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.

Please review the details for the program below, including the process, timeline, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).


1. Submit Intent to Apply
  • 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 February 14, 2019.
  • Once all requirements are met, please submit a hard-copy of the form with dean’s approval and all required documents to the Academy for Teaching Excellence (Building F, Room F317) by April 18, 2019.
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: May 20 – June 28, 2019
  • 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:

4. Committee Review
  • ePortfolio presentation and review by a multi-disciplinary committee of your peers.
  • If granted, Level II status will be implemented in upcoming semester.
  • If not granted, feedback will be provided for resubmission.


Deadlines & Important Dates
  • January 23, 2019: Intent to Apply form available
  • January 29, 2019: Informational Webinar
  • February 14, 2019: Intent to Apply form due to your dean by this date
  • April 18, 2019: Completed Intent to Apply form with dean’s approval due to the Academy by this date
  • May 6, 2019: Cohort established and notified by this date
  • May 14, 2019: Kick-off Dinner & Reflective Educator Course Orientation
  • May 20, 2019: Reflective Educator course begins (6 weeks, online, May 20-June 28)
  • July 12, 2019: Completed ePortfolios submitted electronically to the Academy by this date
  • July 19 & July 26, 2019: ePortfolio Presentations (choose one)
  • August 2, 2019: Review Committee announces Level II status decisions
  • January 2020: Level II status becomes effective

Questions? Want to learn more? Watch an informational webinar using the link below.

Congratulations to the first Level II Adjunct Faculty cohort! Click on the photo below to learn more.

Click on the video below to hear testimonials from some of Harper’s Level II Adjunct Faculty on their experience with the program.


Where do I start?

The Academy hosted an informational webinar about the program on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. that walks through an overview of the program, the application process and timeline, and ePortfolio rubric components. We suggest watching this webinar to learn more about the program.

Watch the Webinar Recording

How do I know if I am unit-eligible?

All adjunct faculty currently employed at Harper College who provide a minimum of three credit hours of instruction per academic semester for at least four consecutive academic semesters are unit-eligible. Bargaining unit eligibility shall commence at the beginning of the fourth consecutive academic semester in which the adjunct faculty member provides at least three credit hours of instruction. 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 is an ePortfolio?

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

Can I see an example ePortfolio?

View Example ePortfolios: Ted Brady (Liberal Arts), Kristin Cushing (Student Development), Alexis Kowalik (Math & Science), Jennifer Lau-Bond (Library Services), Cindy Miller (Career & Technical Programs), Mary Ann Schaefer (Health Careers)

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 in the required Reflective Educator course will be limited to 24 adjunct faculty to ensure a quality experience. If there are more than 24 eligible applicants, we will work to include broad representation across academic divisions.

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.

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
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 the Academy for Teaching Excellence at 847.925.6174, academy@harpercollege.edu.