Academy News
     January 24, 2018
faculty retreat
Last Chance to Register for the Faculty Retreat!
Don't miss your chance to register for the 50th Anniversary Faculty Retreat in March!
Are you prepared to accommodate diverse learners in your classroom?
Pascuala Herrera and Debbie Reuter from ADS will present valuable information about understanding and serving our diverse student population in the upcoming Academy webinar, Accommodating Diverse Learners. In addition to a clear and concise discussion of ADA requirements, acceptable and unacceptable language, Universal Design for Learning, and more, Pascuala and Debbie will be available for a Q&A session to answer your questions about accommodating diverse learners in your classroom.

Register today to attend in person or to be on the list to receive the recording.

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.
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Announcing the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program
The most recently approved adjunct faculty agreement (2016-2021) included the creation of an Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program that supports and recognizes adjunct faculty who are involved in sustained professional development and college service.

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Become an online peer reviewer!
Participate in the two-week, online workshop - Enhancing Distance Course Design Using the OSCQR Rubric - to become an official, Harper, peer reviewer. The course starts on Monday, February 19.

Register Now
50 Ways to Leave Your Office
At the Provost's Meeting on January 11, in honor of Harper's 50th Anniversary, the Academy overviewed the many engagement opportunities available to faculty in an adaptation of "50 Ways to Leave Your Office" performed by Joe Wachter, Chemistry.

Watch the live performance, view the slideshow, and see a list of 50 ideas
Transitioning from Crocodoc to New Box View
As of January 15, Blackboard transitioned from Crocodoc to Box as its inline grading tool. New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including expanded support for new file types such as .pdf's. Inline grading will continue to work in your courses.

resource for excellence grant
A RFE grant allowed the Art Department to purchase additional cameras so that more students could afford to enroll in photography courses.
Do you have a great idea that needs funding?
Resource for Excellence grants are an opportunity for faculty and staff to apply for funding offered through the Harper College Educational Foundation. The application period is now open and will close on Friday, March 2.

Learn more and view grant guidelines and application
Spring 2018 President's All Campus Meeting
Did you miss the Spring 2018 President's All Campus Meeting or would you like to review some of the information? 
  • Watch the video of the meeting.
  • Flip through the PowerPoint presentation .
  • Hear student Michelle Feigler's story involving Associate Professor Brian Cremins that kicked off the "Power of Moments" theme.

Watch other videos shared at the meeting: 50th Anniversary Celebration, Cat Sanchez Update, New Employees/Retirees, and a Look Back at Building the Campus. 

gender workshop
Deconstructing Gender
This workshop will provide an opportunity to examine how gender is conceptualized and functions on campus and in the larger social context. Facilitators will begin the session with a basic overview of gender terminology to increase understanding and support the proper usage of pronouns.

Participants will examine a variety of scenarios in order to reframe how we think, behave, and communicate in regards to socially constructed notions about gender. Join us for meaningful work on deconstructing gender toward creating a more inclusive culture on campus.

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Title IX: It's On Us
All members of the Harper College community, including students, employees, guests, and visitors, have the right to be free from gender-based or sexual misconduct in their educational pursuits at Harper.

Please share this video with your students. Watch it in class. Post a Blackboard announcement with a link to the video.

Questions? Visit the Title IX webpage or contact one of the Title IX Coordinators: Travaris Harris (ext. 6846) or Beverly Riley (ext. 6218). 
Faculty Promotions: Full Professor Candidate Presentations
Faculty applying for promotion to full professor at Harper College give a presentation as part of the interview process. These presentations are open to the College community and showcase the excellence of our faculty.

See dates, times, and locations of the candidate presentations
Spring 2018 GECs
Registration deadlines are approaching quickly so register online now to secure your spot for a Spring 2018 Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC):
GECs are offered at no-cost and are open to all full-time and adjunct faculty. 
Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue Workshops
Harper is continuing to offer D & I Dialogue workshops to engage colleagues in courageous conversation around concepts such as inclusive/exclusive behaviors, bias, privilege, and unintended impacts of our communication styles, to name a few.

If you haven't participated in this workshop, now is your opportunity. Choose from one of three Part 1 introductory sessions scheduled in February and March. If you have already taken the workshop, take it to the next level with our new Part 2 sessions.

Register Now
The Faculty Lounge
travaris harris
Faculty Retreat: Meet One of Our Presenters, Dr. Travaris Harris
Dr. Harris may share his passion for student development and advocacy as a dean now, but he served as a faculty counselor in Student Development at Harper for more than 11 years and coordinated the summer REACH Program serving at-risk students from underrepresented groups for 10 years. Dr. Harris was actively involved in the Faculty Senate and served in various leadership roles in the Center for Multicultural Learning, including the multicultural faculty fellowship program and success coaching initiatives. Dr. Harris has been instrumental in a multitude of innovative programs and student development courses as well as helping students navigate challenges related to personal issues, learning disabilities, educational planning, and academic probation, thus improving student success and persistence outcomes.

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Five Recommendations for Engagement from South Suburban College Adjunct Faculty
Contributed by the South Suburban College Adjunct Faculty with Natalie Page, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at SSC and Stephanie Whalen, Chair of the Academy for Teaching Excellence
Some of the best faculty development simply brings faculty together to share and synthesize ideas about how to enhance teaching and learning. During a January professional development session on Engagement Strategies for Equity based on Gloria Ladson-Billings' work on culturally relevant teaching, the adjunct faculty from South Suburban College discussed effective methods for engaging and supporting their students. The adjunct faculty participants explored the common conceptions and shared visions of culturally relevant educators, and examined a multitude of ways these notions manifest themselves in teaching dispositions and strategies. The SSC adjunct faculty had many recommendations to share which centered on five major themes.

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Student Learning Showcase
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Student Success through Global Learning Outcomes
Written by Richard Johnson, Director, Office of International Education
As community college educators, we are charged with preparing our students to participate effectively in a global workforce. It is vital that our students be able to function in an interdependent, highly diverse, and fast-changing world, one that is increasingly marked by volatile differences. The implementation of Global Learning Outcomes across the diverse curricula of the community college, from traditional academic tracks to career and vocational programs, is the first step in meeting the charge of preparing students for these global realities.

You will no doubt be glad to know that the Office of International Education at Harper College has been hard at work addressing these challenges! Over the last two years, a group of faculty from across campus have researched, vetted, and adopted five Global Learning Outcomes (GLOs) through an open, inclusive, and interdisciplinary process. In collaboration with department chairs and program coordinators, we have also mapped the GLOs to many of the college's curricula. We are presently developing rubrics for each of the outcomes and will pilot an assessment of several this spring.

What are the five Global Learning Outcomes at Harper? How do you get involved?

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Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Accommodating Diverse Learners (webinar)
Tuesday, February 13, 12 p.m.

Deconstructing Gender

Friday, February 16, 12 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 2:30 p.m.

Enhancing Distance Course Design Using the OSCQR Rubric (online workshop)
Starts Monday, February 19

Constructing Curriculum: Critical Pedagogy & Social Justice in the Classroom (GEC)
Starts Wednesday, February 21 (Registration Deadline:  2/28)

Introduction to Theories of Pedagogy
Starts Thursday, March 1 (Registration Deadline: 2/15) 

50th Anniversary Faculty Retreat
Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17 
Faculty Photos
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What's Happening @ Harper?
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Save the Date
Monday, March 12: 50 Years of Harper's History - Diversity and 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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