Academy News - February 6, 2019
Have you registered for the Faculty Retreat? Time to get excited!
Like most colleges, our academic departments are organized by discipline, but our professional development offerings have been more general. At this year's retreat, we will explore how disciplinary context affects how we approach teaching to support student learning in each area.

Friday, faculty across disciplines will share how they have developed relevant and responsive teaching strategies throughout their careers and how they continue to adapt to students' changing needs. Dinner and an evening of entertaining activities including team trivia and talent night will follow.
Saturday, groups will reflect on the topics addressed in the presentations on Friday, identify essential competencies specific to their disciplines, and develop plans for building capacity in areas of need. The retreat will culminate with creative share-outs from each group and a celebratory lunch. The ideas generated in these two days will shape the collaborative efforts of the Academy and Faculty Development Committee to work with each area to develop more discipline-specific professional development.

Registration will be available through February 15: Please remind your colleagues to register. No registrations can be accepted after this date. A sign-up link for team trivia and talent night is forthcoming. Presenter info will be shared in the next Academy News, so stay tuned!
Harper's inaugural Tech Week is four days of drop-in events and workshops celebrating technology and innovation, including the 9th Annual Tech Expo, a webinar about Emerging Trends and Technologies in Higher Education, a virtual reality demo, Make Shop and Makerspace tours, an electric car demo, electronics recycling, and more! Visit HIP for a full schedule.

There are a variety of workshops being offered this month with lots of options - on campus and online, morning and afternoon, from enhancing your online course to learning how to carve out time for engaging in deep work. Browse workshops and register using the link above.

Use the link above to learn more, view and download the Intent to Apply form, and watch the recording of the informational webinar held on January 29. Reminder: the Intent to Apply form is due to your dean by February 14.

The Make Shop includes: vinyl cutters, large format printer, button makers, sewing machines, and more. Bring your class or drop in for open crafting! Learn more using the link above.
Student Learning Showcase
Call for Volunteers! Training, Lunch, & Stipend Provided
We're looking for faculty members to assess student work this semester.

If you can devote a 4-6 hour block of time on one or more of the days listed here, please contact Faon Grandinetti ( by February 14 to sign up. Training, lunch, and a stipend will be provided for each session.

The Faculty Lounge
Making Connections Count
Written by Kathleen Reynolds, Assistant Professor, ESL/Linguistics

I've always been interested in how appropriate, positive relationships with students create optimal learning conditions. Sometimes, and for some people, those connections come naturally or easily. But in Pascuala Herrera's GEC "Creating an Accessible Learning Environment" in Fall 2017, I started really thinking about the specific strategies instructors can use to build a classroom community.

What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
Written by Dr. Vicki Atkinson, Dean of Student Development and Matt McLaughlin, Associate Dean, Student Success Initiatives & Director of Title III
Starfish has been with us for a while, but you may be wondering how Harper College has expanded the use of Starfish as a tool to support students who are case managed by assigned advisors. Continue reading...

Also, as we review our efforts and continue to refine processes, we are grateful to all but want to take this opportunity to specifically thank some standout SuperSTAR users of Starfish who have been some of the most active users of the system - flagging students because of concerns and offering kudos or positive encouragement to students.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
February 6, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
February 7, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
February 8, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

February 14, 3 p.m. (CEUs: 0.1)
February 15, 11 a.m. (CEUs: 0.1)

February 18 - March 3 (GECs: 1)

February 19, 12 p.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
February 22, 9:30 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)

February 26 - March 1
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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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