Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program


Adjunct faculty teach at Harper College for a variety of reasons. Some career professionals teach to give back to the community or to share their expertise with future members of the workforce. Some adjunct faculty aspire to a full-time faculty position in higher education. Still others find that part-time teaching fits into their schedules better than a full-time position. Regardless of motivation, Harper College respects and relies on the commitment that so many adjunct faculty make to the institution and its students both in and out of the classroom.

The purpose of the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program is to provide recognition for adjunct faculty who have demonstrated commitment to student success and teaching excellence above and beyond the walls of the classroom. This is demonstrated through the completion of a body of work in the areas of college service and professional development, after which a unit-eligible adjunct faculty member may receive the following incentives as defined in the 2016-2021 adjunct faculty agreement:

  • Increased compensation per contact hour as defined in Article 8.1 (2.5% rate of pay increase)
  • Priority in course assignment as defined in Article 4.7 (a minimum of 9 contact hours when available)
  • An interview for a posted full-time faculty position for which the adjunct employee is qualified.

We are excited to share the launch of the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program in the Spring 2018 semester. Please review the details for the program below, including the process, timeline, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).


1. Submit Intent to Apply

The next application cycle will open early Spring 2019. Please watch for more details.

  • View and Download the Intent to Apply Form
  • Complete the form, attach all required documents, and drop off a hard-copy at your division office or mail to your division dean by April 23, 2018.
  • Once all requirements are met, please submit a hard-copy of the form with dean’s signature and all required documents to the Academy for Teaching Excellence (Building F, Room F320) by May 18, 2018.
2. Complete the Reflective Educator Graduate Equivalency Course (online, 6 weeks)
  • View Course Syllabus
  • GECs: 1.0
  • Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Course Details: June 11 – July 22, 2018
  • Course Description and Course Goals: A reflective educator examines their interactions with students and strives to modify those interactions in ways that increase student success, student satisfaction, professional expertise, and/or personal fulfillment. In this course, participants will examine their underlying beliefs about their educational practices. Participants will identify and/or create sources of data from which they can gather information about their practices. Participants will then collect data from these sources, identify areas of strength and areas for growth, and create plans for future exploration and action. Participants will provide evidence of their work in the form of an ePortfolio.
3. Develop & Submit ePortfolio

ePortfolio creation begins during the online Reflective Educator GEC (see above). The course will guide you through the process of creating an ePortfolio and help you develop and complete the Reflective Practices domain.

ePortfolio Components:

  • Part 1: College Service Form
  • Part 2: Reflective Practices domain (developed in Reflective Educator GEC)
  • Part 3: Professional Development domains (two domains must be selected from the list below)
    • Course Design
    • Distance Education
    • Inclusive Practices
    • Innovative Practices
    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    • Subject Matter Expertise
  • View Adjunct Faculty Level II ePortfolio Components & Rubric

Completed ePortfolios will be submitted electronically to the Academy for Teaching Excellence by August 20, 2018.

4. Committee Review
  • A cross-functional review committee will review ePortfolios and determine Level II status.
  • If granted, Level II status will be implemented in upcoming semester.
  • If not granted, feedback will be provided for resubmission.


Deadlines & Important Dates
  • April 2, 2018: Intent to Apply forms available
  • April 23, 2018: Date to submit Intent to Apply form to your division dean
  • May 18, 2018: Completed Intent to Apply forms due to the Academy for Teaching Excellence
  • June 1, 2018: Cohort established and notified
  • June 11, 2018: Reflective Educator GEC begins (six weeks, online)
  • August 20, 2018: Completed ePortfolios submitted electronically to the Academy for Teaching Excellence
  • September 2018: Review Committee reviews ePortfolios
  • October 5, 2018: Review Committee announces Level II status decisions
  • January 2019: Level II status becomes effective (effective for two academic years)

The next application cycle will open early Spring 2019.
Please watch for more details.


Where do I start?

A great place to start is to watch the info session webinar that the Academy for Teaching Excellence hosted on Thursday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. The webinar covers the history and development of the program, an overview of the program, ePortfolio rubric and an example ePortfolio, timeline and next steps, and Q & A with session attendees.

Watch the webinar recording.

Who was involved in designing this program?

A multi-disciplinary advisory team was convened in Spring 2017 after the Level II program was agreed upon in the newly approved adjunct faculty agreement. The team designed the program over the course of one year and will continue to meet to assess the efficacy of the program and ensure that it is meeting the broad needs of adjunct faculty at Harper College.

The Adjunct Faculty Advisory Team consisted of the following adjunct faculty and Academy for Teaching Excellence staff members:

  • Karl Buschmann, Adjunct Faculty, Business & Social Science
  • Kristin Cushing, Adjunct Faculty, Student Development
  • James Heyland, Adjunct Faculty, Career & Technical Programs
  • Jennifer Lau-Bond, Adjunct Faculty, Resources for Learning
  • Marybeth Linse, Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics & Science
  • Nancy Moore, Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Arts
  • Mary Ann Schaefer, Adjunct Faculty, Health Careers
  • Michael Bates, Dean of Teaching, Learning, & Distance Education, Academy
  • Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist, Academy
  • Katie Michelau, Administrative Assistant, Academy
  • Amanda Nielsen, Adjunct Faculty Outreach & Engagement Specialist, Academy
How do I know if I am unit-eligible?

Adjunct faculty who provide a minimum of three credit hours of instruction per semester for at least four consecutive semesters are unit-eligible. Adjunct librarians and counselors who are assigned a minimum of 160 hours per semester for at least four consecutive semesters are unit-eligible. The summer term is excluded in counting consecutive semesters.

If you are unsure, you can check with Human Resources or with the Harper College Adjunct Faculty Association (HCAFA).

What if I am not currently teaching?

As long as you are currently unit-eligible, you can still apply.

Unit-eligible adjunct faculty maintain unit eligibility unless three consecutive semesters pass without a teaching assignment. Unit-eligible adjunct librarians and counselors maintain unit eligibility unless three consecutive semesters pass without an assignment of at least 160 hours per semester. The summer term is excluded in counting consecutive semesters.

What is an ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio is a digital collection of artifacts and reflection on your professional practice. This program will utilize the Blackboard ePortfolio tool.

You can learn more about the ePortfolio tool at an upcoming Academy workshop: Building ePortfolios in Blackboard

  • Facilitator: Karen Herold, Instructional Technology Assistant
  • Three sessions to choose from:
    • Friday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, September 11, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Register
How many adjunct faculty can apply and achieve Level II status?

There is not a limit on the number of unit-eligible adjunct faculty who can submit an Intent to Apply form or receive Level II status; however, enrollment for the required Reflective Educator course in the pilot year (academic year 2018-2019) is limited to 24 adjunct faculty.

Will my Level II status expire?

In order to maintain Level II status, one area of exploration and growth identified in the ePortfolio will need to be expanded upon every two years.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact any of the following to help answer or direct your questions: