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Academies/Seminars

Explore our Academies and Seminars, including the Classified Staff Leadership Academy and Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy.

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Professional Development Grants

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

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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

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

New Issue Now Available!
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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.

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Awards/Scholarships

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

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2018 VCCS New Horizons Conference

New Horizons is the premier teaching and learning conference of the Virginia Community College System. More details coming soon!

Date: April 11-13, 2018

Location: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT: Peer Conferences: VCCS Nucleus for Faculty Engagement


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT: Peer Conferences: VCCS Nucleus for Faculty Engagement Submitted by the Office of Professional Development For more than 15 years, VCCS peer groups have served as a systemwide nexus for disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge sharing, providing an arena for faculty to remain current in their respective fields, as well as connected and informed about systemwide initiatives, program changes, and emerging technological and curricular resources. Three years ago, peer group conferences became a key...[READ MORE]


May 15, 2017


AWARD-WINNING FACULTY: Outstanding Professors Honored

May 2, 2017


Best Practices Win Big Awards!

April 17, 2017


Inaugural Leadership Award Recognizes Outstanding Adjunct Professors

November 28, 2016


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Leading From Where They Stand

November 11, 2016


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

October 3, 2016


 

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 below and click the button to find your PDC member and contact them for more information.

 

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Contact Us!

Shauna Davis / sdavis@vccs.edu / (804) 819-4795
Executive Director Student Success Center, Office of Professional Development
Nancy Harris / nharris@vccs.edu / (804) 819-4687
Programs Manager
Sandy Gharib / sgharib@vccs.edu / (804) 819-4966
Professional Development Coordinator
Jenese Reid Thomas / jthomas@vccs.edu /
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RELATED INFORMATION

UPCOMING PROGRAM DEADLINES


George B. Vaughan Leadership Award Applications September 1, 2017
Paul Lee Spring 2018 Professional Development Grant Applications September 15, 2017


UPCOMING EVENTS


Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy
JTCC, Midlothian, VA
September 20 - 21, 2017
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts; Administration of Justice; American Sign Language; Culinary Arts; Psychology; Sociology
Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA
October 19 - 20, 2017
Developmental Education; Student Services; Learning Assistance Professionals; Early Childhood Education
Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA
November 16 - 17, 2017

REGIONAL CENTER EVENTS


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

No currently scheduled upcoming events -
Mid-Central Virginia Region

The Power of Connection: Cultural Competence, Teacher Efficacy, and Student Outcomes Reynolds Community College - Parham Road campus in the Workforce Development Center, Gallery (1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228)
REGISTER HERE
December 1, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Northern Virginia Region

Working with Millennial Students
Northern Virginia Community College - Manassas campus in the Battleview Room 223/227
REGISTER HERE
October 27, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cheating 101
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown Campus in Corron Building Event Room, 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645
REGISTER HERE
November 3, 2017
9:45 am - 1:30 pm
Southwest Virginia Region

Assessment Design/NILOA Workshop
Goodloe Center, MECC
REGISTER HERE
August 17th, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Southwest Virginia Community College in the Dellinger Hall, DE 118
REGISTER HERE
October 24, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Generation ZZZ...Holding their interest through case based learning
Southwest Virginia Community College in Dellinger Hall, DE 118
REGISTER HERE
Nov. 3, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tidewater Virginia Region

Teaching African-American Students
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton Campus, Moore Hall, Espada Room
Sept. 22, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Faculty Colloquium for Excellence and Innovation
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton Campus
Jan. 3, 2018
8:00 am - 6:00 pm