Adjunct Faculty Academy

The Adjunct Faculty Academy is a series of online sessions that you can watch and learn from at your own pace. The goal of this program is to provide adjunct faculty with the essentials you will need to be successful as you teach your courses. Whether you are new to Weber State or just wanting to revamp your courses, there is something here for everyone. You may participate in all of the sessions below or choose the ones that best suit your needs.

The modules will be offered in the new Bridge program. You can access the program through this link. You can follow along through the courses. As you can see below, there will be sessions offered from three categories: Employment, Teaching, and Instructional Design. The modules will guide you through the entire semester from pre-semester planning all the way through inputting final grades, and everything in between. We have also created a checklist for new adjunct faculty to walk you through everything you will need to do to get started in your first semester at Weber State.

There will be a $300 stipend offered for the first 100 adjunct faculty members who complete the entire program by March 1, 2021. To be eligible for the stipend, you must participate in the Adjunct Faculty Academy Kick-Off either synchronously on January 7, 2021 at 6:30pm or the Adjunct Faculty Retreat on February 5, 2021.

*Please note: We have placed a due date on the first module only of the Adjunct Faculty Academy program to complete it within the first 7 days of enrollment. This is because the FERPA training is contained in this module. All employees who access student records must complete the Online FERPA Training every two years. If you are a new adjunct, it is important that you take the FERPA training before you begin teaching.

Adjunct Faculty Academy Sessions


Module 1: Pre-Semester

  • Welcome and Overview
  • Syllabus Design
  • Outcomes and Assessment
  • ChiTester/Proctored Testing
  • Ethics, Integrity, and Fairness
  • Evaluation

Module 2: First Day/First Week

  • Day One and Week One Overview
  • Making the Most of the First Day
  • Building Rapport With Students
  • Building a Safe Campus Through Trust and Education
  • Evaluations

Intro to eLearning (WSU Online)

Improving Course Accessibility (WSU Online)

Module 3: Working with Students

  • Working with Students Overview
  • Best Practices for Inclusive Excellence
  • Using Canvas Gradebook (Review)
  • Using Speedgrader (Review)
  • Dealing with Questions and Complaints
  • Humanizing Your Online Course
  • Discrimination, Harrassment, Title IX
  • Evaluation

Tips for Designing Mobile Friendly Courses (WSU Online)

Humanizing Your Online Course (WSU Online)

Module 4: Wrapping Up Class

  • Wrapping Up Class Overview
  • University Governance and Employee Rights
  • Information Security Awareness
  • Student Evaluations of Teaching
  • Final Exams
  • Entering Final Grades
  • Evaluation





Schedule HR Trainings Listed below:

Complete by end of your first semester
Engaging in Best Practices for Inclusive Excellence
Complete by end of your first semester
Syllabus Design and University Policy
Humanizing Your Online Course Webinar
Outcomes and Assessment
Tips for Designing Mobile Friendly Courses Webinar
Complete by end of your first semester
ChiTester / Proctored Testing
Complete by end of your first semester
Making the Most of the First Day

Additional Resources:

Complete by end of your first semester
February 2021

Course Consultation and/or Rapid Course Design