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Training Workshops

Because of the importance and complexity of the Department Chair’s job, the Office of the Provost 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

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 streamsNote: Viewing of the video streams will not be reflected on your HRS training history.

Department Chairs and Directors Training Workshop Schedule

All sessions will have AMS videoconferencing.

DateTimeLocationCourseLink to enroll
Sept. 13
9:30-11 a.m.Lighty 405Advancing Faculty at WSU
Sept. 25
9-11 a.m.CUE 512Fresh in Their Minds
Oct. 4
9:30-11:30 a.m.Lighty 405We're all Data Nerds: What information is out there, where, and how to use it
Oct. 15
9:30-11 a.m.Lighty 405Making the Hard Decisions (Part 1): Ethics, Academic Freedom, and Free Speech
Oct. 24
3-4:30 p.m.CUE 512Fostering an Inclusive University
Nov. 5
1:30-3 p.m.Lighty 405Making the Hard Decisions (Part 2): Dealing with Difficult Personnel Issues
Nov. 19
1-3 p.m.CUE 512From Colleague to "Boss"
Dec. 6
9-10:30 a.m.Lighty 405Faculty Annual Review Process
Jan. 14
9-10:30 a.m.Lighty 405Faculty Development
Feb. 13
1:30-3 p.m.Lighty 405Promoting Effective Teaching
Feb. 26
9:30-11:30 a.m.Lighty 405Advancing Research in your Unit
March 10
1:30-3 p.m.TBDKeeping it Together
April 2
1:30-3 p.m.Lighty 405The Cruelest Month: Review Before Summer
Thursday, May 141:30-3:30 p.m.OnlinePlanning for an Uncertain Fall

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