STEAM Professional Development Opportunity!

The STEAM Faculty Learning Community from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is exploring teaching at the intersection of the STEM disciplines and the art disciplines. You are invited to join in by participating  in one or both sessions of a  mini workshop, including a hands on experience led by Rebecca Kamen.  

You’ll also have an opportunity to mentor students as a way to engage their critical thinking skills and as a way to add innovation to your teaching practice.  

To register for the STEAM Faculty Focus workshop mini-series, go to https://tinyurl.com/STEAMminiseries. 

November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., CG 202, Annandale Campus.

Workshop: “Art for Science or Science for Art?” and a plenary session and discussion on art in STEM education.

*Lunch is included

Details:
This first opportunity will feature Key Note speaker Ilya Temkin followed by small discussion group sessions and the exploration of a special projects 299 STEAM course for students.  Workshop

participants will learn about college-wide initiatives both at NOVA and at other schools to integrate art into the STEM disciplines. Questions like “can art be used to illustrate science” or “should art

only be considered art if it pushes the boundaries of understanding” will be answered. This session will conclude with lunch.

November 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., CM 315, Annandale Campus.

“Your Creative Mind”

Details:
This second opportunity, led by a prestigious artist and retired NOVA faculty member, encourages participants to explore their own creative minds. Through art and play, participants will brainstorm a science concept that they will teach through a creative medium. The creativity of art will deepen the understanding of a science concept and improve critical thinking skills. 

And there’s more.

You may also want to mentor students who will enroll in an Honors Special Projects 299 course, a 16-week, two-credit course in which students work with two volunteer faculty members in disciplines of their choice. This is an amazing opportunity to broaden your teaching practice while learning an amazing amount about STEAM and interdisciplinary pedagogy.

Both full- and part-time faculty are encouraged to participate in either one or both of these sessions. 

For questions, please contact Gillian Backus at gbackus@nvcc.edu.   To register go to https://tinyurl.com/STEAMminiseries.  

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APDD proposal submission deadline Oct 22

The Oct 22 deadline is quickly approaching and we still need a few more presenters!   We welcome your proposals for APDD workshops up until 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. Thank you! Contact: Sandi Nicholson,,APD Co-chair, NOVA’s Loudoun campus, 703-450-2613,  snicholson@nvcc.edu

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[VCCS] Announcing the New Faculty Seminar November 13-14, 2014

 

New Faculty Seminar

November 13-14, 2014

DoubleTree Hotel, Williamsburg, VA

 We are pleased to announced the 2014 VCCS New Faculty Seminar will be held November 13-14, 2014, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Williamsburg, VA.

This comprehensive professional development activity is limited to the first one hundred fifty (150) registrants.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  A variety of sessions (to include topics such as the VCCS Wizard, Library Services, Technology, Faculty Evaluation, and Dual Enrollment) are scheduled in this exciting seminar. The keynote speaker is one of our own great success stories:  Dr. Louise Billaud, Associate Professor at New River Community College and recipient of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award. 

All new (hired within the last twelve months) VCCS full-time and adjunct faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Participation is limited to the first 150 new faculty registrants.  Once the seminar registration is full, the Office of Professional Development will move to a waiting list for participants.   

The links for the conference and hotel registration are embedded below for your convenience.  All new faculty are encouraged to attend this exciting event.  Participants should come prepared to participate fully in the entire seminar. 

The VCCS Office of Professional Development will support the full tuition for all participants, but colleges are responsible for supporting participants’ travel costs. The opening lunch, dinner with the Chancellor, and breakfast on Day Two are included.  The VCCS will also cover lodging for those traveling 50 or more miles, and an additional night’s lodging is available for those whose campus is 200 or more miles from the site of the conference. 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 VCCS New Faculty Seminar.

Conference Registration

DEADLINE: November 7, 2014 

The seminar is open to the first 150 registrants that are faculty

(adjunct and full-time alike) hired by the VCCS within the last year. 

Please click on the links below for more information or contact us at opd@vccs.edu 

www.opd.vccs.edu

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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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