No matter what stage of your career, there are always questions about procedures or unforeseen obstacles that will come up. Below is a continually growing list of the most frequently asked questions.
Management of Course(s) and Teaching
The questions below are all related to teaching and promotion.
- 40% teaching = 12 (contact) hours/week
- 10% teaching = 3 (contact) hours/week
The following information was provided by VCS and is relevant to faculty in that department. While it is likely that it would also be relevant to other departments, we strongly suggest you consult with your department chair to determine how lectures and laboratory time relates to the percent teaching agreed upon in a job description.
WSU Workload Formula:
- MODEL: 100% faculty: 40% teaching, 40% research, 20% service
Currently, teaching is primarily assessed via student and peer (faculty) evaluations. Course directors are responsible for identifying which faculty are involved in their course and then distributing and collecting the end-of-semester teaching evaluations. Student evaluation data is processed through the department and college administration offices. Peer evaluations are performed by established faculty members within the college. With the guidance from either a new faculty member’s tenure review committee or a member of the Teaching Academy, faculty members that have historically been willing and able to provide a review can be identified. Once identified, it is up to the junior faculty member to contact that individual to arrange a time where the review can take place.
Upon starting work at WSU, you should plan to meet with your Department Chair and the faculty within your unit. Discussions concerning your teaching expectations should be handled during these meetings. Over time, you should expect to discuss future teaching opportunities with your section or unit peers. Your faculty mentor committee (or Department Chair) can also provide input with regard to your teaching load to insure that it is appropriate for your job description.
The courses you will be involved in will be decided by yourself, your faculty mentors and peers, along with input from your Department Chair.
While flexibility exists with regard to the format of a course syllabus, the content is somewhat standard and typically includes: course name and number, date, instructor information, course format, course classification (core, elective, etc.), information on class notes and references, lecture schedule, information on examinations, grading policy, policy on attendance at examinations and required activities, a disability statement, academic integrity statement, and a statement concerning audio/visual recording. Further explanations and resources can be found here. Examples of syllabi can be viewed here and clicking on the courses with underlined numbers. Alternatively, you can also obtain syllabi from senior faculty members serving as course directors in courses you are likely to be participating in.
Course requirements are set forth in the
course syllabus. This can include means for improving grades, missed
assignments, etc. It is likely that as a new faculty member you will be
joining senior faculty in teaching a portion of a course.
Refer to the course syllabus guidelines and requirement, the section under student responsibilities and expectations.
Copies, scanning, etc. produced for a course can be charged to that course. Departmental office staff (eg. Laura Love in VCS) can provide you with access codes or budget numbers. Faculty are also allowed a specified number of personal copies, etc. for non-course related expenses. Again, see your department office staff to obtain appropriate access numbers.
Numerous people are available to help with technology questions. Computer questions are generally handled through the College IT office (335-0101). Classroom projectors, computers, etc., within the college are administered via Biomedical Communications (BCU). BCU is located on the first floor of Bustad Hall (123 Bustad) or can be reached at 335-2624. For questions concerning Tegrity, please contact Bob Mitchell in BCU. For questions concerning Angel, please contact Dr. Cheryl Dhein (VCS).
See Rich Scott's presentation.
Your faculty mentor committee and your Department Chair will be an important resources for the content of your tenure portfolio. As a new faculty member you should plan on meeting with your committee a minimum of once per year, but certainly more often if you feel it necessary. The Teaching Academy web site will also have materials and information relating to your teaching portfolio.
Grant applicants need to be in contact with their Department administration office prior to, during and after the grant application process. These personnel can provide you with information necessary to develop and submit budget applications so that they can be approved by your Department Chair prior to submission of a grant. Departmental personnel can also serve as a liaison to the University Office of Grant and Research Development, through whom grants should be submitted. Once a grant is funded, you should work with your department personnel to establish how the budget established for that grant will be spent and allocated.
Please go to the web page for the Office of the Campus Veterinarian. You can follow the link for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to obtain information on training, information for faculty, frequently asked questions, forms, news, announcements, etc. Both the office of the Campus Veterinarian and IACUC at WSU are staffed with exceedingly helpful and knowledgeable personnel. Don’t be afraid to call or email then and inform them you are a new faculty member.
Numerous grant opportunities exist. Information on CVM intramural funding opportunities can be obtained from the CVM Dean’s office or your Departmental office. Assistance in determining what extramural funding opportunities exist can also be obtained from the College (Dean’s office), Departmental offices, specialty colleges (Eg. ACVIM), Non-profit organizations (Eg. Morris Animal Foundation), and other faculty in your area of expertise.
Statistical assistance for grants and papers is definitely available at WSU through the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Historically, a “service center” was operated that involved a fee for statistical services. A new approach has been instituted such that mathematics faculty can become integral partners and participants in a grant or Department of Mathematics. For inquiries regarding statistical services please contact the Administrative Manager, Ms. Jessanne Price at 335-6866
Your Department Chair will be important in initially determining the members of your committee. Your Chair can identify members with a breadth of experience and availability soon after your arrival so that you can be provided input in a timely manner. Once you are more established and familiar with other faculty members, you can always consult with your Chair regarding adding or replacing members of your committee.