Academy News - August 28, 2019
Fall GECs - Last Chance to Register!
Quick Facts about GECs:
  • All faculty can register for GECs
  • No cost to faculty
  • A GEC is a graduate-level course on a particular topic at a level of rigor equivalent to a graduate course in an accredited college or university
  • Credits from these courses are included in a faculty member's application for tenure and promotion (including the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program) as professional development credits
The registration deadlines for fall GECs are approaching quickly--don't miss your chance to take one of these engaging courses (most of which are fully online)!

Phase 1 of the Strategic Planning Process
We are launching the first Strategic Plan Dialogue Session on September 9 with a focus on the importance of professional development and growth for all Harper employees. Please join this conversation that will help inform our Strategic Plan.

To reduce textbook and course material costs primarily through the adoption, adaptation, and creation of free Open Educational Resources (OER), Harper has allocated $75,000 of strategic plan funding for OER Transformation Grants. These grants are intended to support faculty efforts to reduce the costs associated with textbooks and course materials while maintaining high quality course design and instruction. If you are interested in replacing costly textbooks and course materials for your course(s), this grant opportunity is for you.

Dr. Proctor would like to hear from you. You are invited to share your ideas, thoughts, and concerns about the work you do at Harper and how we can help our students succeed. The first session is today, August 28 at 3 p.m. in D193, and sessions will continue through the fall semester and will be held on the main campus as well as at LCC and HPC. Choose a session that works best for you using the link above.

  • Evidence-Informed Teaching
  • Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF)
  • Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development
  • Teaching While Black/Responding While White: Growing Our Capacity Around Cultural Integrity
  • Best Practices for Accessible Video and Captioning
  • Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference. The conference will feature a keynote session - They Aren't the Only Ones: Mental Bandwidth & Faculty Success - and additional breakout sessions: Choosing Technology Without Losing Your Mind; Carrying the (Cognitive) Load for Students; and What Really Matters? Bandwidth Demands & Well-Being.

Student Development wants every student to achieve success in college and have the opportunity to grow both in and out of the classroom. To this end, we look forward to partnering with our academic faculty on classroom presentations. The length of presentations can be customized. Learn more and schedule a classroom presentation this semester.

Please join the college in honoring Craig Stettner, our cherished colleague who we lost last winter, at the dedication ceremony for the Craig Stettner Prairie at Harper College on Thursday, September 19 at 2 p.m. in the Building J Theatre. RSVP encouraged, but not required.
Student Learning
Register Now for the Assessment Conference & Share Fair
Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Assessment Conference & Share Fair. This professional development event will feature an engaging poster session; a keynote session - Preserving Students' "Mental Bandwidth" to Increase Equity in Success; additional breakout sessions, and more. Attendees will have several chances to win raffle prizes and earn up to 0.4 CEUs.

Faculty Experience
Join a Community of Practice
Have you been thinking about joining a Community of Practice (CoP)? Now is the time! The following groups are seeking members to participate in their communities:

Not sure what a CoP is? It is a faculty-driven development opportunity that creates space for instructors to engage in meaningful and productive reflection on their teaching and classroom experience.

Learn more about CoPs at Harper & View FAQs
Online Learning
Harper OSCQR Rubric: Guide for Online Course Design
As part of the college's commitment to online course quality, Harper faculty, in collaboration with the Academy instructional design team, created a tool designed for faculty to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their online course. Included are 50 standards which help guide, inform, and influence course delivery with the student experience in mind.

Learn more about a few standards to always consider in your online course.
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
September 2 - September 15 (GECs: 1)
(registration now closed)

September 12, 2 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

September 13, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.4)
September 17, 2:30 p.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

September 16 - November 10 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: September 2
September 16 - November 7 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: September 2

September 27, 8 a.m. (CEUs: 0.4)

September 27, 12:30 p.m.

October 4, 8:30 a.m.
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Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building F, Room F317
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The mission of the Academy for Teaching Excellence is to create a vibrant teaching and learning culture for full-time and adjunct faculty that cultivates professional development in support of student success.
Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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