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Ensuring Supportive Community for Faculty

Ensuring Supportive Community for Faculty

Topic: What has WSU been doing to ensure a supportive community and climate for faculty?

Challenges/Opportunities: WSU strives to create a cohesive and inclusive climate given the size, complexity, and geographic dispersion of WSU. Challenges include:

  • Getting faculty together given multiple locations.
  • Building networks of faculty with different priorities and appointment types.
  • Creating and supporting a diverse faculty.

Opportunities include:

  • Developing collaborations among highly capable and qualified faculty.
  • Building on the talent and diversity of WSU faculty.
  • Further development of a community based upon the principle of shared governance.
  • Building on administrative commitment to create and support a diverse and quality faculty.

Recent actions/outcomes:

  • Monthly gatherings of faculty at “Crimson Club” events to bring faculty together (held in Pullman and at campus locations during administrator visits).
  • Ongoing garnering of input from faculty to guide administrative decisions.
  • Intentional development and recognition of faculty regardless of appointment type.
  • Regular (monthly) communications to faculty from both president and provost.
  • Transparent messaging to faculty about fiscal affairs.
  • Separate monthly meetings between Faculty Senate leadership with provost and president.
  • Adoption of campus policy (EP#29) to intentionally include all campuses in shared governance and decision-making.

Current/Future emphasis or next steps include:

  • Ongoing commitment to promotion of “one WSU” throughout the state.
  • Supporting administrators to travel to location around the state.
  • Supporting teams of faculty from all WSU locations to work together.
  • Create hiring and retention plans to help build and maintain and diverse and quality faculty.

For more information at WSU:

NWCCU Standards References:

  • 2.A.22 Institutional Integrity
  • 2.A.28 Academic Freedom
  • 2.B.3. Professional Development
  • 2.B.6. Evaluation of Faculty
  • 2.C.5. Faculty oversight of curriculum
  • 2.G.6. Instruction and support for uses of technology


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