Adjunct Faculty Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
This section is designed for faculty members teaching undergraduate classes on the University City and Center City campuses. Information for faculty in the College of Medicine is available through the College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development as well as the College of Medicine Office of Educational Affairs.
Who should I contact regarding safety on campus, including emergencies?
Please contact Drexel Public Safety. The emergency line for the University City campus is 215-895-2222, and the Center City campus emergency line is 215-762-7111. In case of immediate emergency, you can also call 911.
What should I do if a student is in emotional distress?
You should recommend to the student that he/she contact the Student Counseling Center. The emergency counseling line is 215-416-3337.
What should I do if I believe a student is a victim of sexual violence or harassment?
As a faculty member, as required under OED-3 (see the Title IX Resource Page), if a student discloses any information regarding sexual violence or harassment, you are required to make a prompt report to the Office of Equality and Diversity. As in any emergency where the health or wellbeing of a student requires immediate response, call Drexel Public Safety or 911.
What should I do if I believe a student is a victim of discrimination or harassment based upon race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other protected categories?
All faculty members are mandatory reporters under the University’s Equality and Non-Discrimination Policy (OED-1) and must promptly report to the Office of Equality & Diversity (OED) any such issue of which they become aware. For guidance on such issues, please contact OED directly at 215-895-1403.
Who should I contact for classroom needs and A/V support? What about spaces for individual or small group meetings with students? What should I do if my classroom is unexpectedly unusable?
To request a specific classroom type for your course(s), for either the duration of a term or for specific dates, contact the University Registrar, in consultation with your department/unit. A/V support is provided by Instructional Media Services. Information on meeting spaces for the University City and Center City campuses is available online. For emergency classroom changes please find an available nearby classroom at https://create.tms.drexel.edu and notify the Registrar’s Office via e-mail (Exammail@drexel.edu) or telephone (215-571-3623).
Where can I find information about library services?
Drexel Libraries provide resources to Drexel faculty, including adjunct faculty members, such as Interlibrary Loan.
Who should I contact for technical support with Drexel Learn (the online learning system), as well as other information technology (IT) questions?
(IT) support for both faculty and students is provided by the Office of Information Resources & Technology, which includes the Instructional Technology Center, charged with providing Drexel Learn and other online learning technical support services. Your department/unit may also offer such services.
Where can I find information regarding course enrollment policies (adding/dropping/withdrawing from courses) as well as information on grading and exams? Where should I direct students for such matters?
Drexel Central provides information on course enrollment policies and exam scheduling, and the University Registrar provides a helpful guide to grades and grading. Information on Senior Privilege and final examinations for seniors in the Spring Quarter is also available online. Students should be directed to Drexel Central for questions pertaining to these subjects (University City: Room 106, Main Building, Center City: Room 1142, New College Building).
What are my students’ rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy?
Drexel Central provides information on FERPA, and students should be directed to Drexel Central with questions.
Where can I find information on academic honesty/plagiarism, and other student conduct policies?
The student handbook is your guide to student conduct policies.
Where can I find information on disability resources, including student accommodations?
If a student raises any issue regarding a disability, you must refer the student to the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) and send the student an email with the contact information for ODR.
Where can my students get support for non-harassment diversity concerns? How can my students get involved with University diversity organizations?
The Student Center for Inclusion and Culture handles student non-harassment diversity concerns and offers information and resources for students wishing to get engaged with diversity at Drexel.
Where can my students get support outside of the classroom for writing, math, and other subjects?
Where can my students get information on co-curricular activities and other student life matters that fall outside of the classroom?
The Office of Campus Engagement provides a wealth of opportunities for student engagement outside of the classroom. Students living in Drexel residence halls can also contact the residential management team.
Where can I get information regarding onboarding procedures, campus maps and academic calendars, as well as details on teaching resources and university/department resources not covered in this FAQ sheet?
The Resource Guide for Adjunct Faculty, published by the Office of Faculty Development & Equity contains a wealth of information on these topics that is applicable to all faculty engaged in the teaching and learning process at Drexel.
Where can I get support and developmental programming for the teaching and learning process?
The Drexel Center for Academic Excellence provides resources and developmental activities for Drexel faculty wishing to further their knowledge of best practices in the teaching and learning process.
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 Professional Staff in Your Department
|Special Classroom Requests
Complete New Employee Paperwork
Audio-Visual and Graphic Services
|Photocopying / Scanning
University Libraries / Copyright Law
|Dining Options at Drexel University
Drexel Email Account
|Drexel Shuttle Service
Dragonfly Wireless Internet
|Office Space / Campus Meeting Spaces
||Accessibility (Disabilities) Statement
||School Closing Information
|Academic Calendars, Campus Maps
||Academic Integrity / Honesty / Plagiarism
||Additional Useful Weblinks
|The Office of Faculty Development & Equity
||University City Campus Map
||Students Adding Courses
||Center City Campus Map
||Students Dropping / Withdrawing from Courses
||Queen Lane Campus Map
||Grading / Incompletes / Final Exams
||Graduating Undergraduate Seniors
||The Drexel Center for Academic Excellence
Instructional Technology Workshops
The Office of Information Resources & Technology (IRT) offers instructional technology workshops to all Drexel faculty, including adjunct faculty members, and offers certain workshops during evening hours to better accommodate the needs of adjunct faculty. A complete listing of upcoming IRT workshops is available online.
Drexel’s Adjunct Faculty Initiative 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, the Office of Faculty Development & Equity, in the Office of the Provost, has created opportunities such as the adjunct coffee hours for adjunct faculty members to network with colleagues and to talk about academic life at Drexel.
Drexel Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Awards
Academic Year 2015-2016 Application Deadlines:
- Fall Quarter: Friday, October 30, 2015
- Winter Quarter: Monday, January 4, 2016
- Spring Quarter: Monday, March 28, 2016
- Summer Quarter: Monday, June 20, 2016
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 that have been accepted as presenters at conferences within the participant’s field.
All adjunct faculty members that are presenting a paper or poster, serving on a panel, or leading a session, and 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 by the submission due date and will receive an acknowledgement within 2 business days. If the acknowledgement is not received, applicants should contact the office at 215-895-2141 or email@example.com. A decision will be provided within 21 days of each submission deadline.
- $1,000 maximum per applicant.
- Applicants are eligible to apply every other academic year, although first-time applicants will be given priority.
- These awards are not intended to cover participation in developmental teaching and learning activities for which funding is competitively awarded by the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence.
- Budget estimates must be calculated 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.
- Applicants must complete an online report 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.
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
|Rena Cumby, 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
||Alison Geigert, 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
||Melissa Englund, Associate Director of College Operations
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
||Abby Mayer, Academic Advisor
|Couple and Family Therapy
||Billie Joe Lockard, Administrative Coordinator
|Creative Arts in Therapy
||Darin Dunston, Administrative Coordinator
||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
|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
||W. 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
Dornsife 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, 2nd Floor: Monday – Sunday, 8:00am – 11:00pm
- Hagerty Library Lower Level Seating Area: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am – 2:00am | Friday, 7:30am – 8:00pm | Saturday, 10:00am – 8:00pm | Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00am
Reservable Meeting Spaces at Drexel Libraries
Drexel Libraries maintains a total of 40 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. Requests to book Research Connections can be submitted online.
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.