New Faculty Guide
Below we’ve organized some resources to help you make the move to and get started at Willamette. However, beyond these, you also have three key resources at your disposal to quickly find the answers you need:
(1) Internal Faculty Services & Resources Webpage: On the top gray navigation bar on the Willamette homepage you’ll see a button that says “Faculty” that links to our internal faculty services and resources webpage, just about the most useful faculty webpage out there. Go here first to find links to our campus directory, to request IT equipment for your classroom, or access online systems for course management, enrollment, waitlists, and grading (e.g. WISE, FINS, JASON), etc.
(2) Willamette University Website: Almost any topic you’re looking for is discoverable on Willamette’s amazing website by entering a query into the “Search” option in the upper right hand corner of the page.
(3) Departmental Administrative Assistants: Your departmental assistant is a key advocate and resource. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, your departmental administrative assistant is likely to know how to answer your question or solve your issue and save you considerable time and effort.
Useful WU Webpages
Here are some of the university webpages you’ll use ALL the time:
Communication and Campus Resources
- Internal Faculty Services & Resources Webpage
- Campus Use Forms
- Fusser’s Guide Online Campus Directory
- Facilities Service Requests
- WITS Willamette Integrated Technology Services
Teaching and Advising Resources
Making The Move to WU
Approximately 70% of the CLA's tenure-track faculty live in Salem, while 25% live in Portland or elsewhere.
- Travel Salem
- Salem Moving Guide
- Relocating to Salem Resource Guide
- Salem Realtors
- Willamette Parking and Salem Transportation
- Oregon Office for Equity and Multicultural Services Community Resources
- Salem Is Magazine
Portland Metro Area Resources:
Getting Started Checklist
Here is some useful information to help you get oriented (in alphabetical order):
Faculty Services and Resources Guide
Peruse this important web page - Faculty Services and Resources Guide! This internal webpage contains links to important university services, departmental links, and WITS email and network services, including Willamette’s Academic Calendar and pages that contain Campus Use Forms and College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Faculty Forms, as well as links to submit IT Service Requests and Facilities Work Orders, among other things.
The Willamette University Academic Commons is the online collection of undergraduate theses, student grants and awards documents, faculty minutes, and grant-funded data collections. Academic Commons also houses the online collections of the Willamette University Archives and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. The collections date from the founding of the Oregon Territory to the present.
College departments are organized into six academic divisions:
- Arts: Art, Art History, Music, and Theatre);
- Humanities: Classical Studies, History, Philosophy, Religion, Rhetoric, and Civic Communication & Media
- Languages: English, French, German & Russian, Japanese & Chinese, Spanish
- Life Sciences: Biology, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Exercise Science, and Psychology
- Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics
- Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Politics, and Sociology
Several interdisciplinary majors/minors (e.g., Asian Studies, American Ethnic Studies, Archaeology, Comparative Literature and History of Ideas, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies) draw on more than one division for their course listings.
Benefits - Overview and Orientation
Willamette offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Please feel free to review the information on the Benefits Overview website. Please register for a Benefits Orientation where you will be able to learn more about our benefits and ask questions prior to making a decision of which plan best fits your needs.
New Employee Eligibility: As a new employee who is eligible for the benefits package, you may enroll in our benefit plans within 31 days of your date of hire or appointment. The effective date of your benefit coverage is the first day of the month following your date of hire. For example, if your hire date is on May 8th, your benefits will begin on June 1st. In order for your benefits to become effective, you must complete and submit all of the required enrollment forms to the Human Resource Office with 31 days of your date of hire. If your forms are not returned within your initial 31 days of employment, you must wait for the annual Open Enrollment period or a qualifying event to enroll in your benefits.
It is very important that you register for a benefits orientation as soon as possible so that your benefits will be effective in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Lahey, Human Resources, Executive Building, 503-375-5443, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus ID - Compass Card
Willamette University's Compass Card, named for the University's compass logo, is a one-card system of identification, building access and campus commerce. Your ID card is also your campus debit card. You can make campus purchases of food, textbooks, gifts, snacks, sodas, laundry services and photocopies using your Compass Card. Simply deposit funds into your account using a number of convenient methods. Find out more – Compass Card FAQs.
College Colloquium is the academic centerpiece of student’s first semester at Willamette University. Central to the colloquium is the idea of intellectual freedom — students’ freedom to pick a topic that mirrors their interests and to pursue questions that fire their imagination. Faculty from every department and program across the campus teach in the College Colloquium: Music and Physics no less than History and Philosophy. In choosing a colloquium student take an important first step in creating their intellectual journey at Willamette. Faculty can access comprehensive information and resources for College Colloquium here: http://www.willamette.edu/cla/colloquium/index.html
Café Descriptions and Hours of Operation - http://willamette.cafebonappetit.com/
Virtual Tours of Willamette’s dining facilities - https://willamette.edu/virtual_tour/dining/index.html
Current Willamette University students, staff, and faculty are eligible for a free university email account. In order to establish a university email account you must have a Willamette ID number, and be considered a current employee by Human Resources. Once Human Resources creates a Current Employee Record for you, it may take up to 12 hours before you can create your email account. (In many cases, you are not considered a current employee until the date you actually start working.) Note: Your Willamette ID number can be found on your Willamette ID card, issued by Campus Safety.
Willamette’s Faculty Information System (FINS) is the online university system where faculty can (1) find information on their course enrollment, waitlists, and advisees; (2) enter and submit grades to the Office of the Registrar, and; (3) allow students to enroll in a course with instructor’s consent.
Willamette Integrated Technology Services (WITS) offers instructions on its website on how to connect to Willamette University’s on campus networks (wired and wireless).
To submit a request for new keys or for lost or stolen keys go to Facilities Management Key Request Form site to download the appropriate Key Request Form. Obtain the required signature(s) and then submit the form to Craig Nordlien in the Facilities Management Office, either by campus mail or by fax, 503-375-5366.
License to Drive College Vehicle
On occasion, faculty and staff on campus may want to either rent or use a College vehicle, or rent or use a vehicle paid for by the College. In order to transport students, either by University van or by private vehicle, drivers MUST have a valid driver’s license and complete four steps outlined in Willamette’s Safe Driver Program:
- Read the driver disqualification criteria.
- Complete the Test Registration Form (accessed from the Driver Disqualification page).
- Read the test instructions (accessed from the Test Registration page)
- Create an account on the United Educators website and take a safe driver test.
Meetings (Faculty and Department)
Faculty meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, from 11:20 – 12;50 p.m. in the Montag Den. Lunch will be available for purchase beginning at 11:00; the cost is $5. The business portion of the meeting is scheduled to start at 11:20. At these meetings the faculty determines educational policy, including major curricular changes, and discusses other topics of general concern to the College community. Faculty meeting documents can be downloaded from the CLA Faculty Meetings WISE site. To reach the material on this WISE site, simply click on the provided link then log in using your user name and password. Please note: voting members of the faculty have access to these documents on the WISE site. Departmental meetings vary in frequency, subject matter, and time. Ask your department chair whether there are scheduled department meetings.
Willamette University has four 15 passenger and two 12 passenger vans in its motor pool available for rental. These vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis for any Willamette University function. In addition, we can obtain rental vehicles from Enterprise Rent-A-Car or Withnell Dodge here in Salem. If needed, emergency cell phones are available through Campus Safety.
You must fill out a Vehicle Reservation Request Form, available from the Facilities Management Office, or by calling ext. 6003. In addition, prior to leaving campus for any trip involving a student, you must turn in a Trip/Passenger Form to Campus Safety. Note: Vehicle Reservation Form is a 3-part NCR form and is not available online.
Moving to Salem
Willamette University’s College of Law has created a guide called “Moving to Salem” that might be helpful when making the move to Salem. Travel Salem also lists a number of resources on its website to help individuals relocate to the Salem and mid-Willamette area. See Salem Relocation Guide.
Parking and Transportation
Willamette’s Parking and Transportation site provides links to obtain campus parking permits and offers helpful transportation links on alternate transportation options. For example, students and employees may purchase discounted Salem bus passes, rent an on-campus Zipcar at the special educational rate, or rent a bike at the Willamette Bike Shop.
Print Services provides a myriad of printing, copying, finishing, and standard mail services for faculty, including high quality black and color digital printing on various stocks and paper sizes; printing on demand for high or low volume print runs, and; the creation of announcements, posters, flyers, brochures, newsletter, postcards, etc. It’s easy to initiate a print job and complete a Print Services Work Request
Paper, Letterhead, Envelope and Supplies Ordering
Faculty can order paper, letterhead, envelopes and other paper supplies using online forms available on the Print Services Order webpage.
Willamette University is on a monthly payroll cycle with payday on the last business day of the month. Faculty may have their paychecks directly deposited in any U.S. national bank by completing and submitting a direct deposit form to the payroll office by the 15th of the current month to be effective for the month's payroll. Direct deposit form. Or faculty and staff can complete Direct Deposit Enrollment through Willamette’s online employee system called WebAdvisor that can be found in the Faculty University Services list. Questions about payroll matters should be addressed to Chieko Duvall, Payroll Coordinator, Finance and Accounting, 503-375-5307 or email@example.com.
In addition to faculty office and departmental printers, there are also a number of print services available to faculty at Willamette including: (1) WUPrint - All users on the campus network can use WUPrint on their personal machines to send a print job to a virtual print queue on Willamette's server. You can then log into the WUPrint tool to release your job from the queue and send it to an available printer in the library or a computer lab. (2) Print and Design Center – Faculty can print in color and high quality black & white at the Print and Design Center, located in Lee House, for a small fee. All public printers are draft-quality black & white only. (3) (1) Faculty Xerox Printing from Mac laptops – WITS offers directions to allow faculty to download, install, and name a Xerox printer on your personal Mac laptop. (4) Computer Lab Printers - Black and white printing is available to all WU community members, free of cost, in most of the campus computer labs.
Campus Recycle was founded in the 1990's. Willamette University started with academic offices and expanded to residential buildings. Essentially, there was no dedicated equipment, very few recycling sites on campus, and very few commodities accepted. Today we accept all commodities that are accepted through the Oregon Transfer Station. Willamette’s Recycling Support Guidelines lists what can be recycled using mixed recycling labeled containers found in department offices, classrooms, and building halls.
Scheduling and Events
The Scheduling, Events and Conferences Office is the university department that helps faculty to schedule and coordinate co-curricular, academic, and social events. Scheduling, Events, and Conferences facilitates the scheduling of all campus programming as well as the rental of facilities to the outside community, and this is where faculty will find links to schedule rooms for on campus events. Faculty can contact Kindra Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-370-6659 for personalized assistance in faculty event planning.
Willamette Instructional Support Environment (WISE)
Willamette Instructional Support Environment is a learning and collaboration system that provides course sites for official university courses and project sites for committee work, student organizations, collaborative research projects and other university-related activities. For information on how to login, finding sites in WISE, training workshops, or to request a project site go to the WISE Portal Site.
Willamette Integrated Technology Services (WITS)
Willamette Integrated Technology Services (WITS) provides the computing, telecommunications, multimedia, audio-visual, networking, and classroom technology services necessary for the academic and administrative needs of the university community. WITS supports technology-equipped classrooms and provides equipment for check-out. Their website include links and resources to get connected, access technology equipped classrooms and equipment, and quickly get help when you need it.