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Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence

The Virginia Community College System includes five Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence (RCTE). The centers aim to offer professional development sessions that address the teaching, learning, and technology education needs of faculty; to promote interdisciplinary knowledge and resource sharing on topics of regional and systemwide importance; and to foster innovative teaching, learning, and student success practices via education and training opportunities as needed, on-demand.

What is the RCTE about?

  • Regional colloquia for the VCCS faculty
  • Instructional leadership
  • Mentoring programs to enhance teacher effectiveness
  • Clearinghouses for articles, monographs and resources related to community college teaching and learning

Mission Statement

RCTE provide a forum for dialogue, reflection and enhancement of teaching, and modeling an innovative learning community.


RCTE provide a forum for dialogue and reflection on the art and practice of teaching by focusing on four themes:

  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • Self-Development
  • Innovation


RCTE embrace the following principles:

  • Providing a forum for cross-institutional professional interaction
  • Modeling co-learner environments
  • Discovering the art of teaching as a developmental process
  • Cultivating a community of reflective practitioners
  • Building collective ethical wisdom
  • Advancing instructional methods through experimentation and innovation
  • Fostering cross-discipline collegiality and collaboration
  • Recognizing and celebrating diversity

The Five Regional Centers

Click here for a PDF version of the RCTE map

Each RCTE is led by a Chair who coordinates several professional development programs and events for faculty at colleges in the region. RCTE Chairs nurture teaching excellence throughout the VCCS via regional delivery of high-interest, high-impact, high-demand professional development programming for both full-time and adjunct faculty.


Academic Year 2015 – 2016

Central Virginia Region

The Central Virginia RCTE includes: Blue Ridge Community College, Central Virginia Community College, Danville Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Virginia Western Community College.

Chair: Ashley Gess, Assistant Professor, Biology, VWCC

Mid-Central Virginia Region

The Mid-Central Virginia RCTE includes: John Tyler Community College, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Rappahannock Community College, Reynolds Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College.

Chair: Carol Carr, Instructor, Biology, JTCC

Mid-Central Region Teaching Excellence Blog

Northern Virginia Region

The Northern Virginia RCTE includes: Germanna Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, and Northern Virginia Community College.

Chair: Camille Mustachio, Assistant Professor, English, GCC

Northern Region Teaching Excellence blog

Southwest Virginia Region

The Southwest Virginia RCTE includes: Mountain Empire Community College, New River Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, and Wytheville Community College.

Chair: Heidi Morehead, Professor, Sociology, NRCC

Southwest Region Teaching Excellence blog

Tidewater Virginia Region

The Tidewater Virginia RCTE includes: Eastern Shore Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, Tidewater Community College, and Thomas Nelson Community College.

Chair: Isidoro “Isi” Kessel, Assistant Professor, Spanish, TNCC