WCU Professional Development Resources

West Chester University offers a wide variety of trainings, resources, and opportunities for staff and faculty to advance their personal and professional development.

Center for Teaching & Learning

Supports effective teaching and promotes student learning through the development of faculty and staff. They offer an annual conference for the Scholarship of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. Learn more about other TLAC resources.

Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy

Through visibility, outreach, programming, trainings , and community building, CTQA works collectively to create an environment where trans and queer people feel supported and validated. The LGBTQA Advocacy Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and administrators that meet on a regular basis during the academic year to discuss campus climate issues. The committee works closely with campus leaders to create a more inclusive campus climate for LGBTQA people.

Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP)

D-CAP builds an inclusive and accepting campus community to better support the experience and success of our degree-seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through indirect and direct support. The program offers resources, and a D-CAP calendar of events to provide information and opportunities to support our students.

Distance Education

Distance Education offers faculty and staff many development opportunities including webinars, self-paced and in-person trainings, and online tutorials related to creating online course content in our online learning management system, D2L.

Finance and Administration

Provides SAP training to campus customers through multiple channels, online documents, and ScreenCasts that you can utilize for self-training and ongoing reference, and formal and individualized training sessions provided by Finance and Business Services staff.

Frederick Douglass Society

FDS promotes empowerment through education, social justice through civic engagement, and the advancement of human rights through thoughtful public dialogue. All who are interested in multicultural issues on campus are encouraged to join. Meetings (dates TBA) are once a month and they normally host networking activities each semester. Other programming, in addition to networking activities, include fundraising and campus programming.

Human Resources

Information Services & Technology

Faculty and Staff Training (FAST) supports staff in becoming proficient in various applications, in addition to providing best practices in trending platforms (e.g., Office365, OneDrive, D2L, RamCloud). The FAST training calendar offers sessions monthly.

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda Campus)

Provides access to a library of high-quality training videos and tutorials dedicated to specific skills, subject areas, and software. Free unlimited access for WCU faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students to thousands of up-to-date business, creative, and technology skills training.

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ODEI offers training to faculty, staff, and students of West Chester University to strengthen understanding of diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural competence, in addition to ensuring compliance with university policy. Their calendar includes events from various departments on campus and is updated each semester. Their office oversees various university commissions, committees, and councils related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

ORSP assists faculty, staff, and students who are interested in being involved in research on campus and offer step-by-step guidance for applying for a grant, including the resource PIVOT, a comprehensive database of federal, state, and private sector funding opportunities. Log in using WCU credentials.

Office of Sustainability

Features a wide variety of resources and trainings for staff, faculty, and students in order to promote the goal of sustainability.

PASSHE Women’s Consortium

The Consortium acts on behalf of all women, faculty, staff, administrators and students, within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The Consortium meets with the Chancellor regularly to identify, address, and monitor the concerns of women from across fourteen campuses. Initiatives include an annual conference dedicated to women’s and gender issues, and summer leadership institutes for faculty, staff and undergraduate women. Membership in the Consortium is open to all genders, races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations.

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women  

The Commission recommends and advocates for the improvement of working conditions, climate, and safety for women on campus. The commission is comprised of constituents across campus representing various areas and through a nomination-based process. For more info contact WCUWOMEN@wcupa.edu.


Provides faculty and staff resources related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) including print resources, online trainings, and instructions and resources for reporting FERPA student data incidents.

Training and Organizational Development

Offers monthly in-person, webinar, and email campaign trainings , as well as a Lend-N-Learn Library. Topics include Professional/Personal Development, Talent Management, Performance/Team Strengthening, Change Management/Process Redesign, and Strategic Planning

Student Affairs Assessment

Student Affairs assessment offers a robust portfolio focused on student learning, satisfaction, retention, and success through co-curricular programs and services. Find various uses of technology, types of assessment, training and resources, and professional organizations that will help you in assessing your department.

University Libraries

Faculty and staff enjoy the same resources available to students including access to databases, journals, books, digital collections, and research support.

Women on Wednesdays

Offered in partnership with the Center for Women and Gender Equity. The calendar produced each semester has programming related to promoting a campus community that values safety, equity, and intellectual advancement of women and historically marginalized groups.