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Office of Professional Development


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Professional Development Grants

Find grant opportunities, including mini-grants and
Paul Lee Professional Development grants.


Peer Groups

Peer groups are a wonderful way to keep current on trends and issues in academic disciplines and to learn new teaching strategies.

Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence

Are you aware of the Regional Center for Teaching Excellence near you? Build faculty networks and address issues specific to your region here.



Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence,
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VCCS New Horizons Conference

Information on 2015's New Horizons conference can be found below.

Check out the all-new New Horizons website!

Welcome to the central source for information about the Virginia Community College System Office of Professional Development. Our opportunities are available to the faculty, administration, and staff of the VCCS and are second to none. Please take a moment to see how we can further your professional development.

This vibrant state-wide program was started in 1992-1993 to promote faculty development.

Contact Us!

Dr. Abigail Stonerock / / (804) 819-5393
Nancy Harris / / (804) 819-4687
Gareth Bromser-Kloeden / / (804) 819-4787
Professional Development Committee Roster 2014-15
Professional Development Committee Mission Briefing 2014


Interested in attending a peer group meeting? Need to know when to submit your grant application? Click here to view all of our 2015 events and deadlines!

International Exchange Program

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


The academic journal for Virginia's Community Colleges is here.
Faculty and Staff - submit your research and academic writing to this peer-reviewed journal.

Magna Commons

Magna Commons

Faculty and Student Opportunities with NASA!

Faculty and Student Opportunities with NASA!


The Office of Professional Development is pleased to announce that VCCS employees now have access to unlimited faculty and staff development on-line, on-demand, system wide, anytime, anywhere! Please click the graphic to the left to learn more about Magna Commons.




The Virginia Community College System and NASA are partners in a new NASA grant awarded to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The initiative, STEM Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges, offers $5000 mentored scholarships, paid industry internships, NASA research experiences and new courses for Virginia’s community college STEM majors as well as professional development for faculty at NASA in STEM fields. More information is available for download below:

STEM Takes Flight at Virginia's Community CollegesSTEM Takes Flight at Virginia's Community Colleges

Outstanding New Opportunities for Virginia's Community College Students Pursuing STEM Degrees

The next STEM Takes Flight program available to VCCS faculty is a Professional Development Workshop at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. This two-day, residential workshop focuses on the integration of STEM in the NASA workplace with the purpose of assisting faculty in educating students on the importance of teamwork, technical skills and problem solving. To learn more about this opportunity, follow the link below:

Professional Development Workshops from STEM Takes Flight

Get involved now with these wonderful opportunities that tie so well to our strategic goals for increased access to affordable education and training in preparation for workforce success and student graduation and retention.


Offerings & Programs


New Horizons Registration March 11


New Horizons 2015 Conference
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
April 1 - 3