Academy News
     February 21, 2018
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We're Moving!
We're moving back to Building F in March, along with the Library and Academic Support Centers. The Academy will be located on the third floor in room F320.

Watch the Academy News for more details and information after the move. We look forward to collaborating with all of you in this new space!
Webinar Recording: Accommodating Diverse Learners
Are you prepared to accommodate diverse learners in your classroom? Pascuala Herrera and Debbie Reuter from Access and Disability Services assisted faculty and staff in answering this question in the Academy webinar on Tuesday, February 13: Accommodating Diverse Learners.

Watch the webinar recording and access the resources discussed in the presentation. 
Speak at TEDxHarperCollege
Do you have an "idea worth spreading?" Have you ever thought about presenting your work, story, research, or big idea on the TED stage? Here's your chance! Harper College is hosting an independently organized TED event,  TEDxHarperCollege on Wednesday, April 18 and we want to see YOU on stage! Speaker applications are due February 28.

Take 5: Laugh-a-lympics (today!)
The next Take 5 event will be a pop-up Comedy Club starring some of our favorite comedians (you!). The goal is to NOT be the first one to laugh. Can you hold back the giggles, stifle the chuckles, suppress the snort?

You will read a series of jokes (clean, work-appropriate) back and forth with another person to try to get them to laugh. You can also work with a partner or a team. Whoever laughs the most "loses."
  • Date: Wednesday, February 21
  • Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Building A, Room A238

Enjoy cookies, coffee, and a good laugh! 

Writing Strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Learn different teaching strategies designed to assist deaf and hard of hearing students in their writing assignments in a variety of classrooms. While the seminar will be grounded in a history of ASL and deaf culture in the United States, it will also draw on methodologies from writing across the curriculum principles in order to address the needs and challenges of those students for whom ASL is their primary language. The writing strategies introduced in this seminar will also be applicable more broadly to students coming from a number of writing backgrounds. The facilitators have all trained through DeafTEC at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT.

Learn More & RSVP
Mary Kay Morrison
Using Humor to Maximize Learning: Mary Kay Morrison
Let's get serious about humor! There are numerous research-based benefits for those educators who incorporate humor into teaching and learning. However, in this session, we will explore the top ten-Letterman style! Humor fosters trust, builds relationships, reduces stress, and contributes to planting of information in the long-term memory. Join us for an energetic and fun-filled session packed with research-based strategies and practical applications.
  • Presenter: Mary Kay Morrison, author of Using Humor to Maximize Learning
  • Date: Thursday, March 8
  • Time: staff session 1 p.m.; faculty session 3 p.m.
  • CEUs for faculty session: 0.2
  • RSVP
Refreshments will be provided. The first ten people to sign up and show up (in each session) will receive a free copy of Mary Kay's book.
HLC Rally: March 1
Join us for games, prizes, and refreshments as we get pumped for the upcoming HLC site visit. And it wouldn't be an HLC Rally without an experiment from our very own Julie Ellefson. 
  • Date: Thursday, March 1
  • Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Dining Room
What does our HLC Assurance Argument say about student learning? Learn more in the Student Learning Showcase
Allyhood: Building Skills to Foster an Inclusive Work Environment
Join us as we explore our individual and collective privilege and learn how we can use our voice to create positive impacts. This workshop will begin with a brief overview of privilege and examine how privilege occurs across social group identities. You will also have the opportunity to discuss various case scenarios in small groups that focus on recognizing and learning ways to use our privilege to become more inclusive of others in the workplace.

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academy consultation
Academy Consultations
The Academy offers one-on-one consultations to all faculty members. Consultations are personalized to meet your needs, and are designed to assist you in addressing any classroom challenge or opportunity. For example, an Academy representative can help you:
  • Design or redesign a course or syllabus
  • Add Open Educational Resources or Universal Design for Learning to your course
  • Incorporate a new instructional technology tool
  • Build or enhance an online or blended course
  • Generate creative ideas for assignments, projects, and classroom activities
  • Design assessments and rubrics for effective feedback to students
Fill out an Academy Consultation Request to get started today.

Free Speech: The Debate
How do you support the seminal right to free speech when some voices express what you feel is hateful and harmful speech? College campuses across this nation are struggling to manage the challenges of creating an environment that allows us to respectfully hear all perspectives. Harper's award-winning Speech and Debate Team will tackle this intellectually and emotionally charged topic. We invite you to join us and bring your classes to one of two sessions:
  • Date: Wednesday, February 28
  • Times: 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. and repeated 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Amphitheater
RSVP requested by February 22 and is encouraged for faculty who may be bringing classes.

Professor Joshua Sunderbruch will moderate the debate that will also involve the audience. 

Presented by the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Do you have a lesson that needs a makeover?
Watch a lesson go through a makeover by Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist, using Robert Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction.

Watch Now
The Faculty Lounge
Psychological Wellness 101
Written by Caryn Levington, Professor, Student Development
My faculty colleagues and friends, I am sure you have encountered the continuum of students experiencing psychological distress from normative experiences of suffering related to break-ups, finding a major, "adulting" or perhaps coming to campus as a returning adult or Veteran, all the way to students whose everyday functioning has become so impaired that the student is unable to remain in and/or succeed in your class. We see all of this in our daily lives in Psychological Services. Students come in requesting care, and in keeping with national trends, we continue to see and address a myriad of concerns, some of which are acute, some of which are chronic, and just about all of which are painful.

Continue reading...
Faculty Retreat: There's still time to register!
Last date to RSVP for the retreat: Friday, February 23 
Last date to sign up for the trivia and/or talent portion of the retreat: Thursday, March 1
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Faculty Retreat: Meet One of Our Presenters, Dr. Kirsten Matthews
Dr. Matthews has taken her role as a Psychology professor far beyond the classroom in her efforts to support students; most recently she has co-led the efforts to create resources for students in need through the Homeless and Food Insecure task force. If you walk into her office, you can see that she has food available for students who need it. Now, because of the work of the task force, there is also a food pantry on campus. One of the most important aspects of supporting our students well is having an awareness of the challenges they face in and out of the classroom. Dr. Matthews will provide information on the rise of low socioeconomic status of students in our district, campus events and resources meant to support these students, and ways that we can reach out and sustain students in need.
Student Learning Showcase StuLearningShowcase
What does our HLC Assurance Argument say about student learning?
It's finally here! The HLC visit is less than two weeks away! Are you ready?

Harper's HLC Assurance Argument addresses lots of topics across the institution-from mission to planning, and finances to persistence. But did you know it also addresses student learning? Learn more below, and don't forget to tell your story during the HLC visit! Consider what you do to improve your students' learning, and share it in the sessions you attend!

Learn More


Think you already know everything there is to know?

Test your HLC and Harper College Knowledge! 


Want to know more?

Read section 4.B of the HLC Assurance Argument! 

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Deconstructing Gender
Wednesday, February 21, 2:30 p.m. (today!) 

50th Anniversary Faculty Retreat
Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17

Making the 4 Connections in Your Classroom

Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. 

Friday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. 

Tuesday, April 10, 12 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 11, 3 p.m. 

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What's Happening @ Harper?
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Save the Date
Monday, March 12: 50 Years of Harper's History in Diversity & Inclusion
Saturday, May 19:
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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