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 commonly frequently asked questions.
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The questions below are all related to teaching and promotion.
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
- 40% teaching = 12 (contact) hours/week
- 10% teaching = 3 (contact) hours/week
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
of syllabi can be viewed
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.
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
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
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
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.