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

Adjunct Council Seeks New Members

The Adjunct Council is excited to announce an opportunity to participate in the strategic planning and advancement of Adjunct Faculty at National Louis University. The Council anticipates two vacancies in September 2016 (one adjunct to represent the National College of Education (NCE) and one to represent the College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA).  Members serve a three year term and are paid a stipend for their work. For more information click on Adjunct Council Vacancies in the side menu.

"Just In Time" Orientation Now Available 24/7

We are excited to announce our NEW Adjunct Orientation program featuring a “Just In Time” (JIT) approach.  This approach integrates and extends the content of our nationally recognized online Adjunct Orientation program into a 24/7 accessible format for the immediate training needs of our adjunct faculty. For more information about the orientation, click on Adjunct Orientation here or in the side menu.

Adjunct Council Newsletter

The Adjunct Council is excited to announce the first quarterly newsletter published in March 2015. The purpose of the newsletter is to briefly share practical information relevant to adjunct faculty. Inside the quarterly issue, you will find important dates, resources, contact information, adjunct accomplishments, and current news. With each issue, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, we will provide the latest news and resources to keep you updated and informed.  Copies of all published newsletters can be found at http://www.nl.edu/adjunctnewsletter/archivededitions/

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. 

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! 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.

Barbara Gomez M.S.
National College of Education

Barbara began her teaching profession as a secondary education social studies teacher at Lake Forest Academy and then took time off to raise her three children. She returned to part time work teaching ESL to adults at McHenry Country College, and then progressed to full time teaching in Huntley District 158 where she taught middle school English language learners for nearly 20 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from NLU with an ESL endorsement and then went on to get her Type 75 certification to fill the role of ESL coordinator, which she did for one year in Huntley.  She has taught ESL classes as an adjunct at National Louis since 2001 in the language minority education department of NCE. She has served on the board of Illinois TESOL for several years and is currently the Awards Committee Chairman. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and biking. In addition when the opportunity allows, she travels to Austria to visit her relatives.

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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.

  ‌Susan Neustrom
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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