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Department Chairs & Directors Workshops

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

This series is intended to present information as it becomes most relevant to chairs throughout the academic calendar. Topics balance the development of technical skills with softer skills, both necessary in successful leaders. While all sessions are open to both new and returning academic unit leaders, and returning academic unit leaders are encourage to attend regularly, some are more directly relevant to new academic unit leaders.

This series emphasizes two approaches: interactive learning, and community building. As such, each session is designed to include structured Q&As, and a number of hands-on activities and practices, small groups discussions, etc., as well as built-in networking time.

Human Resource Services collaborates with the Office of the Provost to coordinate this annual series. Previous sessions of series courses are available as videostreams. (Note: Viewing of the videostreams will not be reflected in your HRS Online Learning Plan.)


Workshop Schedule

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Advancing Faculty at WSU

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As fall semester gets under way, it is time to get those tenure and promotion files reviewed and routed. This session will delve in the WSU-specific policies as well as evidence-based best practices to ensure your unit’s faculty get properly advanced. Both Career and Tenure Track processes will be covered.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Fresh in their minds 

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Before we get too far in the semester, let’s check in with a panel of second-year chairs.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

We’re All Data Nerds: What Information is Out There, Where, and How to Use It

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Understanding the various university dashboards is central in informing your decision-making as a unit leader, so this workshop provides information and insight into successfully accessing, using, managing and producing the various types of data which make the university go around.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Making the Hard Decisions (Part 1): Ethics, Academic Freedom, and Free Speech

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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 laws surrounding faculty and their work.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Fostering an Inclusive University

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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 session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Making the Hard Decisions (Part 2): Dealing with Difficult Personnel Issues

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This session is designed to help explain personnel issues policies and processes at WSU regarding staff performance evaluations, as well as faculty and staff disciplinary policies. Designed around the use of case studies, the panel will help us workshop appropriate solutions and map out proper procedures and best practices.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

From Colleague to “Boss”

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It has been three months, the honeymoon period is over. This session is designed to equip you to navigate conflict and develop trust-building communication processes and culture.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Faculty Annual Review Process

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like faculty annual review time! In this session, we will discuss pre- and post-tenure review processes as well as the annual review processes for career track faculty. We will loop back to tenure and promotion processes to also get you going on your next round.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Faculty Development

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This session is aimed at getting you acquainted with the WSU resources and policies as well as best practices pertaining to faculty support. What are WSU’s Faculty Friendly policies, what are the WSU offices to which you should be referring your faculty for support, what are some things you should or should not say as a chair with regard to faculty support? But also, what are some of the rank-specific challenges faculty face throughout their careers, how can you be more mindful in the way you assign service to faculty knowing that women and faculty from underrepresented groups shoulder a disproportionate amount of it, and how can you recognize and reward your faculty’s hard work through effective award nominations?

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Promoting Effective Teaching

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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 session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Advancing Research in Your Unit

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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 ways in which WSU can best serve its mission and the state through research.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Keeping It Together

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

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

The Cruelest Month: Review Before Summer

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You did it! You survived your first (or yet another) year as chair! But before you go off and take some time off to recharge (remember the work-life balance session), this session is designed to integrate all the materials covered during the year in order to best prepare for the upcoming set of tasks: sending tenure and promotion packets out to external reviewers, preparing your hiring plan, and setting your priorities for your unit’s fall retreat. Once all that done, you will be ready for some R&R (and hopefully it will not be a revise and resubmit).Leadership is exciting and can also be challenging. The purpose of this session is to share insights about time management, integrating work and family, and managing faculty demands and leader demands.

This session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

Workday: It’s Coming!

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With the Workday roll-out imminent, let’s make sure to get everybody on the same page as per what you will be facing starting in July. Bring your administrative manager along and let’s have everybody around the table as we discuss the coming changes in tangible ways.

This training session is designed as an interactive workshop. Time will be allowed for your questions and comments. To ensure the most productive discussion possible, please submit your questions to Melanie-Angela Neuilly (m.neuilly@wsu.edu) a week ahead of the workshop.

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