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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.

First Year & Adjunct Faculty Institute 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.

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

Inaugural Leadership Award Recognizes Outstanding Adjunct Professors

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Inaugural Leadership Award Recognizes Outstanding Adjunct Professors Front row (l to r): Toby Cook (VHCC), Marci Gale (CVCC), David Warren (TCC), Dr. Kerry Ragno (TCC), Peggy Vaughan, Trina Campbell (GCC), and Dr. Joyce Hurt (SVCC). Back row (l to r): VHCC President Gene Couch, CVCC President John Capps, Chancellor Glenn DuBois, Dr. George Vaughan, Dr. Jeanne Wesley (GCC), and SVCC President Al Roberts. The inaugural George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding...[READ MORE]

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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

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
Paul Lee Fall 2017 Professional Development Grant Applications April 1, 2017
George B. Vaughan Leadership Award Applications September 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





English, History, & Related Humanities Peer Group Conferences
DoubleTree Hotel, Williamsburg, VA
March 30 - 31, 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

No currently scheduled upcoming events -
Mid-Central Virginia Region

No currently scheduled upcoming events -
Northern Virginia Region

Our Community of Students: Who’s in the Classroom?
Germanna Community College, Workforce Building SP2 Lobby
April 7, 2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Southwest Virginia Region

No currently scheduled upcoming events -
Tidewater Virginia Region

Preparing Health Professions Students for Success in Certification and Testing
Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton III Building
March 31, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Learning Seminars with Kristyn Moskey
Tidewater Community College - Chesapeake Campus, Big Otter Room (Room 3300) Student Center
April 28, 2017
12:00 - 4:00 pm