Faculty Development

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 Nancy Murray, Dean of Faculty Hiring and Development, or John McLain, Academic Grants Manager.

Academic Statement

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 RJ Burt, ext. 6568, 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. 

Assessment

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.

Center for Creative and Applied Media (CCAM)

The CCAM, part of Media Services, provides a variety of video, audio, and animation production facilities. For more information, contact Electronic Media staff, ext. 6270.

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.

Deans

Evergreen's current deans are:

Desk Copies

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 . 

Enduring Legacies Native Case Studies

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.

 Evaluations

"Narrative evaluations are both a glory and a vexation for Evergreen." So wrote Narrative Evaluation Study Group who met in 2003-04 with the charge to "provide a critical commentary of the various narrative evaluation approaches and identify some best practices." The Narrative Evaluation Guide, published in September 2004, is the result of their efforts. For templates, formatting information, and other guidance, visit the Evaluations Faculty Resource site.

Faculty exchanges

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.

Field trips

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

Grants from Evergreen

Faculty are eligible to apply for a number of competitive grants from Evergreen to support research, creative endeavors, professional development, teaching, and other initiatives. Click on the links below to find out more about these opportunities.

  • 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 Tom Rye Harvill Award funds projects that explore the intersections of art and science.
  • 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 Technology Grants support projects that strengthen and enhance curriculum incorporating the use of computer technology.
  • 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; or Dorothea Collins, Grants and Contracts Specialist, ext. 6640.

Guest speakers

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.

Historical perspectives

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. 

International study

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.

Internships

See Contracts and internships, above.

Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

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

Media Services

For questions about media at Evergreen, including use of the equipment in  classrooms, visit or call the Electronic Media Desk, Library 1501, ext. 6270.  Media Services at Evergreen includes:

  • 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

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.

Program budgets

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.

Program secretaries

See Academic program support, above.

Publication assistance

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.

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning  (QuaSR) Center

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.

Retreats

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.

Rotating assignments

Many faculty find that finite assignments away from teaching are rewarding and provide for important professional growth.  The college offers faculty one-year, full-time assignments as members of the Library reference team, and two-year full-time assignments as Academic Advisors.  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.

Sabbaticals (professional leave)

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.

September Symposium

Prior to the beginning of fall quarter, Evergreen hosts the annual September Symposium--a forum for faculty and staff to share their scholarly and creative work and teaching practices.  Visit the September Symposium web site for more information, or contact the Dean for Faculty Hiring.

Sponsored Research

See Grants from Evergreen, above.

Student employees

For help hiring a student to work for you, contact the Academic Budget Office at ext. 6868.

Student fees

To establish student fees for an academic program, contact the Academic Budget Office at ext. 6868.

Travel

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.

Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education

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.

Writing Center

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.

If you have corrections or suggestions for this page, contact John McLain, ext. 6045.