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March 2016, Vol. 2, Edition 2 Adjunct Council Website »
‌‌‌Greetings from National Louis University Adjunct Council

The Adjunct Council is excited to begin a second year of the Adjunct Council 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.

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



March 20:

Winter 10-week classes end

March 27:

Second 5- and 11-week classes end

April 3:

Second 6- and 12-week classes end

April 4:

Spring quarter classes begin

May 8:

First Spring 5-week classes end

May 15:

First Spring 6-week classes end

May 30:

Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)  

June 12:

Commencement Ceremony

June 12:

Spring 10-week classes end

June 19:

Second Spring 5- and 11- week classes end

June 26:

Second Spring 6- and 12-week classes end

June 27:

Summer quarter classes begin

For more dates visit

Who's Who at NLU

Meet the Advising Team

Academic Advisors are here to help guide students through their academic program, including assistance with course registration, understanding degree requirements and completion options, or getting connected with other resources at NLU. Academic Advisors are also here to ensure graduating teachers meet state requirements and arrange additional endorsements. Advisors are organized by level, campus and program.

Please view the table below to get a better idea of who advises for the programs in which you teach. You can also find your students’ advisor through Starfish within the Network tab as all admitted students are assigned an advisor.

Any questions can be sent to For more information, see the Advising website.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Assignments




Jose Iniguez



Esmeralda Dominguez

BSM; Business Administration; HCL


Olga Govea

Elementary Ed; Special Ed


Katie Golem

Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Practice


Tenisha Phillips

Criminal Justice; Human Services; Psychology; Social Science; Applied Communication


Jon Janso

Danielle Lemmerman

ABS at Elgin
Elementary Education at Elgin


Sarah Moss

Human Services, ABS, BSM; online BSM


John Janso

HCL, ABS, BSMIS, Criminal Justice, Applied Communication

North Shore Wheeling,Online

Graduate NCE Academic Advisor Assignments




Janet Eggenberger

CPSA programs: Public Policy; Psychology; MBA; MHA; HRMD



Jodi Goode

All Special Education (MAT, MED, CAS, endorsement); MED Spec Ed - Chicago


Annette Kozlowski

Doctoral programs; MED- Administration & Supervision; MED Reading; MED- TIE; MED/EDS School Psychology



Marzena Lecka

MAT Elementary Education- All suburban campuses; Middle Level; MED Spec Ed



Danielle Lemmerman

MED Curriculum and Instruction- all concentrations; ESL Off-Site groups


Larry Miller

MAT Elementary ; MAT Secondary


Leah Ott

MAT Secondary – all Suburban; MED Math Ed; MED Spec Ed


Amy Tarter

All partnership program students; MED TLA


Allie Whelehan




Did You Know?

As a National Louis University adjunct faculty member, you are eligible to participate in some voluntary benefits. An example is the 403B TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan.

To be eligible to participate in the matching portion of the Retirement Annuity Plan (RA), employees must complete One Year of Service at the Institution and attain the age of 25. One Year of Service means a 12-month period during which an employee completes 1,000 or more hours of service. In the case of employees classified as Adjunct Faculty, One Year of Service equates to any calendar year during which the adjunct faculty member reaches 21 semester hours or more of instruction or related activities from National Louis University.

Employees must complete a Salary Reduction Agreement and enroll online with TIAA-CREF directly. If an employee meets the 25 year old minimum age requirement, worked at an educational institution immediately prior to joining National Louis University and had at least One Year of Service at that institution (per the guidelines above), the employee is eligible to participate immediately in this plan. If an employee came from an educational institution immediately prior to National Louis University, but had less than One Year of Service, the prior service credit will be applied to the one year eligibility requirement at National Louis University.

Upon request, Human Resources will review the semester hours from the prior year and determine if the adjunct faculty member has met the 21 semester hour eligibility requirement.

Once the One Year of Service salary requirement is met, then to participate in the plan, the adjunct faculty member must elect to contribute 4% of their monthly salary. The University will then contribute an amount equal to 4%of the adjunct faculty member’s earnings in a one time lump sum payment in December.

However, if the adjunct faculty member does not reach the 21 semester hour Requirement in the year of participation then a lump sum contribution will not be made by the University. If the adjunct faculty member does not participate in the plan for the full calendar year, then the amount of the lump sum payment will be prorated based on participation.

You can check out more Adjunct Benefits at:

If you have questions, just contact for more information

Adjunct Spotlight

 Nancy Hekkema

Nancy Hekkema came to National Louis as a student in the doctoral program in 2004 and earned 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.

Nancy has been on the Adjunct Council since 2013 and represented adjuncts on the Faculty Academic Support and Technology Committee. She is the current chair of the Adjunct Council and participates in University Leadership Committee meetings.

“I haved always enjoyed technology, and really loved teaching educational psychology for an Ipad MAT cohort several years ago.  As I near the end of my first term on the Adjunct Council, I am really grateful for

News You Can Use

Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) Acknowledgement Reminder

Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) is a tracking system that provides adjuncts with accurate and timely contracts. It’s important to login to your NLU Portal to acknowledge all adjunct contracts. You can do this by going to the Faculty/Staff tab within your NLU Portal. Then click on Employee Information under Employee Services. From there, you’ll want to click on Faculty Load Menu which is where you’ll find the Compensation and Acknowledgement forms.

For more information, click here.

Adjunct Council Roster


Roy Kaelin, Co-Chair

Sharon McNeely

Kristen Mitchell

Susan Neustrom


Nancy Hekkema, Chair

Linda Kryzak

Terry Costello

Barbara Gomez

Gloria McDaniel-Hall


Christina (Tina) Bavone, Secretary

Adjunct questions or concerns, contact Nancy Hekkema, Chair -

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