A to Z Resources for Faculty
The following list attempts to gather in one place information about the variety of tools, funding opportunities, and organizational resources to support faculty in their teaching and professional development. If you can't find what you're looking for here, contact Therese Saliba, Dean of Faculty Hiring and Development, or John McLain, Academic Grants Manager.
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In November 2011 and after many years of careful consideration, Evergreen’s faculty created a new requirement for undergraduates: each student will write an Academic Statement about her or his college education. To learn more about how to support students in this initiative, visit the Academic Statement web site.
Administrative support for faculty
Academic program secretaries provide direct support to faculty in a variety of ways. See them for help with travel arrangements and reimbursements, petty cash, student evaluations, guest speakers, field trips, scanning, copying, program budgets, and other needs. For questions about what program secretaries do and how they do it, contact area supervisor Susan DeRosa, ext. 5552. You can email your program secretaries directly at the following links: Communications Building/Seminar I, Seminar II, Lab I, Lab II, and Evening and Weekend Studies.
Alumni Programs (Alumni visits and guest speakers)
The Alumni Programs Office brings together students, alumni and faculty to engage in collaborative learning and teaching at Evergreen. Staff in Alumni Program will help you locate accomplished alumni to visit your programs and speak with your students. Please talk with them as early as you cant to give them plenty of time to think about alumni speaker options for your academic program. Contact a staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Alumni Programs Office in Library 3900. Alumni Programs staff also send Alumni Speakers Alerts by email to all faculty. If you are interested in any of the speakers profiled, reply to the email with the title of your program and the best possible timing for a speaker to visit. Staff will work with you to create and deliver the invitation, provide briefing materials (program size, syllabus, etc), put you in touch with the alumnus/na prior to the visit, and host the visitor’s time on campus when not with your program. You can also browse the online Alumni Entrepreneur Directory and Alumni Authors Directory for ideas about alumni speakers.
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment has a range of reports and tools available to you. You can find a variety of reports, faculty assessments of teaching and learning, quick facts and commonly reported data about the college, a handy collection of data and research resources, and much more. If you need something specific or want to talk through an idea, contact Laura Coghlan, ext. 6676.
If you would like to see what other faculty have ordered in the past, a new resource may be of use to many of us as we plan programs. It is currently called the Program Book Archive, and with it you can browse and search for book titles that have been used in Evergreen programs from 2004 to the present. You can browse and search by author, book title, program title, faculty, or quarter. We hope that this database will help generate ideas for the program texts of the future. There is a “Comments” field which all faculty can post to. Comments could serve to recommend a text, or to warn others away from a text. A comment might also note that newer editions are now available, that the book was great 6 years ago but is now out-of-date, that the book was bad right from the start, that the book was loved/hated by the students, etc. Please use your usual Evergreen login to access this resource, as "guest account" will not work.
Center for Community Based Learning and Action
Evergreen's Center for Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) supports the partnership of students and faculty with community organizations. The CCBLA can help faculty develop community-based academic projects and explore teaching strategies that bridge theory and practice. It also offers opportunities for workshops and conferences in experiential based learning. Contact CCBLA Director Ellen Shortt Sanchez, ext. 6137, for more information.
Computer support and software training
- For instructional computing needs, Academic Computing offers a variety of training, support, and information guides. Check out their Curricular Technology Guide for Faculty.
- For help with your college-assigned computer, software, email account, my.evergreen.edu account, and other computer-related needs, contact Technology Support Services, ext. 6627, or visit the Faculty Technology Guide or the Faculty and Staff Help Wiki.
- For training in how to use a huge variety of software products, visit Lynda.com for thousands of online video tutorials. Alumna Lynda Weinman '76 founded Lynda.com and has given free access to all Evergreen faculty, students, and staff. Human Resource Services, ext. 6361, also has information about other software training opportunities.
- To request a computer, complete and submit the computer request form available for download at the site of the Dean of Academic Budget and Space.
Contracts and internships (individual study)
To learn more about and find tools for sponsoring individual learning contracts and internships, visit the Individual Study site.
Curriculum for the Bioregion
Curriculum for the Bioregion is an initiative of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, a public service center of the college. The goal of the Curriculum for the Bioregion is to prepare undergraduates to live in a world where the complex issues of environmental quality, community health and wellbeing, environmental justice, and sustainability are paramount. To reach large numbers of students, the Curriculum for the Bioregion initiative is enabling college faculty to build sustainability concepts and place-based learning into a wide array of undergraduate courses. Faculty have the opportunity to participate in multi-institutional teams to develop curriculum and share best practices. Contact initiative director Jean MacGregor at ext. 6608 for more information.
- Scott Coleman, Curriculum
- Trevor Speller, Curriculum
- Sarah Ryan, Evening and Weekend Studies
- David McAvity, Academic Budget and Space
- Therese Saliba, Faculty Hiring
- Greg Mullins, Instructional Support and Library & Media Services
Faculty members are encouraged to connect with publishers via their web sites or sales representatives to obtain desk copies of texts used in courses. Check out the Desk and Exam Copies web site, which includes tips about the process of requesting desk or exam copies.
The Enduring Legacies Native Cases Initiative began in 2006 as a partnership between The Evergreen State College, Northwest Indian College, Salish Kootenai College, and Grays Harbor College. Its goal is to develop and widely disseminate culturally relevant curriculum and teaching resources in the form of case studies on key issues in Indian Country. You can download cases at the online library of case studies. You may also be able to enroll in summer institutes and conferences on case writing and teaching. For more information, contact Barbara Smith, (360) 765-3084.
Ethics and Public Records
We need to be aware of the Washington State laws regarding ethics and public records as we do our work for the college. Periodically, the deans will remind faculty of these laws because they do change. As the law regarding ethics for state employees states in its first sentence, “The proper stewardship of state resources, including funds, facilities, tools, property, and employees and their time, is a responsibility that all state officers and employees share.”
We write narrative evaluations of students each quarter, and a final evaluation when the program ends or the student leaves the program. These should be concise. See: Writing Evaluations of Students for more information.
The experience of teaching temporarily at another institution has proved rewarding for numerous faculty over the years. Evergreen has a long-standing faculty exchange relationship with University of Hyogo in Japan. Through its connection with the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, the college also has a strong history of arranging one-time exchanges with other institutions in the state and around the country. Contact one of the curriculum deans for more information.
Faculty Foundation Grants
See Grants from Evergreen, below.
The best starting point for your field trip needs are your academic program support staff (program secretaries), who can help you with travel documents, arrangements, and reimbursements. (See Academic program support, above.) If they don't know it, they know where to find out. You will also want to check out the college's Academic Field Trips/Travel policy.
- Clean Energy Committee grants, funded by Evergreen students, support projects that fuel the progress of renewable energy in the Northwest.
- The Evergreen Fund for Innovation supports faculty-led collaborative initiatives that recapture the spirit of Evergreen's founding year and show promise for the college's future.
- Foundation Grants for Faculty, open to all faculty including visitors and adjuncts, fund a variety of costs related to faculty research and professional development.
- The Kutter Fund for Microbiology Research at Evergreen supports faculty-led microbiology research projects that engage undergraduate students.
- The Noosphere Award supports faculty-student collaborative projects that unify artistic, scientific, and spiritual elements to promote the advent of a worldwide culture of peace.
- PLATO Lecture Series awards fund an annual guest speaker series on a topic concerning computers and technology.
- The President's Diversity Fund awards grants for programs and activities that educate the Evergreen community about diversity and equity.
- Seed Grants provide salary support for faculty to develop proposals for grants from government agencies and private funders. Generally, eligible faculty will be in the early stages of developing a grant-funded research agenda and have a specific grant opportunity to pursue. Seed funds may also be available for faculty to pursue proposals that benefit the college more broadly. For more information, contact John McLain, Academic Grants Manager, ext. 6045.
- Sponsored Research awards, open to permanent faculty members, support faculty research and creative efforts.
- Student Foundation Activity Grants are available for student-led projects, though faculty may participate as part of a grant team.
Grants from outside organizations
The Academic Grants Office (Library 2211) is here to help you develop and submit grant applications to outside government agencies and private foundations. To learn about Evergreen's grant policies and procedures, search for grant opportunities, and get support to develop proposals, contact John McLain, Academic Grants Manager, ext. 6045.
Faculty are generally expected to cover the costs of guest speakers out of program budgets. Additional support may be available to supplement program funds for special opportunities that serve more than one program. For more information and prior approval, contact the budget dean.
Who dreamed this place up and what were they thinking? Is there a better way to write an evaluation? What is an Evergreen education anyway? For more information about why we do the things we do--and how--visit this collection of documents stretching back to before the beginning.
Human subjects review
Visit Human Subjects Research for information and procedures concerning research about human beings. Human subjects review is administered by John McLain, Academic Grants Manager, ext. 6045.
To propose a study abroad academic program, contact the Dean for Academic Budget and Space. To learn more about individual study abroad opportunities, contact Michael Cliffthorne, Coordinator of International Programs and Services, ext. 6312. For a handy tool to plan international travel programs, check out the Study Abroad Checklist.
See Contracts and internships, above.
The "House of Welcome" Longhouse Education and Cultural Center is a public service center at Evergreen. Its mission is to promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development
- Electronic Media: animation, audio studios, television studios, event production, film editing, media classrooms, music technology, video editing. Electronic media staff are available at ext. 6270.
- Media Loan: advanced production service, general access equipment, media facilities scheduling, and online media resources. You can reach Media Loan staff at ext. 6253.
- Photo Services: Photo Production Services, Digital Imaging Studio (DIS), Photo Center. For help with instructional photography, call ext. 6274. For photo production services, call ext 6272.
Here is the handy Media Services Staff Contact List.
my.evergreen.edu is a portal that allows students, faculty, and staff to access and manage myriad educational and administrative tasks. Among other things, you can monitor your program budgets, check class and wait lists, order text books, review and respond to individual study contracts, see your pay stubs, and visit Red Square--an online Evergreen faculty networking site. For help navigating my.evergreen.edu, contact Technology Support Services at ext. 6627.
Presenting Evergreen Pedagogy
To help faculty promote Evergreen generally and Evergreen pedagogy in particular, this fund supports faculty members who want to attend professional meetings to present their pedagogical advances in anticipation of publishing them. Up to $1,000 per faculty member will be made available and these funds will not count against “normal” faculty development and travel funding. To access these funds, please contact the Dean of Academic Budget and Space and provide the following information: a very brief summary of the pedagogical innovation; the meeting at which you plan to present; and the journal (or other outlet) in which you plan to publish your findings.
Program Book Archive
A new resource that may be of use to many of us as we plan programs. It is currently called the Program Book Archive, and with it you can browse and search for book titles that have been used in Evergreen programs from 2004 to the present. You can browse and search by author, book title, program title, faculty, or quarter. We hope that this database will help generate ideas for the program texts of the future. There is a “Comments” field which all faculty can post to. Comments could serve to recommend a text, or to warn others away from a text. A comment might also note that newer editions are now available, that the book was great 6 years ago but is now out-of-date, that the book was bad right from the start, that the book was loved/hated by the students, etc. Please use your usual Evergreen login to access this resource, as "guest account" will not work.
Academic program budgets are managed by the Dean for Academic Budget and Space. You can find the information you need to develop and manage your program budget at the Program Budgets web site.
See Academic program support, above.
The Dean for Academic Budget and Space manages a small fund to support faculty work on manuscripts that will not generate royalties. Award are typically $50 to $100 for typing support, photocopying, photo services and other costs associated with preparing a manuscript for publication. Contact the budget dean if you are interested.
The QuaSR Center, located in Library 2304 (the main floor of the Library proper), provides tutoring for students in mathematics and science. QuaSR can also help faculty include quantitative and symbolic reasoning into curricula and provide designated tutors and workshops for academic programs that focus on mathematics or science. Contact the QuaSR Center at ext. 5547.
The college hosts retreats to support curriculum and faculty development and advance the collective work of the college. These are announced in advance to all faculty. The Washington Center for the Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education also offers an annual curriculum retreat in the spring. Visit the Retreats web site for news of upcoming opportunities.
Many faculty find that finite assignments away from teaching are rewarding and provide for important professional growth. Faculty can serve as a full-time Academic Advisor for one year. Contact a curriculum dean for more information about these opportunities. Faculty may also be eligible for longer term administrative assignments as academic dean or director of a graduate program. If this work interests you, contact the Provost's office.
The college offers paid professional leave (sabbaticals) to eligible faculty. The policy is detailed in Articles 15 and 16 of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Eligibility for paid professional leave will accrue at the rate of one quarter per 16 quarters (5.33 years) of full-time equivalent service to the institution (excluding summer quarter). Applications for sabbaticals are accepted once per year in the fall, and are granted at least two years in advance. Winter and spring leaves are encouraged to accommodate higher enrollment levels during fall. For more information, contact a curriculum dean.
See Grants from Evergreen, above.
For help hiring a student to work for you, contact the Academic Budget Office at ext. 6868.
To establish student fees for an academic program, contact the Academic Budget Office at ext. 6868.
Seminars are open-ended, loosely structured conversations between students and faculty within a program or course. They are central to our teaching at Evergreen because they allow students to delve into the problems, issues, and themes that we are studying in a collaborative learning environment. Their structure promotes another of our five foci, helping students take responsibility for their learning.
Faculty professional travel funding is available to support travel to conferences, meetings, and workshops. The procedures for application and rules governing travel awards are outlined in Articles 15 and 17 of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. For more information, contact the Dean of Academic Budget and Space. (If you need support to present publishable findings about Evergreen's teaching and learning methods, see Presenting Evergreen Pedagogy, above.)
The Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education is a public service center of the college. It's mission is to provide faculty development and institutional improvement strategies to colleges and universities throughout Washington and across the nation. The center's work focuses on creating and sustaining learning communities, improving college readiness and completion rates, fostering curriculum planning and faculty development, and supporting equity and diversity. Evergreen faculty often participate in Washington Center conferences and workshops. Each spring the Washington Center sponsors an overnight planning retreat for learning community faculty planning curriculum for the following year. It's a great get-away with good food, no phones or interruptions, and convivial company--other faculty planning teams from around the region. The Provost sets aside funds to support participation by Evergreen teams, but register early. For more information, call the Center at ext. 6611.
The Writing Center, located in Library 2304 (the main floor of the Library proper), provides tutoring for students in writing and support for faculty who teach writing. and mathematics and science. The Writing Center can also provide designated tutors and workshops for academic programs. Contact the Writing Center at ext. 6420.