Adjunct Faculty FAQs

An "eligible" adjunct faculty within the AFC By-Laws (section III.A.) is the subset of all adjunct faculty members who have been adjunct faculty "for at least two years or four courses (does not have to be consecutive) at the time of election." 

Furthermore, To remain in the constituency, an adjunct faculty member "must each at least [one] course at the University of St. Thomas per academic year."

Adjuncts in the School of Social Work teaching in the joint program with St. Kate’s will also be considered eligible.

 

The number of members was chosen in order to ensure fair representation of all eight colleges and schools of the University. 

Eight of the 22 seats will be divided evenly among the colleges and schools. 

The remaining 14 will be allocated according the number of adjuncts teaching in each school.  These 14 seats will be distributed in the following manner. 

  • College of Arts and Science: 7 seats
  • Opus College of Business: 3 seats
  • College of Education, Leadership and Counseling: 3 seats
  • College of Divinity: 1 seats
  • School of Engineering: 3 seats
  • School of Law: 3 seats
  • School of Social Work: 1 seat
  • Dougherty Family College: 1 seat

According to the Bylaws, the AFC will meet once a month.  The Executive Vice President and the Provost will attend at least one meeting a semester.  These meetings will be open to the entire adjunct faculty  constituency.
Council meetings will be scheduled to meet primarily in St. Paul.  Provisions will be put in place for members to attend virtually, e.g. via Skype or a web-streamed portal

AFC Members receive $400 for each semester in which they serve. AFC Officers and AFC Committee Chairs receive another $400 stipend for each semester in which they serve.

Faculty Senate, and Faculty and University Committee Members receive $400 for each semester in which they serve.  These members do not need to be part of the AFC. 

The Bylaws typically allow an adjunct to serve 2 full 2-year terms but an exception was made for those adjuncts chosen to serve an initial 1-year term on the Adjunct Faculty Council.

Generally, members will be elected for two-year terms, with elections staggered. However, in order to arrange for staggered terms in the first election in the fall of 2014, some adjuncts were chosen to serve a 2 year term with the ability to serve one more 2 year term. The other adjuncts were chosen to serve a 1-year term with the ability to serve two more 2 year terms.

The Bylaws typically allow an adjunct to serve 2 full 2-year terms but an exception was made for those adjuncts chosen to serve an initial 1-year term on the Adjunct Faculty Council.

Generally, members will be elected for two-year terms, with elections staggered. However, in order to arrange for staggered terms in the first election in the fall of 2014, some adjuncts were chosen to serve a 2 year term with the ability to serve one more 2 year term. The other adjuncts were chosen to serve a 1-year term with the ability to serve two more 2 year terms.

AFC Members receive $400 for each semester in which they serve. AFC Officers and AFC Committee Chairs receive another $400 stipend for each semester in which they serve.

Faculty Senate, and Faculty and University Committee Members receive $400 for each semester in which they serve.  These members do not need to be part of the AFC. 

You get to make your voice heard! You will have a unique opportunity to represent the interests and concerns of your colleagues to the administration and faculty. With this opportunity comes the ability to become acquainted with how the university works, other faculty members and this, in turn, provides a deeper connection to the University.

Our first adjunct election took place from November 17-26, 2014 and the results were announced the week of December 1, 2014.

The first adjunct council meeting took place February 25, 2015. At that time the Adjunct Faculty Taskforce, which created the council, dissolved. Their names are listed on this website. We thank them for their contribution.

In the future, elections to replace outgoing council members will take place in the third week of April. Spring elections allow for the Adjunct Faculty Council to be up and running smoothly at the start of the new school year.

Generally each spring to constitute the AFC for the next academic year, with a follow-up election in the subsequent fall if necessary.

The AFC will send out an email signaling the nominations period which occurs on-line. 

Even if you are not an elected member of the council, there many ways to get involved! 

There are three standing committees on the council that have open membership policies: Governance, Compensation and Benefits, and Nominatiions and Elections.  There are also Faculty Senate, and Faculty and University Committees in which we have membership.

We need volunteers to represent adjuncts on these committees! If this is an important issue to you, please join us.

Please contact your Council representative or the Elections committee chair, if interested.