Professional Development

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Opportunity for Enrichment

The College of Arts and Sciences strives to pursue research, scholarship, creative activity and discovery as ways to enrich lives, solve problems, extend opportunities, and contribute to a better world.  The college and its units are committed to creating an equitable environment with ample professional development support that promotes the success of its entire faculty. By supporting intramural faculty mentoring as well as providing additional professional development opportunities for faculty, the college seeks to promote faculty success and enhance job satisfaction.

External Mentoring

The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes that engaging with an additional mentor external to WSU can significantly promote professional development and career success.

External mentors can be particularly valuable for faculty whose research, scholarship, or creative activity is focused in an area that is not well represented at WSU.

Additionally, the college has contributed to an institutional membership to the National Center For Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) which provides a wide range of professional development resources to faculty, post-doctoral trainees, and graduate students nationwide and also provides financial support for more intensive training through the NCFDD.

To register and begin using NCFDD resources:

  1. Visit
  2. Select the “Become a Member” tab and choose “Individual Membership”
  3. On the Individual Membership page select “Join Now”
  4. On the “Select Your Member Type” page, select “Institutional Sub-Account”
  5. On the “Select a Username” page use your institution issued e-mail address in the Username box
  6. Complete the registration process
  7. You will receive a welcome e-mail within 24 business hours confirming that your account is active and that you can access NCFDD resources.

College and unit financial support is available to a limited number of tenured/tenure-track faculty annually to participate in this intensive training program focused on increasing productivity and well-being. This program is offered during fall, spring and summer.  Interested faculty should contact their chair or director to inquire about financial support. Chairs and directors must recommend faculty for this program and financially partner with the college to support a faculty member’s participation.

NCFDD “Faculty Success Program”—for tenured/tenure-track faculty


Contact the Office of the Dean:

Catherine Cooper
Associate Dean, Faculty