Professional development and continuing professional education are essential elements in an institution's quest for academic quality. At Wichita State University, the primary responsibility for professional development rests with the individual. Increasing effectiveness in teaching, research, and service is expected of each member of the faculty.
In an era of limited resources, however, the institution is developing a variety of opportunities for faculty to obtain the resources needed for professional growth. Within the limits of its capabilities, the University provides some funds for travel to professional meetings. Each fall and spring, the University research committee awards small grants to faculty who need some support to initiate or complete a research project.
Various offices throughout the institution offer programs directed at the improvement of instruction such as the University College advising offices and the Testing Center within the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center staff is available to faculty and staff who wish to discuss personal and professional issues. Each year, a number of seminars and dialogue groups are provided in which professional and instructional issues are discussed. The Office of Academic Affairs can also arrange part-time administrative internships for faculty seeking new perspectives on the institution.
Finally, faculty are advised to take advantage of the many seminars, workshops, and presentations provided often on an informal and ad hoc basis by a number of academic units and interest groups.