ESC Adjunct Faculty Resource Page

Please use this page as a resource for your work as an adjunct mentor at Empire State College.


Hello!  And to those of you new to SUNY Empire State College (SUNY ESC), welcome!

In this Mahara space, we want to introduce you to some of the ideas and emphases underlying mentoring, teaching and learning at ESC.  Along with short interviews of faculty about their mentoring and teaching – including adjunct mentors and full-time faculty, who mentor and teach in face-to-face, blended and online learning environments, and who work with students individually and in groups – here you will find a brief summary of some key ideas in progressive education and in adult learning and development, ideas which inform pedagogy at ESC. 

We recommend that you view the video on adult learning theories first, as it will give you a context for much of what faculty are discussing in the interviews.

We also invite you to go to the Center for Mentoring and Learning website for what you will find there regarding mentoring, teaching and learning, including resources, sample assignments, bibliographies and more.

Those of you teaching online or blended studies will also find much helpful information under your list of courses in Moodle and in Faculty Resources for the Online Learning Environment, developed by the Center for Distance Learning. Some of the CDL resources are within Moodle, so those not within CDL may not have access.

If you have any questions about what you view here, please feel free to contact us:

Katherine Jelly, Director, CML (

Karen LaBarge, Senior Staff Assistant for Faculty Development (

Betty Hurley, CML Faculty Associate; Mentor, Center for Distance Learning (

Special thanks to Mindy Kronenberg for initiating this project during her faculty associate appointment.


About The Resources

Here is a description of the resources on this page:

  • a presentation by Kathy Jelly about adult learning theories
  • a list of resources in Diigo to explore
  • short interviews of mentors across the college sharing their perceptions of mentoring, ESC students and the college, featuring,
    - three full-time mentors: Alan Mandell (Metropolitan Center); Silvia Chelala (Long Island Center and International Programs); Mary Mawn (Center for Distance Learning)
    - two adjunct mentors: Sally Cahan (Center for Distance Learning); Jeanne Cousineau (Center for Distance Learning).

Kathy Jelly on Adult Learning Theories

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Mary Mawn

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