Adjunct Faculty Training Institute

Learner-Centered Teaching

Learner-Centered Teaching offered by COD's Adjunct Faculty Training Institute is designed to support faculty in transforming students from passive listeners to active learners while improving learning outcomes and deepening understanding. 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. Offered in spring and summer.

The six-week cohort, delivered in a live-online format, offers flexibility while building community:

• Participate in live, online lessons with your instructor and peers.
• Focus on approaches for integrating and sharing learner-centered strategies in the classroom.
• Explore theories and principles of learner-centered teaching that survey respondents identified as most critical for teaching excellence.
• Complete the course with a portfolio of artifacts that will include a redesigned course map, syllabus, and lesson plans incorporating both learner-centered and metacognitive strategies

Learn More!
Please contact or (630) 942-2208 for more information or to register.

Summer Session
Monday, June 24 to Aug. 5, 2019
Online (No class July 1)
BSFPD-0300-HYB01, $240

Instructor Bios

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 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.


Introduction to College Teaching

Receive basic and advanced techniques for professional development as an adjunct instructor. Training topics include syllabi preparation, classroom management and formative and summative assessments. The online portion may be taken on your own schedule each week.

Fall Session
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  

What Participants are Saying

"...I knew coming into the course that my teaching was heavily instructor-centered and I didn't like it but did not know how to fix it. The textbook and other resources will be tremendously helpful as I transition each lesson to learner-centered. 
- Annie, Nutrition Adjunct

"With this course, I have a systematic way of assessing my courses, lesson plans, and activities in the classroom and transforming my approach to a learner-centered one. To my current and future students, here I come!" 
-Cynthia, English Adjunct

Instructor Bios

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 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.


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


Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Summer 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Summer Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.