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 from 3:45 pm - 5:00pm 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


3:45 P.M.  Call to order

3:45 P.M.  Greeting and welcome to members, colleagues, and guests

3:50 P.M.  Update from Chair-Elect on progress of Adjunct Council Nominating Committee.

4:00 P.M.  Update from Provost Office by Alison Hilsabeck, Chief Academic Officer

4:15 P.M.  Committee reports

Faculty Senate – Roy Kaelin

University Curriculum Council – Sharon McNeely

University Leadership Council – Nancy Hekkema

University Assessment Council – Joy St. Pierre

Governance Committee – Barb Gomez

Student Academic Standards Committee – Deborah Shefren

Faculty Development and Welfare Committee – Kristen Mitchell

Faculty Academic Support and Technology Committee – Terry Costello

4:45 P.M. New business: Transfer of Office

4:50 P.M. Good of the Order: Items from individual AC members & adjunct community

5:00 P.M. Adjournment

 Next Adjunct Council Meeting: July 13, 2017, 3:45 P.M.


"Just In Time" Orientation Available 24/7

We are excited to announce our newly updated 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 distributed the first quarterly newsletter 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 in our archives.

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 currently serves on the University Leadership Committee.

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 the current chair of the Adjunct Council, and, in this role, serves as Senator to the Faculty Senate to represent the interests of NLU's adjunct faculty.

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. 

Joy St. Pierre  M.A.
National College of Education

Joy has been an adjunct instructor for educational psychology courses at National Louis University since 2008.  She has worked as a school social worker in the state of Illinois for 10 years and as a clinical social worker in both Illinois and Indiana for over 20 years. Joy earned her Bachelor and Masters of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. 

Among her interests, Joy likes to read, cook, and explore technology. 

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 Wisconsin-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.

Deborah Shefren M.A.
National College of Education

Deborah Shefren is an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University where she teaches graduate courses in reading and supervises student teachers. She is also an educational consultant with more than 35 years of experience as classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. Deborah received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. Deborah has presented on numerous occasions at the International Literacy Association and Illinois Reading Council conferences. She has provided professional development on writing, reading and writing workshop, comprehension, assessment, balanced literacy, inquiry-based instruction, word study, differentiation, and classroom management. Deborah has served as president of SCIRA (Suburban Council of the International Literacy Association) and is currently its treasurer. She also serves as a board member of the Illinois Writing Project.

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