Academy News - January 23, 2019
Faculty Retreat: Relevant & Responsive Teaching Across Disciplines
Register now for the 2019 Faculty Retreat, March 15-16 at the Q Center in St. Charles.

This year's retreat offers faculty an opportunity to share our collective funds of knowledge and plan for continued growth as we examine the common elements and nuances of relevant and responsive teaching across disciplines.

Registration Deadline:
February 15
Don't miss the chance to take these engaging Graduate Equivalency Courses this semester: Engaging Students in Diverse Perspectives, Collaborative Action Research for Innovation, and Teaching Online Successfully. Learn more and register using the link above.

All Harper employees are invited to celebrate technology and innovation during the inaugural Tech Week! There will be events and programs all week, including the 9th Annual Tech Expo, a virtual reality demo, Make Shop and Makerspace tours, an electric car demo, electronics recycling, and more! Watch HIP for a full schedule, coming January 29.

The Intent to Apply form for the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program 2019 is now available. View and download the form using the link above and attend the webinar on January 29 to learn more.

Introduction to POGIL, OSCQR Mini-Me Workshops, Sustaining the Professional Self for Deep Work, Uploading a Video to YouTube and Posting to Blackboard, Canva: A Graphic Design Tool for the Rest of Us, Spark Creativity into Your Assessments, Improving the Organization of Your Online Course, and more!

The Harper College Cultural Arts Committee is seeking suggestions for featured speakers that enhance curriculum infusion on campus. View the criteria and download the proposal form using the link above.
Student Learning Showcase
Can Harper students communicate information and concepts through writing?
Be the first to know! 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, please contact Faon Grandinetti at to sign up. Training, lunch, and a stipend will be provided for each session.

The Faculty Lounge
The Early Career Faculty Community of Practice
Written by Rita Gura, Assistant Professor, Health Careers and Traci Wessel, Instructor, Health Careers

The Early Career Faculty Community of Practice was formed in Spring 2018 for non-tenured faculty members with the goal of enhancing the initial years on campus through a supportive cohort experience. We have aligned our strategic goals with the formal faculty assessment process to complete activities that promote instructional, institutional, and community service as well as promote professional development.

What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
Equity Literacy Project
Written by DuBoi McCarty, Associate Professor, Student Development and Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair & Associate Professor, English & Interdisciplinary Studies

You may have heard something about a collaborative project related to equity taking place between Harper and our sender school districts. Our Community of Practice, The Art of Teaching for Equity, has planned an equity literacy project and recruited participants through the Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS), which is a partnership that brings Districts 211, 214, and 220 together to support college and career readiness.
This spring semester, we will host three focused workshops to build a lexicon supported by research and contextual examples to promote understanding of inequalities experienced by students throughout all levels of their education. Next year, the resource will be used to support professional development efforts identified through the workshops as most critical for our students.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
January 25, 1 p.m. (CEUs: 0.3)

January 30 - April 14 (GECs: 3)

February 4 - February 17 (CEUs: 1.0)

February 4 - April 5 (GECs: 3)

February 6, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
February 7, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
February 8, 10 a.m. (CEUs: 0.2)
Faculty Photos
What's Happening @ Harper?
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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