Share best practices this spring at the Adjunct-to-Adjunct Virtual Conference
Classroom distractions and challenges were at an unprecedented level this past year and many adjuncts rose to the challenge by leveraging new techniques and strategies to enhance student-centered learning.
Topics of interest to attendees include:
- Mindset and the RU Student
- Managing Student Anxiety/Adjunct Anxiety
- Rethinking Assessment
- Applying Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Building Student Engagement across all Formats
- Hybrid & Remote: The New World of Education
- Building Community
Presenters for the April 8 Conference will:
- Deliver a 45-minute virtual (zoom) session
- Engage with attendees over Q&A and open forum
- Receive certificate and peer recognition
Important Needs to Know for RU Adjunct Faculty Members
* Class format in course finder is still valid.
* Mandatory masking while on campus.
* Submit booster documentation by January 31.
* Negative PCR Test dated no earlier than January 1, 2022
College of Pharmacy by 5 pm January 10, 2022.
Everyone else by 5 pm January 21, 2022
* Proof of positive COVID diagnosis instead of negative test result if you tested positive after October 9.
College of Pharmacy by 5 pm January 10, 2022.
Everyone else by 5 pm January 21, 2022.
* Submit your test result via this link: roosevelt.edu/winter-test-employee
* Submit your booster documentation via this link: roosevelt.edu/vaccine-employee
Make your appointment via this link.
Chicago Campus (AUD 244)
Monday, January 10 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 13 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 18 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 20 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Regular walk-up testing every Monday and Thursday beginning January 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There have been a number of confirmed cases of the Corona Virus at Roosevelt University. The RU administration has decided to switch to a remote modality until October 1st. All classes, in other words, will be held on Zoom.
RAFO was not involved in this decision. However, we intend to engage the university on this issue to ensure the welfare of our members and the entire RU community.
Jen Wilson, RAFO President, has recorded this brief video on the decision and its implications for our members. Please view it at your leisure and contact us with any questions or concerns.
Your Executive Committee
GUIDANCE FOR FACULTY: Student Attendance and Accommodations—Fall 2021 Semester
The University has implemented strict and successful protocol for campus entry during the past 18 months. Ongoing monitoring of and compliance with CDC and IDPH requirements, implementing a vaccination/exemption requirement, and strict adherence to policy have assisted our University in maintaining a healthy and safe campus. Please know that the University continues to monitor the state of public health and has implemented policies and procedures to make our on-campus environment as safe as possible. We encourage all of our faculty members to be proactive in communicating their expectations for the fall semester to the students in their classes. Below are a few reminders about the expectations as we begin the new academic year:
- Anyone who plans to be on campus this semester will be in compliance with the vaccination protocol in one of two ways:
- Proof of vaccination
- Exemption from vaccination, combined with frequent testing
- All campus guests, including guest lecturers, are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine. The only exception to this requirement is individuals under 12 years of age, who must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to coming on campus.
- Students, faculty, or staff who are not compliant will not be permitted on campus.
- A communication plan, from the Dean of Students’ Office, will inform faculty as to any instances when a student should be excused from class and allowed to make up work for COVID-related reasons.
- In an instance when a student is excused for COVID-related reasons, faculty are expected to support and work with the student. Please keep in mind that some students may be excused for quarantine (not ill) or isolation (ill) reasons. While sharing a Zoom link with an individual student is one way, it may not be the method you choose as faculty or the only way to work with a student.
- The majority of our classrooms are equipped with technology to allow a Zoom session if needed. Naturally, this may not be an ideal alternative or the only way to assist a student with an excused absence. Faculty may choose to use this method to record a session, share a link with an individual student, or utilize other methods of working with excused students. Accommodating a student’s needs utilizing Zoom is not an expectation for a faculty member to teach in two different ways (face-to-face and remote). It is rather a way for the student to attend and hear the course discussion.
- Auditorium Building: 37 of 61 classrooms have built-in cameras and microphones for Zoom sessions
- Wabash Building: 27 of 32 rooms have built-in cameras and microphones for Zoom sessions
- Schaumburg Building: 18 of 45 rooms have built-in cameras and microphones for Zoom sessions.
- We are working with the registrar’s office to ensure that classes, whenever possible, are scheduled in rooms that are Zoom ready.
- We do have a few mobile carts that are Zoom ready.
- Fall 2021 training opportunities- https://inside.roosevelt.edu/spaces/55/academic-technology-solutions/wiki/view/6210/training-options
- Zoom/classroom information - https://inside.roosevelt.edu/spaces/55/academic-technology-solutions/wiki/view/6205/zoom-classroom-information
- Kaltura Video Repository - https://inside.roosevelt.edu/spaces/55/academic-technology-solutions/wiki/view/6237/kaltura-video
- Masking continues to be mandatory while on campus, except in designated dining areas or when one is alone in in a private room with the door closed. Should a student refuse to wear a mask after being reminded, please notify Campus Safety (Chicago: 312-341-2000; SCH: 847-619-8989) immediately.
As lead negotiator for the 2020-2024 contract, I am pleased to announce that your negotiating team and Roosevelt University have come to an agreement. RAFO is extremely pleased with the final outcome and we believe you will be, too. The University was adamant on 0% for the first year, but as an offset for that 0%, we negotiated a signing bonus of $150 for each bargaining unit member that taught either in Spring 2020 or will teach in the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. That then takes us into the final three years of the contract where adjuncts will receive a 2% increase for each of those years.
As I hope you can see from the above, RAFO worked hard to ensure that you are rewarded for the professionalism and integrity all have shown during these unusual and trying times. We are attaching a copy of the final contract for you to review and eventually ratify. The areas that appear in green are changes that were made to the verbiage in the contract that will support RAFO during the upcoming 4 years. Appendix A reflects the 2% increase for each step in the final three years.
A link with the time will be sent next week for all to join this a zoom meeting, where we can answer your questions about the contract.
In closing, we hope you will be as excited as we are regarding the new contract.
Don Wlodarski and the RAFO team:
Jen Wilson, Joseph Fedorko, Amelia Hicks, Stan Traywick, Mike Pinsoff and Dennis Tucker
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