WHA High School Teachers

With Wesleyan Honors Academy, students at your school can earn more than a high school diploma. They can earn valuable college credit.

High School Teacher Program Benefits

There are impressive benefits for WHA-participating teachers and high schools as well.

Funding for high schools and teachers

NWU will establish a Curriculum Enhancement Fund (C-Fund) for each Honors Academy teacher with the amount based on enrollment. These funds are for the purpose of assisting instructors to fund items or experiences that improve their capacity to offer their courses. Here's how you can spend C-fund money:

  1. Ask Marian Borgmann Ingwersen or Andrea Howell, how much money you have available in your c-fund.
  2. Spend some money on something that allows you to improve your ability to offer your course. Or, have your school spend the money. Save receipts or purchase orders on items you or your school buy to support your WHA course.
  3. Mail or email receipts to Marian Borgmann Ingwersen. Bills are insufficient; you must show payment.
  4. If you spent the money, the item is forever yours and money is deposited into your personal bank account. If the school spends the money and we reimburse them, the item belongs to the school. If we have a receipt by a given Tuesday at noon, the money is usually in your account by Friday of the same week.

In addition, a "Matching Funds" amount will be mailed in the form of a check to each district offering Honors Academy courses during the subsequent year if the school is still involved. Through this program Nebraska Wesleyan is able to help participating schools acquire new books, equipment and other curricular materials.

Postgraduate scholarship

Subsidized tuition for teachers seeking Honors Academy qualification

The Honors Academy program offers a postgraduate scholarship to teachers who are within 18 hours of qualifying to teach Honors Academy courses. Teachers may attend the graduate institution of their choice and NWU will reimburse tuition as follows:

  • One three-hour course remaining: Up to $2,000/course
  • Two three-hour courses remaining: Up to $1,000/course
  • Three three-hour courses remaining: Up to $670/course
  • Four, five or six three-hour courses remaining: Up to $500/course
Professional development

Each year, Nebraska Wesleyan University holds Honors Academy Professional Development Workshops either on the Lincoln campus or over Zoom. Teachers are supplied a stipend to attend this required event. At the workshop, teachers discuss changes in policies and procedures, interact with other instructors and meet with NWU academic department coordinators about updates to the curriculum in their disciplines.

Private coaching

Honors Academy teachers are encouraged to work closely with their departmental liaisons throughout the academic year in areas of curriculum development and assessment coordination.

Faculty ID and accessing teacher benefits

Faculty ID and accessing benefits

NWU will provide an adjunct Faculty ID card with an identification number to approved Honors Academy adjunct instructors. The Faculty ID card should be retained until the instructor no longer participates in the Honors Academy.

Campus security or university officials may request faculty to present the ID card for identification, in which case, ID must be presented.

As an adjunct NWU faculty member, Honors Academy teachers have access to the same resources as on-campus faculty, including:

  • Free admission to theatre, music or art events
  • Free admission to athletic events
  • Invitations to attend guest lectures
  • Class tours arranged for their students
  • Admission of their classes to special events

Additionally, use your Office 365 account login to access the following resources:

  • NWU Library - Use these instructions to learn how to access library services.
  • IDEA Class Evaluation - At the end of each Honors Academy course, students are asked to complete class evaluations through an online system called IDEA. Teachers will need to complete the Objective Selection Form (OSF) for their part of the evaluation. Use your NWU email address and password to sign in.
  • CANVAS - Access CANVAS to complete professional development activities, post your syllabus and read materials from your appropriate department.
  • Self-Service - Click on “Faculty” to check rosters and post final grades.  This requires your "username" which is the part of your NWU email address in front of the @ symbol. 

If you have any questions, contact mborgman [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Marian Borgmann Ingwersen)rel="noreferrer" or Andrea Howell.

Join Wesleyan Honors Academy

Qualified teachers can apply for NWU faculty status through Wesleyan Honors Academy.

Teacher application and requirements

Qualifications

To become an adjunct instructor in the Wesleyan Honors Academy program, high school teachers should:

  • Have a master’s degree in the subject area of the courses they propose to offer, or;
  • Have a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit in the relevant subject field.

Application Process

The Wesleyan Honors Academy director will work with high school principals and/or central school district curriculum specialists to identify high school courses and teachers for participation in Wesleyan Honors Academy and invite them to apply. Teachers may also request information and an application directly from the Honors Academy director.

Both the teacher and the course must be approved by the Honors Academy. Following is a description of the application and approval process:

Step 1: Teacher Application

  1. Submit the Teacher Application form (PDF) and supporting materials, including official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the Honors Academy director.
  2. The director will review the teacher application materials for minimal requirements and forward qualified applicants to the appropriate departmental liaison.
  3. Upon approval of the applicant by the appropriate department, the teacher will be asked to submit the Course Application form and forms for HR and CSIT onboarding.

Step 2: Course Application

  1. Submit the completed Course Application form (PDF), describe the course, including scope, organization, teaching style, expectations of students, and the textbook or reading requirements.
  2. Art instructors must send visuals of their and their students’ artwork.
  3. The high school principal or appropriate administrator must send a letter of support.
  4. After reviewing the course application materials, the Honors Academy director will forward them to the appropriate departmental liaison for review and final determination.
  5. The Honors Academy director will notify the teacher and the school administrator in writing whether the teacher is:
    • Approved
    • Provisionally approved (with provisions stated)
    • Not approved at this time (with reasons stated)

Probationary Status for First Year Teachers

Approval to teach in the Wesleyan Honors Academy program is considered probationary for the first year that a teacher participates. After the first year, a teacher will automatically qualify to remain in the program under the following conditions:

  • The teacher has met, or is making significant progress toward meeting any specified provisions.
  • The Honors Academy director and the respective departmental coordinator approve continued participation.
Non-compliance information

Honors Academy teachers are required to complete the necessary administrative and professional development aspects of the Honors Academy program. If a given instructor fails to do so, they will be considered non-compliant. Listed below are the potential areas in which a teacher may be considered non-compliant:

  1. The instructor fails to attend professional development workshops. Instructors are expected to attend all professional development workshops although rare absences are allowed for special circumstances. If an instructor can't, at times, attend the on-campus workshops, he or she may take part in other professional development activities. These must be reported back to the Honors Academy director.
  2. The instructor fails to provide a course of equivalent content and rigor as those sections offered on-campus and approved by the department.
  3. The instructor does not submit required information/artifacts to the director or department liaisons for assessment and/or syllabus alignment purposes. These requirements vary by department and all instructors are expected to be aware of their responsibilities in this area.
  4. The instructor does not follow-through on arrangements made for site visits from the department liaisons. Site visits should be scheduled when the instructor is actively teaching a course and should allow the liaison to see good interaction with students.
  5. The instructor does not clarify rosters and/or submit grades as required.

Non-compliance will be determined by the director of the Wesleyan Honors Academy with input from the department liaison usually through classroom visits or failure of the instructor to complete the submittal of materials or professional development activities.

If an instructor is found to be non-compliant, the following steps will be taken in order to help the instructor return to compliance:

  1. The director and department liaison will meet and discuss the approach needed for a given set of circumstances.
  2. The director will contact the instructor and meet with him or her to outline the changes that must occur in order for the instructor to return to compliance. The administration at the high school will be notified or the problem.
  3. The instructor will be given time to consider the outlined changes and whether or not he or she wishes to continue in the program.
  4. If the instructor wishes to continue in the Honors Academy program, he or she will be given one academic year to correct problems and will be visited in the classroom at least twice during that year by the liaison and at least once by the director to consider whether progress towards the stated changes is being met. The high school administration is kept appraised of the status of the instructor.
  5. Both the director and the liaison must agree that the instructor has regained compliance. If this occurs, the instructor returns to equal status as other compliant instructors.
  6. If the instructor remains non-compliant after one academic year, he or she is removed from the program and the high school administration notified that the instructor is no longer able to offer courses in the program.

The curriculum fund account will be closed to non-compliant instructors until he or she returns to compliant status.

Site visits by departmental liaisons

The departmental liaisons will arrange 1-2 visits during the first year of the Wesleyan Honor Academy adjunct instructor appointment: once every two to three thereafter. The purpose of these site visits is to:

  • Become better acquainted.
  • Observe the adjunct instructor in the classroom.
  • Discuss course materials.
  • Communicate discipline-specific requirements and assessment expectations.
  • Assist with assessment implementation, as needed.
  • Make suggestions to ensure the adjunct instructor’s success in meeting departmental expectations.

Access tools for WHA courses

All WHA teachers are NWU faculty. Here are more resources to help you conduct your WHA courses.

Office 365 account activation 

Activate Your Office 365 Account

All Wesleyan Honors Academy instructors are issued a username and password for your Office 365 (Outlook) account. Using this system to access information, you can send and receive emails from your NWU Outlook email account; utilize online resources including library databases, CANVAS and Self-Service; and find out information about Nebraska Wesleyan events and programs. 

To Activate your account the first time: Go to NWU Office 365 from your browser. Sign in with your NWU email address and Office 365 activation code that was sent in your initial email from CSIT. If this is the first time you are signing in, you will need to create a password.

  • Open a browser and go to NWU Office 365.
  • Sign in with your NWU email address and activation password that was sent to your email from CSIT.
  • You will be asked to update your password. Enter the activation password again and then enter and confirm your new password. Your password must be between 8 and 16 characters long. Do not use common dictionary words, names or sequential numbers. Use a combination of letters and numbers.
  • Keep a record of your password as some time may pass between using it.
  • Set up the "Don't Lose Access to your account" page. Enter your cell phone number (quickest option) or security questions and answers for Office365 to use to recover.
  • Set your time zone to "Central Time (U.S. and Canada)"

Once your password has been set, you will use the email address and this password to access all other WHA resources you need. 

Marian or Andrea can reset your password if needed.

 

Checking rosters

Instructors are highly encouraged to monitor and periodically check their course rosters to ensure their class enrollment is up to date.

How do I check my course roster?

  1. Go to NWU Self-Service.
  2. Login using your NWU Office 365 username and password.
  3. Click on “Faculty”.
  4. Click on the name of your course to view roster.

If you discover a roster discrepancy, contact mborgman [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Marian Borgmann Ingwersen)rel="noreferrer" or Andrea Howell.

Complete a course evaluation through IDEA

At the end of each Honors Academy course, you will be asked to complete a class evaluation through an online system called IDEA.  You must complete the Outcomes form prior to the end of the student collection period. Reports from your student responses are available two days after the end of the evaluation process by logging back into IDEA.

Posting final grades

Below are the instructions on how to submit grades.

  1. Log into Self-Service (nebrwesleyan.edu > Inside NWU > Self-Service tab). You use your NWU username which is the part of your NWU email address before the @ sign, and your NWU Office 365 password to enter Self-Service.
  2. Click on Faculty.
  3. Look for the course section and then click on your course to access grading.
  4. Click on Grading.
  5. Select the Final Grade tab.
  6. Enter a grade for each student using the drop-down menu.

Standard grading reminders

  • Letter grades include A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F.
  • Incompletes – please enter an I. When giving an Incomplete, be sure an "Incomplete Agreement form" is signed by the student and yourself and submitted to the director. Any incomplete should be discussed with the director prior to the grading deadline.
  • If a student has withdrawn, a grade of W (or WA) will already be assigned. Students who have not officially withdrawn need to be given a grade.
  • You may adjust the grades you enter at any point before the grading deadline. After the deadline the grades you assign are final; additional work after the term concludes is not allowed. Any errors in grading found after the final grading deadline will need an approved "Change of Grade" form with instructor and director signatures.

Questions or problems with your NWU Self-Service account may be directed to the Honors Academy office at 402-465-7605 or mborgman [at] nebrwesleyan.edu.

Contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar [at] nebrwesleyan.edu or 402-465-2243 if you have difficulty submitting your grades via Self-Service.

Canvas for accessing course-specific information

Important WHA deadline dates for 2022-23
June – August Faculty Workshops – All current and prospective WHA instructors are expected to attend.
August 1 ACE scholarship application open for fall semester and full-year courses. WHA registration opens the first week in August.
October 7 On-Time registration deadline for all fall semester, full-year, and first block WHA courses. This is also the last day to DROP a fall, full-year, or first block course without a petition.
October 21 Late registration deadline for fall, full-year, and first block courses. Adds after this date are by petition only.
November 1 On-Time registration deadline for fall courses starting in October.
November 15 ACE scholarship application open for spring semester courses.
November 15 Late registration deadline for fall courses starting in October. Adds for fall courses starting in October after this date are by petition only.
December 1 FINAL deadline to submit a late petition to drop/add/withdraw for fall semester courses that end in December.
December 15 ACE scholarship application deadline for fall semester and full-year courses.
January 12 at 5 p.m. Grades due from course instructors for courses that end in December.
January 13 First semester transcripts available for students to request (for accounts paid in full) if all instructors were able to submit grades on time.
February 10 On-Time registration deadline for spring semester courses starting in January. This is also the last day to DROP a spring course without a petition.
February 24 Late registration deadline for spring courses starting in January. Adds after this date are by online petition only.
March 17 On-Time registration deadline for spring courses starting in March.
March 31 Late registration deadline for spring courses starting in March. Adds for spring courses starting in March after this date are by petition only.
May 1 FINAL deadline to submit a petition to drop/add/withdraw for spring semester and full-year courses that end in May or June.
May 15 ACE scholarship application deadline for spring semester courses.
June 1 at 5:00 p.m. Grades due from course instructors for spring semester and full-year courses.
June 2 Transcripts for 2022-23 available for students to request (for accounts paid in full) if all instructors were able to submit grades on time.

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