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Office of Professional Development


Explore our Academies and Seminars.


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,
SCHEV's Outstanding Faculty Award, and more.


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

Magna Commons

Magna Commons

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.

International Exchange Program

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

Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Inquiry Cover

Inquiry is an annual peer-reviewed journal that encourages writing from VCCS staff and faculty.

The 2014 edition of Inquiry is here! You can access Inquiry at the VCCS Digital Commons Repository:

Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges, Digital Commons @ VCCS

Faculty and Staff - submit your research and academic writing to this peer-reviewed journal.


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Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy
Arboretum III, Richmond, VA
September 28 - October 1
Distance Education Peer Group Conference
Reynolds Community College, Parham Campus
Richmond, VA
October 9 - 10
New Faculty Seminar
Location TBD
October 29 - 30 (requested)
Peer Group Conferences

Psychology Peer Group
Administrative Justice Peer Group
Teacher Education Peer Group
History Peer Group
Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA
October 23 - 24
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts Peer Group Conference
John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, VA
November 6 - 7
Peer Group Conferences

Developmental Education Peer Group
Student Services Peer Group
Learning Assistance Professionals Peer Group
Early Childhood Development Peer Group
Location TBD
November 13 - 14