Adjunct faculty members exercise their voice through the Workplace Environment Committee (WEC), an elected body that functions as a focused and responsive vehicle for voicing and resolving workplace concerns, and the Committee on Contingent Faculty, which is part of Faculty Council. They also can participate in department and college meetings and service on representative bodies—though practices vary among schools and colleges.

Workplace Environment Committee

The Workplace Environment Committee (WEC) is an elected advisory body that hears, reports and suggests resolutions for workplace issues affecting the lives of adjunct faculty members across the university. The committee forwards issues of academic policy and governance to Faculty Council and its Committee on Contingent Faculty (CCF). Elections are held at the beginning of fall quarter.

Top Row (l-r)
  • Mary Mindak, ex officio, chair of Faculty Council's Committee on Contingent Faculty
  • Barry Hollingsworth, Driehaus College of Business
  • Lucy Rinehart, ex officio, associate provost for academic programs and faculty
  • Nathan DeWitt, WEC chair, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Vladimir Lepetic, College of Science and Health
  • Neal Heitz, College of Communication
  • Jeffrey Kowalkowski, School of Music
  • Jack Magaw, The Theatre School
  • Daniela Cavallero, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Bottom Row (l-r)
  • Kevin Erker, Driehaus College of Business
  • Ilene Karol, College of Education
  • Nadia André, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Mary Rita Luecke, College of Law
  • Victoria Hohenzy, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Peggy St. John, School for New Learning
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Committee on Contingent Faculty

The Committee on Contingent Faculty is part of Faculty Council​. It reviews, monitors and recommends changes for university policies that impact contingent faculty. The committee focuses on policies that address contingent (full-time term and part-time adjunct) faculty’s academic freedom and benefits. The committee helps to promote the communication and interactions between contingent faculty and tenure-line faculty. It also addresses and advocates for the resolution of contingent faculty concerns and promotes the inclusion of contingent faculty within the university community.

Tenure-line faculty
  • Mary Mindak, College of Business (chair)
  • Brian Schrank, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Sung Park-Johnson, College of Education
  • Julie Bokser, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Joseph Ferrari, College of Science and Health
  • Michael Lewanski, School of Music
  • Russ Rogers, School for New Learning
Term Faculty
  • Ron Marcuson, College of Business
  • Kelli Marshall, College of Communication
  • Jose Soto, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Allison Ortlieb, College of Law
  • Kamilah Cummings, School for New Learning
Adjunct Faculty
  • Tyler Kahdeman, College of Education
  • Elisabeth Ward, College of Law
  • Curt Hansman, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Elizabeth Ardolino, School for New Learning
  • Tosha Fowler, The Theatre School