Welcome to “The Virtual Adjunct”! 

 This new blog forum is designed with you in mind – not only as an adjunct instructor, but as an “online” adjunct instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Our world is a different, constantly changing landscape.  New technologies pop up every day—sometimes it feels like every moment!  As adjunct instructors, we share a common path, but as online adjunct instructors we are truly part of a unique, and growing, community.

This blog will be an outlet for ideas, as we travel the technology superhighway and strive to be the ripples of change and knowledge for ourselves and for our students.

Thank you for joining!


As an adjunct instructor, I always used PowerPoint to supplement my lectures and class discussions.  Especially as a Professor of French Language and Second Language Acquisition/Pedagogy, it was important to me to use PowerPoint as a way to visually enhance the language learning experience.  Each day in class offered new opportunities to engage with the language, and PowerPoint allowed for me to *show* my students what the language was doing, how it was formatted, and what real people *did* with the language (versus always having our noses deep in monotonous vocab lists…).

This post from Faculty Focus intrigues me.  Have a look and please share in the conversation:


For those of you who are, or aspire to become, department chairs, here is a professional development opportunity that might be of interest to you!


VoiceThread is an innovative, collaborative, and fun way to share presentations.  Send me an email (smack@thechicagoschool.edu) or call me (312.467.2147) to set up a training time either in person or online!  In the meantime, you can set up a “free” account at www.voicethread.com and start exploring some of the neat features!


  Click here: **Professional Development Opportunity**

Check out this link for information about a 2-day conference on grading and student success, hosted in October in Cambridge, MA.


All best-


Dear colleagues-

Each week, I receive many emails with various professional development opportunities.  The opportunities are located both domestically, and abroad.  Launching today is a new tab for the blog labeled “Professional Development Opportunities” under which I will post conferences, webinars, seminars, and the like that might be of interest to you.

Since each of you also have access to possible opportunities, I encourage you, as well, to post information that you received that might benefit your colleagues here.

Many thanks, and all the best!


On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend the webinar, “Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education”, hosted by InsideHigherEd.com (and hopefully some of you did, as well…).  The study that was conducted produced the attach report, which I encourage you to save and share (permission is granted from InsideHigherEd.com).

Access here:  Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012 (pdf)

What are some of your thoughts?


In many of my courses, online textbooks are quite common and fairly heavily used by students. I do notice some key differences, though, in ability to engage the textbook.

What are your thoughts? Please discuss and share! Check out the following article and see what the authors have to say!