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June 2015, Vol. 1, Edition 2 Adjunct Council Website »
Greetings from National Louis University Adjunct Council

The Adjunct Council is excited to publish the second quarterly newsletter. 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.

NLU Adjunct newsletter first edition
About the Adjunct Council About the Adjunct Council Mission of the Adjunct Council Mission of the Adjunct Council

The Adjunct Council, which consists of 10 members holding three-year terms, held its first meeting in 2002. The purpose of the Council is to actively participate in University governance initiatives and work to improve the quality of life for adjunct faculty throughout NLU. The Council meets a minimum of 10 times within an academic year, in addition to selected council committees, and annually at Fall Connection.

The Adjunct Council's mission is (a) to represent the professional interests of the adjunct faculty at National Louis University and (b) to enhance the adjunct faculty role at National Louis University through active participation in shared governance.

Upcoming Dates



June 29:

Summer Term Begins

July 3:

NLU Closed for Independence Day

Sept. 7:

NLU Closed for Labor Day

Sept. 14:

Fall Term Begins


Fall Connection for Faculty, Staff, and Adjuncts

Nov. 26-27:

NLU Closed for Thanksgiving

Dec 21-25:

NLU Closed for Holiday



Jan. 11:

Winter Term Begins

Jan. 18:

NLU Closed for Martin Luther King Day

April 4:

Spring Term Begins

May 30:

NLU Closed for Memorial Day

For more dates visit

Who's Who at NLU

Renée Judd, Instructional Designer, LITS

Renee provides second-tier support to the NLU Helpdesk in D2L-related matters. You may reach the NLU Helpdesk at 1-866-813-1177. If the Helpdesk technician escalates your ticket, Renee, or one of her LITS colleagues, will be happy to assist so your matter is taken care of promptly. To request instructional design assistance, send an email to For general online teaching and learning assistance, you are invited to attend a D2L open lab, or for more specific help, please our training schedule for workshop topics. The open lab and schedule for upcoming D2L workshops can be found on our Faculty LMS Resources page.

Did You Know?

Adjunct Council Website


The Adjunct Council has recently updated several pages of the Adjunct Council website to include new information and an archive for our new quarterly newsletter. As members of the council, we want to make sure that you are aware of the resources available to you as National Louis University Adjunct Faculty.


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.

Professional Adjunct Lecturer Open Positions

The Professional Adjunct Lecturer Positions (PAL) have increased this year from 10 to 20. There will be 10 positions open in NCE and 10 in CPSA. Each PAL will receive a letter of appointment guaranteeing a minimum of 6 courses at the rate of $3,000 per course. PALs can teach more than the appointed 6 courses on an overload at the TIER III adjunct pay rate.

NCE has positions open in the following fields: Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, Science and Mathematics Education, Early Childhood Practice, and English as a Second Language. To view the required qualifications and to apply, click here.

CPSA has positions open in the following fields: Applied Communications, Business Administration, Management, Management Information Systems, Human Services, Health Care Leadership, Applied Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences, Human Resource Management, Written Communication, Counseling, Health Services Administration, Public Policy and Administration, and Community Psychology. To view the required qualifications and to apply, click here.

NLU Connections

The Connection events that NLU holds three times a year, Fall, Winter, and Spring are a time for faculty and staff to “connect” in a fun, relaxed environment. Food and drinks are provided, and the event moves from campus to campus throughout the year. It was Fall 2014 when adjuncts were first invited to attend. The Adjunct Council, as well as the institution, hope to see adjuncts in attendance to share in the festivities. Emails go out prior to the event with a link to register. Here is an overview of each connection.

Fall Connection, generally held in September near the Chicago campus, starts off the academic year with a day of department/college meetings, then continues with an evening gathering, a dressy affair, with speeches, welcomes, and awards.

Winter Connection, generally held in December near the Lisle campus, has a business casual feel and promotes a holiday feeling.

Spring Connection, generally held in May is a casual affair held outside on the Wheeling Campus grounds (weather permitting). The relaxed atmosphere includes a live band, food hot off the grill, and a T-shirt and jeans attire.

Adjunct Spotlight

Sharon McNeely, CPSA, was hired for adjunct work in 2013 with the goal of helping to build a new general education program. She was fortunate to have many superb guides as she developed new courses and explored options to support students who were transitioning into NLU.  Sharon was pleased that so many people supported adjuncts, and while she did hit bumps in the road, they were bumps, not roadblocks!  In 2014, Sharon was invited to serve on the Adjunct Council (AC) and is currently working on a task force to develop aspects of the observation and evaluation processes for adjuncts. 

“I have attended not only AC meetings, but meetings of other campus groups on behalf of AC.  While it was clear to me that there were many good things going on for adjuncts, there were missing pieces, and some things could be better.  I thought that there had to be more seamless ways to provide needed information to other adjuncts who were probably asking the same questions that I was.  I welcomed the chance to work with others to develop some of the just-in-time training for adjuncts.”


Sharon is a retired full professor from Northeastern Illinois University, having done all the things professors do: teach, research, write, and serve. When she decided she was ready to work again, NLU provided her with a way to grow, to heal, to embrace new quests and to ask yet more questions!  


In addition to adjunct work, she has her own service learning working to develop curriculum to help people in Liberia learn entrepreneurship for developing their own businesses and building better health for themselves and their country.  She is just beginning to connect with the NLU community and share more about that learning adventure.  She is delighted to discover that there are people at NLU that know the crisis there and are full of ideas! As the transforming Liberia learning centers get built, she hopes to incorporate lots of what they are sharing. 


Most importantly, Sharon thanks three people for her journey to NLU: her mom who is an NLU alumnus, Dr. Katie McKnight, a colleague who sings NLU praises, and Dr. Margaret Stemler, a former student who, as a guidepost of all things NLU, encouraged her to explore being involved with an organization that was setting new directions and redefining excellence!  


“As we enrich ourselves, we enrich our students. As we enrich our students, we enrich the world.  I know that adjunct work is not easy.  I know that sometimes others push and pull us in various directions. I hope all adjuncts will reach out and embrace what NLU offers. Please attend some of the ongoing events. Reach out and meet others.  Share what you need and want from the NLU experience.  Let your Adjunct Council members know what we can do to help.  Share and grow with us!” 

News You Can Use

Discounted Parking Options for the Chicago Campus

The following parking garages offer discounted pricing with a current NLU ID. To obtain an NLU ID, visit the facilities office on the 2nd floor of Chicago Campus. Must obtain discount cards from garage office.

17 E. Adams St.
(additional entrance on Wabash Ave.)
Before 4:00pm (M-F), 7.5 hours $15
After 4:00pm (M-F) and weekends $10

325 S. Michigan Ave (Grant Park South)
All day (12 hour max) $13. Must obtain pass card from garage office before entering. After 4:00pm (M-F) $9

55 E. Monroe St.
(additional entrance on Adams St.)
All day (12 hour max) $15. Must be out by midnight. After 4:00pm (M-F) and weekends $10

5 S. Columbus Dr. (Millennium Park)
All day (12 hour max) $10. Must obtain pass card from garage office before entering.

25 N. Michigan Ave (Grant Park North)
All day (12 hour max) $15. Must obtain pass card from garage office before entering. After 4:00pm (M-F) and weekends $9


For more information on these discounts contact the Office of Student Affairs at 888.658.8632 x3568.

Adjunct Faculty Benefits Highlights

Adjunct Council works closely with Faculty Senate (Faculty Welfare and Compensation Committee) and with the Director of Benefits, to advise NLU Administration on benefit matters that are of interest to adjunct faculty.

Check the Adjunct Faculty Benefits Highlights document for a full list of benefits and the eligibility guidelines of each.

   Adjunct TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan 
   Tuition Waiver Policy
   Dell Computer Purchase Discount Program
   Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


You can contact the Benefits Team at, by phone (888)658-8632 ext.5419.

Adjunct Council Roster


Roy Kaelin, Co-Chair

Karen Lynch

Sharon McNeely

Kristen Mitchell

Susan Neustrom


Nancy Hekkema, Chair

Linda Kryzak

Nancy Silverman

Terry Costello


Christina (Tina) Bavone, Secretary

Adjunct questions or concerns, contact Nancy Hekkema, Chair -

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