• Reminders

  • HCAFA Executive Committee monthly meetings listed below. Meetings start at 9:30 AM. All HCAFA members are invited to join the sessions. Dates as follows:

    • April 28
    • May 12 (TBD)
    • June 23 (TBD)
  • For information, contact HCAFA President Robert Allare at hcafapresident@gmail.com Unfortunately, our local Illinois Education Association office in Palatine is closed due to the pandemic, but messages (847.359.0300) are forwarded to us. For an emergency situation, you may contact the HCAFA President via email (hcafapresident@gmail.com) or IEA's central office in Springfield at https://ieanea.org/ieaconnect/ for telephone and live chat during their limited weekday hours as well as the email option. 

HCAFA and the Harper Administration Agree to Launch a Pilot Evaluation Program for Adjunct Teachers

The Executive Committee of HCAFA is excited about piloting two possible alternatives to the traditional way adjuncts are evaluated. For the fall 2014 semester, the traditional way in addition to the two alternative plans will satisfy the evaluation requirement outlined in our contract.  The two alternative plans are only open to those adjuncts that have been evaluated in the traditional way for at least two semesters.  In all three plans, the adjunct will either meet with a CAFÉ evaluator before or after the activity.

The Traditional Plan: Evaluation of Classroom Observation 

  • A member of CAFÉ, the Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement, observes an adjunct teacher for one hour every two years.  For full details of this plan, look at Article 8 in the 2012 – 2016 Agreement between HCAFA and the Harper Board of Trustees. (Note: If you do not have a copy of the contract, you can access it under Documents on the HCAFA website, www.harperadjuncts.org.)

The Two New Plans: Programs for Professional Growth

Goal-Based Self-Evaluation

  • The adjunct chooses a goal that he would like to reach. Some suggested topics include but are not limited to: utilizing a new feature of blackboard for the first time, attending a Center for Innovative Instruction 1:1 workshop, or implementing a new approach for the delivery of a unit of instruction.

Reverse Peer Observation

  • The adjunct member due to be evaluated will observe 50 minutes of another instructor’s class. After the reverse observation, the adjunct observer will submit a form to document his efforts to implement a strategy or technique into his own teaching.

For more information on the plans, click on this link to the CAFÉ website, http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/about/directory/cafe/evaluations/index.php  or go to the Documents tab on our website and click on Proposed Pilot for Alternative Adjunct Faculty Evaluation.  You will be connected to the Harper website.

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