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December 2017


Welcome to our third issue of the Adjunct Bulletin,

On Monday, November 13th, National Louis held a University-Wide Meeting at the Chicago Campus. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the NLU community updates regarding the state of the university including progress on our strategic priorities, academic and financial health, and new initiatives. All participants have the opportunity to ask questions, share good news, and express concerns to the senior leadership. These meetings are scheduled throughout the academic year. 

The meeting began with our President, Dr. Nivine Megahed, who extended her appreciation for all the hard work and progress made over the last year. She highlighted the continued institutional growth and increased recognition as an innovative place focused on post-secondary attainment, innovation in educator preparation, and strong professional development across our disciplines. President Megahed also shared the recognition of National Louis University by the Chicago Sun-Times article and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Marty Mickey, Vice President of Finance, and Provost Alison Hilsabeck provided a status update to the community on issues such as financial performance, progress in the development of new programs and our work towards the development of the undergraduate college.

Our focus on rebuilding undergraduate programming, online development, academic quality, and student experience has paid off. As a part of our increasing recognition, we were awarded several new grants that supported operations and expanded capacity – HSI, TRIO, A Better Chicago, Zell Foundation, and most recently Gates, just to name a few. We are also on par to show positive earnings this past year, and we have achieved organic new student growth across the institution of 5%, serving over 7,000 students this year.   

Provost Alison Hilsabeck showcased our progress as a student-ready institution where the impact of our teaching community demonstrated through increased retention, graduation and employment rates. In an era where college costs are continually under scrutiny and student debt an area of growing concern, we are also proud of our efforts to make higher education affordable for all students by keeping tuition rates as low as possible while still surrounding students with the services they need to be successful. Provost Hilsabeck encouraged the NLU community to review all Academic Alerts. They advise the university community of new developments in the launch of the UGC and are sent by the Provost Office, as part of our regular and open communication. Academic Alerts will continue in the upcoming months to ensure a continuous transparent and smooth launch of the UGC.

I recognize that it is not always possible for adjunct faculty to attend NLU community wide meetings. I will continue to use the Adjunct Bulletin to recap the key messages from these meetings.  Please feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions.

It is an honor to be working with so many dedicated individuals as we steward and strengthen our institution.


Raquel Garcia, M. Ed.

Adjunct Faculty Operations Manager

Upcoming Dates


Second 5 - and 10-week classes end


Second 6 - and 12-week classes end


Winter Connection


 Winter Holiday (University Closed)

For more dates visit University Calendar

News You Can Use


 In Progress (I) Grades 

From the desk of Steve Neer, Vice Provost, and Registrar 

Each term, well over 100 In Progress (I) grades get posted, most in graduate-level courses. The motivation for giving a student an I grade is typically positive, wanting to give a student the opportunity to submit work due to an extenuating circumstance; but I looked further to see the outcomes of I grades.  Over the past three terms, about 2/3 of I grades have eventually turned into a failing grade after no final grade was submitted during the 90 day I grade period. Of those that did get changed to passing grades by the faculty member, over 80% were submitted within four weeks of the class end date. This data seems to support some best practices recommended for I grades:

  • When agreeing to give a student an, I grade, set clear guidelines and expectations for when work should be submitted. Setting a short deadline is encouraged, so students complete the work as soon as possible. 
  • Only post an I grade when a student has asked for one and has a compelling reason for it. 
  • Never post I grades for an entire class.

I grades can have a negative impact on a student’s ability to receive financial aid in subsequent terms. An I grade counts against satisfactory academic progress, and for a student that might already be on Academic Warning, an I grade could lead to Suspension.  A student may also not be able to be packaged for aid for the next term with an I grade pending in some circumstances. This also reinforces the importance of only awarding I grades in unique circumstances with clear deadlines for when work should be submitted; this gives the student the best chance possible to earn a passing grade to replace the I grade.

Please contact Steve Neer, Vice Provost, and Registrar, with any questions related to I grades:

Faculty Governance at National Louis University

The Faculty Senate is the legislative arm of the Faculty Association, the principal agent of faculty governance at National Louis University. The Senate meets monthly on the third Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. It is an open meeting, and everyone is welcome to attend. Minutes of Senate meetings are available for Adjunct Faculty through a link on the Adjunct Council web page.

The Senate is responsible for formulating policy related to areas of faculty governance, teaching, and research, faculty standards, faculty appointments, tenure, promotion, sabbaticals, freedom of expression and academic. As well as academic support, curriculum and program review, and standards for admission, retention, and graduation of students, honors, financial scholarships, and academic appeals.

To carry out its work, the Senate has several committees which have specific areas they are responsible for and which also meet monthly. For more information on faculty governance, see the Faculty Association Constitution.

Upcoming Events

Coffee with the Provost

National Louis University is pleased to invite all Adjunct Faculty to share a cup of coffee with Provost Alison Hilsabeck. Join us for an opportunity to engage in an open conversation with our Provost. Share any questions, comments, and concerns regarding your teaching experience, and the future of National Louis University.

Our first Coffee date is scheduled for December 15th, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am during Winter Connections in the Lisle Campus Room 219.


Save the Date

Lunch with the President and Provost

National Louis University is pleased to invite all Adjunct Faculty to have lunch with President Nivine Megahed and Provost Alison Hilsabeck. Join us for an opportunity to share any questions, comments, and concerns regarding your teaching experience, and the future of National Louis University.

Our first Lunch date is scheduled for January 5th, 2018 from 12 - 1 pm at the Chicago Campus. More information to come.

Winter Connection

Information and RSVP

Please join us for Winter Connection to connect with your colleagues, celebrate our achievements, and enjoy the festivities at the Morton Arboreteum. The Winter Connection will be held in Lisle, IL on Friday, December 15th. The schedule is available at the link above. To RSVP, click her -

National Louis University Spotlight

Gale Stam, Senate Chair

This year, I am honored to be serving as Senate Chair. I am a Professor of Psychology in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement and currently teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I joined National Louis University in April 1985 as an Adjunct and became a full-time Assistant Professor in September 1986. I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago (1974), a Master’s of Arts Degree in Linguistics – TESL from Northeastern Illinois University (1985), and a Ph.D. in Psychology – Cognition and Communication from the University of Chicago (2006). My research interests include language and culture, language and cognition, gesture, and first language and second language acquisition. I have published articles on changes in thinking for speaking, the importance of looking at gesture in the second language (L2) acquisition, gesture and lexical retrieval in an L2, and language teachers’ gestures.

I am a member of the editorial boards of the journals Gesture and Language and Sociocultural Theory and have co-edited two volumes –Gesture: Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Research (Routledge, 2008)and Integrating Gestures: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Gesture (John Benjamins, 2011). Please visit my professional website for more information on my work and CV.

If you would like to showcase your work email us a short description of your work by the 15th of the month end of business day to  We look forward to sharing your work with the NLU Community.

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