How To Apply

Submitting an Application for a Wabash Consultant

Please submit the following materials through our online application process:

  • Contact Information
  • Preliminary Project Description Statement
  • Letter of Support from your Department Chair, Dean, Provost, or President

Assignment Process for a Consultant

  • After receiving a school’s application, a consultant will assist the contact person to refine and clarify the nature, scope, focus and duration of the consultation. This may take two or three conversations.
  • Once refined, the consultant will work with the Wabash Center staff person to draft a letter of agreement detailing the consultation. The letter of agreement will be sent to the school’s contact person for signature.
  • The work of the consultation will then proceed and must remain within the boundaries of the letter of agreement. Should changes in the agreement be necessary, the letter of agreement will need to be amended.

Note: The Wabash Center provides the stipend for the consultant’s work. In the rare instance that a consultant travels to a campus, the Wabash Center will also provide travel for the consultant. All other costs (e.g., resources, hotel lodging, food) associated with the consultation are the responsibility of the school.


Elements of an Application

Contact Information

  • We need information about the school, the primary contact person for the consultation, your Dean, Provost, Principal, or Department Chair (whoever coordinates the faculty members you wish to invite to the consultation), and an additional committee member who will be helping to plan the consultation.

Given the three areas of focus (Consultant Program foci), from which area are you seeking support? Please be specific.

The Project Description Statement – no more than 3 pages, single-spaced
Your Statement Should Address the Following:

  1. Describe the presenting problem, concern, or issue that has been identified for a consultation. How does it align with one of our three stated foci above? What is the importance of this topic or issue in your context? 
  2. What outcomes are desired from the consultation? Be specific.
  3. Note any other institutional initiatives in which you are participating and their relationship to this request (such as other grant projects, an impending accreditation visit, or a past workshop or consultation).
  4. Describe your institutional context by providing a succinct profile of your school or department (such as the type of students, number of faculty, typical teaching load). Provide the current priorities of the school and any other factors that may influence the design or goals of the consultation. Charting or graphing these materials is encouraged.
  5. Identify the people who have committed to work on the issue or concern and who will be directly involved with the consultation and who will help you develop the follow-up steps. Let us know how much support you have for addressing this problem, both from the institutional side (e.g., staff and administrators, trustees, other stakeholders) and by other faculty members.
  6. Projected Possible Dates: Please indicate any flexibility you have on the range of dates that you supplied in the application.
  7. Each context is unique. Provide us with any additional information we might need to know to better support your consultation.

Letter of Support

  • Please attach a letter of support from the Dean, Provost, Principal, or Department Chair that you have consulted about this application. Ask them to address the question of institutional support for addressing the problem that you have named and how it relates to other institutional initiatives.

The Online Application Process

1. The first step in the online application process is to establish an online account. You will be prompted to type in your email address and provide your own password.

2. You may “Hold” your application at any time if you need to gather additional information and complete the application later.

3. Your application will not be submitted to the Wabash Center until you click on the “Submit” button at the end of the process.

4. Once you have logged in, you will be prompted to select the type of application you wish to use. For the Consultant program, click on the “Consultation” button.

5. You will be prompted to enter the required contact information and to attach the Project Description Statement and Letter of Support.

6. We recommend you print the application for your own records by selecting “Print” from your browser’s File menu (if you have Firefox, use the pdf button).

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