Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2021 Faculty Retreat on Friday, April 9 at 1 p.m. The theme was Simpler Times: An Afternoon of Reflection and Connection with guest presenters Dr. Frank Harris III, Dr. Bonni Stachowiak, and Dr. Joshua Sunderbruch. View the agenda. Recordings, presentation slides, resources, and more from the retreat are included below.

Faculty Retreat 2021 Recap: Simpler Times

If you attended, or if you view the recordings below, you can still earn 0.4 CEUs by completing this personal action plan by May 7, 2021.


Conditions that Engage and Motivate Amid Chaos

Tales from Years of Hosting a Podcast About Teaching in Higher Ed

Meditative Exercises for Educators

  • Facilitator: Dr. Josh Sunderbruch, Professor of English, Harper College
  • Recording link

Play Time

  • Escape Room Challenge: One of the options was to participate in an Escape Room challenge. The faculty who participated in the challenge at the retreat “escaped” in 10 minutes! Do you think you can beat them? Try your hand at the Faculty Retreat Escape Room. If you need help, here is the answer key. Interested in building a digital escape room for your students? Complete an Academy Support Form request.
  • Goosechase: A second option was to participate in Goosechase, which is a virtual scavenger hunt where teams had to submit images and answers via their mobile devices. View photos.
  • Kahoot!: Another option was to participate in Kahoot!, which is a game-based learning platform with user-generated multiple-choice quizzes. The three winners of the game were Charlotte Schulze-Hewett, Math; Cara Mullen, Math; and Jennifer Rojek, Student Development.
  • Quiplash: The final game option was to play or observe Quiplash, a battle of wits inspired by Harper faculty retreat-themed prompts, such as “what are the best places to nap on campus?” The winner of the game was Bethanie-Michelle Statler, Biology.


Faculty Professional Development Survey
The Faculty Development Committee and the Academy are looking for feedback on faculty’s professional development experience at Harper. For the retreat, participants completed a survey to discuss in breakouts rooms. If you did not already complete this as part of the retreat programming, please take some time to complete the 4-question Professional Development Survey by May 7, 2021.

If you attended, or if you view the recordings posted above, you can earn 0.4 CEUs by completing this personal action plan by May 7, 2021.

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