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Peer Groups

The award-winning Peer Group program for Virginia’s Community Colleges encourages collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, planning, forecasting, learning, and networking in the VCCS.

A peer group is a natural association of 12 or more faculty by discipline, position or special interest. Each peer group will have the opportunity to meet every other year to discuss substantive issues related to curriculum revision, integration of technology, instructional innovations, and discipline updates. Peer group meetings are organized by a planning committee comprised of individuals in the discipline or peer group. Peer group/discipline (PGD) meetings provide an opportunity for faculty to learn from each other and enhance the success of their students and colleges.

Peer Group Calendar Fall 2017

The following peer groups are scheduled to meet in the Fall of 2017. More information on each conference will be made available as soon as possible.

Discipline Dates Chairs & Co-Chairs

Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Administration of Justice
American Sign Language  
Culinary Arts

October 19-20

Virginia Crossings
1000 Virginia Center Pkwy
Glen Allen, VA 23059

CVPA Co-chair: Tracy McAfee
Wytheville Community College
CVPA Co-chair: Kerrigan Sullivan
John Tyler Community College
Psychology Chair: Lora Vasiliauskas
Virginia Western Community College
Sociology Chair: Donna Minnich
Northern Virginia Community College
ADJ Chair: Chad Patton
Southside Virginia Community College
ASL Chair: Bruce Sofinski
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Culinary Arts Chair: James Zeisler, “Chef Z”
Virginia Western Community College


Developmental Education

Student Services

Learning Assistance Professionals

Early Childhood Development 

November 16-17

Virginia Crossings
1000 Virginia Center Pkwy
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Developmental Education Chair: Ray Orkwis
Northern Virginia Community College

Student Services Chair: Michael McBride
Virginia Highlands Community College

Learning Assistance Professionals Chair: Maya Johnson
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Early Childhood Development Chair: Kim Gregory
Virginia Western Community College


Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 Peer Group Conferences

Discipline Dates Chairs & Co-Chairs

World Languages

October 6 – 8
DoubleTree Hotel
Williamsburg, VA
Chair: Alandra Giron-Simmons
Thomas Nelson Community College
Science October 21 – 22
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown Campus
Middletown, VA
Chair: Sam Dillender
Lord Fairfax Community College
Concept-based Nursing Curriculum Implementation
(AS&R meeting to be held in conjunction with Nursing, Allied Health & PED peer group)
October 27 – 28
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
Glen Alen, VA
Nursing, Allied Health, & Physical Education October 28 – 29
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
Glen Alen, VA
Nursing & Allied Health Chair: Michelle Edmonds
Southside Virginia Community College
Physical Education Chair: Beverly Pittman
Northern Virginia Community College
Engineering & Applied Technologies, Information Systems Technologies, Computer Science, Business, Accounting, & Economics February 2 – 3, 2017
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
Glen Alen, VA
Engineering & Applied Technologies Chair: Jeff Levy
New River Community College
IST & Computer Science Co-Chair: Dorothy Connelly
Blue Ridge Community College
IST & Computer Science Co-Chair: Jim Bell
Central Virginia Community College
Accounting Chair: Nauri Ahmed
Northern Virginia Community College
Business Chair: Kelly Gillerlain
Tidewater Community College
Economics Chair: Paul Weitzel
Eastern Shore Community College
English, History, & Related Humanities March 30 – 31, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel, Williamsburg, VA
English Co-Chair: Camille Mustachio
Germanna Community College
English Co-Chair: Abigail Montgomery
Blue Ridge Community College
Humanities Chair: Matt Brent
Rappahannock Community College

Need assistance? Feel free to contact your college’s Professional Development Committee member or contact Nancy Harris, specialist for professional development.