Because of the importance and complexity of the Department Chair’s job, the Provost’s Office and Human Resource Services provides a yearly series of eleven 1.5 hour workshops. The schedule for these workshops appears below. The goals of these workshops are: to provide chairs and directors with tools that will help them in executing their jobs; to introduce them to other people at the University who can assist in their work; and to identify and build a peer group of other chairs and directors who can be consulted as problems arise. The workshops are available at the regional campuses and previous workshops are available through video streaming. Handouts are provided for each workshop and can be found at all times at hrs.wsu.edu/chairs.
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 video streams. (Note: Viewing of the video streams will not be reflected on your HRS training history.)
Department Chairs and Directors Training Workshop Schedule
Last updated: 8/16/2016
All sessions planned for 7:30-9:00 a.m. on AMS videoconferencing.
For the most current information, please visit: http://hrs.wsu.edu/chairs
University overview; Faculty Recruitment, Mentoring, and Retention
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. | French Admin. 139
Presented by: Dan Bernardo
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.
Faculty Performance Reviews
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. | French Admin. 139
Presented by: Fran McSweeney
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.
Managing your Unit’s Budget
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. | Lighty 405
Presented by: Don Holbrook and Tom Martin
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.
Dealing with Faculty Personnel Issues
Thursday, November 3, 2015 | 7:30 a.m. | French Admin. 139
Presented by: Theresa Elliot-Cheslek and Terrence Ryan
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.
Dealing with Staff Personnel Issues
Wednesday, December 6, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. | French Admin. 139
Presented by: Lisa Gehring
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.
Dealing with Student Issues
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. | French Admin. 139
Presented by: Lisa Gloss, Lisa McIntyre, 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.
Understanding Diversity, Ethics and Workplace Harassment
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. | French Admin. 139
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.
Working with Regional Campuses
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. | Session originates in Spokane (room TBD) and Tri-Cities (room TBD)
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.
Understanding the University Budget
Thursday, March 21, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. | Lighty 405
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.