Adjunct Faculty Grants


Northern Virginia Community College

Do you have ideas for the development of teaching aids or projects, or need funds for the registration and lodging at a professional conference, get some research done or take a course that is applicable to your field of teaching?  NOVA wants to help, so please read on:    
Northern Virginia’s Professional Development Committee   is pleased to announce the availability of professional development grants for adjunct faculty members who teach at least one course at the College during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The maximum grant award is $1,500 (less FICA and federal and state income tax if applicable).    Full-time (P-3) faculty members are not eligible.

The grant shall be awarded for the development of teaching aids, research (including the registration and lodging for professional conferences), taking college courses applicable to your teaching discipline provided that no other funding source is available, or a service project that will benefit the college and/or the campus where the applicant teaches.

Interested  adjunct faculty should submit completed applications  electronically and print, complete and fax a cover page (703) 425-5232 that includes the division dean and the campus provost’s signatures.  You may also bring it to CG 218 on the Annandale Campus.   The signature of the applicant’s dean and provost indicates his/her consent for the project proposal as submitted by the adjunct faculty member.  Applications submitted without approval from the appropriate dean and provost will not be considered.

Applicants may submit more than one proposal; however, only one grant will be awarded to any individual.

The deadline by which the application and the faxed cover page must be received electronically: 5 P.M. (EST),  November 17, 2014.  The selection committee will not consider applications that are received late or proposals that are incomplete or do not have a cover page.   All applications will be acknowledged by email.

T  The grant will be reviewed by members of the Northern Virginia Community College Professional Development Committee.  Criteria used for selection is the same as that used by the Virginia Community College System Paul Lee Grant process.   Those who are selected to receive a grant will be notified by December 15, 2014.   The work funded by the grant is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2015. Exceptions will be made to that date if the work of the grant demands it.

T  Grant Awardees are responsible for the dissemination of grant results.   To facilitate that, all grant awardees will be responsible for submitting a poster indicating the results of the project for the Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference in January of 2016.  If the project is not complete at that time, then the poster should be submitted for the PUP conference in 2017.  A template will be provided and the printing costs of the poster are assumed by the PUP conference.  Your attendance is expected at the conference as long as you are still employed by Northern Virginia Community College.

G  Grant awardees may also wish to provide additional dissemination of grant results that may be required by the awardee’s dean or provost. Additional methods of dissemination of results might include a presentation: at  NOVA’s Power up Your Pedagogy (PUP) conference, at adjunct faculty meetings, a VCCS peer group meeting and/or VCCS New Horizons Conference.

5  A grant award payment will be made when the proposed project is satisfactorily completed as specified in the grant proposal.  A project will be considered satisfactorily completed when the  following conditions are met:
Your dean or immediate supervisor sends an electronic message acknowledging satisfactory completion of the project or service to the Chair of the  Adjunct Grant Sub Committee (Cindy Miller) with a copy to the Professional Development Committee, ProvostSam Hill,andTrace Main, Associate Director Training and Professional DevelopmentatNOVA’s Human Resources.
The poster has been submitted for approval to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The awardee will receive approval via email and that email is part of the documentation that must be submitted.
Arrangements have been made for any other required dissemination of results.
Notification of satisfactory completion must be received via email by May 15, 2015.    This date can be extended by special request if the work of the grant demands it.    For questions, contact Cindy Miller. 

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NISOD’s Innovation abstract for this week!



This Week’s Issue
Accelerating Academic Achievement: Paired Courses in Developmental Education
provides a sneak peek at next week’s NISOD webinar.

The article and webinar describe one college’s efforts to help students succeed in developmental math courses.

Access the article here.
The username is and the password is nisod799.

Past Issues
• The Impact of Gender-Specific Organizations on Community College Campuses
• Supporting At-Risk Students With BYOD Applications
• Connecting Old Knowledge and New Knowledge
• Lesson Delivery: What Every Instructor Can Do Everyday

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Don’t Miss the Fall 2014 Instructional Technology Summit

Posting for your information:
tech summit

Registration is now open for the Fall 2014 Tech Summit on Friday, October 24th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. held at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC).


  • 4 concurrent sessions
  • 18 different presentations to choose from
  • A balanced blend of facilitated presentations and hands-on sessions
  • Presenters from all three hosting colleges (NOVA, GCC, BRCC)
  • And…a free lunch!


Feel free to register for just the sessions you can attend if you have other obligations; you don’t have to register for the whole day.


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Flipped Classroom

We Flipped!  Will You?

Interactive strategies for an inverted classroom

Join Manassas Faculty members

Laura Jean Bhadra and Maryellen Ryan
for a Faculty focus series on the Flipped Classroom


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Most of us are probably familiar with this famous quote from Benjamin Franklin. But how many of us have actually applied this in the classroom?

In this highly participatory session, we will share tips and strategies for developing an interactive classroom. Using techniques such as the flipped classroom, video lectures, student response devices, group discussion, and publishers’ online based learning systems, we’ll help you  to make learning a truly student led experience.

These engaging meetings will rotate on each campus.  The series kicks off with two fall sessions:

October 24th at the Manassas Campus:   Techniques for Flipping, Part I.

November 14th at the Loudoun Campus:  Techniques for Flipping, Part II. 

Parts I and II investigate such student response systems as iClicker, Socrative,  Poll Everywhere, look at lecture capture devices such as Tegrity, Panopto and Green Screen, and talk about how to use online learning systems (such as Blackboard) to both solidify your concepts and handle the repetitive tasks of grading, freeing up the professor for developing higher level learning concepts.

We’ll come back after our winter break for

January 23rd at the Woodbridge Campus:  Flipping Your Discipline: Round Table Discussion with Colleagues
Finding meaningful in-class activities for the flipped classroom can be a challenge. In this session, you work with colleagues to come up with ideas.

March 6 at the Annandale Campus:   What’s the Down  Side?  Are there reasons not to flip? 
In this session that addresses objections to the flipped classroom you’ll look at such issues as whether your students really preview the lectures ahead of time? If they can get the material online, will they stop coming to class? Addressing these and other objections to a flipped classroom can reduce concerns about the potential downsides of flipping the classroom.

April 3 at the Alexandria Campus:  Hands-on Developmental Session to Create  Syllabi for Flipped Classroom
Do you want to create a viable syllabus for your course using the flipped classroom methodology? Then come to this highly interactive hands on session and leave with a syllabus and other materials to start flipping out!


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NISOD October Webinar: Using Paired Courses to Accelerate Students Through Developmental Education

NISODaOCTOBER 16 WEBINAR     (free to NISOD member colleges)

Using Paired Courses to Accelerate Students Through Developmental Education

Two-year colleges across the country face significant challenges retaining their diverse population of students and helping them progress to graduation. A key barrier is the developmental coursework in reading, writing, and/or mathematics to which a majority of entering students are referred. These lengthy sequences, often required before beginning college-level work, can be daunting, and many students leave college before completing their developmental requirements. Developmental math, in particular, is a substantial stumbling block to college completion. Acceleration is an increasingly popular strategy at two-year colleges for improving the outcomes of developmental education students. Presenters will discuss how they designed and implemented paired courses to accelerate students to college-level math. Learn how the Mathematics faculty at Texas State Technical College combine course material from developmental math and college-level math into the same learning experience for developmental students, bolstered through co-teaching by two instructors and the inclusion of peer tutors. Student success data are presented to demonstrate the positive outcomes of this acceleration effort.


Garry Sigler, Chair, Mathematics, Texas State Technical College; Kyle Massey, Coordinator, Curriculum, Texas State Technical College




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This week’s NISOD Abstracts! Supporting Students at Risk


NISODaSupporting At-Risk Students With BYOD Applications provides suggestions for Apps and websites that help students manage stress, get organized, and set goals.


Access the article here.

The username is and the password is nisod799.


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Welcome Fall 2014 Teaching Squares

Welcome to Fall 2014 Teaching Squares!  Get all the information that you need from the CETL Blog, including the current version of the Teaching Squares Manual!   WELCOME!

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NOVA and The World: Inaugural Workshop! Don’t miss the rest of the series!

David Smith, an International and Internationally known speaker on the issues of human rights talked to a group of NOVA faculty on Friday, September 12th about the ways in which we might integrate discussion and teaching about human rights into our curricula across all disciplines.  He provided us with sample exercises (debates, agreeing, emerging discussions, story telling,  problem solving and others).   An interesting d2014-15_NOVA_and_the_World_schedule_imageiscussion!

Don’t miss the Rest of the NOVA and World Series held this year!                         Click on this calendar to learn about it!

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September NISOD Webinar: Are You Ready to Flip

NISOD is the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and NOVA is a member college.  There are a lot of benefits for all of us.  Click on the logo to see what they are.

NISODa   The September Webinar is Thursday, September 25th

Are You Ready to Flip?

The flipped classroom is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction to the students in advance through interactive, teacher-created videos and online learning activities and moves discussion, active learning, and other activities to the classroom. Students come to class ready to collaborate and learn together in an active, engaging environment. The webinar facilitators discuss key elements of the flipped classroom as well as share how Madison Area Technical College is preparing faculty to design and teach flipped classes.


Tina Rettler-Pagel, Faculty, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Nancy Woodward, Faculty, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Madison Area Technical College



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NISOD Benefits! Innovation Abstracts


NISOD is the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and NOVA is a member college.  There are a lot of benefits for all of us.  Click on the logo to see what they are.  NISODa

Meanwhile, check this out:


Lesson Delivery: What Every Instructor Can Do Everyday outlines a framework for lesson development and implementation.


Access the article here.**The username is and the password is nisod799.**

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