Welcome to the NLU Adjunct Council

We're Glad You Found Us!

The council meets, via Zoom Video Conference, the second Thursday of every month to discuss pertinent issues of the adjunct community. We are available to hear your thoughts and comments and to present them to the appropriate university committee. E-mail addresses for each council member can be found in the members' biographies below. To send a group e-mail, you can reach us at AdjunctCouncil@nl.edu

Enhancing Academic Excellence and Distinction and NLU 

In the fall of 2011, the Adjunct Council was awarded a Faculty Development Grant  to design an online orientation for adjuncts.  In collaboration with the Provost's Office, adjunct council members designed and facilitated the first four week pilot orientation in February 2012.  Two groups of twenty adjuncts volunteered to participate in the pilot orientation.  Thanks to the thoughtful feedback from the participants representing each college, a final report was submitted to the Provost's Office for review.  A third session of the orientation was held in August. The orientation design was recently updated and we are excited to announce that we have developed a yearlong calendar of sessions through April 2015.  As of March over 365 adjunct faculty have successfully completed the training and received Certificates of Participation.  For more information about the orientation, click on Adjunct Orientation here or in the side menu.

Information at Your Fingertips...

Whether you are new to National Louis University or have been an adjunct for some time, please take a moment to browse through the recently updated Adjunct Guidebook Online.  This guidebook will provide answers to many of the questions you may have about the university, policy and procedures, as well as resources available to you.

Meet Our Council Members...

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Nancy Hekkema
National College of Education

Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College and a master’s in psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago, and then an Ed.D. from National Louis in July of 2012.  She is a retired school psychologist and has been teaching educational psychology courses at National Louis since 2007.

She has always enjoyed technology, and really loved teaching educational psychology for an Ipad MAT cohort last winter.  Nancy has represented adjuncts on the Faculty Academic Support and Technology Committee and is currently chair of the Adjunct Council and attends University Leadership Committee meetings.

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Roy Kaelin
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Roy currently serves as a Professional Adjunct Lecturer in CPSA, teaching several of its natural science courses, including physical science, geology, botany, and ecology. Prior to his arrival at National Louis University, Roy taught additional courses in the natural sciences at Loyola University of Chicago, DePaul University, and Case Western Reserve University.

Roy earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois (in Geology) and a Master of Science in Business Administration (in Logistics) at Iowa State University.

Among his interests, Roy likes to write and draw. In recent years, he has written and published several books and is working on several new ones. He complements his teaching career with illustrating wildlife and producing portraits in pencil.

Roy is co-chair of the Adjunct Council and is also serving as a Senator on the Faculty Senate Committee.

 Christina (Tina) Bavone Christina (Tina) Bavone MAT
Library and Learning Support

Christina (Tina) earned her bachelors in writing from Columbia College Chicago. She then went on to teach in South Korea. In 2012, she earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University. She has been with National Louis as a part time writing tutor and then later as full time Library & Learning Support Coordinator (a position she still holds) since 2011.

Tina is an adjunct for the Library & Learning Support department as well as CPSA. She teaches Test of Academic Proficiency Preparation Courses in Reading and Language Arts and 100 level general education English courses.  She also has a passion for writing short stories, flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and novel material. She continues to hone her craft with the hope to publish. When she’s not writing or teaching part time, she is taking care of her 2 year old daughter, Charlotte.

Tina also serves as secretary on the Adjunct Council.

Terry Costello
Terry Costello
National College of Education

Terry began at National Louis University as a field supervisor in 1998, added on teaching classes for the elementary education program both at the BA and MAT levels, and then joined the college as a full time assistant professor in 2000.  Teaching mainly in the BA program at just about every campus, she also worked with the ITEP and CTPP grant programs, as well as leading the university field supervisors for a time.  In 2013, Terry returned to work as an adjunct still teaching, supervising, and now, as a new member of NLU’s Adjunct Council, she hopes to draw on her unique experience to support the mission of the council. 

Terry started her lifelong educational career as an elementary classroom teacher in grades ranging from 2nd through 4th.   Community Consolidated School District #21 in Wheeling was her home for many years.  During her tenure in Wheeling, she also served as an assistant to the principal for several years and put her Master’s degree in Teaching the Gifted and Talented to use to help build the gifted program in her school and district. 

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National College of Education

Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching and learning, reading, traveling, hiking, and tinkering with technology! At National Louis University, she's been teaching as an adjunct since 2000 for the Technology in Education and Special Education programs.

As a former elementary Principal and Director of Instruction and Technology, she's been able to bring her expertise and experience to a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate students at NLU. She is also proud to be a graduate of the Technology in Education Program at National Louis University.  She has served as chair and co-chair on the Adjunct Council and represented adjunct faculty on the Faculty Senate Committee and Senate Academic Technology Committee.  In addition to teaching for NLU, she has also been field supervisor for NLU and for both undergraduate and graduate special education teacher candidates at the University of St. Francis.

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Karen Lynch Ph.D.
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Karen teaches as an adjunct professor in the psychology department at National Louis and consults in the field of positive aging with the goal of empowering adults. She has a bachelor's degree in education (with minors in English and journalism) from Baylor University and both a master's in psychology and a doctorate in community psychology from National Louis University.  Her research is in positive aging, which merges her interests in community psychology and positive psychology.

Karen also serves on the board of School and Tutors on Wheels, a non-profit corporation focused on adult literacy in underserved populations. She has a background in journalism and has worked in the community newspaper business as a columnist and editor. Karen is a certified secondary-ed teacher. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27), the Midwestern Psychological Association, and the American Society on Aging.  She represents adjunct faculty on the Senate Governance 3.0 Committee this school year.

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Kristen Mitchell
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana  and a master’s in public health from Benedictine University.  She is a contract trainer for an employee assistance provider in Chicago and has been teaching communications-related courses in the HCL and ABS Programs at National Louis since 1998.

 Sharon McNeely, Ph.D.
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Sharon earned a bachelors and masters in special education/rehabilitation, and most recently a doctorate in educational psychology from University of WI-Madison.   Previously she has worked in both educational and clinical settings and is also a licensed psychologist.  She is a professor emeritus from Northeastern Illinois University.    Sharon is experienced with both face-to-face and online learning and has chaired over 60 dissertations in the past four years.  She is currently doing adjunct and consultative work at various universities.  Sharon likes NLU's nurturing environment and deep concern for the individual student.  She conducts research in learning processes and is now focusing on undergraduates and how to connect prior learning in meaningful ways to facilitate new learning and enhance motivation.

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Susan Neustrom Ed.D.
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Susan is an adjunct faculty for CPSA teaching in the BSM program and the ABS programs. She holds a BS in Management from National Louis University, an MA in Organizational Leadership/Training and Development from Lewis University and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.  Susan also represents adjunct faculty on the Student Academic Standards Committee.

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Nancy Silverman
National College of Education

Nancy has been teaching at National Louis University since the fall of 2012. Her master’s degree is in speech/language pathology and she has been in the field of education for over 25 years.  She is also the secretary for the adjunct council and represents adjuncts on the Connections Committee.

Nancy has presented on topics related to language development and the impact of various factors on the language and learning of ELL (English language learning) children. In October 2013, Nancy presented at the National WIDA (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment) conference in Milwaukee.  In November 2013, she co-presented at the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention in Chicago.

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