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11/13/15 - A Message from the President and Provost

Posted: 11/13/2015 6:46:00 PM

Changes to Appointment Letters and Importance of Focus Groups

Dear St. Louis Area Adjuncts,

I wanted to be sure you heard about a couple of items of interest to all of our adjuncts:

Appointment Letter Process Changes We have heard from a number of you that you would like adjunct appointment letters to be issued earlier. As a result, our Academic Affairs team is working diligently to accelerate the appointment letter process. We are still working out some of the details and hope to share more information with you soon. Our goal is to have the letters in the mail well in advance of the Spring 1 term and the Spring Semester. Watch this space for more details.

Focus Groups -- We Want to Hear From You We also want to take this opportunity to remind and encourage you to register for the adjunct faculty focus groups that are underway through Wednesday, Nov. 18. We encourage you to sign up for one of these sessions. You may do so by visiting http://www.webster.edu/human-resources/adjunct-focus-group.htm

These sessions are a critical step in our gaining a better understanding of the areas where we are doing well for our adjuncts, as well as helping us identify issues of concern to you and your colleagues. We contracted with Towers Watson, an objective, third-party resource, to conduct these sessions for several reasons, including:

  1. Objectivity: These sessions are free from administration oversight.
  2. Candor: Participating faculty are able to speak their minds openly. Findings will be shared with us without attribution or identifying information.
  3. Open communication: Many find it easier to share their views in smaller settings, rather than a large audience. In this format, participants can express their opinions in a comfortable and moderated setting.

We will study the outcomes of these sessions carefully, and share the results with you and the University community. We will also use these results to develop initiatives to address areas of improvement and strengthen what we do well.

websteradjunctinfo.org -- Please Take A Look! We developed this online resource to help meet the needs of our St. Louis area adjuncts. Not only is it designed to be a helpful resource for your role as a professor, we also want it to serve as a vehicle to keep you up-to-date on University activities and news in the St. Louis area.

In addition, you may sign up to receive alerts whenever we update the site, or ask questinons, either by name or anonymously. We very much want to hear from you!

Thank you for reading and have a good weekend. You will soon receive a letter at your home, which will provide additional details concerning these issues.

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Ph.D.               

Julian Schuster, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President 
Chief Operating Officer