COVID-19 Resources for Faculty and Academic Staff

WSU's Coronavirus Website - Check this webpage often for the most recent updates and communications from WSU.

HR Information for Employees - Information for employees regarding benefits and teleworking procedures can be found on this site.

C&IT: Accessing WSU Technology from Home - C&IT provides students, faculty and staff with the technology systems, services and tools they need to succeed. This guide outlines how these resources may be accessed off campus and outside of Wayne State's networks.

Teach Anywhere - The Teach Anywhere Team is a collaboration between the OTL and C&IT with additional support from the Libraries. Their goal is to support faculty in making decisions and taking action to transition their courses to online or remote formats as smoothly as possible.

Learn Anywhere - You will find Wayne State resources available to students to ensure they have a seamless transition to a new learning environment.

Assist Anywhere - The Assist Anywhere Team is a collaboration between academic staff and administrators across campus. Their shared goal is to support academic staff in making decisions and taking action to transition their duties to online or remote formats as smoothly as possible.

Coronavirus Student Information - Stay up-to-date on changes made by schools, colleges and departments across campus.


Provost's Office Awards & Grants

If you received an award or grant during the funding periods listed below, please see the information below:

Award/Grant Procedures to request a change or extension

Career Development Chair Award

Recipients of a 2019-20 award have until September 30, 2020 to expend their funds, as outline in the original call. Recipients of a 2020-21 award have until September 30, 2021 to expend their funds, as outlined in the original call.

If you require an extension because of COVID-19, please email your department chair (or immediate supervisor) for approval, providing a rationale for the extension. Department chairs (or immediate supervisors) should forward their approvals to Jake Wilson (jake.wilson@wayne.edu) for Provost's Office approval.

Distinguished Faculty Fellowships

Faculty who received their award during the 2018-2019 academic year can use their funding until September 30, 2020. Faculty who received their award during the 2019-2020 academic year can use their funding until September 30, 2021. Both deadlines are consistent with the original call.

If you require an extension because of COVID-19, please email your department chair (or immediate supervisor) for approval, providing a rationale for the extension. Department chairs (or immediate supervisors) should forward their approvals to Jake Wilson (jake.wilson@wayne.edu) for Provost's Office approval.

Tenured Faculty / Academic Staff with ESS Professional Development Grant

You are still approved to use your funding towards your proposed project that you can use through September 1, 2020. Reimbursement requests must be submitted to the Provost's Office by September 1, 2020. However, we encourage you to process your reimbursement requests as soon as possible.

If you are now unable to complete your proposed project due to COVID-19 travel restrictions/cancellations, please contact Jake Wilson (jake.wilson@wayne.edu) as soon as possible. You have the following options:

  • Revise your project proposal to use the funds for another professional development activity, or
  • Notify us that you will not be able to use part or the entire amount awarded, and reapply for funding in the future.
Although we would like to be able to defer awards to a following year, we are not able to do so without reducing the number and amount of awards the following fiscal year.

UPTF Professional Development Grant

Reimbursement requests should still be processed through your department/unit. If your conference has been postponed, please let us know so we can amend your proposal with the updated conference dates. If your conference has been moved to an online conference, please submit a revised budget.

If you are unable to use your professional development funding due to COVID-19 travel restrictions/cancellations, please contact Jake Wilson (jake.wilson@wayne.edu) as soon as possible. You may be able to apply for another conference in the future.

University Research Grant

Recipients of a 2019-20 award have until September 30, 2020 to expend their funds. Recipients of a 2020-21 award have until September 30, 2021 to expend their funds. These deadlines are outlined in the original call.

If you require an extension because of COVID-19, please email your department chair (or immediate supervisor) for approval, providing a rationale for the extension. Department chairs (or immediate supervisors) should forward their approvals to Jake Wilson (jake.wilson@wayne.edu) for Provost's Office approval.

Sabbatical Leaves during Fall 2020 & Winter 2021

Faculty may defer their approval sabbatical leave requests up to one (1) academic year without having to submit a new application.

Procedures to request a sabbatical deferral:

  • Submit a deferral request and rationale to your department chair (or immediate supervisor) for approval. Be sure to include the semester you would take your sabbatical leave.
  • The Department Chair (or immediate supervisor) should forward approved requests to the Dean's Office for approval
  • Lastly, the Dean's Office will submit the deferral request to the Provost's Office (email Boris Baltes or Jake Wilson) for final approval

Any additional questions should be forwarded to Jake Wilson.


Tenure-Clock or Employment Security Status (ESS) Interruptions

According to the AAUP-AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article XIII.D.5):

A member of the bargaining unit who is a significant care giver for an infant or young child, or a severely ill and/or injured parent, or who has experienced a serious and/or disabling medical condition (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act) personally or within the family may request that a maximum of one (1) year be excluded from the countable years of service that constitute that bargaining-unit member's probationary service for tenure or employment security status. The request must include a certified statement by the bargaining-unit member that s/he is a significant caregiver for an infant or child or parent, or has experienced a qualifying medical condition personally or within the family. Only one (1) year may be excluded for child rearing from the countable years of service that constitute an individual's probationary period regardless of the combination of circumstances. The request must be in writing and must be approved by the unit administrator and by the President or his/her designee, and a copy of the approval must be forwarded to the Association. The Association will be informed by the President or his/her designee of all such approvals. In the case of requests for stopping the clock for other professional reasons, the bargaining-unit member may appeal in writing through his/her chair/director and dean to the President or his/her designee, who will seek the concurrence of the Association.

Procedures to request an interruption:

  • Submit a request and rationale to your department chair (or immediate supervisor) for approval. Be sure to include the academic year the interruption would take place.
  • The Department Chair (or immediate supervisor) should forward approved requests to the Dean's Office for approval
  • Lastly, the Dean's Office will submit the request to the Provost's Office (email Boris Baltes and CC Isabel Gutierrez) for final approval