Academy News
     May 2, 2018
Final Countdown: Academy "Launch Party" Open House
To celebrate the end of the semester, please join the Academy for a "Launch Party" Open House!
  • Date: Wednesday, May 9
  • Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F317

Stop by the Academy in F317 any time from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. to see the new space and to enjoy some refreshments before you "take off."

Take 5 to Celebrate Today! Plus the LIVE Grand Prize Drawing!
It has been a wonderful year. Join us for this extra-special Take 5 finale party.

We are celebrating you. Thank you for everything you did to make Harper's 50th Anniversary such a success.

Enjoy food, fun, and friends. There will be giveaways, magic, a photo booth, appetizers, and ice cream. We will also revisit some of the favorite games from the past year. Plus the LIVE Grand Prize drawing.
  • Date: Wednesday, May 2 (TODAY!)
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Dining Room
Questions? Contact the 50th Anniversary Take 5 committee.
Reminder: Update Your Syllabus for New Library and Success Services Locations
As of April 2, 2018 the Library, Writing Center, Tutoring Center, and Success Services are now located in Building F. Please update your syllabi for future semesters to reflect the new locations. The Harper College Syllabus Template and all related resources on the Harper College Syllabus webpage have been updated to reflect these location changes.

Not familiar with the Harper College Syllabus Template? Read more about it here.
Congratulations to all of the faculty members who have demonstrated their excellence in teaching, an outstanding commitment to institutional and community service, and continued professional development and were awarded a promotion for the 2018-2019 academic year!
recording studio
Recording Studio Demo
Did you know t he new Academy space is home to two sound-pro of recording studios for faculty use? See a demo and learn how you can use this space in your work!
  • Wednesday, May 2 (TODAY!), 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., F317
  • Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., F317

Register Now

Teaching Online Successfully: Register Now!
Registration is now open for Teaching Online Successfully for Summer 2018.

Teaching Online Successfully: Create
  • For faculty developing an online or blended course for the first time
  • May 28 - June 10
  • Register Now (registration deadline: May 14)
Teaching Online Successfully: Facilitate
  • For faculty teaching an online or blended course for the first time
  • June 18 - July 1
  • Register Now (registration deadline: June 4)
Save the Date: Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
The fifth annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference will take place on Wednesday, August 15 during Fall 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week. Please save the date and share with your colleagues and departments!
  • Date: Wednesday, August 15
  • Time: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center
The Faculty Lounge
Start Smart Updates
Written by Dave Braunschweig, Professor, Computer Information Systems and Stephanie Whalen, Chair, Academy for Teaching Excellence & Associate Professor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies
The Start Smart program at Harper College was designed to help new students adjust to college successfully and develop career goals; there have been different types of college success courses offered as a part of the program, including orientation and personal development courses taught by counselors, learning framework courses taught by college success faculty, and First Year Seminar courses taught by faculty across disciplines. Each year, resources and materials to support common assignments and program outcomes have been shared with the faculty through Blackboard via a course copy of a master FYS shell to all instructors' shells. The program has now aligned all First Year Seminar courses with Areas of Interest, and the common resources and materials must be revised in order to support program outcomes in the variety of courses offered. 

Student Learning Showcase 
Learning Assessment Community of Practice: Highlights to the tune of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
"It was 9 months ago today
(give or take a week, I'd say)
that our little group came to be
the Learning Assessment CoP.
We all figured out what to do,
and now we're ready to share with you
assessment projects that are gonna blow your mind!"

With apologies to the Beatles, we would like to highlight the work of the Learning Assessment Community of Practice. 

For the past two semesters, we have met as a group to discuss research and evidence-based practices, instructional strategies, and other issues related to assessment. We have shared information and resources that might be used to develop, expand, and inform our own disciplines on assessment techniques and issues. Through our work, we hope to enrich and improve campus conversations related to assessment by serving as a forum for the exchange of relevant ideas, practices, tools, and theories related to assessment.

If any of this information resonates with you and/or you are interested in learning more about assessment at Harper, consider joining our Learning Assessment Community of Practice! It's as easy as sending us an email:
Call for Presentations: 10th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair!
Harper's Learning Assessment Committee invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 10th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair , which will take place Friday, September 21, 2018.

We are looking for engaging and informative presentations that highlight your progress, insights, innovations and best practices in assessment. Use your session to inspire your colleagues and to share your passion for teaching, learning, and helping our students grow.

Submit a Presentation Proposal by Friday, June 29, 2018.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m. (today!)
Friday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 9, 3 p.m.

Starts Monday, May 28 (Registration Deadline: 5/14)

Starts Monday, June 18 (Registration Deadline: 6/4)
Faculty Photos
What's Happening @ Harper?
aerial view
Save the Date
Saturday, May 19: 50th Commencement Ceremony
August 13 - August 18: Fall 2018 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week
Wednesday, August 15: Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference
Friday, September 21: Assessment Conference and Share Fair
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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