Member Opportunities

Be an AFA delegate to the
Illinois Education Association – Representative Assembly

The 2019 Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly, otherwise known as the IEA R.A., will be held on April 11th – April 13th 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois. The Oakton AFA will send elected representatives to the IEA-RA as we have every year.  Please consider nominating yourself or another member of the AFA to attend this meeting.

To be included on the ballot, all nomination information must be sent to the AFA Elections Committee Chairperson  Ruth Whitney, via  email –   Nomination forms were sent to all members in a recent email. Nomination forms will be available at the AFA Membership Meeting on Sunday, November 4th and may be submitted at the meeting.  

Nominations received after 11:00 pm on November 6, 2018 cannot be included on the ballot.

Information required for IEA-RA nominations:

Nominee’s Name:                                            ____________________________

Nominee’s Local:                 Oakton Community College

Nominee’s Address:                                        ____________________________

Nominee’s Phone:                                           ____________________________

Nominee’s non-Oakton Email Address:      ____________________________

Send to the AFA Elections Committee Chairperson by 11:00 pm Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.
Ruth Whitney, via  email – 

Student Success Initiatives

As you may know, a pool of 12 LHEs has been designated for leadership and/or participation in student success initiatives or initiatives that are seen as priorities of the college for the academic years of the contract. The following initiatives have been determined jointly by AFA and the College and are eligible for consideration:


  • Integrate annual First Year Experience theme and/or program outcomes into course content and activities.
  • Integrate a high impact practice into course content and activities (that reduces opportunity gaps and encourages success for all students; e.g., service learning, problem-based learning, writing intensive courses).
  • Develop and lead a project that increases adjunct faculty engagement and inclusion within a discipline, department, division, or college-wide.
  • Develop and deliver innovative content, pedagogy and open source materials.
  • Lead a student success initiative within a discipline, department, and/or division (e.g. premajor/pathways development or major revision, organizing co-curricular events).


The 12 LHE Committee, comprised of faculty and administrators, reviews applications and responds within a 3 week time frame to applicants. The decision of the committee may be appealed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The current Committee is Mary Hope Griffin, Cheryl Thayer, and Ruth Williams

If you are interested in pursuing one of these initiatives for the 2019-2020 academic year, please complete the attached application and submit it to Ruth Williams, with a copy to Brenda Manfredini, by January 25, 2019.
If needed, projects can begin in summer 2019.

Academic OWL Awards for Innovative Curriculum

Programs and departments interested in developing new in-demand, emerging, and/or innovative credit certificate and degrees or non-credit programs should consider applying for this award of release time to do the extensive work to develop a new program area. These awards can also be used to conduct a major redesign of existing program curriculum.

If you are interested in creating or revising curriculum and have more questions, reach out to your division dean, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction (Ruth Williams,, and/or the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Dr. Ileo Lott, Prior to submission of proposal, the chairperson/coordinator of the program area and the division dean must approve proposal.

New program development can take up to one year. The award for this work should be completed within one academic year. Please see details in proposal. You may also find this proposal at My Oakton: Employee: Faculty-Staff Links: Curriculum.

New units of instruction (credit) for fall 2020, must be approved at the October 2019 curriculum committee meeting.

The next submission deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019.

Adjunct Mentor Program

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. This pilot program will run for the Fall 2018 semester, having been identified as a best practice during recent contract negotiations, with plans to continue for future semesters.

To be eligible, you must be currently teaching at Oakton, having been employed here for at least 4 semesters, complete a brief training session during Orientation Week, and have a working knowledge of college practices and available technologies, activities, and professional development opportunities. You should plan to devote 2-3 hours per month to working with an assigned mentee. We will try to pair you with a colleague in the same or a related department. Mentors will be compensated with .25 LHE for the semester.


Please complete the Adjunct Mentor Application 2018  by August 3, 2018

return to:  Barbara Cohen

(Download and print a copy of the Adjunct Mentor Application 2018 )