Workshops, Webinars, Conferences, & Special Events

The Academy for Teaching Excellence provides professional development opportunities for faculty every semester. Below are descriptions for upcoming workshops, webinars, conferences, and special events. Scroll to the bottom of the page for archives with links to more information about previous opportunities.

The Academy also offers Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs). Learn more.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,


STEMBusters Strategies for STEM Inclusivity in Math

Have you ever wondered how best to support deaf and hard-of-hearing students in your STEM courses? In this workshop, faculty will study different teaching strategies and scaffolding methods designed to assist and encourage those students. It will also encourage engagement and success for students of all backgrounds. Julia Velasquez, program coordinator for the Gallaudet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, will deliver the keynote presentation. Harper College faculty, Karega Cooper, Math, will facilitate sessions with Dawn Kidd. Learn more.

  • Date: Saturday, May 4
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Location: Wojcik Dining Room
  • Facilitator: Access and Disability Services
  • CEUs: 0.5


Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program Informational Webinar

The Academy is hosting an informational webinar about the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program that will walk through an overview of the program, the application process and timeline, and ePortfolio rubric components. We suggest attending this webinar to learn more about the program and ask questions. No registration or software download is necessary. Use the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link below to log-in to the webinar. For the best experience, please use Google Chrome or Firefox (version 49+) on a desktop or laptop. A recording of the webinar will be posted for those who are unable to attend the live session.

  • Facilitator: Academy for Teaching Excellence
  • Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.

Emerging Trends & Technologies in Higher Education

As part of Tech Week 2019, guest presenters Dr. Vickie Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, and Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning, at the University of Illinois Springfield, discuss trends and technologies impacting our work and our students in 2019. Learn about tips and trends for staying relevant in changing instructional environments and engaging students and supporting their learning for jobs that may not even exist today. Join members of the Tech Week planning committee Dave Broucek, Technical Manager, Client Systems, and Chris Dobson, Curriculum Content Graphic Illustrator, Academy, in a live simulcast of this presentation, or use the link provided below to join the session remotely. Learn more.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Vickie Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, and Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Time: 11 a.m.

Conferences & Special Events

11th Annual Assessment Conference & Share Fair

Learn more about the Assessment Conference & Share Fair. Submit a presentation proposal by Friday, June 28, 2019.

  • Date: Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center
  • CEUs will be available

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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.

Academy for Teaching Excellence Workshop Cancellation Policy

Occasionally, the Academy for Teaching Excellence may have to cancel a workshop due to circumstances beyond our control. With the exception of instructor illness and inclement weather, the decision to cancel a workshop will be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the workshop. In the event of a cancellation, the Academy will make every effort to notify registered participants via their Harper College email account. If you have a concern about a workshop you have registered for being cancelled, please contact or call 847.925.6174.