Register now for the annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference, featuring keynote speaker, Cate Denial (please see the toggle below for more information about Cate).

Conference Details

  • Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
  • Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
  • Registration Required: Register for the conference here
  • CEUs: 0.3 – Attendees will receive a link to an action plan to complete by December 2, 2022 to receive CEUs.

View the conference program for the detailed agenda and more information.

Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference 2022: Register Now

Note: In order to provide some flexibility and accommodate people who cannot attend in person, the 45-minute keynote portion of the conference will be livestreamed and recorded. This will be the only part of the conference that will be available virtually. Use this link to sign up to view the livestream of the keynote. A link to the livestream will be sent to you from Webex. There will be an option to complete an action plan after viewing the keynote to receive 0.1 CEUs.

Conference Overview

Cate Denial’s keynote, “How to Ungrade: Approaching Assessment with Compassion,” will introduce the practice of “ungrading” – moving away from letters and numbers as markers of success and failure in our courses, and toward feedback-rich assessments. We’ll explore how an incremental approach to ungrading saves us time and helps us create room for kindness toward ourselves and our students. Cate will also facilitate a breakout session activity titled “How to Ungrade: First Steps.” Building on the themes established in the keynote presentation, this session will have participants reflect on first steps they can take in their courses to move toward an ungrading approach.

Attendees have the option to participate in the breakout session listed above, or participate in a table discussion led by Harper faculty and Academy team members on one of the following topics:

  • Small Group Instructional Feedback + Belonging
  • Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for Two-Year College Instructors
  • Multiverse of Modalities: Flexible Learning at Harper College
  • Supporting Well-Being in the Classroom
  • Enacting Equity in Courses
  • International Education: Beyond Study Abroad

The conference will also include dinner, resource tables from campus departments, a fun and interactive closing session, giveaways, and more. We hope you can join us for an engaging conference!

View the conference program for the detailed agenda and more information.

Keynote Speaker: Cate Denial

Cate DenialCate Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, Chair of the History department, and Director of The Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Cate is the winner of the American Historical Association’s 2018 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching award, and a former member of the Digital Public Library of America‘s Educational Advisory Board. Cate currently sits on the boards of the Western Historical Quarterly and Commonplace: A Journal of Early American Life.

Cate is at work on a new book, A Pedagogy of Kindness, under contract with West Virginia University Press. Her historical research has examined the early nineteenth-century experience of pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing in Upper Midwestern Ojibwe and missionary cultures (more info), research that grew from Cate’s previous book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country (2013). Most recently, Cate is the PI on a $150,000 grant awarded to Knox College by the Mellon Foundation, bringing together thirty-six participants from across higher education in the United States to explore “Pedagogies, Communities, and Practices of Care in the Academy After COVID-19.”

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