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January 2018


Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be an exciting year for National Louis University. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all adjuncts new to our adjunct community. The Adjunct Bulletin is a monthly newsletter that communicates the goals, accomplishments and professional development opportunities for our adjunct faculty. This digital newsletter will be sent to our entire mailing list, our current students, and all faculty & staff. We will feature news about exciting events and give you an inside look at our professional development opportunities and the excellent variety of events taking place in the NLU community.

On January 5th, 2018 the Provost Office hosted a Half-Day PD Session for the adjunct community ending with a Pizza Lunch with our Provost and President. The Adjunct Community had an opportunity to share their questions, comments, and concerns regarding their teaching experience, and the future of National Louis University. If you attended the event and would like to see more of them, please email me with your suggestions. I am actively working on adding Professional Events for the Spring Term. All adjunct community is welcome to attend the Faculty Forums scheduled for the month of February. Please visit the new Office of Teaching and Learning webpage for a detailed schedule and registration information.

2018 Faculty Forum List

I hope to see you at many of our professional development opportunities. I look forward to hearing your input about our newsletter and the types of news you would like to see. Thank you for your support and for being an important part of our NLU family.


Raquel Garcia, M. Ed.

Adjunct Faculty Operations Manager

Upcoming Dates


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (University Closed)


Last Day to Add/Drop Classes


Starfish Survey ‌Opens      


Creating Effective Research Assignments Webinar:


Starfish Survey ‌Closes


Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Brown Bag Series Dialogue 2 (email Leticia Martinez at for registration)

For more dates visit University Calendar

News You Can Use

Winter Quarter Started WEDNESDAY, January 10

Start of term reminders for faculty:

  • Add/Drop week continues until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, January 17 (extended by one day due to a holiday). Students may be added to any course during this period, per University policy.
  • Please check your class rosters daily during the first week of the term, as rosters may change frequently.
  • As students add the course, contact them through NLU and/or D2L email to welcome them and assist them in getting started.

If a student informs you of any issue they are experiencing related to course access, please direct them to the NLU Help Desk for immediate 24/7 support:         

                                            On Campus:  Extension 4357

                                            Off Campus:  (866) 813-1177


Starfish Surveys Winter 2018

The Starfish Progress Surveys for the Winter Term will open on Thursday, January 18th and remain open through Friday, January 26th. Because faculty have the most formal interaction with students, you play a critical role in early identification of students that are having trouble in a course, need academic assistance, aren’t attending or participating in a course, or are displaying troubling behaviors.  Faculty are asked to use Starfish to notify staff of these concerns proactively so that outreach can occur.

You will receive notification of the survey via your NLU email.  Progress Surveys are designed to provide quick feedback on what you have observed to date in your course. Specifically, faculty are asked to indicate any of the following for a student in their course, with comments when necessary:

  • Attendance Concern: it is critical that faculty raise this flag if a student has not yet attended or logged in to a course
  • In Need of Academic Assistance: if early work indicates a student needs academic assistance or tutoring in the areas of writing, research, math, science and/or study skills, this flag sends a referral to Library and Learning Support for outreach. Faculty can expect to receive notification when the student has met with Learning Support.
  • Kudos: send encouragement to a student that is doing well in your course so far

If you are logged into the portal, you can access your surveys directly from the link in the email.  You can always access Starfish through the NLU portal with the link on the Faculty/Staff tab as well.

How to Complete Your Stafish Survey

Please make sure to use Starfish through the term to flag Kudos as well as any issues.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Neer at

Upcoming Events

University Meeting

The next monthly university-wide meeting will be held Tuesday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Atrium on the Chicago campus.  Marty Mickey, Alison Hilsabeck and our President Nivine Megahed will update the community on our financial performance and other items of interest and importance.  We encourage you to participate at one of the campus Zoom locations listed below.  If you are unable to be at a campus, we have provided a Zoom link -

                     Chicago               Atrium

                     Wheeling             Public Forum Room

                     Skokie                 Room 469

                     Lisle                    Public Forum Room

                     Elgin                    Room 114        


Future monthly meetings are scheduled for Thursday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. and Monday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.

LITS (Learning & Information Technology Services)

Schedule of Faculty Support Session. Please register by emailing

  • Friday, January 12: Zoom, 1pm – 4pm
  • Tuesday, January 16: North Shore Campus, 1pm – 4pm
  • Tuesday, January 16: Chicago Campus, 3pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday, January 24: Lisle Campus, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 31: Lisle Campus, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

D2L Resources

NLU Help Desk: 1-866-813-1177

Office of Teaching and Learning: Faculty Forums

During the month of February, the Office of Teaching and Learning is sponsoring a series of faculty facilitated discussion forums on post-secondary core teaching practices. The theme this yearis how we learn through teachingIn this series we will dig deeper into the quality of core post-secondary teaching practices and what they reveal about student thinking and learning.

2018 Faculty Forum List

Faculty Appreciation Month

National Louis has tagged the month of February as Faculty Appreciation Month to let you know how much you are appreciated by the entire NLU community. In the upcoming weeks you will be receving more information regarding the month's events.

Thank you for all you do for our students!

National Louis University Spotlight

Lina Eskew, Adjunct Instructor, Assessment Manager

Hello! My name is Lina Eskew, and I am a new adjunct instructor at NLU. I recently taught the PPA 500 course and will be teaching this again in Winter 2018. I was asked to introduce myself to you via this newsletter but hope that we get the opportunity to meet in-person soon. I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  After working in the field and learning more about the influence of the environment on behavior, I decided to deepen my understanding of community resource management. I completed a Master’s in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Science with concentrations in Public Administration and Public Policy from Northern Illinois University. My dissertation was focused on the role of representative bureaucracy in the perceived legitimacy of local governments. The idea was (and always has been) that I wanted to make contributions to the field from both an individual and a systems perspective.  

Since my doctoral studies, I have worked as both faculty and staff in higher education. As a researcher, I have conducted work in the areas of assessment, institutional research, and program review. Most recently, I have been hired as the new Assessment Manager at NLU.  I am excited about this new opportunity at NLU and look forward to working with you.

Lina R. Eskew, Ph.D.

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.

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

Adjunct Council

Adjunct Handbook

Adjunct Orientation

Student Guidebook


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