News and Updates

Nominate an AFA member or yourself for the 2020 NEA-RA. Nominations due February 24 @ 11pm

Dear members,

The 2020 NEA-Representative Assembly (NEA-RA) will be held from July 2nd – July 6th, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Oakton AFA will send an elected representative to the NEA-RA as we have every year. Please consider nominating yourself or another member of the AFA to attend this meeting.

NEA R.A. delegates will be responsible for approving the NEA budget, establishing a dues amount, modifying the Legislative Platform and Bylaws and conducting other business of the Association.

A member may either nominate a colleague or himself/herself for this position by providing the information on the attached form. Required information includes: Nominee’s name, address, phone, and email address.

The Elections Committee recommends that should you choose to nominate someone else, please make sure he/she wants to be nominated and can attend this Assembly. The NEA-R.A. will be held from July 2nd – July 6th, 2020. The NEA-R.A. will be held in Atlanta, Georgia

To be included on the ballot, all nomination information must be sent to the AFA Elections Committee Chairperson Ruth Whitney, via email – or drop the nomination form off at the DP Library care of Ruth Whitney.

The nomination form is attached to this email. Additional copies of the nomination form can be downloaded from the AFA website at

Nominations received after 11:00 pm on February 24, 2020 cannot be included on the ballot.

The election for the AFA delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly will be held on the Oakton Community College campus on Tuesday, April 21st.

The AFA needs your nominations, your votes, and welcomes your participation.



Deadline Approaching: Complete the Faculty Professional Development Team Survey on Orientation Week Evening Sessions by February 24th!

Note: This survey is generated in a Google Form and may ask for a gmail login. If you do not have one, you can still complete the survey by entering Google Forms through If you have any questions about how to do this, please contact Gwyn Stupar at

From Mary Johannesen-Schmidt, Faculty Professional Development Liaison for the Faculty Professional Development Team

Dear Adjunct Faculty:

The Faculty Professional Development Team is exploring new options for orientation week offerings, and we would like to hear from you regarding your interest/availability in attending evening sessions during August 2020. Please complete the following brief survey to let your thoughts be heard.

I promise you it is brief! Kindly submit your thoughts by February 24 so that we may consider them our meeting the following week.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Adjunct Faculty Mentors Needed

Spring 2020

Experienced adjunct faculty (4+ semesters of teaching at Oakton) are needed to serve as mentors to new adjunct faculty who will begin teaching during the Spring 2020 semester.

If you are interested, please contact Cari Paterno, Facilitator of the Adjunct Mentorship Program at

Adjunct Faculty Mentors will receive .150 LHEs of compensation for their work (approximates 5 – 6 hours of work during the semester)

Election Results – Randy Felsenthal

Randy received a majority of the votes cast and will attend the Illinois Education Association – Representative Assembly


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Oakton Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) members will vote to elect our delegate to the 2020 IEA Representative Assembly

Members can vote at the following times and locations:

Des Plaines Campus
AFA Office DP Room 2470

12:30 – 5:30


Skokie (RHC) Campus

RHC Room B200

12:30 – 3:30

Ballots will be counted before the AFA Board meeting on Friday, December 6th at 8:30 am DP Room 2544

Members are welcome to observe the vote count.

Adjunct Mentor Program

Fall 2019

Do you have a passion for teaching, a successful track record of working with students and colleagues, and familiarity with Oakton and its practices? Are you a good listener, with a sense of humor and welcoming attitude? The Adjunct Faculty Association is seeking members to serve as mentors to newly hired adjunct faculty.

Oakton’s Adjunct Mentorship Program will start its third semester in the Fall, 2019. Its mission is to empower and engage new adjuncts; to connect them with resources and peers; to assist their growth as teachers and learners; and to enhance their first experience as a member of the Oakton College community.

We are seeking experienced adjuncts (4+ semesters) to serve as mentors for the Fall, 2019 semester for new adjunct hires (mentees). After being paired with a new adjunct, mentors will be asked to communicate (in person, email, phone) for approximately 2-3 hours per month. Per the AFA contract, members will be paid 0.25 LHE/per mentee for the semester. It is assumed mentors will attend a one hour orientation program on Tuesday, August 13 (4:30-5:30pm at RHC campus); keep a communication log; and complete an assessment survey in December, 2019.

If interested, please click for a copy of the Adjunct Mentor Application Fall 2019. Print a copy of the application and return completed form to Barbara Cohen, Facilitator, by August 12.

I look forward to seeing you in August.

Questions? Please Email (

In-house mail: RHC: B206 or DP: 2430

All College Learning Day

October 24, 2019

Learning Day will take place on Thursday October 24, 2019. All campus locations will be closed for Learning Day, and no daytime classes will be held. Classes will resume during the evening beginning at 6 p.m.

Am I required to attend Learning Day?
● All full-time faculty are required to attend
● Participating Staff:
○ All Staff are required to attend
○ Please check with your Departmental Supervisor for further details
● Participating Adjuncts:

○ If Adjunct Faculty’s regular teaching time is at the same time that Learning Day is taking place, they are required to attend Learning Day during their scheduled class(es) and office time(s) only
○ If Adjunct Faculty’s regular teaching time is NOT the same time that Learning Day is taking place, they are welcome to participate on a voluntary basis
○ Please check with your Department Chair for further details

What is Learning Day?
Learning Day is a day of learning that is centered on a particular theme for the entire college body to partake in. A cross institutional committee has been formed to plan the day’s activities that will include, but is not limited to, a shared keynote, breakout sessions, and a culminating activity to conclude the day.

The theme for this year’s Learning Day is on Equity. All activities for the day will be relatable to this theme. Why was Equity chosen as the theme for Learning Day? The college has established a commitment to Equity as articulated within the institutional strategic plan. Learning Day is an opportunity for the college community to learn more about this commitment, institutional equity-related goals, what equity is, and how to operationalize it within our respective work areas.

Click to see the Oakton Learning Day FAQs

Election for Oakton Board of Trustees

April 2, 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, voters chose 3 candidates
for seats on the Oakton Board of Trustees.
The three new trustees elected on April 2 are
Gail Bush,
Marie Lynn Toussaint, and
Wendy B. Yanow.

2017 Contract Ratification News

Contract Ratification Process

Contract Information Sessions and Ratification Vote

The AFA and the College have reached a tentative contract. The new AFA Contract is subject to ratification by the AFA membership and Oakton Board of Trustees.

The new Contract was emailed to members on Friday, November 17th for review. Please do not share the draft contract with individuals outside of the AFA. There will be information sessions for you to discuss the contract and to ask questions about it. Please send questions about the contract to

All adjunct faculty members are welcome to attend the information sessions. Copies of the contract and the summary of contract changes will be available at the information sessions for everyone to see.

VOTING on the Contract will be held at each information session. There will be four opportunities to vote. VOTING will only take place at the information sessions. We encourage all AFA members to come and vote. Only AFA members are eligible to vote on the new contract.
Non members who would like to join the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) can fill out the payroll deduction form and the IEA/NEA Membership form and drop them off at the AFA office (DP Room 2470). Membership forms will also be available at each information session for those who choose to join the AFA at the meetings. Non members can also contact the AFA about membership via voicemail or email.

Voicemail: 847-635-2193

Information sessions and VOTING will be held at the following dates, times and locations.

Day Date Campus Room Time
Tuesday November 28 Des Planes 1608 11:30a.m. -1:45p.m.
Wednesday November 29 Des Plaines 1608 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 30 Skokie (RHC) P103 4-6:30 p.m.
Friday December 1 Skokie (RHC) P103 11:30a.m. – 1:45p.m.

VOTING will only take place at the information sessions.

Vote count will be held after the December 1, 2017 Information session at 2 p.m. in P103, Skokie campus.


AFA President’s Letter

October 2017

Dear Member:

It is the middle of the semester and it seems like just yesterday that we were just
beginning classes and summer was still here. I know we are feeling that momentum to the finish line winter break. The primary focus of this letter is on negotiations and just a few additional points and reminders.

Last Friday, the 13th , we completed negotiations on compensation and other financial
matters. We started at 11:30 a.m. and completed the negotiations at about 7 p.m. While
we were organized and prepared for this session, it still felt like we were on the floor of the Stock Exchange. While the discussion between the groups was intense, as it has been at times with other topics, this one came with much more stress for all of us since we began the interest-based process.

We bargained hoping to balance the needs and interests of all our members. Every contract is different and no contract is perfect. This will certainly be true for this contract as well. Although we have completed the formal part of the bargaining process, there are more steps to complete before we can share any results or tentative agreements.

The process for ratification follows:

1. The Bargaining Teams must complete the writing of the new contract. This will take some time. Then we meet and both teams accept the document or make changes, as necessary.

2. AFA Bargaining Team will provide members a copy of the new contract indicating the changes from the current contract.

3. Members will receive notification of days and times information sessions will be held on both campuses. At the meetings we review the most important aspects of the new tentative contract and answer any questions.

4. Times and location of voting will be provided to members. At the end of voting the administration is notified.

5. The voting results are provided to the Administration and then is submitted to the Oakton Board of Trustees for approval.

More information will be forthcoming regarding dates and places for the information sessions and voting.

It is very important to remember that only members may vote. If you are uncertain as to whether you are a member or fair share, please contact us at to determine your status or you may attend the information sessions and join the union as a member in order to vote.

Other points:

• Thanks again to all of you who participated in the activities of the HLC. Our presence was noted. We all learned from the experience.

• The AFA picnic in September was our first. Your Board has decided to plan our second for next fall at the same time and maybe a slightly more visible location.

• The Membership meeting will be held at the North Branch Pizzeria on November 5. There will be appetizers, soft drinks, and a cash bar starting at 4 p.m. followed by the meeting and burger bar for at 5 p.m.. We hope all of you will consider attending.
See you There!

• Thank you for all that you do; not only for the AFA but for our students!

Have a good rest of the semester!


Cheryl L. Thayer, President
Mary Hope Griffin, Vice President
Cindy Del Medico, Treasurer
Linda Berendsen, Secretary
John Bishop, Grievance
Ruth Whitney, Elections