo, Jesse Spohnholz, Rebecca Van de Vord

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Effective teaching is a central component to student success. Clearly the role faculty play as teachers is vital. In this session, participants will learn more about the resources available for leaders to promote faculty engagement in teaching and address the role of assessment in teaching, learning, and development.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

Course Materials: Assessment Handout | General Handout | PowerPoint Presentation


Ethics, Academic Freedom, and Legal Issues

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Danielle Hess, Heather Lopez, Terry Ryan

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Do you ever have questions about how to respond to legal issues? Curious about best practices to address ethics? Want to know how to respond to issues involving academic freedom? This session provides practical information about resources available to help guide action when it comes to topics associated with ethics and the law.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | Ethics Scenario | PowerPoint Presentation


Fostering an Inclusive University

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Obie Ford, Maria Gartstein, Matthew Jeffries, Jaimie Nolan

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WSU is only as good as the people who work and thrive here. In this session, participants will learn more about inclusive excellence and leading diverse units.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation


Keeping It All Together!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Pat Carter, Monica Johnson, KD Joshi

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Leadership is exciting and can also be challenging. The purpose of this session is share insights about time management, integrating work and family, and managing faculty demands and leader demands.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments.

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