Part-time Advisory Committee


Guided by the ideals of liberal education and principles of inclusive excellence, the Adjunct Faculty Advisory Council (AFAC) serves as an advocacy group for Grand Valley’s adjunct faculty. AFAC strives to meet, support and strengthen the growth of professional development of all part-time, visiting, and affiliate faculty members for the overall well-being and sustainability of the University, students, faculty, staff and administration.


The AFAC is dedicated to achieving this mission by:

  • Serving as a clearing house of information by means of best practices and lived experiences nationwide to support adjunct faculty.
  • Encouraging practices and policies that ensure our adjunct faculty are as diverse as the students we serve.
  • Educating the campus about adjunct faculty concerns and issues, including fostering communication between departments and Dean’s offices, while reflecting on teaching experiences.
  • Assisting faculty with the planning and managing of their academic careers and helping them maintain a work-life balance.
  • Promoting and stimulating teaching and learning in adjunct faculty by exploring how to cultivate student learning.
  • Advocating for appropriate mentoring programs, reviews, feedback, and compensation.


The AFAC meets from 1-2:30pm on  the following dates in 2014-2015:
Friday, September 26  148 HON  
Friday, October 31 148 HON 
Friday, November 21 148 HON
Friday, January 30 DeVos 303C
Friday, February 27 DeVos 303C
Friday, March 27 DeVos 303C
Friday, April 17  DeVos 303C

2014-2015 Adjunct Advisory Council

College of Education
Kelly Senkowski, Part-time Faculty
Terry Stockton, Affiliate Faculty

Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Jayne Dissette, Part-time Faculty
Rodd Lowell, Affiliate Faculty

Seidman College of Business
Jayne Dissette, Part-time Faculty
Nelson VanElderen, Part-time Faculty

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dale Berry, Part-time Faculty
Jeff Byrnes, Visiting Faculty
Joe McCarger, Affiliate Faculty
Len O'Kelly, Visiting Faculty
Julie White, Dauvan Mullaly, Monica Robinson, Affiliate Faculty (Rotating)
Michele Lussky, Part-time Faculty, FTLC part-time Liaison


Kirkhoff College of Nursing
Jennifer Zoeteman, Affiliate Faculty

College of Community and Public Service
Williamson Wallace, Part-time Faculty
Carol Sutherby, Part-time Faculty, Winter 2015 Only

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Mambo Mupepi, Part-time Faculty
Eric Gollenek, Visiting Faculty

Part-time Faculty Network

To contribute to a supportive professional environment for all part-time faculty at GVSU. The network is a professional organization that serves as an online resource and advocacy group.

Among the functions of the part-time faculty network (PTFN) are the following:

To provide a confidential forum for the discussion of issues important to part-time faculty.

To encourage and promote teaching effectiveness through a variety of
professional development opportunities.

To promote, stimulate and affirm part-time faculty in the life of the

To advocate for part-time faculty as viable members of academic
departments via nomination for teaching awards and other recognition.

To provide feedback to the Director of Part-time Faculty and support on initiatives to improve working conditions for part-time faculty.

To foster job satisfaction and retention of part-time faculty university-wide.

The PTFN will be led by the Part-time Faculty Advisory Council (PTFAC),
a representative committee of part-time faculty selected by the Director of
Part-time Faculty Support, who meet regularly with the Director and the Provost’s office. There is no cost to join the network, simply email your contact information, and a brief note of interest to Dana Munk at Upon joining the network, you will have access to the PTFN blackboard site which will provide regular communication about part-time faculty affairs and other information relevant to faculty life at GVSU.

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