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.)


2017-2018 Workshop Schedule

Last updated: 8/15/2017

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. | CUB Butch’s Den with videoconferencing
Presenters: Don Bender, Todd Butler, Kirk Peterson, Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivlaldi, 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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 am | 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.


Dealing with Student and Parent Issues

Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | French Admin 139 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Rochelle Dach, Edwin Hamada, Kathy MacKay, Matt Zimmerman

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What do you do when mom calls to talk about her daughter’s grades? How do you handle it when a student comes to you crying about class performance? In this session participants will have an opportunity to learn about resources on campuses to help support students and to know how to respond to parent and student concerns and complaints.

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


Revised Faculty Annual Review Process

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Greg Neunherz, 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.


Dealing with Faculty and Staff Personnel Issues

Monday, October 16, 2017 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | French Admin 139 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Lisa Gehring, Adam Malcolm, Terry Ryan

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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.


Managing Your Unit’s Budget

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Don Holbrook, Joan King, Brett Oglesbee

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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.


Advancing Research in Your Unit

Wednesday, December 6, 2016 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenter: Geeta Dutta, Dan Nordquist, Glenn Prestwich

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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.


Promoting Effective Teaching

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 9:00-10:30 am | French Admin 139 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Lisa Gloss, Kimberly Green, Carmen Lugo-Lugo, 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.


State Ethics Law and Legal Issues

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | French Admin 139 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Danielle Hess, Heather Lopez, Adam Malcolm, Terry Ryan

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Legal and ethical issues can be tricky to understand and integrate. In this session, participants will gain understanding of legal and ethical issues that leaders need to know as they guide their units. The session will include legal and ethical situations and their resolution.

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


Preventing Workplace Harassment and Discrimination

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | French Admin 139 with videoconferencing
Presenter: Kimberly Anderson

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What do I do if a student tells me she has been harassed by her professor? How do I handle an allegation of discrimination? This session will go over the processes in place to handle allegations of harassment and discrimination. The session includes an overview of resources available on campus to help leaders respond to harassment and discrimination issues.

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


Fostering an Inclusive University

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 7:30 am | French Admin 139 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Marsha Gartstein, Mary Jo Gonzales, Matthew Jeffries

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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.


Keeping It All Together!

Tuesday, April 12, 2017 | 7:30 am | Lighty 405 with videoconferencing
Presenters: Todd Butler, Stacey Hust, Kelly Ward

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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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