Welcome to the NLU Adjunct Council

We're Glad You Found Us!

The council meets, via conference call, 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

NCE OnePoint

In the fall of 2012, the National College of Education created NCE OnePoint.  This site is the "central source where NCE faculty, adjuncts, administrators, and staff can readily access teaching resources, program-specific documents and forms - including our new syllabus templates, UCO's, and representative syllabi.  There are also OnePoint Shortcuts to Adjunct Resources: New to NLUDesire2Learn: NLU Online Campus, Forms and NCE FAST Notes.  You will need to enter your NLU username and password any of the NCE OnePoint resources.

Adjunct Faculty Needs Assessment

National Louis University Adjunct Council has recently conducted a needs assessment of adjunct faculty and professional lecturers to obtain information for the Adjunct Council to address during the 2013-2014 school year.  The Council will be looking at the data in the next few months to update current goals.  As soon as the data is summarized into a report, it will be added to this website.  The previous survey was completed in 2011.  Approximately 1057 adjunct faculty were contacted and asked to complete a survey in the hopes of gathering information to create a comprehensive training plan for its adjuncts.  19.5% of adjunct faculty from all three colleges and university library responded to the survey.  Survey results can be found by choosing Survey Results 2011. Survey results from the previous year can be found by choosing Survey Results 2010. The adjunct council is currently conducting two surveys for the 2013 needs assessment.  An email has been sent to all adjunct faculty and professional lecturers in early December.  If you are an adjunct or professional lecturer and did not receive an NLU email with links to the surveys, please contact Linda.Kryzak@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.  Collaborating with the Provost's Office, Ellen Belluomini and Linda Kryzak 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 all three colleges (CAS,CMB, and NCE), 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 May 2014.  As of mid-January, over 200 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 a 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.

Spotlight on the Online Adjunct Faculty Orientation

Former Adjunct Council Chair, Ellen Belluomin and current Adjunct Council Chair, Linda Kryzak were recently interviewed along with Thomas Bergman, Vice-President of Human Resources for an article in University Business.  Adjunct 101: Enhancing the Adjunct Faculty Orientation was featured in the November issue of University Business.  Ellen, Linda and Tom were also interviewed earlier this year for The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The article, entitled "Adjunct Orientations Take Hold, With a Variety of Approaches" was written by Audrey Williams June and published on March 4, 2013.  The article provides a glimpse at the ways several universities and colleges provide orientation to their new adjuncts.  Stephanie Poczos (former Adjunct Council member) was one of the first adjunct faculty to take part in the pilot orientation in February/March of 2012.  She told Audrey Williams June that "I very much appreciate that National Louis has recognized the need to train adjuncts to make them feel like they are part of the university community."  Click on this link if you'd like to register for the online  Adjunct Orientation.

Spotlight on Council Member Susan Neustrum, Ed.D.

Susan was featured in a publication of "Impact" from the College of DuPage.  The publication featured her work with "JUST (Justice, Understanding, Service and Teaching), a non profit organization that provides education and hope to incarcerated people at DuPage County jail".   The article, entitled "JAILHOUSE ROCK STAR: From Dropout to Doctorate to Public Servant", is a great tribute to Sue regarding her personal and professional successes.  Another council member, Nancy Harding commented that "the article was truly inspirational and you should be extremely proud of your personal achievements and the impact you have had on the residents within the DuPage County Jail system."    

Meet Our Council Members...

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Linda Kryzak - C.A.S.
National College of Education

Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching and learning, reading, traveling, hiking, and tinkering with technology! Community involvement activities include volunteering as a web designer/consultant for LRCA Sheltered Workshop in River Grove and former ISBE surrogate parent for students with special needs. At National Louis University, she's been teaching as an adjunct since 2000 for the Technology in Education and Special Education programs. In the fall she began her new position as a Professional Lecturer for NLU and looks forward to the added responsibilities and opportunities.  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 assumed the position of Chair and represents the Adjunct Council on the Faculty Senate Committee.  She has also been a member of the Senate Academic Technology Committee for the past two years.In addition to teaching for NLU, she is also a field supervisor for NLU and both undergraduate and graduate special education teacher candidates at the University of St. Francis.

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Susan Lorey

National College of Education

Susan has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University, and a C.A.S. in Reading and Language from National Louis University.  She also serves as the adjunct council chair-elect and was recently appointed as a Professional Lecturer.  Sue has recently joined the University Leadership Council as an adjunct representative.

Sue has been on staff at National Louis University for more than a decade.  Her steadfast commitment to the College of Education has included a wide range of teaching responsibilities, including course instruction for graduate students enrolled in Elementary Education and Reading & Language programs and field supervision of both graduate and undergraduate teaching candidates.

Additionally, Sue has taught courses for Roosevelt University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Concordia University Chicago.

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Karen Lynch Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

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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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 recently began her new position as Professional Lecturer for NCE.

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Nancy Silverman M.A.

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, Nancy will be presenting at the National WIDA (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment) conference in Milwaukee.  Then in November 2013, she will be co-presenting at the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention in Chicago.

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Susan Neustrom Ed.D.

College of Arts and Sciences College of Management and Business

Susan is an adjunct faculty for the College of Management and Business and CAS 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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Richard Clegg M.L.I.S

Library and Learning
Richard earned his Master's of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois where he is currently Web Services Librarian for the Rebecca Crown Library.  In early 2012, he started teaching at National Louis University as an adjunct while he worked as an online reference librarian for Career Education Corporation.  His current fields of interest include distance learning, web user experience, and information architecture.  He holds a bachelor of arts from Elmhurst College where he studied Interdisciplinary Communication with a concentration in public relations and advertising. He also earned undergraduate scholar distinction with the honors department that included a study abroad experience at the Medieval Centre for Renaissance Studies at Oxford University.

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Roy Kaelin M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Roy currently serves as an adjunct in the College of Arts & Sciences, teaching several of its natural science courses, including physical science, geology, and ecology. Prior to his arrival at National Louis University, Roy taught additional courses in the natural sciences at Loyola University 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 published two books and is working on two new ones. He complements his teaching career with illustrating wildlife and producing portraits in pencil.

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Denese Neu Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Denese earned her master’s (1993) and doctorate (2003) in urban studies from the University of New Orleans. In addition to teaching, she works in the field of community and economic development. Specializing is social planning and infrastructure, her experience spans a variety of sectors and planning activities.  Among these are financing, health and human services, housing, education, cultural tourism, and disaster recovery.

After serving the City of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar in 2008. In that role, she conducted a housing and health gap analysis to inform their new research agenda. Since then, she has helped deploy and evaluate several new federal programs to local communities aiming to address health disparities and socio-economic inequalities.  Denese has published multiple works, including the creative non-fiction book, Chicago by the Pint: a Craft Beer History of the Windy City (History Press, 2011).

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Kristen Mitchell MPH

College of Arts and Sciences College of Management and Business

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.

She has always enjoyed public speaking and is active in her local Toastmasters Club.  She also teaches part time at the College of DuPage in the English as a 2nd Language Program.

She is married to her college sweetheart and has 4 sons and a German Shepherd.

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