Faculty can find answers at Workday forum

A forum designed specifically for faculty will provide a targeted look at how Workday and improved service delivery (ISD) will impact their teaching, research and extension work. FIve sessions of the same faculty forum are scheduled, beginning March 14.

Workday, the software platform ISU will use to do business, goes live July 1, along with the ISD model that created teams of finance and human resources experts to support colleges, departments and units.

Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, professor in genetics, development and cell biology, and David Cantor, professor in supply chain management, helped develop the forum. Both serve as faculty liaisons to the WorkCyte team. They said WorkCyte and ISD leaders will address questions and concerns collected from informational meetings with colleges and departments.

"This is an opportunity for faculty to learn firsthand about all of the changes that will happen on July 1," Powell-Coffman said. "They can learn how Workday operates and how to connect with their service specialists."

All sessions will be held in the Memorial Union, and refreshments will be provided. Dates and times are:

  • Thursday, March 14 (11 a.m.-1 p.m., MU Sun Room)
  • Tuesday, March 26 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Sun Room)
  • Tuesday, March 26 (1-3 p.m., MU Sun Room)
  • Tuesday, April 2 (10 a.m.-noon, MU Sun Room)
  • Wednesday, April 3 (9:30-11:30 a.m., MU Great Hall)

Bring your questions

Administrative leaders will open each forum with a brief overview of Workday and ISD, followed by a breakout session of interactive table-topic stations. Workday demonstrations and conversations led by ISU experts will focus on:

  • Managing grants (post-award)
  • Supervising employees (staff and students)
  • Processing travel and expenses
  • Purchasing equipment, supplies, etc. (procurement)
  • Recruiting and hiring personnel
  • Choosing B-base appointment salary and benefit options (for example, 12-month pay elections and monthly benefit deductions)
  • Navigating Workday

"Each breakout session will follow an interactive discussion format," Cantor said. "The facilitator will explain the functionality of the process in Workday, and there will be demonstrations of how Workday will work. The person leading the conversation will be an expert in that area, so the faculty member can ask any question he or she has about that part of Workday."

Faculty are encouraged to bring their questions and visit as many topic stations as they wish during the breakout sessions.

"Every faculty member will have different things they'll be concerned about. We want them to be able to focus their time on the things that are of the greatest interest and importance to them," Powell-Coffman said. "They can customize their experience and get the information they need."

WorkCyte leaders and ISD specialists also will be on hand to meet faculty and answer questions. Information about support, resources and Workday training -- including computer-based and instructor-led training for faculty -- will be available.

Register now

In a Feb. 26 email, President Wendy Wintersteen encouraged all faculty to register for one of the four faculty forum sessions. Registration is open on Learn@ISU; type "WorkCyte faculty forum" in the keyword search.

Questions can be emailed to WorkCyte_Change@iastate.edu.