Part-Time Instructors


Awardees for outstanding participation in the 2018-2019 Part-Time Faculty Seminar

Awardees for outstanding participation in the 2018-2019 Part-Time Faculty Seminar

The Office of Faculty Development is committed to supporting all faculty, including part-time instructors. We accomplish this in many ways:

  • The Office of Faculty Development is providing a new virtual workshop, "Active Learning Strategies: Virtual Possibilities," June 17, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. This 90 minute workshop is designed to support current faculty, graduate students, and part-time instructors with insights into how to engage students through active learning strategies in the university supported platforms of E-learning, WebEx Meetings, and WebEx Training. The workshop will include a breakout session through WebEx Training and demonstrations of how to use select E-learning and WebEx functionalities to support more interactive, collaborative learning.

  • A Part-Time Faculty Seminar series (PFS) that focuses on issues of interest to part-time faculty is offered annually throughout each academic year. The second annual 2019-2020 PFS will commence on September 11, and graduate teaching assistants are now invited to register for workshops in the series. The series will provide valuable pedagogical training and professional development – all while enjoying a regular free lunch at the Bernhard Center. For more information, please visit the PFS page and contact Elise DeCamp, the Part-Time Faculty Fellow for the Office of Faculty Development.
  • Part-time Instructors are also invited to participate in all of our ongoing events, such as our Cool Tools workshops, Instructor II workshops, Summer Seminar for Teaching Inclusivity, or our two yearly events.



Elise DeCamp, Part-time Instructor, also Part-time Fac Fellow at WMU.

Needs Assessment survey report

 A total of 586 Part-Time Instructors (PTIs) were surveyed in Fall 2017 for current professional development needs. The number of Part Time Instructors (PTIs) who viewed or responded to some of the questions on the survey was 111, and 91 completed it. The following report is based on the completed responses.

2017 PTI Survey Report


instructional development grants

Funding is provided for an Article 17.5 of the WMU-PIO Agreement 2016 - 2021 Instructional Development Grants. Western agrees to provide a minimum of four thousand dollars ($4,000) each year of this Agreement to be used to support teaching and learning proposals from bargaining unit members. Proposals are encouraged as well from groups of part-time instructors, from departments, and from inter-department consortia of part-time instructors. Topics of proposals may include, but not be limited to: program development, continuing self-education, and international education. There are now two distinct forms you can choose from in applying for this grant. If you are seeking primarily travel/conference funding, then select the travel grant form. If you are considering a creative project/event designed to enhance student learning, then you will want to select the project grant form. Proposals will be reviewed through a process developed by the Office of Faculty Development and approved by the Office of the Provost. Maximum award level is up to $1,000. If the cost of the trip is less than $1,000 only actual expenses will be reimbursed.

  • Application deadlines for these Instructional Development Grants: The application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • Grants should be completed by the end of the fiscal year they are funded.
  • All funds in Instructional Development Grants account will be swept 40 days after the allotted time period and may not be reclaimed.

Grant Reviewing Criteria: A subcommittee of the Office of Faculty Development Advisory Board will review proposals and recommend projects for funding to the Advisory Board. Applicants will receive reviewer comments in summary form upon request.

Funds will be awarded as applications are received and reviewed, beginning July 1.

To complete the application fill out either of the following forms for project grants or a travel grants, respectively:

For any ideas or questions, please contact:  

Office of Faculty Development

2029 University Computing Center

Mail Stop 5268 (269) 387-0732 or submit by e-mail to


instructor II STATus Consultations

Consultations will be available to all part-time instructors interested in going through the process of applying for the recently implemented Instructor II status promotion (through the PIO-WMU 2016-2021 contract). If you are interested in assistance toward preparing to apply for Instructor II Status or would simply like to know more about what it is, please request a consultation with the Part-time Faculty Fellow, Elise DeCamp ( Potential topics to be covered include: overview of Instructor II status, eligibility for the status, the timeline of the application process, the Faculty Activities Reporting System (FARS), and how to assemble/what to include in the brief teaching portfolio for the Professional Competence Evaluation.