Academy News
     December 6, 2017
Spring 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week Schedule
Spring 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week is Tuesday, January 9 - Saturday, January 13, 2018. The schedule is now available! Browse the full schedule.

We look forward to seeing you after winter break!

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Congratulations to the 2017 Glenn A. Reich Memorial Faculty Award Winner!
Congratulations to Pardess Mitchell, Ed.D., winner of the 2017 Glenn A. Reich Memorial Faculty Award for Instructional Technology! Pardess is in her ninth year at Harper College and is the chair of the Kinesiology and Health Education department. She was part of the HARTE doctoral cohort and successfully completed the program in December 2015 at which time she earned her Doctorate in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation examined notions of community in the distance learning classroom and the impact of creating community on distance learning course success and retention. Continue reading...
Prepping your syllabus for spring? Don't forget the Harper College Syllabus Checklist & Template
Visit the Harper College Syllabus webpage for: 
  • Example syllabi for face-to-face and online courses using the template
  • Grab-and-Go college policy verbiage that you can copy and paste into your syllabus
  • Language for student support services
  • and more!
Cornerstone Series Showcase
Congratulations to the following faculty members for presenting a project at the Fall 2017 Cornerstone Series Showcase:
  • Ana Maria Contreras, Liberal Arts
  • Raeghan Graessle, Mathematics & Science
  • Faiza Asghar, Mathematics & Science
  • Brianne Mangione, Mathematics & Science
  • Robert Allare, Business & Social Science
  • Ruth Moser, Mathematics & Science

Learn more.

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Online Library Resources
Are you interested in exploring affordable online course content for your classes? Librarians can assist by showing you how to access online journals, ebooks, and digital videos via the Harper College Library website!

Link directly to full-text articles and full-length media, from some of the largest and most reputable publishers, without any additional cost to students. For example, link to the latest documentary films through Docuseek2; or link to academic journals through One Search.

For more information about strengthening your course content, and adding online library resources to your curriculum, please contact your library liaison, or Kim Fournier at or ext. 6882.
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Webinar Recording: Understanding the Role of Social Justice in Our Classrooms
Visiting speaker Dr. Durene Wheeler, Associate Professor in the department of Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, was the guest presenter for the Academy for Teaching Excellence webinar: Constructing Difference: Understanding the Role of Social Justice in our Classrooms.  View the webinar recording and resource links.

Want to learn more from Dr. Wheeler? Register now for the Spring 2018 GEC: Constructing Curriculum: Critical Pedagogy & Social Justice in the Classroom. View details and register.
Save the Date: Faculty Retreat
Don't miss the Harper College 50th Anniversary Faculty Retreat: Friday, March 16, 2018.
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This will be a special year...more details and schedule coming soon!
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Harper 50th Curriculum Infusion-What Students Say is Most Relevant
Written by Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies 
We know that students appreciate topics relevant to their lives, and one thing all of our students have in common is that they are all Harper students. The 50th anniversary of the college along with the ebook version of Trygve Thoreson's  Harper College: The First 50 Years  make infusing Harper topics into course curriculum particularly appealing this year. Which topics are most relevant and interesting to Harper students? Perhaps hearing from Harper students who have worked with the Harper text this semester will help you to identify some topics that may connect to your discipline. Continue reading...
Congratulations, OSCQR Peer Reviewers!
Please congratulate the following faculty members who completed the training to become Harper online/blended course design reviewers and who have also agreed to participate as peer course design reviewers in the future.

Are you interested in learning more about becoming an OSCQR Peer Reviewer? Please contact Jenny Henrikson, Instructional & Distance Education Design Specialist, at 847.925.6724,
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Blackboard Updates on MyHarper Portal
Shared by the MyHarper Portal Team 
Thanks to members of the faculty for sharing feedback on the Blackboard section of the new MyHarper Portal. We heard you loud and clear; the Blackboard section needed improvement for instructors with many courses.

Based on your feedback, our colleagues in Information Technology are pushing an update to the MyHarper Portal. The improved Blackboard section will sort courses so the most current term will be shown on top. All others will be available through a "show more" button. We encourage you to login to the MyHarper Portal and check it out for yourself. 
Happy Holidays from the Academy!
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Back row (left to right): Jenny Henrikson, Stephanie Whalen, Karen Herold, Mike Bates, Chris Dobson
Front row (left to right): Amanda Nielsen, Melissa Baysingar, Katie Michelau
Not pictured: Steve Lollino
Student Learning Showcase
Help your students learn graphing skills (and help them win a gift card)!
Did you know that Harper students need help learning how to read and interpret graphs and tables? In fact, our most recent General Education Quantitative Reasoning assessment showed that many students-even those with 45+ credit hours-have trouble comparing two graphs.

Learn how you can help your students get ahead
Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Tuesday, January 9, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 13, 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 2 p.m.

Blackboard Collaborate Faculty Showcase
Thursday, January 11, 3 p.m.

The Escape Room Classroom

Thursday, January 11, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 12, 12 p.m.
Faculty Photos
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What's Happening @ Harper?
Save the Date
January 9 - January 13, 2018: Spring 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Friday, March 16, 2018: Spring 2018 Faculty Retreat
Saturday, April 14, 2018: Community Day: 50th Anniversary Event
Friday, April 20, 2018: Faculty Development Festival
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building D, Room D281
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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