ADJUNCT FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

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. 

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.  

     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. 

     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.

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, Provost Sam Hill, and Trace Main, Associate Director Training and Professional Development atNOVA’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. , Acting Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor, Biology, Northern Virginia Community College, http://blogs.nvcc.edu/cetl/, https://twitter.com/NOVA_CETL, http://www.nvcc.edu/cetl
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Come join Success Strategy Groups meeting Oct 20 – 23

The second monthly meeting of Adjunct Success Strategy groups will be taking place the week of Oct. 20 – 23.  It’s not too late to join in.  Pick whichever group fits in best with your schedule.

Monday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 pm online through Blackboard – Nick Zefran nzefran@nvcc.edu (email him your Blackboard user name to join in)

Tuesday, Oct 21 at 11:30 am in LC 235  - Fabiana Cesa

Tuesday,  Oct. 21 at 7:00 pm in LC 235 – Mathina Calliope

Thursday,  Oct 23 at 1:00 pm in LC 235 – Tom Gutnick

Contact:  Sandi Nicholson, NOVA’s Loudoun campus, 703-450-2613

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Deadline for APDD proposals Oct 22

Planning for our spring 2015 Adjunct Professional Development Day is underway.  We welcome your proposals for APDD workshops at this time.  Fulltime faculty – presenting a workshop for APDD can fit right in with your APPDO goals.  As always, we appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and skills with our adjuncts in the way of leading a professional development workshop for APDD.  Topics can include promoting student success, building meaningful curriculum, building student relationships, or professional relationships, to name a few.   Please mark your calendars for Saturday, January 10 for APDD and email your workshop proposal as soon as possible.

Sandi Nicholson, APD Co-chair

NOVA’s Loudoun campus, 703-450-2613

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Universal Design/ Universal Instructional Design Workshop

How to Apply the Principles of Universal Design in Teaching:  Online and in the Classroom

Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm,
Pender 4 (3922 Pender Drive, Fairfax)

Registration ASAP.  Spaces are limited and registration closes October 10th –  use NOVA Academy (https://covkc.virginia.gov/nvcc/)  

The workshop will cover:

  • Principles of Universal Design for Learning and  Universal Instructional Design (UID)

·         Seven Principles of UID describe how instructional materials and activities should:

    • be accessible and fair,
    • be flexible, provide flexibility in use, participation and presentation
    • be straightforward and consistent and,
    • be explicit, explicitly presented and readily perceived
    • be supportive, provide a supportive learning environment
    • minimize unnecessary physical effort or requirements
    • ensure a learning space that accommodates both students and instructional methods.
  • Hidden Disabilities and UID
  • Technology and UID

We’ll discuss writing a syllabus & creating accessible materials, choosing textbooks and other resources, captioning & transcripts, using alt-text, and different disabilities including those considered hidden.  There will be hands-on & group activities. Lunch & refreshments will be served. 

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Call for proposals for Jan 10 Adjunct Professional Development Day

Planning for our spring Loudoun Adjunct Professional Development Day is beginning.  As always, we appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and skills with our adjuncts in the way of leading a professional development workshop for APDD.  Whether it be promoting student success, building meaningful curriculum, or building student or professional relationships, we welcome your proposals for workshops at this time.   Please send the title for your proposed workshop along with a description in 50 words or less to snicholson@nvcc.edu.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 10 for APDD.  Thank you!

Contact: Sandi Nicholson, Assistant Dean, Physical Education Program

NOVA’s Loudoun campus, 703-450-2613

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Loudoun Adjunct Success Strategy groups start up!

Success Strategy Groups will be starting soon at NOVA’s Loudoun campus.  These informal groups designed to foster professional development, will meet once a month for an hour for the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April.  The start dates and times are listed below along with the name and email address of the facilitators for each of the groups.  We are starting an online Success Strategy group through Blackboard this year, so if none of the face-to-face times work with your schedule, or if you simply prefer an online group, you have that option as well.

For a chance to receive a $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift card, please plan on attending the first meeting of the group of your choice in September.

Online group beginning week of Sept 22 – 25 through Blackboard.  If interested, please email your Blackboard user name to Nick Zefran nzefran@nvcc.edu

Monday,  Sept. 22 at 9:30 am in LC 235 – facilitated by Susan Cox scox@nvcc.edu and Sam Chaudhuri schaudhuri@nvcc.edu

Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 am in LC 235  - facilitated by Fabiana Cesa fcesa@nvcc.edu

Tuesday,  Sept. 16 at 7:00 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Mathina Calliope mcalliope@nvcc.edu

Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 5:00 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Mike Maggio mmaggio@nvcc.edu

Thursday,  Sept. 25 at 1:00 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Tom Gutnick tgutnick@nvcc.edu

Thursday,  Sept. 25 at 5:30 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Patti Dickinson pdickinson@nvcc.edu

  • A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INFORMALLY GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER FACULTY ACROSS THE ENTIRE CAMPUS
  • BE EXPOSED TO APPLIED AND TESTED STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS
  • SHARE YOUR OWN STRATEGIES , QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
  • BENEFIT FROM SMALL GROUP FEEDBACK WITH YOUR FELLOW LOUDOUN COLLEAGUES
  • ENJOY THE RICHNESS OF INTERACTION WITH A BLEND OF EXPERIENCED, DEVELOPING AND NEW ADJUNCT FACULTY
  • FACILITATED BY YOUR FELLOW ADJUNCTS – EXPERIENCED AND TRAINED TO DO A GREAT JOB

Topics of discussion will be launched from a professional development book chosen by your group.  Some topics you can look forward to exploring may include:

     Today’s College Students:  age factors affecting perspective and learning styles

     Strategic Course Planning:  resources and designing an effective course

     Launching Your Course Effectively:  first impressions, setting the tone, and whetting their appetites

     Managing the Context of Your Course:  organization, communication, and handling disruptions

     Instructor-Directed Learning Methods:  strategic use of lecture, video and more

     Student-Driven Learning Methods:  active and experiential learning

     Infusing Technology into Your Teaching:  leveraging the learning resources available via technology

     Managing the Examination Process:  qualities of an effective examination

     Alternative Methods of Assessing Student Learning

     Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion:  effective end of semester class meetings

     Managing your teaching career:  developing a master strategy

Please feel free to contact me or any of the facilitators with any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to a good year of having the Loudoun adjunct faculty benefit from the professional development experience of our Success Strategy Groups.

Sandi Nicholson, NOVA’s Loudoun campus 703-450-2613

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The 10th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference: Call for Proposals and Call for Volunteers

Northern Virginia Community College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is proud to announce the 10th annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference

Annandale Campus –  January 7th and 8th.

This conference is by faculty and for faculty and proudly showcases the many and impressive talents of our teaching facultyand staff.   This year’s theme Bridges:  Connecting Our Past and Our Future speaks to the many changes that are entering our teaching practices and to NOVA’s upcoming 50th anniversary.   We are very pleased to invite the faculty of Goucher College this year.

You are cordially invited to submit a presentation proposal for the conference.   Please share your tips, research, knowledge and expertise  focused on effective pedagogical practices for higher education.    Presentation sessions of several different types, training sessions and poster sessions are available.  Please see the full call here (click the Proposal tab).

The call for volunteers is also open.   PUP’s success is very dependent on great conference volunteers!   Please consider volunteering.  If you have volunteered before, we welcome you back.  If you are new to volunteering at PUP, we welcome you with one of the great CETL fleece vests.  Volunteer here (click the Volunteers tab).

Contact:

Cindy Miller, Acting CoordinatorCenter for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Associate Professor, BiologyNorthern Virginia Community Collegehttp://blogs.nvcc.edu/cetl/ https://twitter.com/NOVA_CETL http://www.nvcc.edu/cetl

Do you know a colleague who is a super professor? If so, please let us know who that faculty member is so that we can honor him or her with  the CETL Super Professor Recognition.   Just send an e-mail to CETL@nvcc.edu. No self-nominations, please.  Office: (703)  764-7386  Fax: (703) 425-5232

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Adjunct Success Strategy Groups starting soon

Success Strategy Groups will be starting up soon at NOVA’s Loudoun campus.  These groups will meet once a month for an hour for the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April.  The start dates and times are listed below along with the name and email address of the facilitators for each of the groups.  We are starting an online Success Strategy group through Blackboard this year, so if none of the face-to-face times work with your schedule, or if you simply prefer an online group, you have that option as well.

For a chance to receive a $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift card, please plan on attending the first meeting of the group of your choice in September.

Online group beginning week of Sept 22 – 25 through Blackboard.  If interested, please email your Blackboard user name to Nick Zefran nzefran@nvcc.edu

Monday,  Sept. 22 at 9:30 am in LC 235 – facilitated by Susan Cox scox@nvcc.edu and Sam Chaudhuri schaudhuri@nvcc.edu

Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 am in LC 235  - facilitated by Fabiana Cesa fcesa@nvcc.edu

Tuesday,  Sept. 16 at 7:00 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Mathina Calliope mcalliope@nvcc.edu

Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 5:00 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Mike Maggio mmaggio@nvcc.edu

Thursday,  Sept. 25 at 1:00 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Tom Gutnick tgutnick@nvcc.edu

Thursday,  Sept. 25 at 5:30 pm in LC 235 – facilitated by Patti Dickinson pdickinson@nvcc.edu 

Ø  A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INFORMALLY GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER FACULTY ACROSS THE ENTIRE CAMPUS

Ø  BE EXPOSED TO APPLIED AND TESTED STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS

Ø  SHARE YOUR OWN STRATEGIES , QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

Ø  BENEFIT FROM SMALL GROUP FEEDBACK WITH YOUR FELLOW LOUDOUN COLLEAGUES

Ø  ENJOY THE RICHNESS OF INTERACTION WITH A BLEND OF EXPERIENCED, DEVELOPING AND NEW ADJUNCT FACULTY

Ø  FACILITATED BY YOUR FELLOW ADJUNCTS – EXPERIENCED AND TRAINED TO DO A GREAT JOB

Success Strategy groups will meet once a month during the 3rd full week of the month.  Each session lasts for one hour with the option of coming a little early or staying a little late to make more time to chat, while still keeping the hour focused.  For those who can’t meet face-to-face for a meeting, we also have a new online Success Strategy group option.

Topics of discussion will be launched from a professional development book chosen by your group.  Some topics you can look forward to exploring may include:

     Today’s College Students:  age factors affecting perspective and learning styles

     Strategic Course Planning:  resources and designing an effective course

     Launching Your Course Effectively:  first impressions, setting the tone, and whetting their appetites

     Managing the Context of Your Course:  organization, communication, and handling disruptions

     Instructor-Directed Learning Methods:  strategic use of lecture, video and more

     Student-Driven Learning Methods:  active and experiential learning

     Infusing Technology into Your Teaching:  leveraging the learning resources available via technology

     Managing the Examination Process:  qualities of an effective examination

     Alternative Methods of Assessing Student Learning

     Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion:  effective end of semester class meetings

     Managing your teaching career:  developing a master strategy

 Please feel free to contact me or any of the facilitators with any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to a good year of having the Loudoun adjunct faculty benefit from the professional development experience of our Success Strategy Groups.

Sandi Nicholson, Assistant Dean

NOVA’s Loudoun campus

703-450-2613

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NOVA and the World Workshop Series

NOVA and the World Workshop Series

NOVA and the World Workshop Series

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Success Strategy Groups

Success Strategy Groups

  • A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INFORMALLY GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER FACULTY ACROSS THE ENTIRE CAMPUS
  • BE EXPOSED TO APPLIED AND TESTED STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS
  • SHARE YOUR OWN STRATEGIES , QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
  • BENEFIT FROM SMALL GROUP FEEDBACK WITH YOUR FELLOW LOUDOUN COLLEAGUES
  • ENJOY THE RICHNESS OF INTERACTION WITH A BLEND OF EXPERIENCED, DEVELOPING AND NEW ADJUNCT FACULTY
  • FACILITATED BY YOUR FELLOW ADJUNCTS – EXPERIENCED AND TRAINED TO DO A GREAT JOB

Success Strategy groups will meet once a month during the 3rd full week of the month.  Each session lasts for one hour with the option of coming a little early or staying a little late to make more time to chat, while still keeping the hour focused.  For those who can’t meet face-to-face for a meeting, we also have a new online Success Strategy group option.

 Topics of discussion will be launched from a professional development book chosen by your group.  Some topics you can look forward to exploring may include:

     Today’s College Students:  age factors affecting perspective and learning styles

     Strategic Course Planning:  resources and designing an effective course

     Launching Your Course Effectively:  first impressions, setting the tone, and whetting their appetites

     Managing the Context of Your Course:  organization, communication, and handling disruptions

     Instructor-Directed Learning Methods:  strategic use of lecture, video and more

     Student-Driven Learning Methods:  active and experiential learning

     Infusing Technology into Your Teaching:  leveraging the learning resources available via technology

     Managing the Examination Process:  qualities of an effective examination

     Alternative Methods of Assessing Student Learning

     Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion:  effective end of semester class meetings

     Managing your teaching career:  developing a master strategy

Success Strategy Groups are tentatively scheduled to meet monthly at the following dates and times beginning in September.  For more information, please feel free to contact the facilitator for whichever group you may be interested in.

Monday, Sept. 22 at 9:30 am in LC 235 – Susan Cox   scox@nvcc.edu and Sam Chaudhuri; schaudhuri@nvcc.edu

Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 am in LC 235 – Fabiana Cesa    fcesa@nvcc.edu

Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 pm in LC 235 – Mathina Calliope   mcalliope@nvcc.edu

Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 5:00 pm in LC 235 – Mike Maggio   mmaggio@nvcc.edu

Thursday, Sept 25 at 1:00 pm in LC 235 – Tom Gutnick   tgutnick@nvcc.edu

Thursday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 pm in LC 235 – Patti Dickinson   pdickinson@nvcc.edu

Online Success Strategy group – Nick Zefran  nzefran@nvcc.edu

Questions?  Contact snicholson@nvcc.edu

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