Get Involved

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:09 -- sewm02

Get Involved

We need your HELP!

Faculty and staff members are the key to making the Strategic Plan work. The implementation teams and their chairs are eager for your input and assistance.

Make your mark on our future and earn points on your annual evaluation at the same time!



HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? See below for a bulleted list of specific suggestions from implementation teams.

Suggested Ways Faculty and Staff Can Contribute to Goal 1 - Teaching and Learning

Implementation Chairs: Maria Rose ( and Blair Montgomery (
Audit Chair: Sharon Smith (

  • Faculty can work on identifying the Graduate Profile and then faclty and staff can help disseminate profile to students.
  • Faculty can write learning outcomes for courses in their areas.
  • Faculty can include learning outcomes on their syllabi and faculty and staff can talk with students about the importance of *learning outcomes.
  • Faculty and staff can help define expectations for faculty/staff and then disseminate those expectations and work *toward fulfilling them.
  • Faculty can participate in the advising survey.
  • Faculty can work with their programs to develop program objectives for majors.
  • Faculty can identify liberal studies outcomes that are satisfied in courses within their areas.
  • Faculty and staff can write grants to provide additional funding for initiatives.
  • Faculty and staff can research best practices in educational facility design and share those findings with others.
  • Faculty can attend faculty development workshops on writing learning outcomes.
  • Faculty can assist others in writing learning outcomes.
  • Faculty and staff can help develop a standardized format for reporting learning outcomes.
  • Faculty can help develop standardized format for including learning outcomes on syllabi.
  • Faculty can include learning outcomes on all new curriculum proposals.
  • Faculty and staff can participate in academic advising workshops.
  • Faculty and staff can help define key terms – for example, empower, empowerment, incentive.
  • Faculty and staff can help to analyze the Noel-Levitz 2006 report.
  • Faculty and staff can assist to make specific recommendations from the classroom survey.
  • Faculty can help develop and write program goals for their programs.

Suggested Ways Faculty Can Contribute to Goal 2 - Well-Being of our Region

Implementation Chair: Lyla Grandstaff (
Audit Chair: Amie Fazalare (

  • Let us know when you have received an award, honor, or other recognition so we can share this with our broader community.
  • Get involved in professional development opportunities as either a presenter or a participant
  • Serve on boards and committees of organizations in the community to keep us an active corporate citizen in the community.
  • Consider having your students get involved with community service learning projects. Donna Nuzum can give you ideas for how this can be done.
  • Consider volunteering for a Speakers’ Bureau operated by some of the United Way Agencies and local service clubs.
  • Participate in campus activities by coming and getting involved. This shows your students that you are indeed interested in them in other than their roles as students.
  • Establish times when you can be available electronically with your students.
  • Volunteer your knowledge to the Lifelong Learners of Fairmont State.


Suggested Ways Faculty Can Contribute to Goal 3 - Community Education

Implementation Chair: Paul Schreffler (
Audit Chair: Thelma Hutchins (

  • Faculty can identify programmatic focus and interest areas for potential class offerings, and suggest specific community education programs for development
  • Faculty can provide their expertise to teach a community education class
  • Faculty can communicate, through their own individual networks, the opportunity for suggesting and teaching community education classes
  • Faculty can communicate programmatic events in that will occur in their department, early on in the planning process, to ensure that community education is appraised of events/programs and can participate in promotion, etc.
  • Faculty can help broaden our reach into the thirteen-county service area by helping to facilitate programs in the counties in which they may reside
  • Faculty can participate in an advisory committee to guide programmatic direction for community education


Suggested Ways Faculty/Staff Can Contribute to Goal 4 - Graduate Programs

Implementation Chair: Phillip Mason (
Audit Chair: Tim Oxley (

  • Faculty and staff can help define expectations for faculty/staff regarding Goal Four, disseminate them, and work to achieve them.
  • Faculty can become knowledgeable about the fundamentals of the graduate programs at FSU.
  • Faculty can promote the value and role of graduate programs as integral to the mission of FSU.
  • Faculty can take advantage of appropriate opportunities to educate our regional community about our graduate programs.
  • Graduate faculty can work on developing a Graduate Student Profile for use by graduate faculty in course development and writing learning outcomes.
  • Graduate faculty can write learning outcomes for their respective graduate programs and courses.
  • Faculty in disciplines with graduate programs can apply to become graduate faculty and use their expertise for the betterment of the program.
  • Graduate faculty can take advantage of professional development opportunities to improve their skills in outcomes based learning and course and program assessment.
  • Graduate faculty can engage in scholarly activities appropriate to their discipline.
  • Graduate faculty can work on the continuous improvement of their respective graduate programs.
  • Graduate faculty can provide quality formal and informal mentoring/advising to graduate students.
  • Graduate faculty can become effective graduate student advisors and mentors.
  • Staff can become knowledgeable about the fundamentals of the graduate programs at FSU.
  • Staff can promote the value and role of graduate programs as integral to the mission of FSU.
  • Staff can provide answers to questions they receive from current or prospective graduate students or direct them to appropriate people who can provide answers.
  • Staff can take advantage of appropriate opportunities to educate our regional community about our graduate programs.
  • Staff members in recruitment, admissions, and financial aid can pay particular attention to inquiries about the graduate studies application process, sources of financial aid and other non-academic questions from prospective and current graduate students


Suggested Ways Faculty Can Contribute to Goal 5 - Student Life Environment

Implementation Chair: Michael Belmear (
Audit Chair: Margaret Helwig (

  • We need to create a campus environment that encourages participation, starting with attending class.
  • Faculty could check in advance with the campus calendar to integrate upcoming events into their class curriculum.
  • Faculty can make suggestions to the Lecture Series committee for speakers and programs that will enhance their class.
  • Faculty can make co-curriculum participation a part of their syllabus.
  • One way to help create an environment that encourages participation is for faculty and staff to attend programs when possible.
  • Give extra credit for attending co-curriculum events.
  • Bring your class to programs related to your class subject matter.
  • Overall participation should be listed in the campus mission.
  • The one place that students are more than anywhere else is in the classroom; so faculty should promote overall activities in the classroom.
  • Some classes can require the book of an author who is in our Lecture Series.
  • Faculty can express the importance of a total education and that can only happen both in and outside the classroom.
  • Those of us who are responsible for providing activities need to cooperate and be sensitive to the needs of faculty and their classroom setting.
  • Different departments could work together with co-curriculum presenters for joint projects.
  • Faculty could work with residence life to encourage dorm participation.
  • Different departments could work with Student Government to co-sponsor programs for greater participation.
  • Students need to be encouraged to attend functions that involve faculty to show their support.
  • More research needs to be done to see what students like before we plan new activities.


Suggested Ways Faculty Can Contribute to Goal 6 - First Year Experience

Implementation Chair: Pamela Stephens (
Audit Chair: Donna Nuzum (

  • Additional faculty can agree to teach Freshman Seminar; a syllabus has been developed, with some common learning outcomes, but flexibility with how some topics are covered.
  • Faculty can work to develop discipline-specific Freshman Seminars for their programs.
  • Faculty can participate in the Wilderness Explorer program before the beginning of the semester.
  • Faculty who teach Freshman Seminar can provide additional data as requested and conduct additional qualitative assessments.
  • Faculty can work with other faculty members to develop learning communities so that students can make connections in material that is being learned.
  • Faculty can encourage students to participate in surveys and focus groups in order to gather additional data.
  • Schools can request advisors from the Advising Center share information about advising techniques.
  • Faculty can develop an advising syllabus for individual areas, using the model developed by the Advising Center as a model.
  • Faculty can participate in testing the CAPP degree audit system for program requirements.
  • Faculty can volunteer to serve on the committee to develop a statement of first-year philosophy.
  • Faculty can volunteer to serve on a committee to develop a statement of diversity to be included in syllabi.
  • Faculty can volunteer to participate in summer advising sessions to provide assistance in specific program areas.
  • Faculty can volunteer to advise in the Advising Center during specific hours during the semester.
  • Faculty can volunteer to answer financial aid or student accounts questions through email, phone calls, and in person.
  • Faculty can conduct presentations on study skills, college life in general, or college programs in the residence halls and/or study halls for athletics.
  • Faculty can volunteer to participate on the Faculty Panel for summer orientation to discuss university issues with parents.
  • Faculty can encourage more participation in campus events; they might even require students to attend events.
  • Faculty can participate in more campus events.
  • Faculty can present workshops on topics to the general student population throughout the semester – either major specific or university life in general.
  • Faculty can volunteer to serve on the First Year Team.
  • Faculty can participate in recruiting events – in person, through email, or on the phone – to tell students about Fairmont State and about their individual programs.
  • Faculty can participate in fund raising activities to increase scholarships offered to incoming students.


Suggested Ways Faculty/Staff Can Contribute to Goal 7 - High Quality People

Implementation Chair: Sarah Hensley (
Audit Chair: Jack Kirby (

  • Volunteer to lead/facilitate a brown bag lunch (Contact Nancy McClure’s office)
  • Run workshops for staff development (Contact Deb Woods)
  • Attend and participate in open forum on quality of work life survey recommendations
  • Organize a cross-campus group to volunteer in the community