The Catholic University of America recognizes the many valuable contributions that part-time faculty make to the University community. This website is intended to provide helpful information on policies and procedures, campus resources, and important updates on news and events throughout the year. 

Part-Time Faculty Committee


Rick Thompson (Engineering), Elizabeth Shaw (Philosophy), Janet Timbie (Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures), Jennifer Davis, Chair of the Part-Time Committee (History), Ruth White (National Catholic School of Social Service), Jim Quirk (Politics)

Our Part-Time Faculty Committee from 2019-2020

The current membership of the committee is: Ana Roman Andrino (Architecture), David Clark (Arts & Sciences: Anthropology), Jim Quirk (Arts & Sciences: Politics), Janet Timbie (Arts & Sciences: Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures), Bob Powers (Busch School of Business), Michelle Bailey (Engineering), Larry Robertson (Metro), Francesca Hurst (Rome School of Music, Drama and Art), Ruth White (National Catholic School of Social Service), Marysanta Bigony (Conway School of Nursing), Elizabeth Shaw (Philosophy) and James Starke (Theology & Religious Studies). Kevin Ball in the Office of the Provost helps to coordinate the work of the committee. 

The Part-Time Faculty Committee meets a number of times each year to discuss the interests and needs of part-time faculty and regularly consults with the Provost.

Questions, comments, concerns? Please contact us.

News and Events

Resources for the 2022-23 Academic Year

If you are new to The Catholic University of America, this "onboarding" page on the website of the Office of Human Resources may be helpful.

Please scroll down to find a selection of Orientation Resources with links. Many other helpful resources can be found on the sidebar to the right. Please contact us if you have any questions or if we can be of support in your calling to deliver a high-quality education to our students.

Part-Time Faculty Awards Event (Virtual) - March 25, 2021

Congratulations to the winners of our Part-Time Faculty Teaching Awards for 2020-21:

  • From the Professional Schools: Dr. Christopher Danek, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
  • From Arts, Sciences and Humanities: Dr. David Clark, Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences
  • From the Ecclesiastical Schools: Dr. Jessica DePrizio Cole, School of Theology and Religious Studies

While we have enjoyed a part-time faculty dinner and town hall event in the past few spring semesters, we met virtually this year on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm.

This event was an opportunity to recognize the achievements and contributions of our part-time faculty members, including the presentation of the 2020-21 teaching awards. 

For those who were unable to join us for the Part-Time Faculty Awards event, a Zoom recording is available here for your viewing pleasure.


Orientation Resources

COVID-19 Updates: This website brings together the most up-to-date information about the university’s operations and strategy to Keep Catholic Safe. 

Center for Teaching Excellence: The Center is a key starting point, as they run a range of training programs to help faculty prepare for the challenges of teaching and to help you hone your craft as a teacher. Past sessions are recorded and can be watched at your convenience. The Center is also available to consult with faculty about best practices and to help with syllabi review and adapting new technologies. Please note: all Center for Teaching Excellence resources are available to part-time faculty!

Technology Services: Technology services is essential, especially for new faculty. They can help you get started with university technology like Blackboard, Zoom, and CUA email. They are also offering additional resources to help faculty learn new tools, like Panopto, and are available for consultation to help individual faculty integrate technology into their classrooms.

Disability Support Services: Disability Support Services seeks to integrate students with disabilities fully into the university. They are available to work with faculty with concerns about accommodating student disabilities.

University Libraries: The library has produced a list of resources to aid instruction (including sources for open access textbooks) and staff members are available to work with faculty to scan materials for course Blackboard sites. Subject librarians are able to discuss particular teaching/research needs with faculty.

Dean of Students: The office of the Dean of Students works to ensure a productive and fulfilling university experience for all students, academically, socially, and personally. They can assist faculty who have concerns about students, academic or otherwise. Academic concerns about students can also of course be addressed with your dean or chair.

Counseling Center: The University’s counseling center is available for assessments, therapy and referrals, depending on the student’s needs. This is an excellent resource to direct students to, especially in these challenging days. 

Award Winners Announced for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Congratulations to the winners of our Part-Time Faculty Teaching Awards for 2019-20:

  • From the Professional Schools: Daniel Zachem, Esq., Columbus School of Law
  • From Arts, Sciences and Humanities: Dr. Shawqi Talia, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures
  • From the Ecclesiastical Schools: Rev. Dr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., School of Theology and Religious Studies

These awards were presented at the Part-Time Faculty Dinner and Town Hall on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Learn more about Fr. Frank's journey from Catholic University undergraduate student to this teaching award in this story from the History Department.  

President John Garvey speaking with Dr. Shawqi Talia at the Part-Time Faculty Awards Dinner on march 5, 2020.

Above: President John Garvey speaking with Dr. Shawqi Talia after the presentation of his award on March 5, 2020. (Photo by Patrick Ryan) 

President Garvey, Fr. Frank Donio and Provost Aaron Dominguez

Above: President John Garvey, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. and Provost Aaron Dominguez at the Part-Time Faculty Awards Dinner on March 5, 2020. (Photo by Patrick Ryan)