Adjunct Faculty Resources
Drexel’s Adjunct Faculty Initiative has examined the needs and interests of adjunct and part-time faculty members, and improving two-way communication was a common theme, among others. As such, Interim Provost James Herbert, Ph.D., and Vice Provost Janet Fleetwood, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Faculty Development & Equity, have worked together to create opportunities such as the adjunct coffee hours for adjunct faculty members to network with colleagues and to talk about academic life at Drexel.
Resource Guide for Adjunct Faculty
The Resource Guide for Adjunct Faculty, provided in PDF format, contains a wealth of information tailored to the specific needs of Adjunct faculty. Please note that although many of the services mentioned are available to all faculty, this resource guide is primarily targeted at Adjunct Faculty teaching undergraduate courses.
Resource Guide Contents
Introduce Yourself to the Staff at Your Department
|Special Classroom Requests
New Employee Paperwork
Audio/Visual and Graphic Services
University Libraries/Copyright Law
|Dining Options at Drexel University
Drexel Email Account
|Drexel Shuttle Service
Dragonfly Wireless Internet
||Accessibility (Disabilities) Statement
||School Closing Information
|Academic Calendars, Campus Maps
||Additional Useful Weblinks
|The Office of Faculty Development & Equity
||Students Adding Courses
||University City Campus Map
||Students Dropping/Withdrawing from Courses
||Center City Campus Map
||Queen Lane Campus Map
||Graduating Undergraduate Seniors
||The Drexel Center for Academic Excellence
Drexel Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Awards
Application window currently closed. The 2015-2016 round of Drexel Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Awards will be announced in Fall 2015.
Academic Year 2014-2015 Award Recipients:
- Catherine Bartch, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
- Veronica Finkelstein, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
- Katherine Knoeringer, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
- Debra Lawrence, School of Education
- J.P. Lutz, Center for Hospitality & Sport Management
- Robin Vann Lynch, School of Education
Please join us in congratulating the 2014-2015 awardees.
The Drexel Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Awards are administered by the Office of Faculty Development & Equity in the Office of the Provost. The program provides funding for Drexel adjunct faculty to attend conferences, seminars, workshops and professional meetings that are directly related to and will enhance the applicant’s professional development goals and/or enhance teaching skills and student learning at Drexel.
All adjunct faculty members who have taught a minimum of 5 courses at Drexel over the preceding two academic years are eligible to apply. For this purpose, multiple sections of the same course are counted individually, and courses/sections taught during the term of application should also be included in the calculation. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete electronic application to the Office of Faculty Development & Equity by the submission due date. Applicants will receive a reply acknowledging the proposal submission within 2 business days. If such a receipt is not received, applicants should contact the Office at 215-895-2141 or email@example.com.
- $1,000 per applicant is available for up to six awards per academic year.
- The minimum amount for the award is $500. Applications under $500 will not be considered.
- Applicants are eligible to apply every other academic year, although first-time applicants will be given priority.
- Priority is given to applicants who are presenting professional work or otherwise participating in a conference.
Applications should specifically state how the activity relates to the applicant’s professional development, as well as how the applicant plans to incorporate this experience into his/her work at Drexel. Applications must also contain a brief letter of support from the head of the applicant’s academic unit at Drexel. Strong applications will also contain well-researched budget estimates using GSA guidelines.
Upon acceptance of the Drexel Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Award, the applicant will receive the approved amount in a lump sum funding transfer to their Department’s account. After travel is complete or funds are expended, the applicant must complete a brief online report of the activity and submit it within 14 days of return from the funded activity.
For questions regarding the Drexel Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Awards, please contact the Office of Faculty Development & Equity at 215-895-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible Categories of Expenses
The award can be used toward the cost of economy roundtrip travel. In the case of transportation by car, the award can be used to cover rental car expenses or mileage and toll reimbursements for use of personal vehicle (please refer to Drexel’s mileage reimbursement policy).
Per Diem rates should be calculated based on information posted on the GSA website and must be included in the application. Any incidental expenses shall be covered under the per diem allowance. This includes, but is not limited to: meals, parking fees, taxi charges, local transportation costs, checked luggage charges, and internet fees.
For lodging expenses, if applicant travels with a guest and accommodations are made with an establishment that charges per person rather than per room, the award should be used to cover the expenses of the award recipient only.
For registration fees, applicants are expected to research any discounts that may apply to Drexel faculty members for that particular organization.
Health Care Benefits for Adjunct Faculty Members
Effective January 1, 2015, all Drexel non benefit-eligible employees, including adjunct faculty members, who worked an average of at least 30 hours per week over the previous 12 month period, are offered health benefits in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
We recognize that classroom hours alone do not adequately account for the time and energy that goes into teaching a course. Consistent with ACA guidance, Drexel calculates adjunct teaching hours by multiplying each credit hour by a "reasonable" factor to account for preparation time, office hours, grading, etc. For a standard lecture course, the ACA provided an example of a factor that would be considered reasonable of 2.25, which is what Drexel - and most colleges and universities across the country - has chosen for calculating hours worked. However, the factor varies depending on the type of course being taught (e.g. lab, lecture, full instruction). Each school's academic administrators have a chart defining how to perform these calculations. For example, a three-credit lecture course would count for 6.75 work hours per week.
At Drexel, each adjunct faculty member's total workload is calculated by looking back over the previous 12 months and determining what would constitute 9 months of the equivalent of 30 hours per week of work. While the ACA mandates medical coverage only, Drexel goes beyond the minimum and offers all ACA-eligible adjunct faculty dental, vision and prescription drug coverage as well. ACA-eligible adjunct faculty members are offered the same four medical plan options as full-time faculty and professional staff, at the part-time benefit-eligible rates. Coverage is offered for 12 months, provided the adjunct faculty member continues to be employed at Drexel.
Through May 1, 2015 a total of 81 Drexel faculty and professional staff have been offered coverage under the ACA, 54 of whom are adjunct faculty members. Only about 20% of the 54 adjuncts who are eligible have actually opted to receive Drexel health benefits. This isn't surprising given that many of our adjuncts are professionals in fields outside higher education and have full-time jobs elsewhere.
If you have specific questions about the Affordable Care Act or benefits eligibility, please contact Chris Brutsche, Director, Drexel Benefits, at email@example.com.
Departmental Contacts for Adjunct Faculty
These key contacts can assist you with questions as you get started, as well as throughout the term. Please click on your College/School to open the drop-down list of contacts.
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
|Jon Coddington, Department Head
|Art and Art History
||Patricia Brack, Assistant to the Department Head
|Arts and Entertainment Enterprise
||Bridget Lynch, Program Administrator
|Fashion Design and Merchandising
||Victoria Hurst, Administrative Assistant
||Jody Graff, Program Director
||Paul Runyon, Program Director
||Helene Engel, Department Administrator
and Media Management
|Sharon Walker, Assistant to the Department Head
Bennet S. LeBow College of Business
|Accounting and Tax
||Megan Snell, Administrative Secretary
||Jenna Rose Pepe, Department Manager
||Michelle Sykes, Senior Secretary
||Maria Myers, Department Manager
||Kimberly Williams, Senior Secretary
||Rebekka Shepherd, Department Manager
||Kim Williams, Department Manager
College of Arts and Sciences
||Brenda Jones-Bowden, Office Services Coordinator
||Joseph Foley, Interim Assoc. Dept. Head
|Culture and Communication
||Caroline Chmielewski, Department Administrator
|English and Philosophy
||Mary Beth Beyer, Department Administrator
|History and Politics
||Melissa Mansfield, Department Administrator
||Jessica Kratzer, Program Coordinator
||David Ambrose, Assoc. Department Head
||Steve McMillan, Department Head
||Tara McNair, Academic Coordinator
||Damaris Oquendo, Academic Coordinator
College of Computing and Informatics
||Dave Raiken, Program Coordinator
||Yolanda Udvardy, Program Coordinator
College of Engineering
|Chemical and Biological Engineering
||Andrea Falcone, Office Manager
|Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
||Sharon Stokes, Assistant to Department Head
|Electrical and Computer Engineering
||Kathy Bryant, Executive Assistant to the Dept. Head
|Materials Science and Engineering
||Richard Knight, Assoc. Department Head
|Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
||David Miller, Interim Department Head
College of Medicine
College of Nursing and Health Professions
|Primary College-Wide Contact
||Alecia Fox, Sr. Director of Nursing Faculty Resources
|Behavioral Health Counseling
||Erin Leaver-Schmidt, Program Coordinator
|Couple and Family Therapy
||Billie Joe Lockard, Administrative Coordinator
|Creative Arts in Therapy
||Gail Wells, Administrative Coordinator
||Tel: 215-762-6924 x1
||Anna Pohuly, Program Coordinator
|Health Services Administration
||Rita O'Donnell, Administrative Coordinator
||Denise Mielechowski, Business Manager
||Lavetta Reliford, Director
|Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
||Ryan Moffat, Program Administrator
Goodwin College of Professional Studies
(Drexel at BCC)
|Megan Elrath, Computing and Tech. Advisor
|Computing and Security Technology
||Scott White, Program Director
||James Tsafos, Program Manager
||Gery Willis, Program Manager
|Hospitality, Culinary Science an Food Science
||Erica Friedman, Program Manager
|Multidisciplinary and Emerging Programs
||Mercedes Moultrie, Interim Program Manager
||Heather Blackburn, Director, Admin. and Student Services
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
||Natalia Broz, Grad, Studies and Special Projects Coordinator
School of Education
||Allen Grant, Program Director
||Edward Bureau, Program Director
|Global and International Education
||Kristy Kelly, Program Director
||Jose Chavez, Program Director
|Human Resource Development
||Salvatore Falletta, Program Director
||Elizabeth Haslam, Program Director
|Math Learning and Teaching
||Jason Silverman, Program Director
||Jason Silverman, Program Director
||Lori Severino, Program Director
||Sarah Ulrich, Program Director
School of Law
School of Public Health
|Community Health and Prevention
||Angel Dorsey, Administrative Assistant
|Environmental and Occupational Health
||Carolyn Jackson, Administrative Assistant
|Epidemiology and Biostatistics
||Mary Carty, Educational Program Coordinator
|Health Management and Policy
||Sheila McMillan, Administrative Assistant
Adjunct Faculty Senate Representatives
Adjunct faculty members are represented with voice but not vote on the Faculty Senate. Four adjunct representatives, and alternates, come from the colleges that employ the most adjunct faculty, including the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and the School of Education. The current representatives are:
College of Arts and Sciences
Stephen Iwanczuk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate: Blythe Davenport - email@example.com
College of Nursing and Health Professions
John Taylor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate: David Caldwell - email@example.com
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Rosemary Murphy - firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Education
Stephanie Sutcliffe - email@example.com
Alternate: Alice Reyes - firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to any office space provided by your department, the following locations are available for meetings:
Open Meeting Spaces, No Reservation Required
Available space open to the university community that can be used to meet with students one-on-one or as a small group.
- University Club, City View Room: Monday – Friday, 4:00pm –10:00pm (as available)
- Library Learning Terrace: hours are available online
- Gerri C. Lebow Student Living Room: Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 10:00pm
- Ross Commons Room 302: Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 10:00pm
- Hagerty Library Lower Level Seating Area: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am – 2:00am
Reservable Meeting Spaces at Drexel Libraries
Drexel Libraries maintains a total of 37 group study rooms on the University City, Center City and Queen Lane campuses. Any Drexel faculty, student or staff member may use a group study room on a drop-in basis or may reserve one online for small group or one-on-one interactions. These interactions often include meetings between faculty and students. Group study rooms can be reserved online.
Research Connections is a designated conference room within W. W. Hagerty Library providing a quiet space for Drexel faculty to retreat for individual work in proximity to others or for scheduled collaborative sessions. It offers a dozen movable and comfortable seats, a white board, a projector and screen, power outlets and a speakerphone. Access to the room is through the Administrative Office suite, Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Drop-in use is welcome, scheduled sessions may be requested by contacting the Libraries Administrative Office at 215-895-2750.
Additional Reservable Meeting Spaces
The reservable spaces listed below can be booked by completing the Event & Conference Services General Request Form. Please note that you will need to obtain your department's fund and org numbers so that you can provide them on the form (this information will only be used to ensure prompt processing of your request - your department will not incur any charges).
- Ross Commons 302
- Ross Commons 316
- MacAlister 2020
- MacAlister 2019
A list of publications related to non-tenure track faculty life, including materials specific to adjunct faculty, is available in the Development section of the FDE website.