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Faculty-Friendly Policies

ADVANCE at WSU supports institutional policy and leadership attitudes to create a culture that promotes achievement by all faculty members and provides for leadership succession planning.

Click HERE for the 2019-2020 Faculty Manual

Common Questions

  • Is Partner Accommodation Available? 
    • The Provost’s Office will provide, pending the availability of funds, matching funds for half of a position for two years or one third of a position for three years for the domestic partner or spouse of a University employee. This funding is not guaranteed, although the Provost’s Office always makes an effort to accommodate reasonable requests.
  • Can I Stop the Tenure Clock?
    • The tenure clock can be stopped for up to two years for becoming a parent. The clock can also be stopped for care of a partner, dependent, or parent; for time lost because of a serious illness; for time lost because of professional circumstances beyond the candidate’s control; and for leave without pay.
  • Can I Change to Part-Time?
    • Faculty members may sometimes benefit from a part-time appointment. The University wishes to accommodate these faculty members if possible without negatively impacting their program, department, or University. Part time appointments of no less than 50 percent time may be available to faculty in all ranks. The duties (e.g., teaching, research, and service expectations) and support provided (e.g., startup money and teaching or research assistance) will be the same as for a full-time faculty member except it may be prorated for the percentage of the appointment.
  • What If I Need Modified Duties?
    • Faculty members with significant caregiving responsibilities may alter their duties for a semester away from inflexible responsibilities (e.g., teaching) toward more flexible ones (e.g., research) without any loss of salary. Decisions about modified duties are made in consultation with the chair, dean, and provost.
    • Forms for medical leave can be found HERE
    • Faculty Modified Duties Request form can be found HERE
  • Am I Eligible for Professional Leave?
    • After five years of active service (usually six years for pre-tenure faculty), faculty members and administrative professionals are eligible for a one-semester sabbatical at full pay or a two-semester sabbatical at three-quarter pay. Sabbaticals are assigned through a competitive application process.
  • What Is WSU’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy?
    • Anyone with a disability may apply for a modification or adjustment of a job, work environment, policy, practice, or procedure that will enable that individual to enjoy equal employment opportunity with others. Reasonable accommodations are negotiated on an individual basis through Human Resource Services.
    • Reasonable accommodation policy and form can be found HERE
  • Is Phased Retirement an Option?
    • Faculty members who are 55 years old or older and who have served the University for at least 10 years can reduce their work time, and therefore their salaries, from 100 percent to 50 percent over a period of up to seven years. The details of a phased retirement agreement are negotiated on an individual basis.
  • Is There a Faculty Fitness Program?
    • Faculty and staff members may pay a fee of $199 per year to join the Faculty and Staff Fitness Program.
      In return, they receive a locker, towel service, and exclusive access to most of the University’s athletic facilities at noon every day. Faculty members can also buy a membership in the Student Recreation Center at a reduced rate. Visit HERE for more details.


Each assistant professor at WSU should have a mentor or mentors.  Mentoring is also advised for all associate professors.  The number and duties of mentors differ across departments. If you are not being mentored and wish to have a mentor or mentors, please discuss this with your department chair or school director.

Diversifying the Faculty at Washington State University

The Provost holds Deans accountable for demonstrable efforts at diversifying their faculties. Deans likewise hold their chairs accountable. Annual reviews include evaluation of these efforts. The Provost’s office has supported the development of data collection systems to more accurately measure and track faculty recruitment, retention and race, ethnicity and gender. Department chairs will appoint diversity liaisons to search committees. Diversity liaisons are tenured faculty who ensure that searches are fairly conducted and inclusive search procedures are followed.

Note: Policy development and recommendations supported by ADVANCE at WSU efforts.

Click HERE for the Faculty-Friendly Policies Brochure

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