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Faculty Advancement aims to support all faculty in their roles as teachers, researchers, and citizens of the university. Multiple units across campus offer services and resources to facilitate faculty as engaged scholars.

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Gery Markova             Welcome! 

It is my pleasure to serve as the Director of Faculty Advancement at Wichita State University.  I am personally committed to helping faculty be successful in their professional growth and development, and want to help you identify resources to support your teaching and research.  I hope you will consider participating in our various professional development opportunities on campus throughout the year to connect with colleagues and gain new insights.  I'm always open to suggestions for ways that Faculty Advancement can support you better. 

- Dr. Gery Markova, Director of Faculty Advancement


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Faculty in the News

Photo of Professor Ashley Purdum

As businesses begin to reopen and more people venture outside their homes, health care workers continue to stay vigilant against the threat of COVID-19. 

Ashley Purdum, an associate clinical professor at Wichita State University, works as an acute care speech-language pathologist (SLP) at Wesley Medical Center. As a SLP, Ashley evaluates and treats patients of all ages in the areas of speech, swallowing, language and cognitive deficits and voice disorders. She typically sees patients dealing with a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurogenic disease or general debilitation... Read On


Photo of Brian Amos

Brian Amos, assistant professor of political science at Wichita State University, has dedicated numerous papers and conferences to gerrymandering research. 

Amos' work is a part of an exhibition series on display at WSU's Ulrich Museum of Art, titled "Solving for X," and each show is organized by the Ulrich in collaboration with a university scholar. The museum’s goal is to work with scholars in all disciplines to create visualizations of their research and explore the potential for the museum to give the public access to the important research happening on campus... Read On

Breana Bopre

The odds of Breanna Boppre ending up in the correctional system were astronomically higher than the odds of her becoming Dr. Breanna Boppre, assistant professor of criminal justice at Wichita State University.

“Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, both my parents were incarcerated,” Boppre said. “I grew up visiting my dad in prisons all across the state of Nevada. 

Depending on the source, research indicates that a child of incarcerated parents runs a risk between two and six times higher of being incarcerated than those without incarcerated parents. Read More

William Flynn

William Flynn, assistant professor of guitar at Wichita State, recently won the Excellence in Creative Activity Award, which recognizes faculty members who have established an exemplary record of creative activity that has brought recognition to the university.

With a history of performances around the country, instructional videos on social media, published guitar books and several released albums, William has definitely established a record of exemplary creativity. Along with his role of assistant professor, he holds the positions of director of jazz studies, graduate coordinator for the School of Music, jazz combos coach and director of guitar ensemble.

“It’s really an honor to be recognized,” he said. “I’m just doing things that I’m passionate about and that are important to me.”... Read On



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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

NSF Advance Grant

As a strategic value of Wichita State University, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement exists to cultivate and sustain community relationships with key constituency groups that promote and elevate the mission of Wichita State University. The division is vital to ensuring Wichita State University is reflective of the community it serves and strives to promote equity and opportunity for all.

TIlford Conference

The Michael Tilford Conference provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators at Kansas Board of Regents institutions to approach diversity in higher education by examining the challenges and opportunities in Kansas.

WSU Women

Women of Wichita State University is a new group that formed in the Fall of 2018 by the combination of two groups; the Wichita State University Women's Association, founded in 1928,  and the Council of University Women found in 1930.   The purpose of the group is to serve the interests of the University, to provide student scholarships, and to promote social interaction and a sense of community among its members.

President's Diversity Council

The President's Diversity Council is an advisory and leadership team responsible for developing, overseeing and monitoring University-wide efforts to achieve Wichita State University's commitment to diversity as a core institutional and educational value.