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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


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

Billaud Reflects on SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award

Louise Billaud, Associate Professor of Music at New River Community College, received a 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Countil of Higher Education for Virginia. Professor Billaud recently offered her reflections on being selected for this prestigious award, and how it has impacted her role as an educator both within the VCCS and outside academia.

To read Professor Billaud's reflection, please click here:

Professor Louise Billaud's SCHEV OFA Reflection


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.

Prof. Louise Billaud


Offerings & Programs


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Classified Staff Leadership Academy Date Pending
Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy September 28 - October 1
Distance Education Peer Group Conference October 9 - 10
Psychology, Administrative Justice, & Teacher Education Peer Group Conferences
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
Developmental Education, Student Development, Learning Assistance Professionals, & Early Childhood Education Peer Group Conferences November 13 - 14