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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 and notify the Registrar’s Office via e-mail ( 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?

Students can take advantage of the Writing Center and the Math Resource Center, as well as department-based tutoring services.  

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

Getting Started Teaching Resources University/Department Resources

Introduce Yourself to the Professional Staff in Your Department

Special Classroom Requests Work Requests

Complete New Employee Paperwork

Audio-Visual and Graphic Services

Photocopying / Scanning

Payroll Basics

University Libraries / Copyright Law

Dining Options at Drexel University

Drexel Email Account

Online Learning


DrexelOne Portal

Book Orders


Drexel ID

Office Hours

Drexel Shuttle Service

Dragonfly Wireless Internet


Public Safety
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 Attendance Policy 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  
  Course Evaluations  
  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.

Adjunct Coffees

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

Fall 2015 Application Window Closed. Winter Quarter Applications Due January 4, 2016. 

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. This competitive award 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, 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 competitive award. 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 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.
  • The awardee will receive the approved amount in a lump sum funding transfer to their academic department’s account.
  • The awardee will be required to submit reimbursement documentation to their academic department, with a copy to, no later than 30 days after completion of travel. 
  • Awardees must also complete an online report and submit it within 30 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

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

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

Architecture and
Rena Cumby, Department Head Tel: 215-895-6090
Art and Art History Patricia Brack, Assistant to the Department Head Tel: 215-895-1336
Arts and Entertainment Enterprise Bridget Lynch, Program Administrator Tel: 215-895-6402
Fashion Design and Merchandising Victoria Hurst, Administrative Assistant Tel: 215-895-2390
Graphic Design Jody Graff, Program Director Tel: 215-895-0294
Photography Paul Runyon, Program Director Tel: 215-895-2932
Performing Arts Helene Engel, Department Administrator Tel: 215-571-4440
Television Production
and Media Management
Sharon Walker, Assistant to the Department Head Tel: 215-895-2407

Bennet S. LeBow College of Business

Accounting and Tax Megan Snell, Administrative Secretary Tel: 215-895-2116
Decision Sciences Jenna Rose Pepe, Department Manager Tel: 215-895-2130
Economics Michelle Sykes, Senior Secretary Tel: 215-895-6156
Finance Maria Myers, Department Manager Tel: 215-895-1741
Legal Studies Kimberly Williams, Senior Secretary Tel: 215-895-2145
Management Alison Geigert, Department Manager Tel: 215-895-2143
Marketing Kim Williams, Department Manager Tel: 215-895-2145

College of Arts and Sciences

Biology Brenda Jones-Bowden, Office Services Coordinator Tel: 215-895-2788
Chemistry Joseph Foley, Interim Assoc. Dept. Head Tel: 215-895-6218
Culture and Communication Caroline Chmielewski, Department Administrator Tel: 215-895-1313/2455
English and Philosophy Mary Beth Beyer, Department Administrator Tel: 215-895-6911
History and Politics Melissa Mansfield, Department Administrator Tel: 215-895-6764
Interdisciplinary Programs Jessica Kratzer, Program Coordinator Tel: 215-895-1863
Mathematics David Ambrose, Assoc. Department Head Tel: 215-895-6247
Physics Steve McMillan, Department Head Tel: 215-895-2709
Psychology (Undergraduate) Tara McNair, Academic Coordinator Tel: 215-895-0487
Psychology (Graduate) Damaris Oquendo, Academic Coordinator Tel: 215-553-7119

College of Computing and Informatics

College-Wide Contact  Melissa Englund, Associate Director of College Operations Tel: 215-895-1904

College of Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering Andrea Falcone, Office Manager Tel: 215-895-2227
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Sharon Stokes, Assistant to Department Head Tel: 215-895-2341
Electrical and Computer Engineering Kathy Bryant, Executive Assistant to the Dept. Head Tel: 215-895-1723
Materials Science and Engineering Richard Knight, Assoc. Department Head Tel: 215-895-1844
Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics David Miller, Interim Department Head Tel: 215-895-2429

College of Medicine

College-Wide Contact Jackie Shepeski, Senior Academic Coordinator Tel: 215-762-4126

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Primary College-Wide Contact Alecia Fox, Sr. Director of Nursing Faculty Resources Tel: 215-762-1844
Behavioral Health Counseling Abby Mayer, Academic Advisor  Tel: 215-762-4779
Couple and Family Therapy Billie Joe Lockard, Administrative Coordinator Tel: 215-762-1867
Creative Arts in Therapy Darin Dunston, Administrative Coordinator Tel: 267-359-5512
Doctoral Nursing Anna Pohuly, Program Coordinator Tel: 215-762-2651
Health Services Administration Rita O'Donnell, Administrative Coordinator Tel: 267-359-5721
Physician Assistant Denise Mielechowski, Business Manager  Tel: 267-359-5749
Radiologic Technology  Lavetta Reliford, Director  Tel: 215-553-7040
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences  Ryan Moffat, Program Administrator Tel: 215-762-7470

Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Computing and Security Technology Scott White, Program Director Tel: 215-895-0910
Construction Management James Tsafos, Program Manager Tel: 215-895-6024
Engineering Technology Gery Willis, Program Manager Tel: 215-895-6253
Hospitality, Culinary Science an Food Science Erica Friedman, Program Manager Tel: 215-895-2836
Multidisciplinary and Emerging Programs Mercedes Moultrie, Interim Program Manager Tel: 215-571-3939
Sports Management Heather Blackburn, Director, Admin. and Student Services Tel: 215-895-0913

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

School-Wide Contact Natalia Broz, Grad, Studies and Special Projects Coordinator Tel: 215-895-2044

School of Education

Educational Administration Allen Grant, Program Director Tel: 215-895-6232
Ed.D. W. Edward Bureau, Program Director Tel: 215-895-2856
Global and International Education Kristy Kelly, Program Director Tel: 215-895-2381
Higher Education Jose Chavez, Program Director Tel: 916-325-4610
Human Resource Development Salvatore Falletta, Program Director Tel: 916-325-4609
Learning Technologies  Elizabeth Haslam, Program Director  Tel: 215-895-1277
Math Learning and Teaching  Jason Silverman, Program Director  Tel: 215-895-6087
Ph.D.   Jason Silverman, Program Director  Tel: 215-895-6087
Special Education  Lori Severino, Program Director  Tel: 215-895-6770
Teacher Certification  Sarah Ulrich, Program Director  Tel: 215-895-1865 

School of Law

School-Wide Contact  Mary McGovern, Assistant Dean Tel: 215-571-4815

Dornsife School of Public Health

Community Health and Prevention  Angel Dorsey, Administrative Assistant Tel: 267-359-6071
Environmental and Occupational Health  Carolyn Jackson, Administrative Assistant  Tel: 267-359-6046
Epidemiology and Biostatistics  Mary Carty, Educational Program Coordinator  Tel: 215-359-6205
Health Management and Policy  Sheila McMillan, Administrative Assistant  Tel: 267-359-6010

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 -
Alternate: Blythe Davenport -

College of Nursing and Health Professions

John Taylor -
Alternate: David Caldwell -

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Rosemary Murphy -
Alternate: TBA

School of Education

Stephanie Sutcliffe -
Alternate: Alice Reyes - 

Meeting Spaces

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

Useful Publications

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.