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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Guidelines for Faculty Performing Translation Services

(Draft 11/16/2015)

The following guidelines have been established for the purpose of providing a framework consistent with the WSU Faculty Manual and a reference that can assist faculty members wishing to engage in professional translation activities.


Performing translations falls under this category if:

  • The translation request comes from within WSU, either from an administrator or a colleague.
  • The translation request comes from a third party which contacted the faculty member through his/her affiliation with WSU.
  • The document to be translated requires the Department’s official stamp.

Such cases constitute consulting activities which must abide by the regulations found in section IV.D of the WSU Faculty Manual. Relevant regulations from this section include:

  1. Outside work must not interfere with a faculty member’s normal official University duties, including those non-classroom responsibilities expected of all faculty members.
  2. Full-time faculty are allowed to spend the equivalent of one day per week in outside work for each week worked equivalent to the entire year of employment. All outside work must be disclosed promptly and reported annually by the faculty member to the department Chair or comparable unit administrator. Such work by a department Chair or Dean must be reported to the Provost.
  3. University facilities (equipment, materials, space, or clerical service) may not be used in connection with compensated outside professionally related service work.
  4. The University assumes no responsibility for the competence or performance of a faculty member who engages in outside work for compensation.


The following translation rates should be applied for non-specialized translations. In case of specialized texts, the translator must assess the added difficulty and time and estimate a rate accordingly. Due to the variety of translation jobs possible these rates are left to the discretion of the individual faculty member.

  • $0.15/word
  • $45.00/page
  • $50/hour

Pro-Bono Translation

Should faculty wish to provide pro-bono translation services to individuals and/or non-profit organizations, they may choose to do so as long as they abide by the regulations laid out in section IV.D of the WSU Faculty Manual, as service to the community.

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