Adjunct Faculty

Part-time faculty members are an essential part of the Western Technical College family. Part-time faculty who are not on campus regularly may have specific needs, but there are a variety of resources available to support those needs.

Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS)

The Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS) is the system that ensures Western hires highly qualified faculty and provides ongoing professional development to support learner success. The requirements are outlined in Wisconsin Administrative Rule (TCS 3) and applies to all faculty, full and part time, who are teaching courses that apply to a degree or adult basic education within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

Faculty who are hired to teach at Western must meet four initial competencies designed to give new instructors the core ideas and broad understandings of teaching and learning at Western Technical College. Collectively, the competencies serve as a springboard for ongoing professional development. The four competencies (as of August, 2021) are:

Curriculum and Assessment

Teaching Methods

Student Success

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Adjunct faculty hired prior to 2021 have 7 competencies to complete and can check with AEDD as to their status in completing them. All competencies must be met within five years of your hire date for part-time faculty, regardless if you are teaching continuously during that time.

Shortly after being hired, new faculty members will receive a summary of their outstanding competencies along with a schedule of course offerings that meet the outstanding requirements. Newly hired faculty with teaching experience may have some of these requirements removed based on course and work experience based on a review of each new faculty member’s application materials. At times, a portion of a requirement may also be removed. Faculty can provide additional documentation throughout the process.

The competencies will be offered as courses on a rotating schedule. Usually, one or two competencies will be offered each term. Adjunct will be made aware of course offerings via email.

Adjunct Mentoring

Western’s Faculty Developer will play an active role in each new adjunct’s onboarding for at least the first term. The Faculty Developer will meet with the new adjunct to discuss the types of support they might need.

Every adjunct faculty member will also be paired with an experienced instructor, who will share their knowledge of Western policies and procedures, teaching methods and classroom management. The mentor for a new adjunct faculty should be someone who has, or is teaching the same course, if possible.

The mentor will meet with the new adjunct at least twice, either face-to-face or via videoconference. Once before the term and once about at the mid-point of the term. The mentor will be available to answer any questions the new adjunct has about the course.

There may be some overlap in the discussions of the mentor and the Faculty Developer.

Adjunct Faculty Handbook

The Adjunct Faculty Handbook (PDF) is a guide to various college resources, college policies, and information to help bring consistency and guidance to Western’s adjunct instructors. Links within the PDF to various resources will help you to locate the information you need.


You likely have many questions about the logistics of working at Western as an adjunct instructor. Begin looking for answers with this PDF: Adjunct FAQs

Student Referrals

You may need to refer a student for academic or behavioral reasons. Western does a great job of supporting our students. If you think that a student needs support for any reason – attendance issues, grades, behavior, completing work, etc. – fill out an early referral. The links below will help you assess who, what, when, and how to refer.

When to Refer Chart – Use this chart to help you decide if, when, who, how, and what to report.

Early Referral Form – Instructors who are concerned that a student may be at risk of not passing a course may complete the Early Alert Form to request that a member of the counseling center staff follow-up with that student.

Academic Integrity Report Form

Western Technical College is committed to upholding academic integrity in all modes of learning. Faculty, students and staff are all responsible for ensuring the integrity, fairness, and honesty of the intellectual environment. Academic integrity violations include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, falsification and other forms of dishonest or unethical behavior, and are considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Please use this form to report any alleged violations of academic integrity.

Regional Learning Center (RLC) Contact Information

Western Jargon

As you talk (or communicate via email) with other staff members and students at Western, you may hear terms and acronyms that are new to you. Check out the Western Jargon List so that you can learn to speak “Western!”

Teaching and Learning Support

Interested in learning more about teaching methods? Unsure of how to best engage students? Curious about writing tests or giving students feedback? Academic Excellence and Development is a resource you can turn to for any questions you might have related to teaching and learning. Feel free to drop by our offices, located in Coleman 100, between 8am-4pm, or reach out to: Academic Excellence & Development

Staff Member Title Email Address Phone Number
Nicole Cooksey  Curriculum Coordinator  (608) 789-6239 
Adam Potthast Instructional Designer (608) 789-6141
Larry Sleznikow Instructional Technologist  (608) 789-2065
Maria Slusarek Quality Assurance Mentor   
Karen Sorvaag Faculty Developer (608) 789-6217 
Peggy Vogel Teaching and Learning Coordinator (608) 789-2068


Curriculum and Syllabus Support

For some basic information on creating a syllabus, click here: Syllabus Development For information and support on curriculum development, see the Curriculum section of the faculty resources page of the Western website.

Technology Support

Have technology questions? Below are some services that can help:

Information Technology Services Website

Go to to learn about the variety of services and resources IT Services offers.

Computer Services Help Desk

The Computer Services Help Desk is located in Business Education building in room B-14 of Western’s La Crosse campus. You can also reach a Help Desk attendant by e-mail at or by phone (608) 789-6266.

Instructional Media Center (IMC)

Contact the IMC (at or (608) 785-9107) when you need help with projectors, audiovisual equipment or distance education equipment (IDL/ITV) in the classroom.

Faculty Blackboard Support

This website contains a variety of training information to help faculty learn to use the functions available in Blackboard. However, if you are experiencing difficulties with logging into or using Blackboard, faculty members may contact the Computer Services Help Desk (608-789-6266) or send an e-mail (about Blackboard) to