Faculty Handbook - Section 2



A.   CBE Faculty Summer Research and Teaching Grant Program

College summer research and teaching grants are available to faculty to assist in their research or teaching development, usually during the summer months. Faculty applying for these grants must supply a proposal that is in accordance with the requirements of the annual call. The objective of these grants is to encourage and support academic research leading to publication in refereed journals and the development of new and innovative pedagogical techniques and strategies. In the fall quarter following the summer for which the grant was awarded, grant recipients are expected to provide a written summary of their summer work that was supported by a grant.

Grant applicants must meet one of the following two criteria: 1) They must be ineligible for a University summer research or teaching grant in a given year as a result of having received such a grant for the previous summer. 2) They must, in a given year, apply for a University summer research or teaching grant and be denied prior to applying for College summer research and teaching grants that same year.


B.   Dennis R. Murphy Research Award

At least four awards are given annually to the authors of papers published or accepted for publication during the year. These papers, already accepted for publication in refereed journals, are juried with recommendations made to the dean, who makes the final decision. The awards, consisting of $1000 and a certificate, are presented each year at the fall faculty retreat.


C.   David Merrifield Research Award

At least one award is given annually to the authors of a paper published or accepted for publication during the year, that meets specific criteria valued by David Merrifield and published annually in the call for submissions. The award, consisting of $1000 and a certificate, is presented each year at the fall faculty retreat.


D.   Allette & Cayden Franklin Excellence in Teaching Awards

The award is made annually in recognition of a faculty member’s contribution to the art of teaching and the enhancement of student learning. Innovations in teaching are favorably viewed in the selection committee process. The award, consisting of $2000 and a certificate, is presented each year in the fall.


E.   Faculty Teaching Assignments and Course Releases

Faculty may request variations in their teaching assignments as part of the annual review and goal setting undertaken with the department chair.

Requests for release time or special teaching schedules are evaluated by the chair in consultation with the dean. Consideration is given to the applicant’s development and to student demand. Special teaching assignments are made a year in advance to allow faculty to be fully prepared to take advantage of the opportunity.


F.   College Professional Development Leave

Professional development leaves within the College include various exchange opportunities with foreign universities and leave without pay. Leave without pay may be requested to permit faculty to be involved in a variety of activities, including non-­‐exchange visits to other universities, government agencies or businesses. Usually such leave is requested for study, scholarly or creative activity, or professional development. Each year, a number of faculty take advantage of this opportunity.

Exchange opportunities with foreign universities are individually arranged opportunities


G.   Mentoring

The Department Chair is the primary mentor for faculty. However, each non-­‐tenured faculty member is provided with a committee, comprised of one departmental faculty person and one non-­‐ departmental faculty member, who are responsible for assisting with the development of research and teaching skills.

The support of senior faculty as mentors assists in acculturating the new faculty to the environment and goals, objectives and expectations regarding teaching and research. This process is monitored as part of the annual review. In addition, all tenured members of the College faculty are expected to offer support and encouragement to each new faculty member.


H.   New Faculty Orientation Training

Both new and experienced faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in a series of regularly scheduled new faculty orientation events that are supported by CBE faculty and staff.


I.    Computer Support and Education

Personal computers and appropriate software are supplied to the faculty offices. The College is fully networked, and easy access to data sources both on and off campus are provided, including access to the University library. The College employs a full-time management information staff to assist the faculty and support staff with computer services, supplying training and assistance with new software, special statistical techniques and in other areas.


J. Faculty Participation in Professional Academic Meetings and Associations

The College and departments strongly encourage and support faculty travel to conferences, academic workshops, and professional meetings.

Faculty participation in these activities is an integral part of professional development, allowing them to keep abreast of new ideas in research, advances in teaching, and to develop relationships with professionals from other universities.

Criteria for Decisions Regarding Funding for Faculty Travel

Travel requests will be granted based on the importance of the travel to the mission of the college and/or department. Below are the criteria that will be considered in making this determination.


•    Whether the faculty member is substantively on the program (i.e., presenting a paper, serving on a panel or as a discussant, chairing a session).

•    Whether the faculty member is participating in a meeting as an officer of the organization or a member of an editorial board.

•    The faculty member’s standing (NTT, tenure-­‐ track, tenured).

•    Whether the travel contributes to the faculty member’s professional development in scholarship or teaching.

•    Whether the faculty member’s previous travel led to publications, external funding, curriculum enhancement, or other significant outcomes.

Faculty who have achieved tenure are encouraged to consider seeking leadership roles in regional and national professional associations. Special support, including travel funds, is available for major involvement.


K. Graduate and Undergraduate Student Assistants

Faculty may request graduate student assistants to support their research effort. Graduate assistants are assigned by the MBA Program Director. Undergraduate students may be

Faculty may request graduate student assistants to support their research effort. Graduate assistants are assigned by the MBA Program Director. Undergraduate students may be requested of the department chair and are supported by work-study funds. Graduate assistants are recipients of Graduate Assistantships or are otherwise employed for this purpose.


L.     Faculty Colloquium Series

The College appoints a Faculty Colloquium Series Committee each year that is responsible for arranging faculty research seminars. Each year, some of the presenters are members of our faculty while others are noted researchers from other West Coast universities. The purpose of these seminars is to provide an opportunity for College faculty to share their research interests and findings with other faculty and to obtain critique and feedback. Invited researchers from other universities help to stimulate research interest as well as keep us abreast of leading research.


M.   The Faculty Retreat

Each year the entire faculty gathers at the beginning of the academic year to evaluate the year past and to established short run goals and objectives for the upcoming year. College reports are presented, and policy issues may be debated. As appropriate, speakers may be brought in to discuss relevant topics including research, teaching skills, new technology and various legislation or other changes that affect the education environment.


N.   The Group Decision Support Lab (PH 001)

This is a networked research computer lab designed to undertake research in the area of small group decision-­‐making and collaboration. Several faculty from within the College have participated in Lab activities for pure research and to provide assistance to regional organizations. 

Several research papers have been published based on the work in this area.


O.    Parks Hall Computer Labs (PH 210 and PH 047)

These fully networked facilities and their staff are dedicated to assisting students and faculty in a variety of computing activities. Students use the facilities to satisfy course requirements in computerized data management and simulation techniques, quantitative analysis using statistical software packages, and business games. The faculty applications are geared to the development and testing of courseware and software, including simulation programs and business games.


P.    Behavioral Research Lab (PH106, 107 and 108)

This suite of rooms is designed to meet faculty needs for behavioral and focus group research. One way glass rooms and some recording equipment are installed to support research activities.


Q.    Experimental Economics Lab (PH 220)

This small lab is equipped with computers dedicated to research in Economics. experiments.


R.    Saturna Sustainable Investing Lab (PH 109)

The lab accommodates 16 students at 4 group work type tables. The lab can be scheduled for individual classes or be used for specialized program access.


S.    EY Global Mindset Room (PH 336)

This room is set up to accommodate students who are working as tutors for other students, particularly in the Accounting field. In addition, students who provide free tax assistance to the public also use this room. Student groups such as student club officers may also use this room as long as it does not violate the privacy needs of others.


T.  Parks Hall Conference Room/Seminar Room (PH031)

The room is intended for use by CBE faculty and staff for meetings and occasional CBE sponsored small functions. Other uses must be approved by the CBE Dean.


U.    CBE Faculty Lounge (PH 441)

The lounge is a space for faculty to meet informally, or to use the modest kitchen facilities. This room may also be used on a scheduled basis for meetings and presentations. Other uses of the lounge must be approved by the CBE Dean.


V.   Moss Adams Professional Readiness Center (PH 45)

Student support is the major purpose of the room. Career advising and related activities as well as related resources are the intended purposes. Pre-major advising is also centered in this space as well. 


W. Distinguished Research Fellow [In moratorium pending funding]

One Distinguished Research Fellow may be selected each year funded at $10,000 per year. The criteria for selection include: research publications in reputable outlets, research that contributes to a community of scholars, research that has had an impact on theory, teaching, and practice, and research that has enhanced the scholarly reputation of WWU.

The Fellow is honored at a public event and featured during his/her term as a fellow (term is for three years).


X. Distinguished Teaching Fellow [In moratorium pending funding]

One Distinguished Teaching Fellow may be selected each year funded at $10,000 per year. The criteria for selection include: excellence in teaching, scholarly publications on teaching and learning, curriculum development and enhancement, contributions in teaching and learning to professional societies, and service in support of the WWU teaching mission.

The Fellow is honored at a public event and featured during his/her term as a fellow (term is for three years).