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Office of the Provost Chairs and Directors

Training Workshops

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

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.

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Printable Schedule

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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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation

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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.

Optional Information: Presentation Notes |  Presentation

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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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation

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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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation

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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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation| BPPM 60.50 | Corrective & Disciplinary Action Guidelines

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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.

Course Materials: Academic Integrity Reference | Disruptive Student Reference | Resources for Working with Graduate Students | Quick Reference Guide

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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.

Course Materials:  Ethics Brief | Ethics Presentation Notes | Ethics Presentation | EP #15Discrimination Presentation Notes |  Discrimination Presentation | WSU Response to Employee

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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.

Course Materials: Executive Policy #29  |  Academic Director Responsibilities

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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.

Course Materials: Presentation Notes | PowerPoint Presentation

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