RAFO is pleased to announce our annual call for Professional Development Mini- Grant Proposals.

If you plan to engage in professional development by workshop, training, conference, or class, and are a full bargaining unit member, the RAFO adjunct faculty union might defray some of your expenses. Former recipients have presented at and attended local and national conferences and developed film projects, for example.

Click here for more information and an application form. Proposals will be reviewed by our professional development committee, and recipients will be notified by email.

If you have any questions about the form or the mini-grant qualifications, please contact the professional development committee chair, Ernie Berman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Share best practices this spring at the Adjunct-to-Adjunct Virtual Conference


Classroom distractions and challenges were at an unprecedented level this past year and many adjuncts rose to the challenge by leveraging new techniques and strategies to enhance student-centered learning.


Topics of interest to attendees include:

  • Mindset and the RU Student
  • Managing Student Anxiety/Adjunct Anxiety
  • Rethinking Assessment
  • Applying Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Building Student Engagement across all Formats
  • Hybrid & Remote: The New World of Education
  • Building Community


Presenters for the April 8 Conference will:

  • Deliver a 45-minute virtual (zoom) session
  • Engage with attendees over Q&A and open forum
  • Receive certificate and peer recognition


For more information or to submit a proposal, contact Cindy Eisenhard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals are due February 21, 2022.

Important Needs to Know for RU Adjunct Faculty Members


* Class format in course finder is still valid.

* Mandatory masking while on campus.

* Submit booster documentation by January 31.

* Negative PCR Test dated no earlier than January 1, 2022

College of Pharmacy by 5 pm January 10, 2022.

Everyone else by 5 pm January 21, 2022

* Proof of positive COVID diagnosis instead of negative test result if you tested positive after October 9.

College of Pharmacy by 5 pm January 10, 2022.

Everyone else by 5 pm January 21, 2022.

 * Submit your test result via this link: roosevelt.edu/winter-test-employee

* Submit your booster documentation via this link: roosevelt.edu/vaccine-employee

 On-Campus Testing: 

Make your appointment via this link.



 Chicago Campus (AUD 244)

Monday, January 10 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 13 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 18 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 20 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Schaumburg Campus

Regular walk-up testing every Monday and Thursday beginning January 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



There have been a number of confirmed cases of the Corona Virus at Roosevelt University. The RU administration has decided to switch to a remote modality until October 1st. All classes, in other words, will be held on Zoom. 

RAFO was not involved in this decision. However, we intend to engage the university on this issue to ensure the welfare of our members and the entire RU community. 

Jen Wilson, RAFO President, has recorded this brief video on the decision and its implications for our members. Please view it at your leisure and contact us with any questions or concerns. 

In solidarity, 

Your Executive Committee


RAFO Members:

As lead negotiator for the 2020-2024 contract, I am pleased to announce that your negotiating team and Roosevelt University have come to an agreement. RAFO is extremely pleased with the final outcome and we believe you will be, too. The University was adamant on 0% for the first year, but as an offset for that 0%, we negotiated a signing bonus of $150 for each bargaining unit member that taught either in Spring 2020 or will teach in the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. That then takes us into the final three years of the contract where adjuncts will receive a 2% increase for each of those years.

As I hope you can see from the above, RAFO worked hard to ensure that you are rewarded for the professionalism and integrity all have shown during these unusual and trying times. We are attaching a copy of the final contract for you to review and eventually ratify. The areas that appear in green are changes that were made to the verbiage in the contract that will support RAFO during the upcoming 4 years.  Appendix A reflects the 2% increase for each step in the final three years.

A link with the time will be sent next week for all to join this a zoom meeting, where we can answer your questions about the contract.

In closing, we hope you will be as excited as we are regarding the new contract.

In solidarity,

Don Wlodarski and the RAFO team:

Jen Wilson, Joseph Fedorko, Amelia Hicks, Stan Traywick, Mike Pinsoff and Dennis Tucker