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Michael Bates has worked in community colleges since 2004 and currently serves as associate provost of curriculum and instruction at Harper College in Palatine, IL. In that role, Michael provides strategic oversight for teaching and learning initiatives at the College. Prior to that, Michael was the administrative lead for the Academy for Teaching Excellence and Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement at Harper where he helped to lead the implementation of Communities of Practice, the adoption of the OSCQR rubric, and peer-review process for the review of all online courses, Small Group Instructional Feedback, Hyflex modalities, and the Level II Adjunct Faculty Engagement Program which provides promotion opportunities for adjunct faculty. These programs have made measurable impacts on the student experience and student outcomes. Michael is particularly interested in working with centers for teaching and learning to design high-quality professional learning experiences and measuring their impact on teaching practice and student success. Before to working at Harper, Michael was an assistant professor of physics at Moraine Valley Community College and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Morton College in the South Suburbs of Chicago.  



Ed.D. (Community College Leadership) | National Louis University 

M.S. (Physics) | University of Illinois 

B.S. (Physics, Mathematics Minor) | Indiana University 


Past Experience:  

Associate Provost, Curriculum and Instruction | Harper College 

Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education | Harper College 

Associate Dean, Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement | Harper College 

Assistant Professor of Physics | Moraine Valley Community College 

Adjunct Faculty Member, Physical Science | Morton College 

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