Workshops & Webinars

The Academy for Teaching Excellence provides professional development opportunities, programs, and workshops for faculty every semester. Below are descriptions for upcoming workshops and webinars. Scroll to the bottom of the page for archives with links to past workshops and webinars.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,

Fall 2018

Comparative Education Lecture: Costa Rica

Curious about what education is like in Costa Rica compared to the United States? Join Fulbright Scholar, Jairo Viales, as he shares some of the values and practices of educators in his home country and enjoy some traditional Costa Rican fare and fellowship; bring a Latin dish to share if you like. After the lecture, we will honor Jairo and our ESL adjunct faculty.

  • Facilitator: Jairo Viales, Fulbright Scholar
  • Date: Wednesday, December 12
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Building A, Room A238
  • CEUs: 0.2

GIFTS: Great Ideas for Teaching Speech Workshop

As we end the fall semester and begin our preparations for the spring, consider attending the Communication Arts Holiday GIFTS Workshop and share your favorite idea, exercise, rubric, or teaching technique. This will also be a great opportunity for us to celebrate the holidays and a great semester. Each participant should come prepared to present their “GIFT” in 10 minutes or less. Handouts are always appreciated. We will also do a GoReact/Video Recording System round table at 5 p.m. in Building L, Room L204.

  • Facilitator: Jeff Przybylo, Chairperson for Communication Arts & Director of Forensics
  • Date: Thursday, December 13
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • CEUs: 0.2

Spring 2019

STEMBusters: Strategies for STEM Inclusivity

Have you ever wondered how best to support deaf and hard-of-hearing students in your STEM courses? In this seminar, faculty will study different teaching strategies and scaffolding methods designed to assist and encourage those students. In addition to introducing faculty to the history of ASL and Deaf culture in the United States, this session will provide an opportunity to workshop assignments that encourage engagement and success for students of all backgrounds. Professor of Physics Collette Marsh, Associate Professor of ASL Elke Weinbrenner, Associate Professor of English Brian Cremins, and ADS Program Specialist Jackie Kramp will be conducting the seminar. Faculty can earn 0.3 CEU credits for this session, which is based on the National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s DeafTEC Program, a grant-funded initiative that aims to introduce more deaf and hard-of-hearing students to opportunities in STEM fields.

  • Facilitators: Brian Cremins, English; Jackie Kramp, ADS Program Specialist; Collette Marsch, Physics; Elke Weinbrenner, ASL
  • Date: Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • CEUs: 0.3

Introduction to POGIL

POGIL is an acronym for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. Because POGIL is a student-centered instructional approach, in a typical POGIL classroom or laboratory, students work in small teams with the instructor acting as a facilitator. The student teams use intentionally designed activities that generally follow the learning cycle paradigm. POGIL is a student-centered instructional strategy that provides opportunities to teach both content and key process skills at the same time. More information about POGIL can be found at the following website:

  • Facilitators: Mary van Opstal, Chemistry and Julie Ellefson, Chemistry
  • Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • CEUs: 0.3

Mental Health First Aid: Higher Education Edition

Would you like to learn how you can support Harper’s culture of care? Mental Health First Aid: Higher Education is a standardized eight-hour training designed to teach lay persons a supportive destigmatizing skill set. You will learn to identify and de-escalate a person in distress, and connect that person with professional help, including campus resources. Learning the skill set is similar to learning CPR. The training is enjoyable, interactive, and designed around the types of situations encountered in colleges and universities. This training is an investment in making a difference on and off campus. Learn how to put your compassion into action.

  • Facilitator: Charla Waxman, Director of Prevention Services, Nicasa Behavioral Health Services
  • Date: Friday, April 5 and Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Building D, Room D178
  • CEUs: 0.8 (must complete both sessions)


There are no upcoming webinars scheduled at this time. Please browse the Webinar Archives below to watch previous webinar recordings.


Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference

The Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference is a great way for all adjunct faculty to connect with Harper College, colleagues, and the Academy for Teaching Excellence. This year’s conference will include presentations and activities related to the student experience and student success at Harper as well as networking opportunities, food, giveaways, resources, and more. We hope you’ll join us for an engaging, supportive, and fun way to start the Fall 2018 semester!

  • Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Time: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center

Assessment Conference & Share Fair

The 10th Annual Conference will feature Dr. Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. View agenda and learn more about the conference.

  • Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center
  • CEUs: 0.2 CEUs will be awarded for attendance of the Poster Session and Keynote address, 0.1 CEUs for Session 1, and 0.1 CEUs for Session 2. Up to 0.4 CEUs can be awarded.

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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.