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

Classified Staff Leadership Academy 2016 Photos!


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.

Now Accepting Proposals for New Horizons 2017!

Click here to submit a proposal

Featured Resource:
Chancellor's Professional Reading List

New! This curated list includes professional development book recommendations from VCCS college presidents and the VCCS Chancellor in the categories of education and leadership.

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. Select your college above and 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
Spring 2017 Grant Applications September 15
SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award Applications September 30
Summer 2016 Grant Final Reports October 1

Lilly Conference Series

Lilly Conference Series

The Office of Professional Development is proud to announce that Virginia’s Community Colleges are now a co-sponsor of the Lilly Conference Series on College and University Teaching and Learning. Click the banner to learn more about this exciting conference series.



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
Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA
October 27 - 28
Nursing, Allied Health, & Physical Education Peer Group Conferences
Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA
October 28 - 29
VCCS First Year and Adjunct Faculty Institute
Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA
November 17 - 18
English & Humanities Peer Group Conferences
Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, VA
January 26 - 27, 2017
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

Mental Health First Aid
Virginia Western Community College, Natural Science Center
October 14, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mid-Central Virginia Region

Mental Health First Aid
Piedmont Virginia Community College, Eugene Giuseppe Center
October 10, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Northern Virginia Region

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Student Success
Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg–Dickinson Building (1) Room 212
October 14, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Student Engagement: Proven Strategies That Work
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown Campus
October 28, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A Truly Inclusive Classroom
Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus, Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training
November 11, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Southwest Virginia Region

Asperger's and College Success
New River Community College, Edwards 206
September 23, 2016
12:30 pm
China Town Hall Meeting
Southwest Virginia Community College
October 18, 2016
6:00 pm
Nursing: Concept-based Curriculum Workshop
Wytheville Community College
November 2017 (tentative)
PowerPoint for Learning: Leveraging PPT for Learning, not Presentation
Wytheville Community College, Galax Hall 201/202
January 20, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dual Enrollment & College English Faculty Forum
Virginia Highlands Community College
Spring 2017
OSHA Training 2
Virginia Highlands Community College
Spring 2017
Student Success Workshop with Terrell Strayhorn
New River Community College
Spring 2017
Tidewater Virginia Region

Elsevier Conceptual Education Event for Nursing Faculty
Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton Campus
Hampton III Building, Room 741
November 4, 2016
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Faculty Colloquium for Teaching & Excellence in conjunction with Thomas Nelson Community College
Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton Campus
January 4, 2017
Cognitive Blueprinting and Student Success
Thomas Nelson Community College
January 13, 2017