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Adjunct Faculty Training Institute

Created at the College of DuPage in 2016, the purpose of the Adjunct Faculty Training Institute is to provide a comprehensive program of professional development for adjunct faculty at the College of DuPage and other colleges and universities. Professional education offered at the Adjunct Faculty Training Institute is designed to offer best-practice teaching strategies, increase student achievement, reduce student withdrawal rates, and increase student success. The Adjunct Faculty Training Institute has four courses designed for adjunct instructors nationwide. The online courses are designed to deliver instruction effectively and create a cohort environment where instructors can share best practices.


AFTI Courses 

Monday, Sept. 9 to Dec. 2, 2019
BSFPD-0200-HYB01, $500 
Class has two on campus meetings, Sept. 9 and Dec. 2, 2019
On campus in Glen Ellyn

For those interested in becoming an adjunct faculty or those new to the field, this program provides basic and advanced techniques for professional development. Instruction includes syllabi preparation, classroom management, and formative and summative assessments. This hybrid online course has two on-campus meeting dates, Sep. 9 and Dec. 2. The online curriculum is on your own schedule each week. Please have required textbook by first day of class: Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, 4th edition, by Linda Nilson. ISBN: 978-111909 6320 

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Monday, Sep. 16 to Oct. 25
BSFPD-0300-NET01, $240

This advanced teaching course is designed to support faculty in transforming students from passive listeners to active learners while improving learning outcomes and deepening understanding. You will leave the session with strategies and techniques that can be used in your face-to-face, hybrid and online courses. This is an advanced course designed for current adjunct faculty at any institution. Please have required textbook by first day of class: Developing Learner-Centered Teaching, A Practical Guide for Faculty, by Phyllis Blumburg, ISBN-13: 978-0787996888

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Monday, Sept. 16 to Oct. 25
BSFPD-0320-NET01, $240

This course focuses on student learning as the central goal of quality instruction. Instructors will learn strategies to measure the degree to which students are meeting course objectives. Colleges and universities are being called upon to measure learning outcomes and utilize data for continuous improvement as a requirement for accreditation. You will learn to align your instructional activities to the learning objectives of your program. You will learn and implement multiple direct and indirect assessment methods. You will examine elements of an effective assessment plan as well as strategies for teaching and learning through a lens of core questions: "What will students be able to know or do?" and "How will I know that they can do it?"

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Monday, Oct. 14 to Nov. 22
BSFPD-0310-NET01, $240

This module explores diversity and social justice, specifically in the context of the college environment. Concepts covered include race/ethnicity, gender, class, and individual and group experiences. You will discuss equity in education, access and inclusion, and diversity in the classroom and beyond. You will explore strategies for mitigating the problems faced by marginalized groups, particularly in regards to educational settings.

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I benefited from the individualized feedback on each assignment. Going forward, I will be shifting more of the responsibility for learning to the students so that class time is spent in a workshop/application setting. The goal is to spend less time lecturing and more time engaging in meaningful activities.

Shannon Caldwell

To register please contact CE@cod.edu or (630) 942-2208. For more information, contact Jenifer Walsh at walshj103@cod.edu or call (630) 942-3045.

Instructor Bios

Heather Martin

Heather Martin has been in education for over ten years. During that time, she has taught in both public school and adult and university settings. She is an adjunct professor at Waubonsee Community College, College of DuPage, and Aurora University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate Adult and Higher Education at Aurora University. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather has written curricula for adult learners and designed and facilitated professional development opportunities for adult educators throughout Illinois. She has presented at several local, state, and national conferences.

Tara Schwab

Tara Schwab is an accomplished teacher, presenter and trainer with 18+ years of experience in curriculum development, implementation and instruction. She is an adjunct instructor at College of DuPage and Waubonsee Community College with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Education and minor in Spanish from Illinois State University and her Master's Degree in the Arts of Teaching from Aurora University. In addition to her work in the classroom, she has valuable experience in training and mentoring teachers in curriculum development and delivery, teaching methods and practices. Tara has written and implemented curricula for submittal to the Illinois Community College Board and designed and facilitated multiple professional development opportunities for community colleges and adult educators in the Chicago area. She has presented at many local, state, and national conferences.

Kate Szetela

Kate Szetela is a manager for adjunct faculty support at College of DuPage and has been an educator for over 15 years. She received her Master's Degree in Education from DePaul University. She has since taught in the high school and community college setting. While serving as a program manager, Kate collaborated with faculty to develop courses at the College and contributed to curriculum for the Illinois Community College Board. She is passionate about coaching faculty across disciplines to apply instructional technology and methods that engage and inspire. She has presented at many local, state and national conferences.

Sonia Watson

Sonia Watson is a manager for adjunct faculty support at College of DuPage. She received her Master's Degree in Leadership Studies from North Central College and is currently a Doctoral Candidate studying Organizational Development at Benedictine University. An educator for more than eighteen years, Sonia has a passion for helping students reach their academic and personal goals, and is committed to fostering an environment to support teaching and learning at the college. Sonia will lead efforts to ensure the success of College of DuPage students and faculty members, guiding the institution's mission of creating a lifelong learning environment for our diverse community. Sonia has extensive experience presenting at conferences across the nation and internationally.

Learn more about adjunct faculty at COD on the Adjunct Faculty website.

Contact Continuing Education

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208 CE@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday