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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 Spring 2016

The following peer groups are scheduled to meet in the Spring of 2016. More information on each conference will be posted when available.

Discipline Dates Chairs & Co-Chairs
Mathematics & VMATYC February 19 – 20
Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg Campus
Lynchburg, VA
Chair: Bruce Wahl
Northern Virginia Community College
Engineering & Applied Technologies Date TBA
Location TBA
Chair: Currently vacant
Emergency Medical Services March 17 – 18
Arboretum III
Richmond, VA
Chair: Bill Akers
Southwest Virginia Community College
Open Educational Resources April 29 – 30
John Tyler Community College, Midlothian Campus
Richmond, VA
Chair: Jane Rosecrans
Reynolds Community College
Learning Resources April 29 – 30
John Tyler Community College, Midlothian Campus
Richmond, VA
Co-Chair: Loftan Miller
Reynolds Community College
Co-Chair: Suzanne Sherry
Reynolds Community College


Fall 2015 Peer Groups

The following peer groups are recently met in the Fall of 2015. More information on each conference is available by clicking on the peer group name.

Discipline Dates Chairs & Co-Chairs
Distance Education October 9 – 10
Reynolds Community College,
Parham Campus,
Richmond, VA
Chair: Donna Levy
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Psychology, Teacher Education, Administration of Justice, and History & Related Disciplines October 23 – 24
Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA
Psychology Chair: Lora Vasiliauskas
Virginia Western Community College
Psychology Co-Chair: Glenn Fox
Tidewater Community College
Teacher Education Chair: Lori Killough
Lord Fairfax Community College
Teacher Ed. Co-Chair: Teresa Hudson
Southside Virginia Community College
Administration of Justice Chair: John Wilt
Danville Community College
History Chair: Matt Brent
Rappahannock Community College
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts November 6 – 7
John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, VA
Co-chair: Kerrigan Sullivan
John Tyler Community College
Co-chair: Tracy McAfee
Wytheville Community College
Developmental Education, Student Services, Learning Assistance Professionals & Early Childhood Education November 13 – 14
Founders Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
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 Education Chair: Kim Gregory
Virginia Western Community College

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