Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the University and its facilities:
Basic University Information
Orientation by School
We are also building orientation modules for adjunct for each of our schools.
Day-to-Day Responsibilities Connections
- Connections is a web portal that provides access to Webster's online services. Your Connections ID and password give you access to Webster e-mail, campus WIFI, FTP, and online course services, groups, calendars and announcements. It also provides customizable content in the form of tabs, channels, and news feeds.
- Faculty Development Center (FDC) Home Page
- Online Curriculum Development: Whether you are new to teaching or an old hand, incorporating online tools into your curriculum is virtually inevitable. That’s why we provide training for new online instructors, support for continuing instructors, and instructional design and development of online courses.
- Library Services at Webster University
- The Academic Resource Center (ARC): Like all of us, students sometimes struggle. To help you point your students in the right direction, please familiarize yourself with the ARC and its services. From Academic Counseling to Writing Support – and all points in between – the ARC can help your students with academic or learning challenges.
Teaching Opportunities at Webster’s International Campuses
Adjuncts who have taught at least six courses at Webster are eligible to apply for the Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship program. The Sverdrup Fellowship provides the opportunity for Webster University faculty members to travel to teach at one of the following international campuses: Accra, Athens, Cha-am/Bangkok, Geneva, Leiden, Tashkent, Vienna, and St. Louis (for international campus-based faculty). This program funds travel, housing and some incidental costs.
If you are interested, you can find more information at http://www.webster.edu/global-program-development/internalmobility.html. There are two application deadlines per year, as follows.
October 15: Applications to teach the following Fall (term or semester)
February 15: Applications to teach the following calendar year’s Spring or Summer (term or semester).
Currently, eligible adjunct faculty who have completed 36 credit hours or four years of teaching at Webster are eligible to receive up to nine credit hours of tuition remission per academic year (June 1 – May 31). In addition, tuition remission for one spouse/domestic partner OR dependent child is also available for those adjuncts who have taught at Webster for eight years. The benefit for spouses/partners/children will be 50 percent of the then current tuition rates per academic year (June 1 – May 31) in which the adjunct faculty member is teaching.
More information on these benefits may be found here: http://www.webster.edu/human-resources/benefits/#adj_tuition_remission. Academic Affairs oversees this program.
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
Adjunct employees may participate in the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan available through TIAA and set aside additional, tax-deferred retirement funds. Employees who participate in this plan are immediately vested. To receive further information regarding the University's retirement program, employees can contact:
Webster University Human Resources: firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-246-7580
TIAA Web Site: www.tiaa.org/webster
TIAA Customer Service Line: 1-800-842-2776
- Adjunct Faculty Development Fund – Introduced by the Office of the Provost in 2016, the Adjunct Faculty Development Fund is designed to support professional development, professional travel and research opportunities for Webster University (United States) adjunct faculty. Application deadlines are usually in mid-September, with awards announced on or before October 31. For more information, contact Rita Smith in the Office of Academic Affairs, 314-246-6914.
- William T. Kemper Award For Excellence in Teaching – Each year two nominated adjunct faculty members are awarded $5,000 to fund their teaching activities. Nominations (from colleagues and/or students) are solicited in the fall, with winners announced in the spring.
Free Technical Resources: Microsoft Office 365, a Terrabyte of Storage, Adobe Creative Cloud and Other Tech Benefits
As an active adjunct faculty member, you may secure access to Office 365, all of its features, and a terabyte of storage, along with Adobe Creative Cloud and all its services. For details about registering and signing into both:
Microsoft 365: http://www.webster.edu/technology/o365/
Adobe Creative Cloud: http://www.webster.edu/technology/adobe_apps/
In addition, and recently added, adjunct faculty may also sign up for Lynda.com online training courses on topics ranging from business to photography and design. For more information, visit: http://www.webster.edu/technology/o365/resources.html
Adjunct faculty have access to the fitness center, pool and gym. Memberships are also available for family members. For additional information, please visit: http://www.webster.edu/uc.
Discount Programs: Bookstore and Community Businesses
Adjunct faculty members are entitled to discounts at the Webster University bookstore. Just show your faculty ID to claim it. In addition, your faculty ID will also allow you to take advantage of a variety of discounts offered by local merchants, including Cyrano’s Café, Anytime Fitness, Hampton Inn – St. Louis/Sunset Hills, and the Hub Bicycle Company. For a complete list, visit http://www.webster.edu/community/discount-program/.
Campus Films, Speakers, and Other Special Events
Our adjunct faculty are welcome to attend, film and lecture series, guest speakers, and theater events. Many of these campus activities are without charge, or may be enjoyed with a faculty discount.
The Adjunct Experience
As an adjunct at Webster University, you will touch, challenge and inspire your students. You will encourage them as they explore their ideas, test their theories, and enhance their knowledge. Most importantly, you will help provide our students with an enriching academic experience that will prepare them for professional achievement and success.
We also recognize the importance of giving you the support you need to make your teaching engagement a rewarding and enjoyable experience. To that end, we are committed to providing you with the following:
Open, Give-And-Take Communication
What is academia without the free, unencumbered exchange of information and ideas? Here we encourage it – and treasure it. Starting with your department chair or program coordinator, feel free to ask questions, seek assistance, or just sit, talk, and share ideas.
An Atmosphere of Academic Excellence
As a university with a global reach and academic excellence, we are guided by a culture that supports faculty teaching, scholarship, research, artistic endeavors, and curriculum development.
Webster University offers all faculty – including adjuncts – the resources found at the Faculty Development Center (FDC). An overview of FDC’s online offerings can be found here. These initiatives include learning communities, webinars, and technology support.
The Center is located on campus at the following address:
Emerson Library, Room 420
101 Edgar Road
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 246-8243 or 866-963-8243
In addition, our full and part time faculty are eligible for free conference attendance. Please check with the FDC personnel for specific opportunities. Overseas teaching opportunities are also available at our international locations. Check here for details.
A Voice In Faculty Governance
Up to 10 percent of the seats in our Faculty Assembly can be filled by adjunct faculty, provided you have been at Webster University for at least three years. In addition, Faculty Assembly members are also eligible to be elected to the Faculty Senate. For more information, visit the following: Finally, and most importantly, we want you to feel part of the Webster University community – whether you teach just one class or several. Welcome.