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Welcome to the NLU Adjunct Council

 We're Glad You Found Us!

The council meets, via Zoom Video Conference, the third Thursday of every month from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 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.

The schedule of meetings for the 2019 - 2020 academic year is:

01/16/2020 - 4:00 - 5:00pm 

02/20/2020 - 4:00 - 5:00pm

03/19/2020 - 4:00 - 5:00pm

04/16/2020 - 4:00 - 5:00pm

05/21/2020 - 4:00 - 5:00pm

06/18/2020 - 4:00 - 5:00pm


All adjunct faculty members are invited to attend.  If you wish to attend email Sharon McNeely at  for a Zoom invitation.

"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 some of Our Council Members...for a complete list visit the  Adjunct Council Roster 

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, 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. 


Ursula Pawlowski M.S.
College of Professional Studies and Advanement

Ursula Pawlowski is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement since 2014. Ursula is the recipient of the 2016 College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA) Adjunct Faculty of the Year award and the NLU 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award. Ursula has redesigned courses in the MSHRMD and MHA programs. She is a member of numerous professional organizations.

Ursula has over twenty years of HR experience working in hospitality, retail, education, volunteer management, non-profits and healthcare. Ursula's passion is in curriculum design, training and development, organizational behavior/organizational development, talent management, performance management, mentoring and strategic planning.

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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.


 Nicole Hansen-Rayes

College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Nicole Hansen-Rayes has extensive clinical and correctional experience working with male and female, juvenile and adult populations. Ms. Rayes has undergraduate and graduate degrees in human services and psychology, and she is a PhD. candidate in community psychology.

Nicole is passionate about teaching students who will become future professionals in the fields of criminal justice, psychology, and human services. She is very involved in helping community college student find their way to the university to achieve their dream goals of academic accomplishments. Nicole also strives to extend educational opportunities for at-risk youth, and the communities that are in the greatest of need.


Updated January 2020


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