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May 2017, Vol. 2, Edition 4 Adjunct Council Website »
‌Greetings from National Louis University Adjunct Council

The Adjunct Council is excited to begin a third 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 9 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 (b) to enhance the adjunct faculty role at National Louis University through active participation in shared governance, (c) to advise the Provost and President on matters that concern the adjunct faculty at NLU.


Adjunct Council Meetings

Adjunct Council meetings are open to all adjuncts. Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month from 3:45pm-5:00pm at the Chicago campus (room #6017) or via Zoom Video Conference where we discuss issues pertinent to the adjunct community. If you are interested in attending, please contact Roy Kaelin at

We welcome your thoughts and comments with a desire to present them to the appropriate university committee.

Upcoming Dates

Spring Term 2016

May 17:    

Late start classes begin

May 19:    

Spring Connections (Wheeling Campus)

More information and RSVP is available at

May 19-20:

Racial Justice In Praxis Conference

May 23:

Community Engagement & Inquiry Symposium (5pm-7:30pm - Atrium)

May 25:

Blended Learning Research Faculty Forum (Online via Zoom)

May 29:

Memorial Day holiday (University closed)

June 13:

Spring 10-week classes end

June 20:

Second 5- and 11-week classes end

June 24:

Chicago area commencement ceremony

June 27:

Second 6- and 12-week classes end

June 28:

Summer quarter classes begin

July 4:

Independence Day holiday (University closed)

For more dates visit

Education Technology Spotlight


Diagrammer is an online repository of more than 4000 customizable PowerPoint based diagrams. Diagrams use proximity, scale, color, links to clarify hierarchy and relationships between information, making your message more easily understood. The diagrams are conveniently organized into a filterable list, making it easy to find a diagram suitable for your particular message. All of the diagrams available on Diagrammer are free to download and use.

To get started with Diagrammer, simply visit using any modern web browser. Scroll down and you’ll begin to see examples of some of the diagrams available. Clicking the View All Diagrams link near the bottom of the page will bring you to Diagrammer’s filterable list of diagrams. From here, you can search for diagrams by relationship, diagram style (2d or 3d), and by number of nodes. When you find a diagram you would like to download, select the diagram and a pop up window will appear. Fill in the appropriate information (fake info can work if you are testing this) then click submit and the diagram downloads to your computer.

The diagram downloads as a PowerPoint file, and works a lot like the Smart Art you’re probably already familiar with. It will be interesting to see how you use Diagrammer!

Who's Who at NLU

Meet Raquel Garcia, Manager of Adjunct Operations  

Raquel Garcia is the newest member of the Provost Office Team as the new Adjunct Operations Manager. This position was originally held by Amy King in Human Resources. Amy King is now the Associate Director of Human Resources, and the Adjunct Operations Manager position has moved to the Provost’s Office. Raquel as the new Adjunct Operations Manager will be the liaison between the adjunct community and the University. She will address adjunct concerns, manage operations, and work to build a greater sense of community among NLU adjunct faculty. She is located on the Chicago campus but will be traveling to other campuses to support the adjunct community.

Raquel has over ten years of experience working in education, curriculum development, and instructional coaching. She’s previously held positions at the Instituto del Progreso Latino as well as Chicago Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor in Arts from Northeastern University and a Master’s of Education from American College of Education. Her passions include culturally responsive education, data-driven instruction, and peer coaching. You can reach Raquel by email at

Did You Know?

Blended Learning Research Faculty Forum

Save the Date: May 25th – 12:00pm to 1:30pm via Zoom (

The Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting a faculty forum which will report on phase II of the Blended Learning Summer Action Team research. Phase I of this research investigated NLU student preferences for different course modalities (i.e., F2F, blended, and fully online). Phase II of this research focused on the student learning experiences within and across these modalities. In this forum, faculty will report their findings on the student learning experiences in different course modalities in four domains of study (i.e., Business, Special Education, Early Childhood, and Human Services). Specific questions driving their research include:

  1. How do students achieve the course learning outcomes in each modality?
  2. How do student learning routines vary across course contexts?
  3. How do faculty build relationships in each learning context?
  4. What challenges emerge for students and faculty?

If interested in examining and discussing patterns in the data, the benefits and challenges in using blended designs, and the implications for student learning and your own teaching, register for the event through Eventbrite:

New eNuggets online teaching orientation

The “Online Educator” eNugget training for all online instructors is now live.  Developed by NLU’s internal instructional design team, faculty, and administrators, these additional eNuggets focus on online teaching at NLU and include strategies and tools you can use to enhance online classroom instruction. For example, information is provided on using Turnitin, adding videos, links, and external content in D2L, using Zoom Web conferencing for office hours, and much more. If you teach online or are interested in learning more about the online learning environment, check out these new eNuggets in the adjunct orientation.

To access this training, please go to: and either login if you have an account or sign up if you don't. Once you’ve gotten into the NLU Adjunct Orientation site, you will be able to access the “Online Educator” section on the left hand side at the bottom of the page. If you have any issues with accessing the site, please contact Raquel Garcia at

For more information, use the following link to the Adjunct Orientation Informational Page -

Adjunct Spotlight

Mfon Akpan, CPSA

Mfon Akpan is an adjunct faculty member in the Business Administration (BABA) program at National Louis University. He was recently nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award - Adjunct Faculty at NLU. Mfon also teaches business classes at Robert Morris University, Harold Washington and Olive Harvey Colleges, and Argosy University. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in accounting.   He was honored at the Systematic Empowerment Community (SEMCO) graduation at the Liautaud Institute of Illinois on March 10th. This event marked the final state in his moderator training at the Liautaud Institute – University of Illinois at Chicago.

His extensive background working in the financial services sector as well as a MBA (accounting) and a Masters in Accounting and Financial Management (MAFM) prompted him to join the Liautaude Institute to provide SEMCO training to leaders wishing to improve the performance of their organizations using a proven process-based culture change. Mfon Akpan will also be representing NLU at the Teaching of Accounting at Two Year Colleges (TATYC) Conference in May held in Austin, TX. For more information on the conference, see the following link

News You Can Use

Updated Parking Information

Do you work on NLU’s Chicago campus located at 122 S. Michigan Ave? Do you have to run to the downtown campus to pick something up or meet with a colleague? If so, here is the link to access the latest, most updated information on parking for the Chicago campus including information on NLU student/staff/faculty parking discounts:

This website also includes information on the iParkit Express Program which is an app (App Store/Google Play) that facilities parking at the Adams/Wabash Self-Park Garage (17 E. Adams Street). Download the iParkit app and register using your NLU email address and the program code Student598. Then use the app to scan your Program Pass to enter and exit the garage. The discounted rate (before 4:00pm M-F, 7.5 hours at $15 and after 4:00pm M-F and weekends at $10) is charged to your account electronically. Available for use at all iParkit garages.

Adjunct Council Roster


Roy Kaelin, Chair

Sharon McNeely, Chair-Elect

Kristen Mitchell



Nancy Hekkema

Terry Costello

Barbara Gomez, Secretary

Joy St. Pierre

Deborah Shefren



Christina (Tina) Bavone

Adjunct questions or concerns, contact Roy Kaelin, Chair -

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