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Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Revised January 2022





Welcome to North Central Michigan College!  I am very pleased that you have joined our instructional team.  North Central is committed to delivering exceptional higher education to our students, and we need you to help us fulfill that promise.  We value your expertise as an adjunct faculty member, as well as your skills in the classroom.  Our students expect a great deal from faculty, and it is my hope that you will provide a challenging and stimulating experience for those you teach (and mentor).  For some students, you may be the only contact these learners have with a representative of the college.  I trust that you will value your unique position at North Central.

I invite you to become an active member of this learning community.  Please do participate in our varied campus activities, as you area able.  Best wishes for a successful and productive experience!

David Roland Finley, Ph.D.


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Please allow me to thank you in advance for sharing your time and talent with North Central Michigan College.  We could not deliver the great product we do without you!  I hope you find your experience with us rewarding as you help students achieve their dreams of a college education. This handbook covers a variety of topics we thought would best assist you as you begin to prepare for your time with us.   Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions as they arise, 231.348.6812 or  
Michele Andrews
Dean of Business, Education, and Adjunct Faculty


Philip Millard, Chair

Dave Kring, Vice Chair

John Fought, Treasurer

Irma Noël , Secretary

Melissa Keiswetter, Trustee

James Shirilla, M.D., Trustee

Dan Rasmussen, Trustee

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David Roland Finley, Ph.D. President

Renee DeYoung,  Vice President of Student Affairs

Carol Laenen,  Vice President of Marketing & Strategy

Chelsea Platte,  Vice President of Advancement

Stephen Strom PhD.,  Vice President of Academic Affairs

Tom Zeidel,  Vice President of Finance and Facilities

Lynn Eckerle, Director of Human Resources

Lea Dietzel,  Secretary to the President

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To be the first choice for higher education, by empowering all of us to achieve more than we believe possible.


North Central Michigan College provides exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education of and for the community.




The College does not employ any permanent adjunct instructors. In the scheduling of both fulltime and part-time/adjunct faculty for North Central courses, the College reviews a variety of factors including, but not limited to, full-time faculty load requirements, matching skills with course openings, location of courses, etc. The administration reserves the right to select and schedule both full-time and part-time faculty as course needs dictate. Adjunct faculty are hired to teach on a semester by semester basis as the College’s needs dictate. Being hired to teach in a single semester does not obligate the College nor the Adjunct faculty member to future teaching assignments.



See a full job description in appendix B.



See appendix F for a complete description of required credentials.



As a condition of employment, all adjunct faculty are required to have on file with EduStaff an application form, criminal background check, a resume, official transcripts of all post-secondary education and copies of licenses and/or certificates. Adjunct faculty must also complete a W-4 form, an I-9 form, and submit them to EduStaff.



Pay for adjunct faculty is based on contact hours taught. Adjunct faculty will be paid one check every two weeks per the regular employee pay period of the College.

Usually there will be six or seven paychecks beginning early in the semester. You will be notified by email when the first check will be issued.

Pay rates for adjunct faculty are based on a scaled increment for highest earned degree. Official transcripts must be on file with the College to verify degree status otherwise faculty will be paid at the rate established for the baccalaureate.



Adjunct faculty are approved to teach up to 12 credit hours maximum per semester (Fall, Winter, and Summer). To comply with the Affordable Health Care Act, the IRS has determined that for every 1 credit hour, the instructor will spend 2.25 hours in preparation. The college is limited to no more than 28 hours per adjunct faculty member per semester. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success may grant exceptions for special circumstances.



North Central Michigan College maintains its own email servers.  Please check your email on a regular basis.The email system is used to communicate with you about courses we would like you to teach, about textbook orders and issues with students. Other information about happenings at North Central are sent out via email such as professional development opportunities, meeting requests, and special events on campus or at one of our off-campus sites. Please do not use a personal email address.



All adjunct faculty are eligible for a tuition waiver of up to four (4) credit hours during the semester they are teaching or one of the next two terms. If an adjunct teaches during the fall semester, the tuition wavier may be used that semester, or during the following winter or summer session.

Maximum number of credits is four (4), regardless of the number of classes taught. If an adjunct teaches two ( 2) classes in the same semester, only four (4) credits would be waived. Credits are not bankable from one semester to another. The tuition wavier may be used by the adjunct faculty or a spouse or dependent children.

In order to use the tuition wavier the adjunct faculty must first complete the Adjunct Faculty Tuition Wavier form found on the Portal under My North Central, Faculty Tools. This must be done before registering for any classes. Send the completed form to the Director of Adjunct Faculty for signature. Once approved and signed the Director will forward the form to the Business office at North Central.

Failure to send the completed Adjunct Faculty Tuition Wavier form to the Business Office before registering for classes, may result in the student being dropped for non-payment.



Adjunct faculty are not reimbursed for mileage.



Classes will not be held on the following days: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the Friday following Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Spring Break Week, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Please note that on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the College will close at 5 p.m.



All faculty are evaluated by students once each semester.  Evaluations will be available for students to fill out through the Learning Management System during the 12thweek.  At the end of the semester, faculty will be given access to the survey information. Student feedback can be useful in identifying strengths and weaknesses of the course and of teaching. 



Your Dean or the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success may attend sessions of your class for purposes of assistance and evaluation.

Adjunct faculty are encouraged to contact full-time faculty for information regarding course objectives, materials, standards or any other issues related to the course.  From time to time your Dean may designate a full-time faculty member to attend sessions of your class for purposes of assistance and evaluation.                                                      

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In Petoskey we have a number of offices dedicated to Adjunct use. Please see the Associate Dean of Adjunct Faculty for the most current list of available offices. 

Please post your office hours on the door, as the office will be shared with other adjuncts.

All adjunct offices on the Petoskey campus use the same key. Keys are available from the main administration office.

In Cheboygan and Gaylord, both sites have one open office that can be used by adjunct instructors. 



Copy machines are located in the main administration office, in room 145, and also in the Health Education & Science Center building. A color copy machine is located in the main administration office.

Copy machines in Petoskey require a special code for each area of instruction:

  • Liberal Arts = 740
  • Business and Manufacturing = 640
  • Nursing and Allied Health = 410

Copy machines in Gaylord and Cheboygan are located in the front offices:

  • Gaylord = 3775
  • Cheboygan = 0322

Please be aware of copyright laws and that each person is solely responsible for any infractions.



Keys to buildings and classrooms are issued by the Administration Office. All keys must be returned at the end of each semester.



Mailboxes are provided for adjunct faculty teaching on-campus during the current semester.   They are located in the Administration Office. Adjuncts teaching off-campus will have information mailed or e-mailed to them.  



It is essential that all faculty members use the college’s Student and Community Portal. This portal is the central access point for faculty members for all of the college’s electronic resources including but not limited to:

• Learning Management System (LMS).

• College’s help desk.

• Outlook webmail, receiving and replying to all communications from the college via email, (announcements, requests, assistance).

• Access the Internet when on campus in our classrooms, labs, or library.

• Class rosters.

• Posting final grades for students.

When you complete the hiring process, you are also registered for the portal.



Adjunct faculty are given the ability to determine the text book to be used for their sections.  This will be coordinated through the college’s bookstore with directions on how to adopt the selected edition.



Many instructional and technology services are provided through North Central Michigan College’s and Academic  & Administrative Technologies division, including registration for Internet accounts, registration for wireless Internet access, lap top check out, digital audio and video recording (“podcasts”) and production, satellite down-linking, videoconferencing, digital and “traditional” library services, and for access to NCMC’s Learning Management System server, the College’s online electronic learning management system.



North Central Michigan College’s attractive, and comfortable library houses over 35,000 volumes to support a wide range of academic disciplines. In addition, the library subscribes to over 300 print periodicals, and provides students and staff 24 hour access to tens of thousands of full-text online periodical databases and electronic books. Instructors are encouraged to use the large videotape and DVD library in their classrooms; materials may also be placed on reserve.  Forty computers are available for student and faculty use over the campus high speed network.  Lap top carts are available for check out to be used during class instruction.  

Personalized library instruction for your class is available by appointment for day and evening classes, and students may also make individual research appointments with the librarian. Full-time faculty and Adjunct instructors are eligible for library cards and are encouraged to request library materials to support students’ research needs. Find more information under “Resources for Faculty” on the library home page at Please contact us with any questions you may have by email (, or by calling (231) 348-6617, or toll-free at (866)-900-6235.



Smart Classrooms have a LCD data projector, large screen, and stereo speakers permanently mounted in the room, and have an integrated computer multi-media station, and provide high speed Internet access.

Technology use directions can be found in each classroom.  Faculty may request training on use and operations of the Smart Classrooms by contacting the IT helpdesk at (231)-348-6617.



All students and faculty have access to the college’s Learning Management System (LMS) online content server. North central’s current LMS platform is Brightspace. On Brightspace, you can offer your students one-stop access to all documents (including syllabi and handouts), web links, podcasts (audio and video content), and other class content in your course. All of NCMC’s online courses use (LMS), as well as most of the College’s traditionally-taught classes.  An orientation on how to use Brightspace will be provided.

At a minimum all adjunct instructors are required to use the LMS to post the course syllabus and to post grades during the semester. 



Learning Support Services (LSS) provides accommodations to students with special needs, tutoring, and test proctoring free of charge.  An assortment of study guides, math tutorials and a math lab with walk-in tutoring are also available. A Computer Lab is available for quiet study, and class assignments.   

Also provided by LSS are Disability Services for students with documented disabilities. These accommodations may range from longer test-taking times, to more conducive physical facilities in the classroom. Students need to initiate this process by contacting the Director of LSS (231) 348-6617. As an adjunct faculty member, you will receive a notification from LSS describing reasonable accommodations that the student may require.  You will then work with the director to provide the necessary accommodations.  It is important that you direct any students requesting accommodations to LSS. You are not to make arrangements for accommodations without the express written approval from the Director of LSS.

LSS, in conjunction with the Women’s Resource Center, provides services to occupationally enrolled students, either in a degree or certificate program at NCMC, who are in one or more of the following categories: (1) have a hidden or obvious disability; (2) is economically disadvantaged (receives Pell Grant); (3) has limited English proficiency; (4) is preparing for a career non-traditional for his/her gender; (5) in a single parent (including single pregnant women) or (6) is a displaced homemaker.  If a student is uncertain whether he/she qualifies for any of these services, he/she should be referred to LSS.



Test proctoring in Learning Support Services (LSS) is for make-up testing and for students testing with accommodations. Please help us to ensure that the resources of LSS are used wisely to benefit students by following these guidelines:

  • Each test must be accompanied by a completed Exam Coversheet – exams submitted without completed coversheets will be returned to the instructor.
  • Make sure that all directions for the exam are complete.   It would be inappropriate for LSS to try to interpret or assume directions beyond what is stated.
  • Completed exams must be picked up and signed out by faculty.  To protect the integrity of the testing process, LSS will notreturn exams via students.
  • Tests must be taken between Monday and Friday during regular hours. No weekend testing is available.
  • Please remind students of LSS hours and photo ID requirements.
  • All online exams require an appointment made by calling at (231)-348-6693. 
  • Testing through LSS is designed for make-up exams or students with accommodations.  
  • If proctoring is requested for entire classes, LSS may be able to proctor in your classroom depending upon staff availability.

When campus closes due to bad weather, all exams scheduled that day will automatically be rescheduled to the next business day the LSS is open. 

Our off campus sites offer test proctoring service during set dates of the semester.  Those dates will be sent out electronically to all instructors once the semester begins. 



Progress Alert Notification is aimed to increase the success of at-risk and struggling students by connecting them with services or interventions early in the semester when they could have some positive effect on the student’s course success. The Progress Alert Notification electronic form is on the My North Central Portal under quick links.

Between weeks 3 and 5 in the semester (2 and 3 in summer), you, the instructor, identify students in your courses who you believe are struggling or who exhibit signs of at-risk behaviors. These include:

  • Poor attendance
  • Missing/incomplete assignments
  • Poor grades
  • Classroom behavior/attitude
  • Poor Preparation/participation
  • Lack of Study skills

The instructor fills out a PAN form for each student whom they think could benefit from a success intervention. The form can be found on the Portal. This is received by Learning Support Services, and then the student is contacted to create a success plan with an advisor. This plan could include visiting the instructor, counseling/advising, tutoring, workshops, course referral, skill building, and will hopefully lead to the conquering of personal barriers for each student.

PAN programs were developed as retention tools to improve student persistence and success rates. Faculty awareness of potential problems constitutes the backbone of this program and is the key to its success. This system has been a proven method at many colleges, and one we hope will increase the success rates for our students as well.

 To submit a PAN alert: Log into the NCMC portal, click on “my north central”, click on “forms”, select Progress Alert Notification.

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You must distribute the course syllabus to your students, also posting this on our Learning Management System, Brightspace. A model syllabus can be seen in Appendix A of this handbook. To assure continuity of course material and transferability of credit to other institutions, your syllabus must follow the master syllabus for that course.

Be sure to follow the provisions set forth in your course syllabus.  This allows your Dean or Associate Dean to support you in the event of a student complaint. 

A copy of your class roster is available online on the portal by clicking on My North Central. Click on faculty tools tab and your courses should be listed. Click on the down arrow next to the class and select class roster.

The last day students may open enroll in classes is the end of the first week of each semester.  After these dates you should review your class roster to note any discrepancies (e.g., a student attending class who is not on the roster or a student on the roster who is not attending class). Report any discrepancies to the Registrar.  Submit final grades per instructions from the Registrar.



Final grade instructions will be sent out by the Registrar. All final grades are to be submitted online per the instructions by noon on the first Tuesday following the end of the semester.



The course work of each student is rated as follows:

Grades                          Honor Points Per Credit

A                                    4.00

A-                                   3.67

B+                                  3.33

B                                    3.00

B-                                   2.67

C+                                  2.33

C                                    2.00

C-                                   1.67

D+                                  1.33

D                                     1.00

D-                                    0.67

E                                     0.00

P*   Passing               (Credit Only)


Status Marks   (No Honor Points):

I                         Incomplete

W                       Withdraw

AU                      Audit

NG                     No Grade Submitted by Instructor

*Certain designated programs have courses taken on a pass-fail basis up to a total of 16 semester credits in a given program.
Each grade assigned for an hour of credit (exclusive of physical education and pass/fail courses) creates an honor point value. Total values are arrived at by multiplying the number of honor points for a grade by the number of credits in the course.
A student who fails to complete all the requirements of a course because of extenuating circumstances may receive an incomplete (“I”). An incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor, and is intended to be granted only in situations where the majority of the coursework has been successfully completed and the student is doing passing work. The remainder of the course requirements, as determined by the instructor, must be fully satisfied by the end of the next semester, or the “I” grade will automatically be recorded as an “E.”
Withdrawal from Classes
A student will receive a "W" (Withdraw) if he/she withdraws through the 14th week during the regular semester or through the sixth week of summer semester. A “W” grade will appear on the official transcript without penalty. All course withdrawals and additions must be processed through the Student Services Office.
“No Grade” and Auditing Status
The "NG" (No Grade) is a temporary status used only until the faculty member officially submits a grade to the Registrar.
A student who wishes to attend the class sessions of a course but who does not wish to receive credit for it may register as an audit (“AU”). Deadline for declaring audit for Fall or Winter semester is the fifth week; for summer semester the deadline is the third week of the semester. Courses audited cannot be counted toward graduation requirements.
Note: Your grading policy must be included in your course syllabus.


Instructors may change a student’s final grade by submitting a grade change form to the registrar. The form may be found on the portal under Faculty Tools.


The college does not have an attendance policy. If you choose to establish one for your course, the consequences for students who fail to comply must be clearly stated in your course syllabus.


Membership in the college community carries with it obligations relative to conduct both within and outside the classroom. Students are responsible for obeying municipal, state, and federal laws which govern the community, as well as rules and regulations of the college. The Student Conduct Standards (see the Student Handbook) also apply to off-campus activities, such as field trips, off-campus classes, and college-sponsored events.
If a student participates, individually or in a group, in any violation of the Student Conduct Standards, he/she can be subject to disciplinary action.
Misconduct should be reported using the form found on the Portal under the tab titled Forms. Complete this form as soon as possible after any incident that involves any serious form of student misconduct or to report any student behavior which you feel may cause harm to the student, yourself, or other students. Also if you observe behavior that you think is a threat to you or others, call 911.


Cancellation of on-campus classesdue to severe weather or other conditions will be announced by the college through area radio and TV stations. Day class cancellation will normally be announced by 6:30 a.m.  Evening class cancellation will normally be announced by 5 p.m.  If day classes are cancelled, classes are cancelled for both day and evening, and support service offices are closed, as well. 

Cancellation of off-campus classesdue to severe weather will be regulated by the specific public school system hosting the college courses. For example, if Gaylord Public Schools are closed, NCMC classes held in Gaylord are also cancelled.  You should be aware of the status of the school system where your course is held and be aware of media announcements covering updates on school cancellations.

In the event a high school or other facility is closed due to student illness, College courses will still be held, as planned. Any exceptions to this will be communicated with faculty, staff, and students as soon as possible. If the College decides to close due to student illness, faculty, staff, and students will be notified using all available methods, including Gmail, Brightspace, and the NCMC website. 

Students and others can check for announcements of class status by calling (231) 348-6600 or looking online for class cancellations at www.ncmich.eduor by checking course announcements in Brightspace. Faculty and students who have signed up for “My Alerts” will also be notified by email, text, Twitter and Facebook.

In the event you have an emergency arise and unable to meet your class, please contact Yolonda Barrette at and Amy Wicker at awicker1@ncmich.eduin Administration so that the cancellation can be posted and students notified.

In the event of excessive absenteeism (i.e., more than one class) faculty are expected to make arrangements with their Dean/Associate Dean on how to cover their class. 



If an off-campus or on-campus class is cancelled during the final week of the semester because of inclement weather, faculty can handle the calculation of students’ final grades by doing the following:
1. If the instructor thinks he/she can arrive at an appropriate and accurate final grade for the course for all students, the final examination or activity that was scheduled may be waived.
2. If any student objects to the waiver of the final activity because he/she wants the grade for it to be included 24 in the final course grade, the instructor must make individual arrangements for that student.
3. If the instructor thinks that the final week activity (examination, report, presentation, etc.) is essential to determining all students’ final grades. The off-campus instructor should work with the Director of OffCampus Programming to determine an alternate day, time, and place to administer that activity. The oncampus instructor should work with his or her associate dean. The college will assist the instructor in contacting students about these arrangements.
4. In the cases of # 2 and # 3 above, if the end of the semester grade submission deadline occurs before the alternate activity date, the instructor should give the students an incomplete (“I”) as the final grade. This “I” will be changed as appropriate following the completion of the alternate activity. Please refer to the college catalog for policies regarding incomplete grades.


A field trip is defined as any class activity that takes place off campus. Any faculty who wish to take their class on a field trip must complete a field trip request form and submit it to their Dean. This form can be found on the Portal under the Faculty Tools tab; Adjunct Faculty Forms.


Before students take academic complaints to an advisor, counselor or administrator, they should try to resolve their concerns with the teacher in question. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, he/she may then take the complaint to the appropriate Dean. If the student is still not satisfied he/she may then take the complaint to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. For a complete description of the procedure, please refer to the Student Handbook available at


FERPA protects student’s privacy while enrolled in college and certain information about the student cannot be given out to anyone, including parents. It is our practice that any student taking a class at North Central is covered by FERPA regardless of age or status including duel-enrolled students. What information can and cannot be given out is described in the document below. If you have any questions about FERPA, see the Dean of Adjunct Faculty, your Dean or the Registrar.




Spring Break will coincide with the Spring Break of the institution hosting the off-campus classes. For example, North Central classes offered in Gaylord will recognize the Spring Break week of Gaylord Area Schools.

North Central students taking classes at more than one North Central location may find their classes observing different Spring Break periods. In these cases, students are responsible for making individual arrangements with their instructors. Faculty are encouraged to make reasonable accommodations for students missing class because of conflicting Spring Break periods. However, faculty are not expected to provide special instruction for students absent for this reason. Responsibility for getting material missed under these circumstances rests with the students.



North Central is Tobacco-Free. In an effort to maintain a healthy work and learning environment for all students, employees and visitors, the college will prohibit the use of all tobacco products by employees, students, and visitors on the Petoskey campus, except inside individual automobiles.

The prohibition will apply to all buildings, and facilities, and all outdoor locations owned or controlled by the college. For purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any tobacco product that is smoked, chewed, or consumed in any other fashion. Also included in this policy are electronic, nicotine-containing devices commonly referred to as “e-cigarettes.”

Products that are part of a smoking-cessation program, including patches or gum containing nicotine, are not banned by this policy.

Off-Campus faculty should comply with the smoking policies of the host institution.

Eating and drinking are prohibited in all computer labs. Snack areas are maintained for use prior to class or during breaks.



In the event of an emergency call 911.  Please see red binders in every classroom on and off campus titled “Emergency Procedures”.  Note:  If you use a college telephone on campus, simply dial 911 (no other numbers).  In the event of a medical emergency, make the individual(s) as comfortable as possible until assistance arrives.  



Anytime an incident occurs in the classroom or at the facility in which you are teaching, which involves a medical, security or safety concern, a Behavior Incident Report should be completed. The form may be found on-line on the portal in your My North Central, click on the tab Forms.

Once completed college administration is automatically notified and will be able to address the issue directly.
To submit an Incident Report: Log into the NCMC portal, click on “my north central”, click on “forms”, select Incident Report.


In the event a fire alarm sounds while classes are in session, students and staff are to evacuate the building following the evacuation plan in your classroom. Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest exit and withdraw a minimum of 100 feet from the building.
If you encounter a fire, pull the nearest fire alarm and evacuate as instructed above. The alarm automatically alerts the Petoskey Public Safety Department.
Fire extinguishers are located throughout all buildings. Please familiarize yourself with their location.


Damaged college property should be reported to maintenance at (231)-348-6384 or by filling a ticket in the Portal System. 

Your cooperation in keeping classrooms clean is appreciated.  It is requested that rooms be left as found, i.e lights turned off, white boards wiped down, and electronic equipment turned off.

If you are encounter a technology issue while teaching, please contact IT HELP DESK at (231)-348-6617.




A successful syllabus should communicate to students what the course is about, how it fits into the curriculum or major, and what will be required of the students for them to complete the course with a passing grade. A thorough syllabus contains two parts:
1. General information about the course, the instructor, the work required and the policies;
2. A schedule of readings, assignments, examinations and due dates of projects or papers.
Because the syllabus gives students an overview of the course and the work required of them, it may be viewed as a sort of "contract" between students and teachers. Accordingly, you should plan carefully when preparing your syllabus and strive for precision and specificity when writing it. You should be very clear about the consequences involved with whatever policies you adopt for your class. For example, can students miss an exam with or without prior notification? What happens if they do miss an exam or submit assignments late? Think through the possible scenarios and elaborate on them, so that it is as unambiguous as possible. If you have any questions about this, please see your Assoc. Dean of Adjunct Faculty. 

The Syllabus

Part I: General Course Information (optional information in italics):
The Course
• Course title
• Course description
• Course number, course section and credit hours
• Classroom location, days and hours the class meets
• Prerequisites, (if any)
The Instructor
• Full name and title
• ncmich email address
• ncmich phone number and ext. number
Required Materials
• Textbooks
• Other required materials, such as notebooks, lap-top computers or calculators
Course Description 
• Objectives: describe the subject matter of the course as well as what new information, understanding, orskills students should acquire by the time they have completed the course
• Course Goals: briefly describe the purpose of the course and why it is important 30
• Course Structure: briefly describe the organization of the course
• Instructional Method: describe briefly any major instructional approaches to the material (e.g. case method, practical, or simulation)
Policies (be precise and specific so that both you and your students have a guide of policies and consequences should difficulties arise)
• Attendance: define precisely what role attendance will play for students.
• Lateness: define precisely how you will handle tardiness.
• Class Participation: Explain what is expected of students in terms of participation and how it will affect students' grades.
• Academic Dishonesty: Explain what constitutes cheating and plagiarism as well as the possible sanctions that can result from academic dishonesty.
• Copy and Paste the College’s statement on academic dishonesty into your syllabus. See text on checklist.
• Policy on accepting late papers or assignments.
• Policy on make-up tests.
• Policy on use of electronic equipment in the classroom.
• Policy on the use of PDA’s, cell phones, I-pods or similar electronic devises in class.
• Technology Disclaimer.
• Components of the Final Grade: list all aspects of the course that contribute to the student's grade (e.g. deliverables, participation, exams)
• Weighting: indicate the percentage of the final grade each component of the course will contribute
• Criteria: describe as specifically as possible what criteria will be used to determine course grades including grading scale
• Calculation: explain the means by which grades are to be determined (numerical scale, what points means, total points possible) 
Part II: Schedule of Events, Readings, Assignments, Examinations, and Due Dates of Papers and/or Projects
This part of the syllabus should indicate what work is expected of students by a particular date. Although providing students with an accurate plan of how the semester will progress is important. Course schedules should be indicated as tentative. An overly detailed syllabus can very easily lead to frustration for both you and your students.
Organize the schedule of events and tasks to best meet your goals, the preparation level of your students, the subject matter, and the class structure: by week; class section; or day.

Checklist for Writing a Successful Syllabus

The following checklist can help you develop your syllabus. Most North Central courses have a master course syllabus. Please contact your Associate Dean if you do not have a copy of the master course syllabus for your course.

_______Course number, section, title, meeting days and time, room, and building.

_______Your name, title, ncmich telephone number and ext, ncmich email.

_______ Your office hours or a time when students can meet with you.

_______Course Description (as listed in Master Course Syllabus).

_______Required purchases texts and supplies.

_______Prerequisites (As listed in Master Course Syllabus).

_______Course outcomes or objectives (As listed in Master Course Syllabus).

_______Schedule of assignments; readings, exams, papers, and other required learning assessment                   activities.

_______Grading standards and criteria (Students should know what elements of the class will                           determine their final grade and what grading scale you will use in assigning the final grades.)

_______Course policies regarding, attendance, make-ups, late assignments, tests or exams, extra                      credit, extensions, illnesses, cheating, and plagiarism, Grades including P/F, I, and W grades.

_______Course Calendar (indicate tentative, subject to change)

_______Supplementary material to help students succeed in the course, studying, note taking,                           additional readings or resources.

______Include Accommodations Statement:

Disability Information Reasonable accommodations can be provided for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Learning Support Services to arrange these: SCRC 533, (231)-348-6817 or (231)-348-6687, or

______ Include the College’s statement on Academic Dishonesty.

Academic Dishonesty, misconduct, cheating or plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty including acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials. Included are those students who aid and abet, as well as those who attempt such behavior. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use whether by paraphrase or direct quotation, of published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear attribution. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Incidents of academic dishonesty shall be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in Academic Dishonesty as found in the student handbook. Any act of academic dishonesty in this course will result in a failure of the assignment and possible failure of the course.

_______ Post a copy of the syllabus on Blackboard.

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Introduction to Biology—Fall Semester 2010
Course Information
Course number.............................................BIO 101 A
Credit hours ..................................................4
Lecture..........................................................Tues & Thurs, 6 -7:25 p.m.
Lab................................................................Tues or Thurs, 7:30-9:25 p.m.
Location ........................................................Lecture & lab in room 262, Science Building
Instructor Information
Instructor.......................................................Anna Walker
Home phone/email........................................(231) -838-6842/
Course Description
This is a biology course designed especially for non-science majors and for those students wishing to improve their skills before attempting more advanced studies. During lecture, class discussion and lab activities, students are introduced to biological concepts and the importance of these concepts to life on earth. Dissection is not required.
Course Outcomes
After successfully completing this course students will:
• understand the methods by which scientists gain knowledge.
• understand basic biological concepts and their application to the real world.
• know how to use proper and safe scientific methods in the laboratory.
• be able to share scientific knowledge with others.
• know how to use scientific methods to solve biological problems.
Materials Needed
Biology 101 A, Lecture Outlines
Binder (2’’ suggested to organize notes and outlines)
Lab Handouts (furnished by instructor)
Calculator (not required, but helpful for some labs)
Textbook: Concepts in Biology; Eldon Enger, Frederick Ross, David Bailey; McGraw-Hill Science
****textbook is not required for class assignments but recommended as a study tool and for further reading
Evaluation Criteria
Labs ...................................... 12 @ 25 .................300 points
Exams................................... 3 @ 100 ..................300 points
Hot Topics in Biology Paper……………….………25 points
Endangered Species Brochure…………..………..45 points
Phylogenic Tree Project…………………..………..30 points
Participation .......................... ...............................100 points
Total Points Possible ............ ...............................800 points
***point values and assignments are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion
Grading Scale:
A = 94 - 100%
A- = 90 - 93%
B+ = 87 - 89%
B = 84 - 86%
B- = 80 - 83%
C+ = 77 - 79%
C = 74 - 76%
C- = 70 - 73%
D+ = 67 - 69%
D = 64 - 66%
D- = 60 - 63%
E = BELOW 60%
Grades will be posted and updated weekly after the first exam. You will be given a confidential ID number so you can keep track of your progress. Students are encouraged to email or see the instructor before or after class to discuss any concerns relating to grades, labs or exams.

Student Responsibilities

Class Attendance
Students who do not attend class regularly do poorly on exams and lose participation points. Students who do not attend labs lose lab points. Tardiness to lecture or lab is inappropriate because it is disruptive to other students who have arrived on time. Students who arrive late will lose participation points.
Lab reports are due at the end of the lab period during which they are accomplished. If you are unable to attend your regular lab session for a good reason you may be able to come to a different section (see page 1) or schedule a lab makeup if you make arrangements with me ahead of time. If it is impossible to make up the lab during the same week, an alternate assignment may be available in the case of extreme circumstances but not for avoidable absences. You may be eligible to be excused from one lab only if you put your reason for missing in writing and turn it in to me either before the session or within one week of the missed lab. Arrive at lab on time to avoid missing important instructions.
There are three exams each worth 75 points. The questions will be fill-ins, matching, essay and short answer. Exams are not given early. Make-ups may be available for a good reason (this is my decision). Call ahead if you are going to miss. If it was possible for you to contact the instructor on the day of the missed exam and you did not, a make-up is unlikely. There will be an automatic 5 point deduction in participation points for taking an exam as a make-up.
*****The most effective way to prepare for an exam is to practice and make sure that you are able to perform all of the assigned objectives.

Biology Mini-Projects

During the semester, each student will complete three small assignments that relate to the topics that we are covering in class. A rubric will be supplied for each assignment. Each deadline will be posted at least two weeks before the project is due. Late projects will loose 10% points per day. The projects will be evaluated on their organization, neatness and completeness. 

Participation Points

Students can expect all of these points if they attend class regularly, arrive on time for lecture and lab, actively take part in all of the class activities, come to class prepared, take all exams on time, follow directions, maintain a positive attitude, keep cell phones and other electronic devices turned off during lecture and lab, 35 and behave in a helpful, responsible and appropriate manner. 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty, misconduct, cheating or plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty including acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials. Included are those students who aid and abet, as well as those who attempt such behavior. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use whether by paraphrase or direct quotation, of published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear attribution. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Incidents of academic dishonesty shall be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in Academic Dishonesty as found in the student handbook. Any act of academic dishonesty in this course will result in an E or 0 points for the assignment and possible failure of the course.

Disability Statement

Reasonable accommodations can be provided for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Learning Support Services for assistance: (231) 348-6817 or

Need Help?

I hope that you will not be afraid to ask for help. See me during my office hours, e-mail or call. If I don't answer the phone, leave a message. Free tutors are available through Learning Support Services.




Position Title: Adjunct Faculty      Original Date: July 28, 2010      Rev No & Date: June 19, 2012
Organizational Unit: Instruction    Reports To: Assoc. Dean of Adjunct Faculty/Dean    
1. Adjunct Faculty will utilize active learning strategies to assist the learner in meeting the course objectives.
2. Adjunct Faculty will teach college course work as defined by North Central Michigan College and assigned by either the Assoc. Dean of Adjunct Faculty or the Dean.
3. Adjunct Faculty will be evaluated by students and college administration.
4. Adjunct Faculty will participate in outcomes assessment efforts of the college.
5. Adjunct Faculty will conduct themselves in a professional manner promoting statesmanship with students, other faculty and administrative staff.
6. The College does not employ any permanent adjunct instructors. In the scheduling of both full-time and parttime/adjunct faculty for North Central courses, the College reviews a variety of factors including, but not limited to, full-time faculty load requirements, matching skills with course openings, location of courses, etc. The administration reserves the right to select and schedule both full-time and part-time faculty as course needs dictate. Adjunct faculty are hired to teach on a semester by semester basis as the College’s needs dictate. Being hired to teach in a single semester does not obligate the College nor the Adjunct faculty member to future teaching assignments.
1. Attends annual planning seminars usually held prior to both fall and winter semesters.
2. Use the Learning Management System (LMS), currently Brightspace, for posting of course syllabus and student grades. 

3. Create a syllabus for each course taught in accordance with master syllabi and will make it available to all students during the first week of classes. Adjunct Faculty will also send an electronic copy of the course syllabus to the Assoc. Dean of Adjunct Faculty and your Dean within the first week of each semester you teach.

4. Follow textbook ordering procedure and will respond promptly to requests for textbook information.

5. Participates in Assessment Activities.

6. Submits final course grades by noon on the Tuesday following the end of the semester.

7. Use the email account to communicate with students, faculty and staff and will check it frequently and respond in a timely fashion to all emails.

8. Arrange with students to be available outside the classroom.

9. Maintain course records as appropriate to normal college procedures and for course assessment.

10. Communicate with students both verbally and in writing according to FERPA guidelines.

11. Participate in professional development opportunities on campus when available.

12. Follows all college procedures and policies.

13. Performs other related duties as assigned.


1. See Faculty Qualification Guidelines (Appendix E) for more detail. 

2. Minimum two years teaching in a post-secondary environment preferred.

3. Knowledge of adult learning theory and techniques

4. Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the mission of a comprehensive community college.

5. Skills necessary to identify and use relevant technology.

6. Excellent written/verbal skills.




North Central Michigan College acknowledges and encourages the appropriate use (i.e., reproduction, distribution, performance and display) of copyrighted works and materials for teaching, scholarship and research purposes consistent with federal copyright law and the standards for fair use. Given both the importance of complying with federal copyright law and the difficulty of determining fair use, this policy provides guidance for the use of others' work as well as links to copyright and fair use resources.
For purposes of this policy, copyrighted works and materials include all audio visual, electronic, and printed works and materials under copyright protection. Some materials are not subject to copyright protection, including:
works that lack originality (e.g., the phone book);
US Government works;
ideas, procedures, concepts, principles or discoveries as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration thereof; and works in the public domain, including works with copyrights that have expired (generally older than 95 years). Since a copyright notice is no longer required, the absence of the ©, especially for works published after 1978, does not necessarily mean the work is in the public domain.
The concept of fair use is embodied in section 107 of the copyright law. This law provides that certain limited use of copyrighted materials for such purposes as teaching, criticism, commentary, reporting, scholarship and research is not infringement of copyright. The law sets forth four factors to be considered when making a determination of fair use:
• The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
• The nature of the copyrighted work;
• The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
• The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the  copyrighted work.



At North Central, all prospective faculty are divided into two broad categories that reflect their primary teaching role:  general education / transfer courses or occupational courses.  The requirements for faculty qualifications differ depending on the type of North Central course the faculty member will teach.

Broadly speaking, whenever a prospective faculty member wishes to offer a North Central course, s/he should convey that interest first to their high school administration.

The high school administration will in turn contact the Director of Student Outreach and Engagement at North Central with the request and the prospective faculty member’s credentials; North Central administration will review the request and the credentials and communicate back to the high school administration either the approval or denial of the request or the need for further documentation. 

If North Central asks for further documentation regarding a candidate’s request, it may be more expeditious if the faculty member works directly with the North Central Dean who is examining the documentation; once the Dean has made a decision regarding the faculty’s qualifications, s/he will convey that information back to North Central’s Director of Student Outreach and Engagement, who will in turn communicate back to the high school administration and the prospective faculty member.

For general education and transfer courses (English, Communications, Humanities, Languages other than English, Math, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences):

Route 1:  the faculty member is expected to hold a master’s degree in the discipline or relevant sub-field as applicable; or

Route 2:  if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should hold at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which he or she teaches; or

Route 3:  if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should present a combination of graduate credits in the relevant discipline according to this schedule (candidate must present a minimum of nine (9) credits in the discipline or subfield):


Graduate Credits in Relevant Discipline

Minimum Relevant Professional Experience (Full-Time)


2 years


1.5 years


1 year








--Tested experience of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) consistent with the federal Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule (GS) classification system at the GS 7 level for that discipline.  Per HLC guidelines, time in service alone is not sufficient to receive credit toward this category of “tested” experience.

Candidates for teaching general education / transfer courses using Routes 1 and 2 should experience little difficulty in demonstrating their qualifications; candidates seeking qualification using Route 3, should provide their most current, updated and complete credentials and experience, and to review the GS classification series for that area, where such series exist, and specifically the requirements expected at the GS-7 level.

For general education and transfer areas that do not have a corresponding GS-7 level position through OPM, or whose professional experiences may not entirely align with the GS position description (e.g., language specialist series) the general process for vetting on the basis of tested experience is the same, with an initial meeting between the candidate and Associate Dean to review credentials, and to consider any request by the candidate for consideration of tested experience.

However, where no GS-07 level position in the academic discipline exists (e.g., language instruction or translation in American Sign Language or Anishinaaabemowin; chaplaincy or other professional work in Religion; journalistic or other work consonant with Communications), demonstration of appropriate experience at the corresponding conversion rate, with clearly defined means of tested experience shall be recognized.

The candidate shall furnish documentation to the Dean that substantiates both time in service and KSA equivalency. At that time, the Dean will complete a written confirmation of the applicable academic credits, appropriate conversion rate and documentation of professional experience, as well as evidence of the test(s) used to account for the substitution of experience.

While the above forms of tested experience may be considered for areas that do not have equivalent GS-7 positions, they also are subject to the condition that academic credentials remain the primarymeans of vetting; as such, candidates are still expected to furnish evidence of nine graduate credits in the relevant discipline, interdisciplinary field, or sub-field, as appropriate.

The Dean shall determine if the documentation meets the standards expected under the GS equivalency system.  Should the prospective faculty member or the high school administration wish to appeal the decision regarding these qualifications, either may do so directly to North Central’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

For Occupational Courses (Accounting, Business, Computer Information Systems, Computer-Numeric-Controlled Operator, Criminal Justice, Economics, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Office Administrative Services):

Route 1:  the faculty member is expected to hold a master’s degree in the discipline or relevant sub-field as applicable; or

Route 2:  if the master’s is held in another discipline, the faculty member should hold at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which he or she teaches; or

Route 3:  if the candidate does not hold a master’s degree, he or she will be expected to present documentation of the following combination of academic credentials and tested experience and state or industry licensure, certifications, or badges as applicable to the specific discipline being requested.


Minimum Academic Credential

And Equivalent Tested Experience

And State or Industry Licensure, Certifications, Badges as applicable




BA/BS with concentration in teaching field

2 years (4000 hours) work experience in field


BA/BS with minor in teaching field

4 years (8000 hours) work experience in field


AA/AS/AAS in teaching field

8 years (16000 hours) work experience in field

















As with candidates for teaching general education / transfer courses, candidates in occupational areas using Routes 1 and 2 should experience little difficulty in demonstrating their qualifications; candidates seeking qualification using Route 3, should provide their most current, updated and complete credentials and experience. 

Should the prospective faculty member or the high school administration wish to appeal the decision regarding these qualifications, either may do so directly to North Central’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

In conclusion, North Central welcomes the opportunity to bring a college-level experience to area high school students through our dual credit programs and is deeply committed to working closely with high school administration and faculty to ensure proper faculty qualification and a process of working toward such qualification that will benefit students, high schools, and North Central alike.

*At its November 2015 meeting, the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees resolved to provide an opportunity for member institutions with dual credit programs to apply for extensions related to compliance of faculty qualifications in these programs.  North Central will certainly apply for such an extension, but the maximum length of time possible for such an extension will be five years.  It is expected that all North Central faculty, including those in dual credit programs, will ultimately be qualified identically.

Documentation for general education / transfer faculty qualification may include, but is not limited to:

  • Supervisory evaluations specifying nature of work completed consonant with specific knowledge, skills, attributes (KSAs) required
  • Contracts and client evaluations specifying specific duties and scope of work completed, for self-employed candidates
  • Letter certifying qualification from the appropriate tribal executive body
  • Letter from a recognized body or organization certifying qualification in a language for which graduate academic study is not readily available (e.g., American Sign Language)
  • Recognized, independent systems of testing, including the American Council of Teaching Foreign Language/Language Testing International (ACTFL/LTI)
    • For those desiring experience equivalency in languages that are tested by ACTFL/LTI:
      • All four dimensions of communication must be tested: reading, writing, speaking (interview), and listening
      • The candidate must receive Superior ratings or higher in each of the areas for them to count toward tested experience equivalency.
  • Other external certifications or credentials from recognized bodies, as applicable.
  • Juried or otherwise competitively ranked and awarded pieces of work appropriate to the field
  • Peer-reviewed publication(s) in appropriate venues relevant to the field
  • Academic transcript data indicating performance in the relevant discipline to be taught
  • Other documents or experience, as deemed appropriate by the Associate Dean, and, if necessary, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

Documentation for occupational faculty qualifications may include, but is not limited to:


Industry Recognized Certifications




CFP (Certified Financial Planner)

Legal Assistant

NALA - National Association of Legal Assistants (Paralegals)

NALS - The Association for Legal Professionals


American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)

Criminal Justice

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES): requirements are (1) minimum selection standards include satisfactory completion of a basic police academy or recognition of prior training and experience, and (2) employment with a law enforcement agency as a law enforcement officer. 


MCSA SQL Server Certification

MCSE (list)

MCSD (list)

Certiport Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exams:


Project Mgmt certs, PMP;

LPI, Linux Essentials;

(ISC2) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Cyber Security/Computer Forensics Certifications; PCI, CPC, PSP


NCLEX, Train the Trainer, Clinical Skills Observer (Prometric)


National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)


Michigan Instructor Coordinator (I/C) License appropriate to level of instruction


MCSA Windows 8 and MCSA Windows Server

Certiport Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exams:

Certiport 98-366 MTA Networking Fundamentals (IT101);

Certiport 98-349 MTA Windows OS Fundamentals (IT112);

Certiport 98-365 MTA Windows Server Admin Fundamentals (IT122);

Certiport 98-367 MTA Security Fundamentals (IT222);


Human Resources certs, SHRM-SCP/CP; SPHR/PHR;

Supply Chain Mgmt certs, CLA/CLT (Cert Logistics Assoc/Technican);

Project Mgmt certs, PMP

Medical Office Assistant

CMA (AAMA), NRCMA &  CPT, Current Procedural Technology


National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), RN-BC

Office Administration

MOS Expert or Master certifications


CPT, NCCT (Phlebotomy tech in surgery) & ASCP

Surgical Technologist