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4/7/16 - Adjunct Benefits Announcement

Posted: 4/7/2016 4:53:00 PM

Dear All Webster University Adjunct Faculty:

For the past two years, we have been discussing with the Faculty Salary and Fringe Benefits Committee the potential expansion of benefits offered to adjunct faculty at Webster’s U.S. campus locations. Several of these ideas were also suggested by your St. Louis colleagues at our Town Hall Meetings, informal breakfasts, and in the Focus Groups held this past fall.

As a result, we are happy to let you know that on April 4, 2016, the Faculty Salary and Fringe Benefits Committee recommended, and the Administration approved, the following benefit enhancements for adjunct faculty (on-ground and online) at all US campus locations:

  • Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grants: The Administration agreed to establish a $15,000 Adjunct Research and Professional Development fund. To obtain a grant from the fund, adjunct faculty in the United States, who have taught at least 27 credit hours or 3 years with Webster (defined in accordance with University policy), are able to apply for a $1,000 maximum academic year award for research funds, conference travel, and/or professional development. In the days ahead, we will post specific instructions on the adjunct faculty website: websteradjunctinfo.org..
  • Tuition Remission: After completing 36 credit hours or 4 years teaching at Webster (defined in accordance with University policy), adjunct faculty are eligible for up to 9 credit hours of tuition remission per academic year (June 1 - May 31) for any academic year in which they teach. This does not apply to doctoral programs. This represents an increase from the prior limit of 6 credit hours per year.
  • Tuition Remission For Partners/Spouse/Dependent Children: After teaching 72 credit hours or 8 years with Webster University (defined in accordance with University policy), adjunct faculty are eligible for tuition remission for one spouse/domestic partner OR one dependent child, at 50% of the then current tuition rates per academic year (June 1 - May 31), for any academic year in which the adjunct teaches. This does not apply to doctoral programs.
  • Adjunct Parking: Adjunct faculty will continue to park for free (with a valid permit) through the summer of 2016 in lots located on our main campus in Webster Groves, MO. The parking policy for adjuncts will be reviewed again this summer and announced prior to the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.

We are extremely grateful for all of the input we received from our adjunct faculty colleagues and from members of the Faculty Salary and Fringe Benefits Committee. This year’s committee was comprised of chair Michael Hulsizer, Jeffrey Carter, Allan MacNeill, and Stephanie Schroeder with support from Gwyneth Williams, President of the Faculty Senate. All of these groups were instrumental in our efforts to generate new ideas and creative solutions that further acknowledge and reward your dedicated service to our students, the teaching profession, and to Webster University. We will continue to work with the Faculty Salary and Fringe Benefits Committee to review the total package of compensation and benefits package for our adjunct faculty on an annual basis.

In the months ahead, let’s keep this give-and-take dialogue going. While we may not be able to take action on your ideas immediately, we want to hear them. Forward progress begins with open conversation, and these conversations generate innovative ideas now and for the future.

Thank you again for your dedicated service. We are committed to making Webster University not only a destination for educational enrichment for our students, but also a place of professional growth and achievement for all of our faculty and staff – in St. Louis, across the country, and around the world.

Very truly yours,

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

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