Section III: UNIVERSITY FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A. WWU Professional Leave with Pay
Faculty who are eligible may apply for up to one year of professional leave with pay. Eligibility, application procedures, and the review process are specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Section 10
B. Distinguished WWU Faculty Awards Program
This university level program is designed to recognize and reward outstanding faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or research. The recipients recognized at Opening Convocation each fall. The Provost establishes a committee each year to review the criteria and procedures and to solicit nominations for the awards.
C. Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is a University office that provides research support in the form of assistance with grant and contract applications. It also is a repository of solicitations for grant applications, and the staff is responsible for bringing opportunities to the attention of the appropriate faculty.
D. Faculty Development Program
This program awards faculty development grants four times each year to individual faculty members or groups of faculty. These grants may be used for the improvement of teaching or for seed money in helping to establish a research activity.
E. WWU Faculty Summer Research and Teaching Grant Program
Summer research and teaching grants are available to faculty to assist in their research or teaching development 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. Grant recipients are expected to provide a seminar to the University community on the topic of their activity in the year following receipt of the grant.
F. New Faculty Orientation
New faculty are invited to participate in the University’s sessions held in September of each year. New faculty orientation is organized by Academic Affairs.
G. Faculty Teaching Handbook
Both new and experienced teachers may take advantage of the Faculty Teaching Handbook which is available at http://www.wwu.edu/teachinghandbook/. This resource is particularly helpful for developing or refreshing a syllabus.
H. Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment
Faculty may use the resources available from the Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment in order to update class offerings, learn new teaching and assurance of learning skills, redesign existing courses, and design new instructional methodologies. The site with a full listing of resources available is at http://pandora.cii.wwu.edu/cii/.