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Explore our Academies and Seminars, including the Classified Staff Leadership Academy, Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy, and VCCS First Year Faculty Seminar & Adjunct Faculty Institute.


Professional Development Grants

Find grant opportunities, including Paul Lee Professional Development Grants and Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grants.


Peer Groups

Join colleagues in your discipline from across the VCCS for two-day mini-conferences that feature exciting sessions, speakers, and opportunities for networking.


Inquiry is an annual peer-reviewed journal that publishes original works of scholarship by VCCS faculty and staff.

Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence

The VCCS offers five Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence that provide high-quality professional development programs related to teaching, learning, and technology.



The VCCS offers several awards and scholarships to eligible faculty. Learn more about these exciting programs to further your career.


VCCS New Horizons Conference

New Horizons is the premier teaching and learning conference of the Virginia Community College System.

New Horizons 2016 Photos!

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Featured Resource:
Magna Commons

Magna Commons is a library of professional development seminars for all faculty, staff, and administrators—to include adjunct and dual enrollment faculty.

The Virginia Community College System Office of Professional Development (OPD) provides a cutting edge professional development program for faculty, staff and administrative leaders who lead and support student success efforts across Virginia’s 23 colleges, with 40 campus locations throughout the state of Virginia.

OPD aims to achieve the highest system-wide standards for excellence in professional development, providing a strategic, long-term vision and pedagogically advanced, culturally inspired, and academically rigorous programming that drives faculty and institutional excellence in Virginia’s Community Colleges.

OPD programs serve more than 2,000 full-time faculty, 9,000 adjunct faculty, and 3,000 classified staff, providing a robust, multi-faceted professional development program that supports outstanding teaching and learning; addresses the diverse needs and expectations of educators; explores the intersection of innovative technologies with classroom and student success; and resolves pressing workforce development, business and community demands.

OPD In the News

New Horizons Conference Shines for Golden Anniversary

VCCS Director of Faculty Development Dr. Abigail Stonerock says the feedback she’s been getting suggests the 2016 New Horizons conference in Roanoke was one of the best in recent memory.“We rolled out our best conference website ever. And of course, everyone is talking about the app and the ease and ability to evaluate sessions in real-time. Both the website and the app moved us onto the national stage, thanks to the talent of OPD's Gareth...[READ MORE]

May 17, 2016

Take Five With LFCC English Professor and This Year’s Susan S. Wood Professorship Winner Brent Kendrick

May 9, 2016

Take Five with 2016’s CATE Winner Beryl Solla

April 26, 2016

New Horizons Conference Will Feature First Master Class

March 11, 2016

Time is Running Out to Register for the 2016 New Horizons Conference

March 7, 2016

Excellence in Education Award Finalists Selected

February 4, 2016

Select Your College






Questions about professional development opportunities at your college? Every college has a presidentially appointed Professional Development Committee (PDC) representative who is your campus voice, and serves as a liaison to the VCCS Office of Professional Development. Click the button to find your PDC member and contact them for more information.




Contact Us!

Dr. Abigail Stonerock / / (804) 819-5393
Director of Faculty Development
Nancy Harris / / (804) 819-4687
Programs Manager
Sandy Gharib / / (804) 819-4966
Professional Development Coordinator
Gareth Bromser-Kloeden / / (804) 819-4787
Web & IT Specialist

Professional Development Committee Mission Briefing 2016

Upcoming Program Deadlines

Program Deadline
Inquiry Call for Submissions May 29
Chancellor's Commonwealth Professorship Applicant Notification June 10
Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship Applicant Notification June 10
Spring 2017 Grant Applications September 15

International Exchange Program

Check out our International Faculty Exchange Program.
Find opportunities to study abroad.



Classified Staff Leadership Academy
Arboretum III, Richmond VA
July 27 - 29
PDC Meeting
Arboretum III, Richmond VA
September 16
Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy
Arboretum III, Richmond VA
September 26 - 29
World Languages Peer Group Conference
DoubleTree Hotel, Williamsburg VA
October 6 - 8
Science Peer Group Conference
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown Campus
October 21 - 22
Concept-based Nursing Curriculum Implementation
Location TBD
October 27 - 28
Nursing, Allied Health, & Physical Education Peer Group Conferences
Location TBD
October 28 - 29
English & Humanities Peer Group Conferences
Location TBD
November 3 - 4
VCCS First Year Faculty Seminar & Adjunct Faculty Institute
Location TBD
November 17 - 18
Engineering & Applied Technologies, Information Systems Technologies & Computer Science Peer Group Conferences
Location TBD
February 2 - 3, 2017


New Regional Center events are added as details become available. Please check the OPD website for updates and new professional development opportunities.

Central Virginia Region

Mindfulness: Actively Practice to Reduce Professor Burnout and Prevent Compassion Fatigue
Central Virginia Community College
August 2016
Mid-Central Virginia Region

No currently scheduled upcoming events
Northern Virginia Region

No currently scheduled upcoming events
Southwest Virginia Region

Asperger's and College Success
New River Community College
Sept. 23, 2016
12:30 pm
Anita Walz OER Workshop & Z-Degree Panel
Wytheville Community College
Sept. 30, 2016
OSHA Training 2
Virginia Highlands Community College
Oct. 7, 2016
OER Workshop & Z-Degree Panel
Mountain Empire Community College
Oct. 14, 2016
China Town Hall Meeting
Southwest Virginia Community College TBD
Oct. 18, 2016
6:00 pm
Dual Enrollment & College English Faculty Forum
Virginia Highlands Community College
Oct. 25, 2016
4:00 pm
Soft Skills Leadership Workshop
Mountain Empire Community College
Oct./Nov. 2016
Nursing: Concept-based Curriculum Workshop
Wytheville Community College
Spring 2017
Student Success Workshop with Terrell Strayhorn
New River Community College
Spring 2017
Active Learning with Dr. Peter Doolittle
Wytheville Community College
Spring 2017
Tidewater Virginia Region

Faculty Colloquium for Teaching & Excellence in conjunction with Thomas Nelson Community College
Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton Campus
Jan. 4, 2017