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Adjunct Faculty Training Institute

The purpose of the Adjunct Faculty Training Institute (AFTI) is to provide a comprehensive program of professional development for adjunct faculty at colleges and universities nationwide. 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.

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Virtual Information Session
Monday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.

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AFTI Courses

For those new to adjunct teaching or those interested in becoming an adjunct instructor, this fully online program provides basic and advanced techniques for professional development. Instruction includes syllabus preparation, classroom management, and formative and summative assessments. There will be three synchronous online meeting times on May 17, June 14 and Aug. 2 or 3, where half of the participants will present a mini-lesson plan on each night. 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

Monday, May 17 to Aug. 6
BSFPD-0200-NET01, $495

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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. This course has 4 synchronous online meeting times to be determined during the 1st week of class. 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

Monday, June 14 to July 23
BSFPD-0300-NET01, $240

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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?" This course has 2-4 synchronous online meeting times.

Monday, June 14 to July 23
BSFPD-0320-NET01, $240

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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. This course has 2-4 synchronous online meeting times. Please have required textbook by first day of class: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice by Maurianne Adams
SBN-13: 978-1138023345

Monday, June 14 to July 23
BSFPD-0310-NET01, $240

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 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.


The Learner-Centered Teaching course offered at College of DuPage's Adjunct Faculty Training Institute reinvigorated me as an instructor! I have been able to implement simple strategies that have produced astonishingly positive outcomes for my students. If you're looking for a professional development opportunity, I highly recommend Learner-Centered Teaching! 

Lauren Morgan, Professor, Speech Communications

Instructor Bios

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.

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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please call us If you have questions about a course or need assistance with registration. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Summer 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).