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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!

First Album | Second Album | Third Album

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

Take Five with 2016’s CATE Winner Beryl Solla

PVCC art professor Beryl Solla was presented with this year's Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) and a check for $5,000 during the New Horizons conference in Roanoke on April 15th.1.  You were notified in advance of the New Horizons conference that you were this year's winner of the CATE award, but it must’ve been a seminal moment in your career to receive the award in front of all those people. What was going through your...[READ MORE]

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

Office of Professional Development Finishes Semester with Record Attendance

December 18, 2015

First-Year VCCS Instructors Rally in Richmond

November 6, 2015

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
Summer 2016 Grant Applications February 5
Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship Applications February 5
Chancellor's Commonwealth Professorship Applications February 5
New Horizons Hotel Lottery February 8
New Horizons Early Bird Registration February 11
Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence Applications February 15
Susan Wood Professorship Applications February 15
New Horizons Regular Registration March 11

International Exchange Program

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


Offerings & ProgramsPDF Icon


Open Educational Resources Peer Group Conference
John Tyler Community College, Richmond, VA
April 29 - 30
Learning Resources Peer Group Conference
John Tyler Community College, Richmond, VA
April 29 - 30
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
October 21 - 22
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


Central Virginia Region

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

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Northern Virginia Region

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Southwest Virginia Region

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Tidewater Virginia Region

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