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
  • Priority in course assignment as defined in Article 4.7
  • A phone 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 expectations & requirements, timeline, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Program Expectations & Requirements

STEP 1: Submit a completed application to your Dean to be considered for the 2020 Level II Program Cohort.

Details:

  • View and download the following:
  • Complete the application, Professional Development History Form, and College Service History Form. Attach all of the remaining required documents and drop off a hard-copy at your division office or mail to your Dean by March 6, 2020.
  • You will be notified of your application status by your Dean. If approved by your Dean, please arrange to pick up the signed application from the division office, and submit the completed application to the Provost’s Office in Building L, Room L255 by April 17, 2020.

Notes:

  • Review the FAQs section below for help completing the application, forms, and requirements.
  • The cohort is limited to a maximum of 24 adjunct faculty candidates each year, which is the maximum enrollment in the Reflective Educator Graduate Equivalency Course. If more than 24 applications are received, the Level II Review Committee will select the members of the cohort based on the college service and professional development listed in the application. You will be notified by the Provost’s Office if you are selected for this year’s cohort by May 6, 2020.
STEP 2: Successfully complete the Reflective Educator Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC).

Details:

  • Six weeks, online, May 18-June 28, 2020
  • Approximately 8-12 hours of coursework (directly related to building the ePortfolio) expected per week
  • View Course Syllabus

Notes:

  • Successfully completing the Reflective Educator GEC does not guarantee the Level II designation. After successfully completing the course, a candidate must also successfully complete the remaining requirements listed in Step 3 below.
STEP 3: Successfully complete the remaining requirements.

Details:

  • Complete the remaining components of the ePortfolio after the GEC ends.
  • Submit final ePortfolio electronically to the Provost’s Office by Monday, July 13, 2020.
  • Present ePortfolio to the Level II Review Committee on Thursday, July 23 or Thursday, July 30, 2020.
  • Receive a minimum of 60 out of 80 points needed to achieve the Level II designation as outlined in detail in the ePortfolio Review Rubric.

Notes:

  • View example ePortfolios in the FAQs section below (see #10).
  • View the make-up of the Review Committee in the FAQs section below (see #17).
  • To achieve the Level II designation, candidates in the cohort must successfully complete all of the requirements listed in Step 2 and Step 3 above. If a candidate does not receive the minimum required score, they may re-apply for the program the following year. Learn more in the FAQs section below (see #19).

Timeline

Deadlines & Important Dates

2020 Cohort Timeline

  • February 17, 2020: Application available
  • March 6, 2020: Completed application with all attachments due to your Dean by this date
  • April 17, 2020: Completed application with Dean’s approval due to the Provost’s Office by this date
  • May 6, 2020: Cohort established and candidates notified by the Provost’s Office by this date
  • May 18, 2020: Kick-off Dinner & Reflective Educator Course Orientation
  • May 18, 2020: Reflective Educator course begins (six weeks, online, May 18-June 28)
  • July 13, 2020: Completed ePortfolios submitted electronically to the Provost’s Office by this date
  • July 23 & July 30, 2020: ePortfolio Presentations (choose one)
  • Week of August 10, 2020: Review Committee and Provost’s Office announce Level II designation decisions
  • January 2021: Level II designation and incentives in effect (if achieved)

Click on the video below to watch an info session with detailed information about the Level II program and the application process and deadlines.

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

FAQs

1. Where do I start?

The Academy recorded an info session that walks through the application process, program expectations and requirements, and timeline. We suggest watching this first to learn more about the program.

Watch the Level II Info Session.

2. What are the steps to achieve the Level II designation?

Please see the steps listed above under “Program Expectations & Requirements.”

3. 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).

4. What should be listed on the Professional Development History Form?

The Professional Development History Form provides a concise and organized way for Level II applicants to present the types of professional development they have engaged in and identify which of the six professional development domains (course design, distance education, inclusive practices, innovative practices, scholarship of teaching and learning, and subject matter expertise) their experiences touch on.

Include professional development activities (workshops, webinars, coursework, conferences, etc.) from the past five years. Place an emphasis on Harper-sponsored professional development activities, although it is okay to include professional development from outside institutions. Indicate the professional development domain(s) each activity touches on. If possible, at least two of the domains should be addressed within the activities you list on the form. However, it is not necessary that the activities listed touch on all six domains.

Please review the form for the list of domains, instructions, and examples. The form is located in STEP 1 under “Program Expectations & Requirements” above.

5. Where can I get a list of my professional development history?

If you have attended any workshops, Graduate Equivalency Courses, or conferences/special events that were CEU-bearing, they will be listed in your unofficial Harper transcript. Watch this video to learn how to access and view your unofficial Harper transcript. You should also check your emails and files for records of any other professional development events you may have participated in that weren’t CEU-bearing (e.g. the Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference).

6. I don’t have much to list on the College Service History Form. Will this prevent me from achieving the Level II designation?

College service is not an easy thing for many adjunct faculty members to give; it is often not possible based on the nature of the work and other commitments they have. However, some faculty are interested in and able to give service to the college, and this area of the Level II application (and eventually the ePortfolio) is a chance to let those faculty highlight that work. Points for college service make up a small percentage of the overall score for the ePortfolio reviewed by the Level II Review Committee. Therefore, a faculty member may have zero college service, but may still be eligible to achieve Level II. The points are there to recognize the faculty that are able to share their time and talent in the form of college service, but not to be an insurmountable barrier to those that cannot.

The College Service History Form provides a concise and organized way for Level II applicants to present the ways in which they have helped the college, their division, their department, their fellow faculty, and/or their students outside of their teaching commitments. While the form makes it seem like there should be lots of boxes checked; that is not the case. It is more likely that an adjunct faculty has served the college in one or two ways over the past few years. The definition of college service is broad and can include things like service to students (e.g. optional office hours) and service to fellow faculty (e.g. hosting a workshop, giving a presentation, etc).

You can review examples of college service history in the example ePortfolios listed in the FAQs. The College Service Narratives will be attached to each example’s Biography page.

Please review the form for more instructions and examples of college service. The form is located in STEP 1 under “Program Expectations & Requirements” above.

7. How can I get copies of my observations/performance evaluations?

You can request copies of any observations/performance evaluations from Human Resources: 847.925.6216.

8. How much work is involved with the Reflective Educator Graduate Equivalency Course?

The course is six weeks, online, and runs from May 18-June 28, 2020. There is approximately 8-12 hours of coursework expected per week. The coursework is directly related to building the ePortfolio that you will submit and present to the Review Committee. After the course ends, you will have 15 days to complete the remaining components of the ePortfolio before submitting your final ePortfolio to the Provost’s Office.

9. 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.

10. Can I see an example ePortfolio?

Yes. Adjunct faculty who have previously completed the program and achieved the Level II designation have offered to share their ePortfolios.

2019 Cohort:

2018 Cohort:

11. Do I receive the Level II designation if I successfully complete the Reflective Educator Graduate Equivalency Course?

No, successfully passing the course is only one of the requirements necessary to be considered for the Level II designation. After successfully completing the course, a candidate must also successfully complete the following:

  • Complete the remaining components of the ePortfolio after the course ends
  • Submit final ePortfolio electronically to the Provost’s Office
  • Present ePortfolio to the Level II Review Committee
  • Receive a minimum of 60 out of 80 points needed to achieve the Level II designation as outlined in detail in the ePortfolio Rubric
12. How many adjunct faculty can apply and achieve Level II status?

The cohort is limited to a maximum of 24 adjunct faculty candidates each year, which is the maximum enrollment in the Reflective Educator Graduate Equivalency Course. If more than 24 applications are received, the Level II Review Committee will select the members of the cohort based on the college service and professional development listed in the application. 

13. I will not be able to present during the on-campus ePortfolio presentation dates that are listed. Are there any accommodations or alternate dates?

There are no alternate dates for the on-campus presentations. If you have a special circumstance that requires accommodation, please email level2@harpercollege.edu.

14. What if I am not currently teaching this semester?

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.

15. I am only teaching online this semester, but my Dean requested a classroom observation as part of their consideration of my application. How does this work?

Complete the application. Then, submit the application with all required documents to your Dean by the deadline. Please make a note for your division office to let them know that you are only teaching online this semester.

Then, if your Dean requests a classroom observation as part of their consideration for your application, your division office will work with you to request access to your online course and an observer (most likely the Dean) will complete an observation of the course.

16. I am not teaching this semester or am teaching a late-start class, but my Dean requested a classroom observation as part of their consideration of my application. How does this work?

Complete the application. Then, submit the application with all required documents to your Dean by the deadline. Please make a note for your division office to let them know that you are not teaching this semester or are teaching a late start class.

Then, if your Dean requests a classroom observation as part of their consideration for your application, you will need to submit a sample syllabus, lesson plan, and course materials. Your Dean will review these materials and schedule a time to have a discussion with you about your instructional design and delivery.

17. Who is on the Review Committee?

The Review Committee is convened by the Provost’s Office and is comprised of seven individuals: three adjunct faculty, two full-time faculty (when possible, one is a former adjunct faculty member and one is from the Faculty Development Committee), one member of the Provost’s office (either the Provost or Associate Provost), and the Dean of Teaching, Learning, & Distance Education (non-voting). Candidates will be introduced to the Review Committee members at the time of the ePortfolio presentation.

18. How will the Review Committee score my final ePortfolio?

The Review Committee will use the ePortfolio Rubric to score each ePortfolio. A minimum of 60 out of 80 points is needed to achieve the Level II designation.

19. What if I am selected as a candidate in the cohort, but don’t achieve the Level II designation?

Adjunct faculty candidates who successfully complete all of the requirements of the Level II program, but do not receive the minimum score from the Review Committee to earn the Level II designation may re-apply the subsequent year through the following steps: (a) complete the Application process, (b) submit a revised ePortfolio to the Provost’s Office to be reviewed by the Review Committee, and (c) present to the Review Committee. The course will not need to be repeated if the application is submitted in the subsequent year only.

20. Does the Level II designation expire?

Level II adjunct faculty will need to renew their designation every three years based upon requirements and procedures agreed to by the College and HCAFA. Learn more.

21. 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 2016-2021 adjunct faculty agreement. The team designed the program over the course of one year and consisted of seven adjunct faculty members (one from each academic division) and four Academy for Teaching Excellence staff members.

The program is now facilitated by the Provost’s Office.

Each year, the program is evaluated by the HCAFA and the College together to ensure that it is meeting the broad needs of adjunct faculty at Harper College.

22. Who has achieved the Level II designation?
23. Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please send an email to: level2@harpercollege.edu.