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8/23/16 - A Letter of Welcome to St. Louis Area Adjunct Faculty

Posted: 8/23/2016 9:56:00 AM

Dear St. Louis Area Adjunct Faculty

Welcome! We hope you enjoyed your summer, and we look forward to the start of the Fall semester.

As a member of our Webster University adjunct faculty, you are a vital and essential element of the Webster University community. All of you make special contributions to our students’ academic enrichment and their professional pursuits.

Over the summer, we have continued our efforts to respond to your ideas and suggestions from last year. Among the actions taken:

Town Hall Meetings – Give-and-take dialogue is so important as we continue to work together to make Webster University an even better place to work. With this in mind, we are scheduling two Town Hall meetings to take place this fall. In addition to our presence, deans from each of the colleges/schools will also be in attendance and available to answer questions. Last year, we found these meetings to be extremely helpful and informative, and we believe it is important that these conversations continue. Both meetings will be held in the East Academic Building (EAB) in Rooms 253/262, and will take place on the following dates and times:

Thursday, August 25 [10-11:30am]
Tuesday, August 30 [4-5:30pm]

Finalized Application Process for the Adjunct Faculty Development Fund – The fund, which was announced last spring by the Office of the Provost, is designed to support eligible adjunct faculty for professional development, professional travel, and research activities. Adjunct faculty members meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply:

Teach and live in the U.S.
Taught at least 27 credit hours or three academic years
Must be teaching or scheduled to teach at the time of application

The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. The application process opens today, August 15, and you may find the application here.

Before starting the application, we encourage you to have the following items available:

  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A list of recent courses taught, including course number and title
  • A written endorsement from main campus department chair or extended campus director
  • A brief (no more than 250 words) description or overview of the request
  • A detailed budget of expected expenses

Deadline for applications is September 15.

To obtain more information, please check the “Academic Affairs” channel in Connections, or contact Rita Smith, director of Academic Resources and Planning in the Office of Academic. She can be reached at kosemund@webster.edu 314-246-6914. A story will also be posted in Webster Today, to inform all potential applicants of details and deadlines for submission.

Parking – Because of the construction of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building and the addition to the parking garage, this year we will have even fewer spaces available. While this challenge is expected to end by summer of 2017, parking enforcement is essential to ensure that designated spaces for faculty and students are being used as prescribed.

New parking tags for the Webster Groves campus are now available from the Department of Public Safety located at 572 Garden Avenue. The new tags are now required and will be valid until July 31, 2017. There will be a $20 charge for adjunct faculty that will cover this entire period. This fee can be paid at the time of obtaining the parking tag or through a one-time payroll deduction.

Key Contact Information – In response to many of your requests, we have created a card that lists key contact information that you can carry with you in your wallet. The cards will be available in each of the school and college Deans’ offices, or you can get one from Public Safety when you obtain your parking permit. In addition, the information, along with key departmental contacts in each of the schools/colleges, is also posted on websteradjunctinfo.org.

Over the past year and a half, we have made a dedicated effort to enhance the adjunct teaching experience at Webster University. We’ve done so by listening to our adjunct faculty and acting on many of your suggestions. The addition of designated adjunct workspaces, improved our tuition remission benefit, and the accelerated appointment letter process are just a few of the improvements made to date.

We look forward to continuing this productive collaboration now that we have embarked upon another academic year. As we work diligently to boost enrollment and add value to our students’ educational experience, your contributions are significant. We value and appreciate your dedication and service and look forward to the year ahead. Thank you.


Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble               

President, Webster University

Julian Schuster
Provost, Webster University