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October 2015, Vol. 2, Edition 1 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.

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



Oct. 18:

First 5 week classes end

Oct. 25:

First 6 week classes end

Oct. 26:

Late start classes begin

Nov. 22:

Fall 10 week classes end

Nov. 26-27:

NLU Closed for Thanksgiving

Dec. 6:    

Second 5 and 11 week classes end

Dec. 13:

Second 6 and 12 week classes end

Dec 21-25:

NLU Closed for Holiday

Dec 31:    

JIT Adjunct Orientation Stage 3 due

Reminder:  All Adjunct Faculty who teach courses must complete Stage 3 of the new Adjunct Orientation prior to December 31st, 2015 or before the end of their first teaching term (whichever is later).



Jan. 1:      

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

June 27:

Summer Term Begins
July 4: NLU Closed for Holiday

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Who's Who at NLU

Peter Ploegman

Peter Ploegman, Library & Learning Support Specialist, is the liaison for students requesting academic accommodations for their classes in accordance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Peter coordinates with faculty and students on their approved accommodations which includes testing accommodations, reduced-distraction environment, note-taking assistance, alternate textbook formats, ASL interpretation services, and an accessibility workstation. Students will self-identify their accommodation needs and meet with Peter who will then contact the faculty member when an accommodation needs to be made. For all academic accommodation requests, students can contact Peter Ploegman, Library & Learning Support Specialist, by phone at 312-261-3188 or x3188 or via email at 

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Did You Know?

Adjunct Faculty Assignments

As a reminder, Adjunct Faculty assignments are being reviewed so as to not exceed 33 semester hours (55 quarter hours) during the period of April 1st- March 31st of each year.  The Program Coordinators or Directors of each department are monitoring your assignments, but please work with them directly to ensure your assignments are appropriately distributed to avoid reaching the semester hour limit.  This limit includes all work done on behalf of National Louis University including but not limited to:

  •       Teaching Assignments
  •       Non-Teaching Assignments
  •       University Supervisors/Mentors
  •       Dissertations
  •       Honorariums
  •       Design/Curriculum Development

Although there is some variation in hours, Adjunct Faculty can check their total number of hours by viewing their FLAC contracts (on the NLU Portal under “My Services”) for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter and then adding up the “Work Load” hours for each term. 

Adjunct Spotlight

 George Tang

In May 2015, George Tang received the Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Professional Studies and Advancement. This award is selected exclusively by National Louis University students.

Student nominations for Professor Tang included the following highlights: "He is very funny, smart, and a kind hearted professor who cares that his students highly succeed. His classes are always fun and enjoyable to not only learn, but interact with other students. His classes provide a sense of community." "I met Professor Tang last year while I was sitting in the hall week after week waiting for my class to begin with a different Professor. Professor Tang would offer his assistance to me as he would see me working on math material. I instantly knew that I would appreciate Professor Tang's teaching style."

Dr. Edna Bazik

Adjunct faculty plays an important role providing engaging classroom instruction as well as institutional service to National Louis University. The winner of the adjunct faculty Excellence in Service and Engagement Award is Dr. Edna Bazik.

Dr. Bazik has been at NLU since 2005 as an Associate Professor in the National College of Education, and more recently teaching as a member of NLU’s Adjunct Faculty. Her expertise in Mathematics Education not only impacts the students she teaches, but also the professional community. Dr. Bazik’s dedication to service to her profession is evident in her participation on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a national consortium of the Common Core State Standards of Mathematics. In 2014 she served PARCC as a leader for Cadre of Leaders Group by conducting virtual online Common Core Math Assessment Reviews. Recently Dr. Bazik has presented elementary teacher math sessions at regional and annual conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. When presenting and participating at conferences she always uses her National Louis University affiliation. One colleague notes that “Edna’s never-ending quest to enrich her abilities as a mathematics educator and to spread that knowledge, leadership, and enthusiasm to the broad Illinois mathematics education community (and beyond)” makes her an excellent choice to receive the Excellence in Service and Engagement Award for adjunct faculty.

News You Can Use

Grading Frequently Asked Questions 

The registrar’s office has recently updated and provided a list of frequently asked questions when providing grades for students. Below is an abbreviated version. Contact the registrar’s office with any questions by phone at 847-947-5718 or by email at

1. I entered my grades into D2L (Desire 2 Learn); do I need to enter them again in Banner?

Yes. All final grades must be entered into Banner within 10 business days of the last day of the course.

2. If a student is on my roster but has not attended class, should I leave his grade blank when posting final grades?

No. All students who appear on your roster when grades are posted must receive a grade. Contact academic advising by flagging the student in Starfish when a student has not attended a course.

3. A student is in my class but does not appear on my roster; is it OK for the student to remain in the class?

No. If a student is not on your roster, the student has not been officially registered for your course. Direct the student to the Academic Advising Center to register for the course.

4. A student is on my roster but has only attended one class. Should I assign an “FX”?

No. Since attendance was established, the final grade for the student should be an “F.

5. Why am I unable to enter an “I” grade for a student on the grade sheet?

“I” grades must be entered through workflow. Instructions for doing so can be found by selecting the “Employee Services” tab through the portal. Note: Graduate students’ grades are lapsed to “N” and undergraduate to “F” when the terms of the contract have not been satisfied.     

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Looking for a place to publish? Interested in networking in the adjunct world?

Consider the American Association of Adjunct Educators. They produce a periodic journal and are always open to submissions. The Journal of Adjunct Educators is a peer-reviewed journal designed to provide a forum for adjuncts in higher education to better acquaint themselves with other professors in the online and traditional environment, to stay abreast of the latest research, and to tread new paths in the field of education.

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Adjunct Council Roster


Roy Kaelin, Co-Chair

Sharon McNeely

Kristen Mitchell

Susan Neustrom


Nancy Hekkema, Chair

Linda Kryzak

Terry Costello

Barbara Gomez


Christina (Tina) Bavone, Secretary

Adjunct questions or concerns, contact Nancy Hekkema, Chair -

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