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Office of Professional Development


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


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.

Register for New Horizons now! Early bird registration closes February 11, 2016.

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

Excellence in Education Award Finalists Selected

The VCCS Office of Professional Development and the New Horizons Executive Committee have announced the 2016 Excellence in Education (EIE) Award finalists. Thirteen projects were chosen by the New Horizons Awards Committee as finalists out of a total of 27 projects nominated (the largest number of entries ever received).A special congratulations goes out to Blue Ridge Community College, who leads the pack with three finalists, and to Piedmont Virginia and John Tyler who each have two finalists.A complete...[READ MORE]

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

Leaders Flourish at this Year’s Academy

October 19, 2015

Rosenwald Schools projects link faculty, students with community

May 22, 2015

Chancellor’s Fellows Look Back on Academic Achievements

May 14, 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.


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Mathematics Peer Group & VMATYC Conference
Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA
February 19 - 20
Emergency Medical Services Peer Group Conference
Arboretum III, Richmond, VA
March 17 - 18
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
New Horizons Conference April 13 - 15


Central Virginia Region

Understanding by Design
Blue Ridge Community College
February 18, 2016
Communications Skills for the Hard of Listening
Central Virginia Community College
February 26, 2016
STEM for All
Virginia Western Community College
March 18, 2016
Mindfulness: Actively Practice to Reduce Professor Burnout and Prevent Compassion Fatigue
Central Virginia Community College
August 2016
Mid-Central Virginia Region

Student Engagement Event
Rappahannock Community College
February 29, 2016
Colloquium on the Intersectionality of Diversity
John Tyler Community College
March 11, 2016
Northern Virginia Region

OER Workshop
Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Campus
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March 4, 2016
Faculty Voices Student Success Workshop
Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Campus
Click here to register
February 26, 2016
Southwest Virginia Region

No currently scheduled upcoming events
Tidewater Virginia Region

From Adjunct to Full Time
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus
February 26, 2016