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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.

Faculty & Administrators 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.

New Issue Now Available!
Click "Read More" to view.

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


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Submitted by the Office of Professional Development As Virginia’s Community College celebrates 50 years of progress, it's natural to ask ourselves who will lead us to the promise our future holds? To answer that question, just look to the graduates of the 2016 Classified Staff Leadership Academy and you will know that the future of the VCCS is in good hands. Attendance at this annual two-and-half-day rigorous leadership program is...[READ MORE]

October 3, 2016

New Horizons Conference Shines for Golden Anniversary

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

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
New Horizons 2017 Call for Proposals October 28
Summer 2017 Grant Applications Applications February 1, 2017
Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship Applications February 1, 2017
Chancellor's Commonwealth Professorship Applications February 1, 2017

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.


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.


Select Your College





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
Location TBD
January 26 - 27, 2017
Engineering & Applied Technologies, Information Systems Technologies & Computer Science Peer Group Conferences
Virginia Crossings, Glenn Allen, VA
February 2 - 3, 2017
New Horizons 2017
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
April 12 - 14, 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

No currently scheduled upcoming events -
Northern Virginia Region

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Student Success
Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Campus
Dickinson Building (1) Room 212
Oct. 14, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
China Town Hall
Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg Campus
Dickinson Building (1) Room 212
Oct. 18, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Student Engagement: Proven Strategies That Work
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown Campus
Science and Health Professions Building
Oct. 28, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A Truly Inclusive Classroom
Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus
Seefeldt Building Room 418
Nov. 11, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Southwest Virginia Region

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