Strategies for Gaining Buy-In Around Redesigning Faculty Office Space (Webcast Recording)



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Learn how your institution can gain faculty buy-in to more effectively rethink and design faculty workspace. During this training you will hear academic and campus planning perspectives from the University of Washington Bothell and walk through how the university garnered faculty buy-in throughout a three-phase project. You will leave with ideas for how to adapt this process to your institution and better engage faculty in this difficult conversation.

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for the key players involved in any conversation about faculty workspaces. This may include:

  • Deans
  • Provosts
  • Faculty
  • Campus Planners
  • Faculty Developers

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to identify some strategies to gain buy-in from faculty around rethinking and designing faculty office space.


Using a case study from the University of Bothell, our speakers will illustrate how they gained faculty buy-in around rethinking faculty workspace through the following project stages:

  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Post occupancy


Susan Jeffords, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Washington Bothell

Dr. Susan Jeffords joined the University of Washington Bothell in September of 2007 as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs where she serves as the chief academic officer and is responsible for advancing the academic and scholarly life of the campus. As Vice Chancellor, Jeffords oversees academic programs, the Teaching and Learning Center, Information Technologies, the Division of Enrollment Management and Admissions, Student Affairs, and the Offices of Research Support and Institutional Research.

Jeffords instigated strategic planning that resulted in the 21st Century Campus Initiative, University of Washington Bothell Priorities Plan 2008-2020. The plan has guided growth in academic programs across the campus, including twenty new degree programs with eight in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. In 2013, a new School of STEM was established, uniting the Computing and Software Systems Program and the Science and Technology Program to support the increasing collaborations among faculty, staff, and students.

Amy Van Dyke, Director of Physical Planning and Space Management, University of Washington Bothell

Amy Van Dyke is the Director of Physical Planning and Space Management at the University of Washington Bothell. During her twenty-five year tenure at UW Bothell, Amy has been involved in various stages of campus expansion, beginning with a support role in the Office of Branch Campuses serving both UW Bothell and UW Tacoma. In her current role, Amy assists UW Bothell campus growth and improvement initiatives through strategic coordination of space use and usability and the development of leased and owned facilities. She has most recently been involved in a Campus Master Plan for UW Bothell and Cascadia College to establish a shared vision that will serve as the basis for future campus development and improve regulatory actions.  

Amy received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Seattle Pacific University. She enjoys cheering her family’s athletic endeavors and of course, UW – Go Huskies!


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