Workshops, Conferences, & Webinars

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,


Plant-Based Eating to Sustain Our Health and Our Environment

Join us for a session focused on how what we eat can have a positive impact on sustaining our health and our environment. Enjoy a whole food, plant-based meal, explore the research, and engage in a discussion about the benefits of a plant-based diet. You will have the opportunity to share a plant-based recipe or other environmentally friendly tips of your own and will leave with some meal plans and other strategies for a more sustainable lifestyle. Ideas contributed in the workshop will become part of an online resource shared by the Sustainability in the Classroom Community of Practice.

  • Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • Facilitators: Julie Ellefson, Chemistry and the Sustainability in the Classroom Community of Practice
  • CEUs: 0.15

TILT-A-Course Luau

The TILT-A-Course Luau is an intensive three-day workshop based on the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework and Harper’s overall commitment to course quality. The Luau is an opportunity for faculty to focus on redesigning a specific, currently running course either on an individual basis, or as a departmental team. Each day will include sessions based on TILT principles as well as customized topics designed to meet the needs of the participants; each micro-TILT presentation will be followed by ample work time with Academy staff support as individuals and groups apply the principles in ways that are most meaningful in their courses. Learn more.

  • Dates: Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F317
  • Facilitator: Academy for Teaching Excellence
  • CEUs: 3.0

GeoTech Center Regional Workshop: Teaching with Geospatial Technologies

Do you use maps in your curriculum? Does your teaching include location or solving spatial problems? Are you interested in adding to your active learning resources? If so, this free summer workshop on teaching with geospatial technologies will be of interest. Participants will gain hands-on experience on teaching with ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, UAVs (drones), and Earth Imagery. Workshop participants will develop an exercise or lesson for use in one of their classes.

This workshop is sponsored by the National Geospatial Technology Center for Excellence (GeoTech Center), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded organization that provides geospatial professional development opportunities and curriculum materials to K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities.

Participants who complete the workshop will receive $700 from the GeoTech Center. All full-time and adjunct faculty may register for the workshop. View workshop flyer.

  • Dates: Wednesday, June 17 – Friday, June 19, 2020
  • Time: Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F317
  • Facilitators: GeoTech Center
  • Facilitators: Mukila Maitha, Harper College and Dr. Rich Schultz, GeoTech Center
  • CEUs: 2.0
  • Cost: None
  • More Information and Apply (application deadline May 15, 2020)

Conferences & Special Events


There are no upcoming Conferences & Special Events scheduled at this time.


There are no upcoming webinars scheduled at this time.

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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.