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October 2017

WELCOME TO THE ADJUNCT BULLETIN

Welcome to the first edition of our Adjunct Bulletin! My goal is to publish a monthly newsletter that communicates institutional and college updates, highlights adjunct accomplishments, and provides links to resources, and connects adjuncts to the broader NLU community.  The Adjunct Bulletin will communicate professional development opportunities for all our faculty and feature news about exciting events taking place throughout the year.  This digital newsletter will be sent to all faculty and staff so they remain current on adjunct happenings.

In collaboration with the Adjunct Council and colleges, I have organized an Adjunct Breakfast to kick off the academic year to share important information and provide networking opportunities.  The breakfast will be held in the morning on Saturday, October 14 at the Chicago campus and via Zoom video conferencing.  See below for more information. 

The 2016/2017 fiscal year has been an exciting time of growth and achievement. I look forward to working with you this year as we continue to build on this exciting momentum.

I welcome your feedback about the Adjunct Bulletin 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

Provost Office

rgarcia32@nl.edu 

Upcoming Dates

October 14:

NLU Adjunct Faculty Breakfast, Chicago Campus

October 22:

First 5-Week Classes End

October 25:

CPSA Blended Learning PD

October 29:

First 5-week Classes End

October 30:

Late start Classes Begin

For more dates visit www.nl.edu/academiccalendar.

News You Can Use

UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE (UGC)

National Louis University engages students in meaningful learning experiences, nurtures them in a healthy and supportive learning environment, and prepares them for successful career paths.  Together, we provide opportunities for students to study with practicing professionals currently in their fields who are committed to teaching excellence.  Additionally, we are committed to enriching the lives of our partnering communities through all of our curricular and co-curricular activities.

In our ongoing effort to maintain utmost transparency in our progress to realize our vision for a unified, undergraduate college at NLU, we have summarized key points of information as they relate to the role of our adjunct faculty in the UGC.  

Undergraduate College (UGC) Progress

Since September 2016, over 75 people from across the university, including adjunct representation, have participated in eleven work streams within the Undergraduate College (UGC) Working Group, and the ongoing results of this collaborative effort have been both remarkable and inspiring. 

Significant progress has been made with an emergent framework established that includes:  

  • The establishment of a clear and comprehensive student pathway to bachelor’s degree completion, including 60 QH of General Education coursework, 55-65 QH of Major requirements, and 55-65 QH of Electives and Career Readiness coursework, with the latter including space for every student to pursue a Minor and Concentration if desired;

 

  • The development of a four-year coaching and advising model – for both adult transfer and Pathways students – that ensures students are provided the academic, personal, and career support to persist, graduate, and transition successfully into their careers;

 

  • The definition of key tenets to guide faculty staffing and workload in the UGC, including, for example, that: the UGC will be considered a teaching college and will not hire tenure-track faculty; existing tenure-track or tenured faculty will remain in their current college and may also teach in the UGC and/or consult on curriculum work. 

 

Adjunct Faculty Staffing and Workload

Adjunct faculty will continue to be a crucial part of our teaching faculty at National Louis University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Though of course, the need for adjunct instructors varies somewhat over time, the UGC students will especially benefit from adjunct perspectives and their expertise. The UGC model will rely on adjuncts to teach in all four years of the undergraduate experience, and the UGC anticipates a higher ratio of adjunct instructors teaching in the last two years where the major courses focus on preparing students to enter their professional fields.

Based on current credentialing criteria, qualified adjunct faculty will have opportunities to teach courses and develop new courses as Subject Matter Experts (SME) across all colleges. FYI:  if you are interested in teaching a course or courses you haven’t taught before and believe you may be qualified but not yet approved for the course(s) in our credentialing system, please contact me (Raquel) to arrange to have your credentials reviewed for the new course(s). Note: this applies to graduate level courses as well.   

Teaching in the Undergraduate College

Our commitment to excellence and the success of our students is crucial to the success of the new undergraduate college.

We hold all our faculty, both full time and part time, to high teaching standards including instructional practices, assessment and timely student feedback.  We require all of our faculty to demonstrate a desire to create a quality learning space that demands continuous engagement between faculty and students. There are teaching expectations specific to the new undergraduate college.    

For the UGC, student success indicators such as attendance, grades, and class participation are rigorously tracked, reported on, and discussed between faculty, Student Success Coaches and Instructional Leads.  This data-driven, teaming approach focuses on the individual student level resulting in customized intervention and support plans.  This approach also requires faculty flexibility in adjusting curriculum, instructional delivery, assessments, and types of student engagement to continually make improvements in the courses.  

Professional Development and Team Meetings
We are committed to providing opportunities for all our faculty to develop their teaching practice and be proactive in meeting the demands of our undergraduate population.  We recognize many of the teaching and learning strategies in the Undergraduate College are new and innovative.  As such, ongoing UGC sponsored professional development and team meetings are essential components and will be part of the faculty expectations in the UGC. 

Ongoing Communication

There continues to be inspiring collaboration across colleges to ensure a successful transition. Please know that we are committed to regular and open communication with all of you in the months ahead in order to ensure a transparent and smooth launch of the UGC. 
 

Recognizing the Importance of Your Role in the Undergraduate College
We are proud to have quality adjuncts teaching in the Undergraduate College as it will help us build a best-in-class undergraduate experience and to drive toward our vision of being a local and national leader in closing the achievement gap in bachelor’s degree attainment. 

We appreciate the commitment of the adjuncts and take pride in the quality instruction that is helping build out an exemplary undergraduate and drives toward helping thousands of students positively transform our communities.

Upcoming Events

Adjunct Faculty Breakfast

National Louis Univeristy is pleased to invite all adjunct facculty to a Breakfast Information Session. Leaders across the university will present during the information sessions. Join us, network with other adjuncts, and learn about all the initiatives happening at NLU.

RSVP ONLINE or Email Raquel Garcia

Adjunct Council Meeting Date

The NLU Adjunct Council meets the second Thursday of every month via Zoom video conferencing.  The meetings are open to all and you are welcome to attend.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. If you would like to receive the Zoom meeting link, please email Raquel Garcia at rgarcia32@nl.edu.

Adjunct Spotlight

We are proud of the work our Adjuncts both inside and outside of the classroom. In every issue, there will be a “Spotlight” article on a faculty member in order to get know the faculty better and share their accomplishments.

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 adjunctnews@nl.edu.  We look forward to sharing your work with the NLU Community.

Useful Links

Adjunct Council

Adjunct Handbook

Adjunct Orientation

Student Guidebook

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