As a distinguished member of our adjunct faculty, we recognize the vital role you play in delivering a world-class academic experience for our students. Learn more about our mission and vision below, and we hope you enjoy your teaching experience with us.
Best Practices for Students
We understand how stressful preparing for finals can be for faculty members as well as students! Depending on how their finals are weighted, final exam grades could mean the difference between an A and a C on a student's transcripts, so we've gathered some tips to help students prepare.
Webster 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). 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. Pleaes view the "Internal Mobility Opportunities" section in the next accordion of this page.
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.
- Overview of the Faculty Senate
- Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
- Faculty Assembly Meeting Minutes
- Faculty Senate Policies
Finally, and most importantly, we want you to feel part of the Webster University community – whether you teach just one class or several. Welcome.
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the University and its facilities:
- Welcome by Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Chancellor
- Welcome by Dr. Julian Z. Schuster, President
- Worldwide Locations
- Campus Map
- Parking – The annual cost of a parking permit for our adjunct faculty teaching on the Webster Groves campus is $20. You may pick up your permit by visiting the Office of Public Safety and showing them your Webster University ID. The address is:
Office of Public Safety
572 Garden Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
- 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.
To assist you with planning, we ask that you explore the following support offerings. We ask that faculty utilize these resources before calling for individualized support or training.
- The Online Knowledge Center has been created to assist faculty as they transition from teaching a face-to-face class to teaching remotely. It includes full tutorials on Canvas, WebEx, and other solutions for teaching online.
- Instructional Support is available via virtual "Open Office Hours" and are offered most days for training, testing, or for general questions. Follow the link to view latest hours, information sessions on specific topics and support materials. Don't have access? No problem. Email email@example.com with your Connections ID and we will add you.
- Library Liaisons support each academic department. Your liaison librarian can help you and your students find credible sources for use in your courses. They can teach your students information literacy and help them learn how to use the library. They can assist you in developing effective assignments and creating helpful instructional aids such as resource guides, tutorials, etc. In addition, you can contact your library liaison to recommend materials to purchase for the library.
- The Reeg Academic Resource Center (Reeg ARC) is here 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.
- Media Services Need a projector? A special classroom for an event? Or video conferencing or streaming services with other classes (or countries)? Contact our IT Services Center.
Webster Adjunct Resources
Sverdrup Building, Room 208
Assistant to the Dean
Webster Hall, Room 219
Director of Operations
College of Arts and Sciences
Webster Hall 239B (equipped with two desktop computers and a printer)
Director of Operations
School of Education
EAB, Room 237 (Room access requires a passcode, and is also equipped with 6 or 7 work
stations, printer, copier, etc.)
Director of Operations and Adjunct Faculty Administration
Walker School of Business and Technology (EAB 300)
Adjunct Faculty offices are located on the first, third, and fourth floors.
1st Floor – Room 144 - Adjunct Faculty Office for Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia
3rd Floor – Room 332 - Adjunct Faculty Office for Biological Sciences, Anthropology & Sociology, and Psychology
4th Floor - Rooms 406, 432, and 434 - Adjunct Faculty for International Languages and Cultures and English as a Second Language
Storage lockers will be installed for all adjunct faculty to use and secure their personal belongings.
A few reminders as our next semesters kick into gear:
- All on-ground and WebNet+ courses: Attendance verification is not via “goldenrod sheets” anymore. There is now mandatory electronic verification, that will come to you as an attendance verification PROGRESS SURVEY in your WebsterU email. You may track attendance through the ‘attendance’ tab in Starfish, but that will not verify attendance with the Registrar, only the survey will verify your enrollments. We are familiar with these through Starfish! Representatives and staff in all five schools have been trained with the new process. Attendance Verification and Progress schedules are here.
- On-ground courses: drops must occur by 4:30 p.m. Friday of the first week; after that, the process is a withdrawal. Additions must occur before 4:30 p.m. Friday of the first week.
- Online courses continue to use their different, established process for attendance verification. Late registration spans from 4:30 p.m. CT the Friday before the start of the term to 4:30 p.m. CT the Friday of the first week of class. Students may be added into only those classes that are not yet full. Consider this with caution: instructors are not required to allow late registrants to make up missed work. Contact the Online Learning Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) for ALL other late registrations.
- Online courses: ALL STUDENTS must login to each online course in Canvas by 8:00 a.m. CT Friday morning of the first week, otherwise they will be administratively dropped from enrollment in the courses.
- All courses have an only ONE week drop period, after that the grade becomes a W on the transcript.
- All SP19 flags in Starfish were bulk-cleared on 5/15/19. Two important carry-over flags remaining are the ‘Not Yet Registered’ and the ‘Concerning Grades: Incomplete’ flags.
If you have any questions, please consult the online learning center for online courses: email@example.com; for on-ground courses, call the academic advising offices, 314-968-6972 or 800-982-3847. For attendance verification survey or Starfish questions, please send the inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 1 Term
- September 15
- September 30
- October 15
- September 15
- September 30
- October 15
- October 30
- November 13
- November 30
- December 15
Fall 2 Term
- November 13
- November 30
- December 15
Spring 1 Term
- February 12
- February 26
- March 15
- February 12
- February 26
- March 15
- March 31
- April 15
- April 30
- May 15
Spring 2 Term
- April 15
- April 30
- May 15
- Public Safety & Security: Main Line: 314-246-7430, Emergency: 314-968-6911, Power Failure: 314-220-8487
- Reeg Academic Resource Center: 314-246-7620
- Academic Advising: 314-968-6972
- Career Planning & Development Center: 314-968-6982
- Counseling Resources: Main Line: 314-968-7030, Emergency: 314-968-6911
- Diversity & Inclusion/Community Engagement: 314-246-8250
- Faculty Development Center
- Human Resources
- IT Service Desk: 866-435-7270
- Mail & Copy Solutions: 314-246-7421
- Multicultural & International Student Center: 314-246-7658
- Media Services: 314-246-6967
- Payroll Services: email@example.com
- Student Health Services: Main: 314-246-4207, Emergency: (Call Public Safety): 314-968-6911
- Work-Related Injuries: Main: 314-246-7782, Emergency: 314-968-6911
- Writing Center: 314-246-8644
You may find a faculty and staff directory here where you can search by formal name.
|Communications & Journalism||Gary Ford||
|Electronic & Photographic Media||Aaron AuBuchon||
|Audio Aesthetics & Technology||Tim Ryan||
Dean, School of Communications
Coordinator, School of Communications
|Art, Design, and Art History||Chair||Ryan Gregg||
|Graduate Studies in Art & Gallery||Director||Dr. Jeff Hughes||
|Music||Chair||Dr. Jeffrey Carter||
|Graduate Studies in Music||Director||Dr. Carla Colletti||
|Conservatory of Theatre Arts||Chair||Dottie Marshall Englis||
|Arts & Management Leadership||Program Director||Gene Dobbs Bradford||
|Department Associate||Alexandra Winters||
Dean, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
|Anthropology & Sociology||Chair||Remy Cross||
|Biological Sciences||Chair||Mary Preuss||
|History, Politics & International Relations||Chair||Warren Rosenblum||
|Human Rights||Director of The Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies||Lindsey Kingston||
|International Languages & Cultures||Chair||Emily Thompson||
|Legal Studies||Chair||Robin Higgins||
|Nurse Anesthesia||Chair||Jill Stulce||
|Professional Counseling||Chair||Muthoni Fernand||
|Religious Studies||Chair||Chris Parr||
Michael R. Hulsizer
College of Arts & Sciences
Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building
Webster Groves Main Campus (WEBG)
Director of Operations
Thanh G. Dinh-Trang
Dean’s Assistant & Communications Coordinator
Walker School of Business & Technology
East Academic Building 303
Webster Groves Main Campus (WEBG)
Dean's Office Representative
Walker School of Business & Technology
East Academic Building 300
Webster Groves Main Campus (WEBG)
Michael R. Hulsizer
School of Education
Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building
Webster Groves Main Campus (WEBG)
Director of Operations
Webster Hall 224
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 in the next tab of this accordion titled "Internal Mobility Opportunities". 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 in Human Resources (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: 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.
Adjunct faculty have access to the fitness center, pool, and gym that are located in the University Center. Memberships are also available for family members.
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, the Hub Bicycle Company, and many more. Just ask and show your faculty ID to claim.
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.
Faculty Mobility Opportunities
Webster University offers various opportunities for faculty to gain international experience and internationalize curriculum. Below is a list of current opportunities:
Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship
The Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship provides the opportunity for Webster University faculty members to travel to teach at one of the following Webster international campuses: Accra, Ghana; Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Cha-am/Hua Hin, Thailand; Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, Netherlands; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; St. Louis, USA (Main Campus and Gateway Campus); Vienna, Austria. This program funds travel, housing and some incidental costs. The fellowship is open to full-time and adjunct faculty. Full-time faculty must have completed at least one academic year at Webster to be eligible. Adjunct faculty must have taught at least six courses at Webster to be eligible.
- Please read the Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship Policy and Procedure in full before applying.
- Applications for Spring/Summer 2022 fellowships will open mid-December. Deadline for applying will be February 15, 2021.
- To view a screenshot of the online application click here.
- To listen to the playback of the last Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship
information session, click the link below.
Info Session - Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship recorded WebEx dated January 22, 2019.
- To view a list of past and current fellows, click here.
Short-Term Faculty Led Programs
Short-term faculty led study programs enrich the curriculum by taking learning to new dimensions outside the classroom. These programs allow participants to understand the world around them by immersing them in other languages and cultures. The learning experiences afforded by these programs help support the University's mission of transforming students for global citizenship and individual excellence. They are also a necessary alternative for students who cannot accommodate year-long or semester programs outside their home campus location. Members of the Webster faculty are invited to plan and propose short-term study courses.
These programs are credit bearing and have an embedded travel component that highlights and supports the course learning objectives. All programs must be led by a Webster faculty. The format may include but is not limited to global hybrid format (an online course with travel component), condensed on-location courses, and other approved structures. The courses are typically less than 6 weeks of travel and may occur in any location around the world.
Members of the Webster faculty are invited to plan and propose Short-term courses. Applications for Spring/Summer Break 2022 will open mid-December. Deadline for applying will be February 15, 2021.
To listen to the playback of the last Short-Term Faculty Led information session,
click the link below.
Info Session - Short-Term Faculty Led Study Abroad recorded WebEx dated September 21, 2018.
Webster Alerts is the University’s primary messaging system for letting students, faculty and staff know when there is an emergency on or near campus and to provide instructions on how to stay safe. This system is also used to notify the community of campus closures caused by severe weather (such as heavy snow), power outages or other factors.
This means that when an emergency occurs on campus, faculty, staff and students will automatically receive an alert to their Webster e-mail address notifying them of the issue. You do not need to “opt into” the system to receive these alerts through your Webster e-mail.
Updating Contact Info and Delivery Preferences
In order to also receive these alerts on your cell phone or at another e-mail, there is a simple system for changing your contact information in Webster Alerts. You may add three mobile phone numbers and two additional e-mail addresses to your account. These can also be cell phone numbers or e-mail addresses for loved ones, in case you want them to be informed of campus emergencies.
To do this, please follow the following instructions:
- Log into Connections
- On the main page of Connections, you will see a “Webster Alerts” heading. Click on “Manage Your Account” to get to the Webster Alerts portal.
- Once you are in the Webster Alerts portal, you will see a dropdown menu in the upper left corner of the screen. Click on the dropdown box and select “User” to edit your user information.
- On this screen, you will see an option to add a mobile phone number. Please enter only the number and do not include dashes or other punctuation.
- Confirm your mobile phone carrier by using the dropdown box.
- You should receive a 4-digit confirmation code via text message. Enter the confirmation code in the space provided in the Webster Alerts portal.
- Add an e-mail address by clicking on that option and entering the new e-mail address in the space provided.
- To edit any of this information throughout the year, please log into your Webster Alerts account through Connections and make the appropriate changes with the above instructions.
If you do not add additional e-mail addresses or mobile phone numbers to your Webster Alerts account, you will only receive these emergency alerts through your Webster e-mail address.
If you run into any issues, using your Webster Alerts portal, or if the Webster Alerts heading is not visible on your Connections menu, please contact the IT Service Desk:
On-campus: ext. 5995
Webster Adjunct FAQs
Q: At what point (time of service) can an adjunct faculty receive tuition remission, and how much can they receive?
A: Active adjuncts may earn up to six credit hours of tuition benefits per academic year after completing 36 credit hours or 4 academic years of teaching. Additionally, Webster offers tuition benefits for one spouse/domestic partner/dependent child after a faculty member completes 72 credit hours or 8 academic years of teaching. To verify eligibility for tuition remission, please contact Rita Smith in the Office of Academic Affairs, email@example.com.
Q: How does payment for online teaching compare with payment for traditional teaching?.
A: Typically, eligible faculty who teach approved, fully online courses with qualifying enrollment receive a higher compensation rate. Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 314-246-6905, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for information on current rates, eligibility requirements, and conditions for online teaching.
Q: Does Webster have tuition remission for family members of Adjunct Professors?.
A: Yes we recently enhanced our offerings in this area. One spouse/domestic partner OR one dependent child (per IRS rules) is eligible for tuition remission of 50 percent of current tuition rates, provided an adjunct faculty member has taught 72 credit hours or 8 academic years with Webster University and is actively teaching at the time of enrollment. This does not apply to doctoral programs and other program exclusions may apply.
Q: Is it possible for more than the 6 credits a year to qualify for tuition remission. Currently, the tuition remission is considered non-taxable income for the 6 credits offered to qualified adjuncts. Is it possible to take more than 6 credits and have the tuition be considered taxable? This would be a paper adjustment and no real additional cost to the university. I would pay the tax on the addition courses that I would take beyond the 6 credits offered. If this is not possible at this time, please consider it as it is another way for adjuncts to further their knowledge and potentially gain an interdisciplinary education to better serve Webster University.
A: Webster University is unique in that it provides a tuition remission benefit for adjunct faculty, which covers up to 6 credit hours per academic year if the faculty member has taught for four years or 36 credit hours. This benefit is not available to part-time staff.
The taxation issue is directed by IRS regulations, which require that all graduate tuition valued in excess of $5,250 per calendar year be considered a taxable benefit to employees. We periodically review our tuition remission benefit for competitiveness, and we will consider your request as we evaluate this and other issues related to our adjunct faculty.
Q: Is tuition assistance available for an adjunct instructor that would like to pursue a Doctorate in Management?
A: This benefit was recently enhanced.
Generally, adjunct faculty who have taught 36 hours or four academic years with Webster are eligible for up to nine credit hours of tuition remission per academic year for any academic year in which they teach. While other criteria may apply (please see official policy), this benefit does not cover doctoral programs.
Please review the policy carefully and check in with your department chair, if you have any additional questions.
Q: How do adjunct faculty access end-of-semester course evaluations that students complete online?
A: Please request the evaluation from your department chair or program coordinator.
Q: Are there any university awards or recognition for excellent student writing? I have several students who have written beautiful essays, but my contact in my home department was not aware of any particular call or prize.
A: We do have an annual Freshman Writing Award, which is offered to encourage and recognize excellence in student writing and help foster a culture of writing at the University.
To be eligible, a student must have been a first-semester freshman in the fall term. All genres will be considered, provided they are a minimum of 500 words, written in English, and written for a class taught by a full-time or adjunct faculty member at Webster University during the fall semester.
Q: Where can I find the change of grade form?
A: Faculty members may see their department chair or extended campus director for a copy of the form.
Q: How do I get the latest version of my textbook?
A: We recommend that you first touch base with your department chair.
Q: The "reasonable accommodations" for disabled students set forth in letters by the main campus Reeg Academic Resource Center, have been increasing over the years. Who is responsible for making/reformatting all course materials in at least 16 font? Who is responsible for obtaining textbooks in alternative format? Some adjuncts use scantron tests, and now they seem to be prohibited. If you have a disabled student, what assistance is Webster going to provide? Will Adjuncts receive extra pay for all of this extra work?
A: If one of your students needs an accommodation, please work through the Reeg Academic Resource Center (Reeg ARC), and our ADA coordinator, Shelley Wolfmeyer (phone: 314-246-7700; email: email@example.com. She and the other ARC representatives will be happy to assist you on these accommodations on a case-by-case basis. If the student is located at an extended site, please also include the site director as you seek help.
While teachers are responsible for enlarging font size, there are different levels of visual impairments and exams would need to be enlarged. Scantron tests, while not prohibited, are not desirable for all students. With these (and other) issues in mind, we again suggest coordinating with the personnel at the Reeg ARC.
Finally, additional compensation for handling these matters is not available.
Q: On the rare occasions that we find a single student disruptive in class, a private conversation with the student is in order. On the even more rare occasion when the student continues to be disruptive in class, what is the recommended procedure to move this to the next level?
A: Our classroom disruption policy, which covers any disruption within a class, is as follows:
- Address it/document it/report it to the department chair and the Dean of Students Office
- Remove the student from the class session, if persistent
- Make expectations clear during a private conversation with the student
- If continued, refer to academic dean (or designee) for consideration of removal from course
- Academic dean (or designee) meets with student to hear from them and then makes a decision
- Student may then appeal to Provost
Q: How does the student dismissal process work at Webster?
A: Students may be dismissed due to their academic performance. The dismissal is automatic based on grades earned, and the process is the same for all students in all locations and online. Both the Graduate and Undergraduate Studies Catalogs describe when dismissal automatically occurs. For graduate students, see the following link concerning dismissals: https://www.webster.edu/catalog/current/graduate-catalog/academic-policies.html#warning.
For undergraduate students, see this link and click on Academic Progress: https://www.webster.edu/catalog/current/undergraduate-catalog/academic-policies.html#progress. When students are dismissed due to academic performance, they may request to be reinstated to the university. The catalog also provides the process to request reinstatement, which includes gathering feedback from faculty members. In addition, students who believe the grade was improperly awarded may also appeal the grade. Again, the process for grade appeals is outlined in the catalog; the process starts with the student contacting the faculty member.
Students may also be dismissed due to academic dishonesty. In serious cases of dishonesty, a faculty member informs the Dean of the appropriate school, and the Dean determines whether to refer the case to the Academic Honesty Board. If a student is referred to the Academic Honesty Board, the Board will set up a hearing. Both sides are heard, and both sides can submit any information they believe is relevant. The Board determines whether academic dishonesty has been committed and, if so, what the appropriate sanction should be. The most severe sanction is dismissal from the University.
Q: I see that there will be a new parking tag procedure, which also includes adjunct parking. Since this has been a fluid practice in the past, what do you recommend we do now?
A: Thanks for your question. According to Public Safety, the parking permit process and pricing remains the same for 2018-19 as it was for 2017-18. That means you can obtain an annual permit for $20. Taking things to a bottom line, you may secure a permit by visiting the Department of Public Safety at 572 Garden Avenue Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
What is new this year is that faculty and staff permits are now being issued non-expiring permits.
Q: Where do I go to find room assignment for course I am teaching?
A: Please contact your department chair or program coordinator.
Q: How many classes may an adjunct teach in one semester/year?
A: In general, faculty may teach no more than two courses at any given time and no more than eight courses per academic year. Number of credit hours per course and non-teaching appointments may be factors in determining an individual’s teaching load. The complete policy may be found in Connections under the Office of Academic Affairs Policies and Guidelines section.
Notes: As noted above, because of a recent update, the Connections interface may not operate normally. IT is aware of the issues and is working to resolve them.
Q: How do new adjunct faculty find out what their Webster email address is?
A: If you have lost or misplaced your Webster.edu email address or credentials, please contact Theresa Altmann in Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are new to Webster, you may check with your department chair (or the director, if you are at one of our extended campuses).
Everyone, please keep in mind you may forward you Webster.edu email directly to a personal account that you may check more often.
Q: Hello, Where do I get my faculty id badge?
A: The Office of Public Safety, which is located at 572 Garden Avenue, issues Faculty ID badges. Please bring your faculty ID number, and Public Safety will take your photo and issue you an ID on the spot. To obtain a free Metro Pass, please visit the Bursar’s Office, which is located in Webster Hall.
Q: Are we permitted to take students on field trips? If so, are waivers required and where can we find them?
A: Please check with your department on policies specific to your area. Faculty members taking students on such an excursion are required to fill out a Field Trip Data Form, while students are required to complete an Activity Participation Certificate and turn it in to you as the teaching faculty member.
Once both tasks are completed, please send copies of both the Field Trip Data Form and each student’s Activity Participation Certificate to the following:
Loretto Hall, Room 260
Q: Where can I list my preferred method of contact? Am I allowed to forward Webster emails to another email account?
A: A top priority is to communicate more effectively with our employees and provide them the information they need when they need it. In addition to this new website and its new communication features, we will also use e-mail and letters to home addresses. Having e-mail go to your preferred address, which you can change at any time, is helpful to all of us. We try to make it easy to forward the Webster e-mails directly to your personal e-mail account. You can find out how to do on the Microsoft 365 Support Page.
Here are some overall important points to remember:
- Students and Adjunct Faculty may forward their Webster email account to ANY valid email address.
- Staff and Full Time Faculty may NOT forward their email to a non-Webster account. Staff and Full Time Faculty may forward their Webster email account to an account they have on another Webster email server (example: someone in Leiden may forward their @webster.edu email account to their @webster.nl account).
- The University will send official communications to employees and students by email to their Webster email account with the expectation that such emails will be read by the recipient in a timely fashion. It is the responsibility of each individual to access this email regardless of whether or not they have a forward set.
- If someone sets a forward to an invalid address or the email address they use is not able to receive mail then the email will NOT be delivered to that user. Instead it will bounce back to the sender as undeliverable.
- A copy of forwarded email is not kept on an Office 365 server.
- Webster does NOT verify that you have entered a valid forwarding address, it is your responsibility to make sure that the address you enter is valid and capable of receiving mail.
- If you set an email forward and are having trouble receiving emails, support personnel will ask you to remove the forward as a first step in troubleshooting. We are unable to troubleshoot issues you are having with third party email systems such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail.
- When you reply to a message which has been forwarded from your Webster account to another account the reply will come FROM the forwarded address, not your Webster email address.
- Service accounts (email for a department, not a person) may NOT be forwarded
Q: Are there any requirements that an adjunct Professor live in the state of Missouri to teach at the Webster Groves campus?
A: The answer is “no,” similar to any employee. They are taxed based on work location, not home location, so it is not an issue where they reside.
Q: Where can I apply for a part-time teaching position?
A: For a list of current faculty openings at our Home and extended campuses in the St. Louis area, please visit our Human Resources webpage.
We also recommend that you send a letter of interest and your CV to the chair of the academic department in which you would like to teach.
Full-time faculty appointments, which include status-track faculty, instructors, and lecturers, are also posted on the Human Resource web page when they are available.
Q: Do you provide digital access to the digital New York Times?
A: Yes, we do. To access, please sign in to your Connections account. From the home page, select the “Faculty” tab. When there, the right column will give you instructions on how to access.
Q: Will grants be available to adjunct faculty annually? If so, when will the process begin and details be available?
A: Yes, domestic adjunct faculty will have the opportunity to apply for professional development grants again. For complete guidelines, please reference the Office of Academic Affairs Policies and Guidelines section in Connections.
Q: I received an email stating that Adjunct faculty would now be entitled to a $1000 professional development stipend to attend conferences. I cannot seem to find the email. I had papers accepted to present at an upcoming conference and I would like to know which entity to contact regarding requesting the stipend.
A: Thanks for your question. On August 23, we sent an email to all adjunct faculty (using their Webster.edu email address) announcing that applications are being accepted for grants from the new Adjunct Faculty Development Fund. This is a competitive process, and you may find a copy of the application here. Please note that the deadline for applications is September 15.
To qualify, adjunct faculty members must meet the following criteria:
- Teach and live in the U.S.
- Must have taught at least 27 credit hours or three academic years
- Must be teaching or scheduled to teach at the time of application.
Q: I take public transport to work or bike. I am assuming that the payroll deduction of $7.65 per check is something that I sign up for, if I have a need for a parking space. If not, how do I get exempt from it? Would you clarify for me?
A: Please be assured that a payroll deduction will not be made unless – and until – you have requested a parking permit from Public Safety.
It’s also worth noting again that a deduction will be taken only if both of the following occur: 1) you have requested and been issued a parking permit and 2) you are currently teaching and receiving a paycheck. With this new system we anticipate parking costs will stay the same or be reduced.
On a related subject, we should also note the availability of the “UPass” program, which enables members of the Webster University community to ride both Metrobus and Metrolink for free. This program represents part of our commitment to make transportation more accessible, affordable, and sustainable. Faculty, students, and staff may obtain the passes at the Bursar’s Office in Webster Hall using their Webster photo ID.
Metro buses run regularly between the Shrewsbury Metrolink station and the front of Webster Hall. Parking is also available for UPass users at the Shrewsbury station parking lot.
Q: Are adjunct faculty considered to be exempt or non-exempt?
A: Adjunct faculty are considered exempt under the teaching professional exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Q: Where do I obtain my w-2?
A: ADP handles our W-2 distribution process. They will mail hard copies and also post them online with the stipulation that our employees have access to them by the IRS’ January 31st deadline. Employees will be notified via their webster.edu email address when the W-2s are available online.
Q: Where can I find my recent pay stubs?
A: ADP offers an employee portal that includes this material.
Q: Where can I find current rates of compensation? Where can I find information as to change of compensation based on length of service?
A: It depends on a number of factors (including years of service), and your chair (or director for extended campuses). They will be able to answer specific questions about your situation.
Q: Am I eligible for Tuition Remission? How do I apply?
A: Adjunct faculty, upon teaching 36 credit hours or 4 years with Webster, are eligible for up to 6 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 the doctoral program. There is no benefit for spouse or children of adjunct faculty.
Q: Can I participate in a retirement plan?
A: Adjunct faculty are eligible to participate in a Supplemental Retirement plan administered by the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). This plan allows you to have a certain percentage of your salary directed into the plan on a tax-deferred basis. There is no matching University contribution to this plan. For questions or to enroll in the plan contact Betsy Schmutz, Associate VP for Human Resources, at email@example.com.
Q: Since working at Webster, my address has changed. Who do I contact to get my W-2 form for Webster income mailed to my new address?
A: To have your W-2 sent to your new address, please email the Payroll Office at (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your email, please include your new address with instructions on sending your W-2.
Q: What is the minimum number of students for an adjunct faculty to get full pay for that course?
A: In general, there must be five or more students signed up for a course for an adjunct to be paid in full. If that threshold is not reached, Webster University will pay the adjunct $120 per credit hour per student, up to $360 per student.
Q: Does Webster use self-published textbooks from faculty? If so, who should faculty send their request for approval of their textbook?
A: Thank you for your inquiry. Please reach out to your department chair on this issue. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
Q: Can adjunct professors be used as references for students on their resume, or can only full time professors be references?
A: Yes, of course adjunct faculty may be used as references! Many have done so already and we hope others will do so when appropriate. If you have questions about a specific request or concerns about content, please see your department chair.
Q: Will Webster pay for an adjunct to attend an out-of-town conference related to the discipline they teach?
A: One option for you is to check with your Dean. The Dean of each college/school has funds available for professional development.
Another option would be to apply for adjunct professional development funds through Academic Affairs. The application guidelines for the Adjunct Faculty Development Funds are posted in Connections in Office of Academic Affairs Policies and Guidelines Channel. This a once per year award and applications will open mid-August. Currently, we have 15 adjunct faculty who were awarded funds for the current fiscal year.
In addition, there are also two competitive grant opportunities that may also be of interest:
William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching
Funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation, the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty members who demonstrate teaching at its finest. Up to four Kemper Awards are presented each year: two for full-time faculty members (St. Louis) who will each receive a $10,000 award, and two adjunct faculty members (all campuses) who will each receive a $5,000 award. The Provost appoints a committee to review nominations and materials and recommend the four recipients.
Adjunct Faculty Development Fund
Also administered by the Provost’s office, this fund awards up to $1,000 to support adjunct faculty development initiatives. The application process usually opens in August and closes in mid-September.
Q: How can one pay for the school fee in Webster University? What are the requirements for a candidate to apply in Webster university?
A: A good place to start is the Admissions section of the Webster.edu website. You may access that information here. You will find helpful information about the undergraduate/graduate application process, educational costs, as well as financial aid and scholarships. Take note, there is also a helpful net price calculator. If you have additional questions about the process or the information provided, please contact the Admissions Office directly.
Q: I have the title of Adjunct Full Professor since I have served Webster University for 32 years. I wanted to order a graduation cord, which would reflect such a title. Do you have a suggestion?
A: We recommend that you contact Kelly in the Webster University Bookstore either by stopping by or calling 314-968-5936. She will help answer your questions and put you in touch with the representative from Josten’s, if needed.
Q: Is there a way for the university to provide access to students to the Grammarly website to check their work prior to submitting for grading?
A: While Grammarly offers a free online service available to anyone, we believe our Writing Center, which is available to students as well as faculty, offers a more comprehensive and personalized assistance model. It is, of course, free of charge to our students and faculty.
Q: Dear friends, I have presentations and publications to add to my resume. How do you recommend adding?
A: First, if you are asking how to update your resume on file with the University, add the new presentations and publications to your current resume and submit it to your academic department chair or program lead, along with a request that they place the revised CV in your departmental file with a copy to the Office of Academic Affairs.
If you really want to overhaul your resume, it is a good idea to put your presentations and publications in a format that is most appropriate for your discipline.
If you need more assistance or general support, please contact the Faculty Development Center (FDC) at email@example.com. The FDC is a wide-ranging and deep resource, which is available to all of our faculty members. The FDC offers assistance on a variety of topics, including faculty professional development activities for teaching and learning, access and support for teaching and other technology, assistance finding the appropriate support offered within the university, and a beautiful space for faculty members to work on Webster Groves campus.
Q: Would you kindly advise me as to how I might proceed in making application for an adjunct teaching position at Webster campuses outside of the home campus?
A: For a list of current adjunct faculty openings at our Home and extended campuses, please visit our Human Resources webpage. In addition, for those interested in teaching on one of our extended campuses like Jacksonville, we recommend you also reach out to the director of the campus you are interested in applying to. You can find all of our campus locations (nationally and internationally) here. The names of the directors of each campus are listed on that campus’ website.
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