Adjunct Faculty: Cast Your Vote in the 2018 Workplace Environment Committee Elections

DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus
(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
A vote to elect adjunct faculty members to the 2018-19 Workplace Environment Committee, or WEC, for adjunct faculty is taking place Oct. 5 through Oct. 12.

The WEC's charge is to hear, report, and suggest resolutions for workplace issues affecting the lives of adjunct faculty members across the university, except for issues of academic policy and governance under the purview of Faculty Council and its Committee on Contingent Faculty.

Eight of 14 seats on the committee are up for election. The open seats are allocated as follows: one member each from the Driehaus College of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, School of Music, School for New Learning, College of Science and Health and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Each will serve a two-year term. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences also will elect a second member to finish the remaining year term of a WEC member who stepped down to pursue a different opportunity within the college. 

Deans of the colleges with competitive elections—College of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and School of Music—sent a message to adjunct faculty last week with profiles of the candidates. Adjunct faculty affiliated with one of those colleges should check their email for the voting link and instructions.

Because self-nominated candidates in several colleges are running unopposed, no election will be conducted. Those new or re-elected WEC members are:

  • Liliana Fargo, Driehaus College of Business
  • Vladimir Lepetic, College of Science and Health (re-elected)
  • Heather Little, College of Education
  • Peggy St. John, School for New Learning (re-elected)

The number of WEC individuals from each college or school in a particular academic year is determined by the number of adjunct faculty in that college or school. For academic year 2018-19, each college or school has one member except for the Driehaus College of Business and the College of Science and Health, each of which have two members, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, which has three members.

The colleges or schools that are not holding elections this year—The Theatre School, College of Computing and Digital Media and College of Law—have members who were elected to a two-year term last fall.

Any adjunct faculty member who taught at least six courses over the three-year period immediately preceding the current academic year (three courses in the last three years in the College of Law) and, as of the first day of Autumn Quarter, is teaching or is scheduled to teach in the current academic year was eligible to become a candidate.

The results of the online elections will be announced by mid October. Adjunct faculty members will have the opportunity to review candidates’ self-nomination forms online before voting.

Click here for more details about the WEC.