Adjunct Faculty Resources

Find resources for adjunct faculty member training, support, class preparation, and working at the Sturm College of Law and the University of Denver.

Please contact Adjunct Support at adjunctsupport@law.du.edu or 303-871-6580 with any questions. Additional resources can be found on the Faculty Support page.

  • Adjunct Training Checklist
    1. MyDU: Log into MyDU and access your class list.
    2. Canvas: Log into Canvas to post course materials online.
    3. Zoom: Download and log into DU's Zoom account to meet synchronously with your students.
    4. Resources: Instructional videos for teaching and learning online and links to additional resources.
       
    MyDU

    To log in: https://my.du.edu/
    Username: firstname.lastname@du.edu
    Password (first time login): mmddyy (date of birth with two-digit year the first time you log in; if you have your password reset, use your four-digit year of birth mmddyyyy)

    Accessing class lists via MyDU
    Log into https://my.du.edu/
    Username: firstname.lastname@du.edu
    Password: (enter your password)
    Click on MyWeb
    Click on Expand MyWeb Menu
    Click on Faculty and Advisors
    Click on Course Toolkit
    Click on Detail Class List or Photo Class Roster
    Select a Term (Fall Semester 2023, for example)

    Canvas

    Log into https://canvas.du.edu/
    Use the same credentials as MyDU above. If you're still using TWEN, please contact Andy Dvoracek for assistance in transitioning to Canvas.
    Canvas Guides: Faculty
    Canvas Guides: Students

    Zoom

    Log into DU's Zoom account using your DU email as your (firstname.lastname@du.edu) and the same password as you use for MyDU above. Instructions for downloading and logging into DU's Zoom account.
    4-minute video demonstrating how to schedule your Zoom classes in Canvas
    Publish and Share Zoom Recordings in Canvas

    Resources

    Go to the Resources for Teaching Online @ Denver Law page for instructional videos.

    Links:

     

     

  • Class Preparation

    Overview

    • Hire Letter
      Soon after registration is completed for the semester, you will receive a hire letter, indicating the course you will be teaching, dates and times for the course, and the stipend you will receive. If you do not receive this letter in a reasonable amount of time, please contact Adjunct Support or 303-871-6580 to confirm that it was e-mailed to you. The classroom you have been assigned to can be confirmed on this page.
       
    • Course Description
      We maintain a current list of descriptions for all courses offered at Sturm College of Law on the Registrar’s website. Please check this site for the description of the course you will be teaching to confirm that it correctly represents your goals for the class. If it does not, we ask that you write a description that will accomplish this. The updated copy should be e-mailed to Adjunct Support as soon as possible.
       
    • Academic Calendar
      The Academic Calendar should be used as a planning tool when you are preparing your syllabus. Holidays marked on the academic calendar as classes cancelled are figured into the required number of class meetings. Faculty members will not need to add any additional classes to make up for classes cancelled by the law school due to holidays.
  • Classroom

    Classroom Access
    If you find the door to your classroom locked you have two options:

    1. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.: Contact anyone in Suite 215 (Dean's Suite) at 303-871-6130. They will have the master key to unlock the door.
    2. 5–8 p.m.: Contact Campus Safety at 303-871-2334. An officer will be dispatched to unlock the door.

    If you find a classroom door locked on a regular basis, please contact Mike Latimer so that arrangements can be made to ensure that you always have access. Historically, this has happened with Room 355, small courtroom, due to the value of the equipment stored in that room. If you are teaching in that room, there is a key available at the library circulation desk for your convenience. The library hours can be found here.


    Audio-Visual Training
    This can be arranged by contacting Wayne Rust at 303-871-6270. In select rooms, this technology is located in the lectern and the training will take approximately 10 minutes. If Wayne is available, this training can be accomplished 10 or 15 minutes prior to the start of class.


    Classroom Seating Charts
    To request a seating chart for your classroom, contact facultysupportstaff@law.du.edu or 303-871-6111.

    You will be given a blank seating chart for the classroom in which you are teaching. You will need to complete the chart and return it to Faculty Support in Suite 444. They will create a seating chart for you with photographs of your students and return a final printout to you.

  • Course Materials

    Syllabus
    You will want to create a syllabus for your class showing meeting dates, assignments, and particularly course rules/expectations you plan to enforce. Each professor’s syllabus is different, some more detailed and some less.

    A sample syllabus template can be found here.


    Advance Assignments
    If you will be assigning work for your students to complete before the first day of class, please e-mail the advance assignment at least two weeks in advance to the Registrar and they will ensure it is posted online.

    Information to include:

    To confirm that your assignment has been posted for student access, check this page: http://www.law.du.edu/forms/registrar/advance-assignments/


    Ordering Course Materials
    To request desk or review copies of textbooks in the area of law that you teach, contact Faculty Support or 303-871-6015.

    If you would like to research current books available, you can access the publisher web sites listed below. If you find a book title that you would like to have ordered for you, please contact the faculty support staff team.

    West

    Foundation Press

    LexisNexis

    Aspen Law

    NITA

    Carolina Academic

    To have an order placed for textbooks for your students, see instructions below.


    Ordering Textbooks
    We have a textbook buyer that we work with through the DU Bookstore. When you have decided which textbook(s) your students will need for your class, contact Academic Affairs Coordinator Megan Mall at mmall@law.du.edu or 303-871-6580 to place your order. Megan will work in coordination with the campus bookstore to ensure an adequate number of copies are available for students before classes begin. She will have access to our enrollment database and will be able to determine the number of books to order. Given that the more information you have the better, please try to supply the author, title, ISBN, and publisher if possible.
     

    Tentative Textbook Deadlines (subject to change)
    Fall: June 21st
    Spring: October 30th
    Summer: April 1st
     

    University of Denver Bookstore
    Thank you for your continued support of your campus bookstore as your primary source for course materials. Directing your students to your campus bookstore for their course materials benefits the entire DU community. If you have any questions regarding the process of these, please do not hesitate to contact your textbook buyer.


    Preparing a Course Pack
    You may elect to prepare a course pack in lieu of having your students purchase a textbook. A printable copy should be delivered to Doug Russell

    If there are any concerns regarding your submittal, Doug will contact you directly. Once this process is completed, it will be delivered to the University Copy Center for printing the appropriate number of copies. Your students will be able to purchase the Course Pack from the Bookstore Shelves. Please submit your printable copy at least 6 weeks in advance of the start of your class.

  • Evaluations

    Course Evaluations
    Students are asked to complete evaluations online towards the end of each semester for the courses they’ve taken. Access to the evaluation is only for the classes that the student has completed. Once final grades have been submitted, the evaluation is released to the website for your review. We encourage faculty members to read the evaluations for their particular class and to use the responses as a tool in preparation for future classes.

    Course evaluations are accessible through MyDU.

    Once you have logged in, you can do a search for “Course Evaluations” and then select “Course Evaluations Search” to find specific evaluations.

  • Grades

    Grading Policies
    The College of Law employs a letter grade system of A-F. The grades issued in all required courses must have a median of 3.3 and a mean between 3.15 and 3.45. The grades issued in all non-required courses with an enrollment of more than 10 students must substantially conform to this mandatory curve. Substantial conformity means that grades cannot deviate more than 0.1 from the mandatory median and mean. If the grades issued in a course of more than 10 students substantially deviate from the mandatory curve the professor must provide the Associate Dean with adequate justification for the deviation. The Associate Dean shall make the final determination of whether an adequate justification exists for the substantial deviation. If the Associate Dean determines that adequate justification does not exist, the professor, the Associate Dean, or the Registrar shall recurve the grades.

    The law school uses letter grades to calculate grade point averages in a four-point numerical system. Letter grades have the following numerical values:

    Grade Options and Their Numerical Value
    A 4.0
    A- 3.7
    B+ 3.3
    B 3.0
    B- 2.7
    C+ 2.3
    C 2.0
    C- 1.7
    D+ 1.3
    D 1.0
    D- 0.7
    F 0.0


    Mandatory Mean and Median
    Grades in all courses of more than 10 students must substantially comply* with the mandatory mean and median grade curve as follows:

    Mean: between 3.15 and 3.45

    Median: 3.3

    *Substantial compliance means grades must fall no more than 0.1 deviation up or down for both the mean or median. Please consider this policy when you develop your syllabus and when you determine how to grade your class.


    Anonymous Grading Policy
    The Sturm College of Law employs an anonymous grading system. The SCOL requires Anonymous grading whenever the grade for the entire course, seminar, or exercise rests on a written examination. However, in other situations, such as classroom participation credit, writing exercises, skills training, and performance courses, faculty have no obligation to anonymously evaluate a student.

    Whenever a faculty member anonymously grades any part of the course, the faculty member must maintain anonymity with respect to that part of the grade until the Registrar records final grades. Students who seek to discuss their performance on an examination should not contact the faculty member until the Registrar records the faculty member’s final grades.


    Finality of Grades and Grade Grievance Policy
    Once a faculty member submits a final grade to the Registrar, the faculty member cannot change that grade unless the faculty member determines:

    • The professor has made a mistake that does not involve an issue of judgment, such as a mathematical mistake or a mistake in the conversion of a numerical score to letter grade; or
    • The faculty member has made an incorrect evaluation of a student’s work, provided that:
      • the faculty member did not know the identity of the student during the reevaluation process, and
      • the faculty member informs all students in the course about the opportunity for reevaluation.
         

    If a student wishes to have a faculty member review his/her/their examination to confirm the numerical accuracy of a grade, the student must maintain anonymity with the faculty member and make such a request through the Office of the Registrar. The student must make this request within three months after the Registrar posts the final grade.

    If a student wishes a faculty member to review his/her examination to confirm the accuracy of the faculty member’s evaluation of the student’s examination answers, the student must maintain anonymity and the faculty member must first inform all students in the course about the opportunity for reevaluation. The student can submit a written petition that requests a substantive reevaluation to the Office of the Registrar. The petition must include the student’s examination number and must NOT include the student’s name. The student must make this request within three months after the Registrar posts the final grade.


    Submission of Grades
    Grading spreadsheets will be provided to faculty members at the end of the semester. The Registrar’s Office distributes the spreadsheets via e-mail at that time to provide the most accurate data regarding the class. The grading sheets are provided automatically to help calculate the mean and median of the class when the faculty member enters letter grades. Remember to provide final letter grades for the course(s). Grades are due 30 days after the date of the final examination (or the due date of the final assignment.) Grades should be submitted to the Registrar’s office.

    Please feel free to e-mail the Registrar’s office with any questions.

  • Policies

    Student Mental Health Issues
    Reporting for serious student issues.

    Student Handbook
    The student handbook can be a valuable resource for our adjunct faculty. It provides the law school’s policies as they relate to our mission, scheduling, graduation requirements, etc. for our students.

    Honor Code Violations
    This is an excerpt from the Appendices of the Student Handbook under Student Conduct describing Honor Code violations. All students are required to sign a Code of Honor when they enter school. The Law School takes this pledge very seriously and adjuncts should notify the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs if they become aware of conduct in opposition to the Honor Code.

    Laptop Requirement for Students
    All first year students are required to have a laptop to support their educational experience at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. All law students should have the capability of taking their exams on their laptop as well as for producing their assignments.

    Class Attendance and Examinations

    Class Recording Policy
    All classes at the Sturm College of Law are recorded, with the exception of clinic classes (Civil Litigation Clinic; Civil Rights Clinic; Criminal Defense Clinic; Community Economic Development Clinic; Environmental Law and Policy Clinic; Immigration Law and Policy Clinic). To request a recording of the class, students who do not have an approved accommodation through the University’s Disability Services Program must complete this petition with the Office of Student Affairs. Students will be permitted to access recordings for the following reasons: medical emergencies, family emergencies, religious holidays, military obligations (short-term, temporary), parental leave (up to 2.5 weeks), jury duty, and academic conflict. If a student’s request does not fall within any of those categories, the student will need to receive the faculty member’s permission before submitting the petition and receiving the recording. There is no option for students to Zoom into a class synchronously.

    FERPA Employee Guide
    The University discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to University officials with legitimate educational interests. A University official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student, volunteer or employee of a partner organization serving on an official committee, such as an admission, disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another University official in performing his or her tasks. A University official also may include contractor outside of the University who performs an institutional service or function for which the University would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the University with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another University official in performing his or her tasks. A University official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her institutional duties.

    Class Cancellations & Make-up

    • Alternatives to Canceling a Class
      • Invite a guest speaker to cover the class in your absence.
      • Assign a project, especially a writing project, for students to complete in lieu of class and with a specified deadline.
      • If space permits, add minutes to other classes to make up one class period. Check with Faculty Support to confirm space availability.
    • Process for arranging a make-up class
      • Work with your students to arrange a date that the majority of them will be able to attend.
      • Arrange for the class to be video-taped if there are students unable to attend the make-up class (This can only be arranged for classrooms with the technology available for class taping).
      • Contact Adjunct Support or 303-871-6580 to reserve an appropriate size room for the date selected.
      • Confirm the class make-up day and time with your students when the arrangements have been made.
      • To be notified of a University of Denver closure and/or class cancellations, you will need to provide contact information here. You will either receive a phone call you a text message to your cell phone.
  • Working at DU

    The law school provides the following benefits for our adjunct faculty:

    • Parking permit
    • Creation of a Canvas or TWEN site
    • Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw access for educational use only
    • Free CLE presentations
    • Opportunities to hear nationally recognized speakers from the legal community
    • Access to library research capabilities
    • Permission to check out materials from the Westminster Law Library
    • Interlibrary loan capability
       

    Click here for additional benefit information for adjunct faculty.

    Learn more about DU's Campus Safety.


    Hire Process

    To assist you with your employment related questions, we have an HR representative available for you at the law school. Please contact Adjunct Support for assistance:

    Adjunct Support, adjunctsupport@law.du.edu, 303.871.6580

    The steps in our adjunct hire process:

    1. Background check – The University of Denver requires all new employees to complete a background check. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check. You will receive an e-mail from Hire Right that you are required to respond to authorize this process. This step should only take a few minutes of your time.

    2. Hire Letter – Soon after registration is completed for the semester, you will receive a letter of confirmation indicating the course you will be teaching, the days, times it is scheduled and the stipend you will receive. If you do not receive this letter in a reasonable amount of time, please contact Adjunct Support at adjunctsupport@law.du.edu or 303.871.6580 to confirm that it was e-mailed to you. The classroom you have been assigned to can be confirmed on the Class Schedule page close to the start of the semester.

    3. New Hire paperwork – Adjunct Support will provide you with the appropriate Human Resources contact in order to complete your hire paperwork. There are three forms that you will be asked to complete:

    • I-9 form for Homeland Security requires proof of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. Please see page 5 of I-9 form for acceptable documents (DU will need to examine one document from List A OR examine one document from List B and one from List C): http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf
    • W-4 form for IRS tax withholding.
    • Authorization for Direct Deposit of Pay is optional, though highly encouraged. You can sign up through MyDU once you have your DU ID and passcode.

    4. CVs – We also request a copy of your CV at your time of hire. These will be maintained by the Adjunct Support. If you have not yet submitted a CV or have updated your CV information, please email it to Adjunct Support at adjunctsupport@law.du.edu

    5. Online Profiles – The Sturm College of Law website includes a faculty directory. Included in this are profiles of our current Adjunct Faculty. Currently, not all our adjuncts have profiles uploaded. Profiles should include a photo, contact information, what you teach, if you use TWEN/Canvas, a link for your students and a bio. It can also include a CV, articles you have written and any other information that you would like to be available to the students to see.

    If you would like to view the directory to see whether you have a profile, you can go through this link: https://www.law.du.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory

    You can email your bio, photo and any other materials you would like on your profile to Megan Mall.


    ID Card

    The Pioneer Card Office is located in Driscoll Center South on the lowest floor. You will need to bring your employee ID number or a photo ID, such as a driver’s license to request the card. They will take your photo while you are there and issue the card to take with you. This card will be active as long as you are an employee of the University. Please note: if you have not taught in a semester you may want to check with the ID office to ensure that your ID card is still active.

    • The Pioneer Card can be used to:
      • Access the gate to the Asbury Parking Garage next to the Ricketson Law Building
      • Receive a 10% discount on purchases at the DU Bookstore
      • Discount membership at the Ritchie Wellness Center
      • Check out materials at the Westminster Law Library and the Penrose Library.
      • Interlibrary loan capability: Access Prospector (http://prospector.coalliance.org) using your employee ID number. (For assistance, contact Denver Law Interlibrary Loan ).
         

    Pioneer Card Office