CETL tree smallThe Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning  (CETL)  Welcomes YOU
to your first full time career year at NOVA!    We are very glad you are here! 

The Faculty First Year Experience meets on the last Friday.  The location of the meetings changes each time so that by the end of our year together you will have seen each campus and will understand the huge and wonderful cloth that is NOVA’s whole.   Your main emphasis for your first year is to be about teaching, although that’s surely not all we’ll do:

Our First Year will be built of three interwoven pieces:

Resources_and_Tours Resources and Tours.  When we meet on your specific campus, your CETL Faculty Associate will have created a resource fair for your own campus resources.    The rest of the new faculty will join us at 11:30 and everyone will meet the provost and have lunch and tour your campus.

generic_PPPolicies and Practices.   VCCS,  NOVA, and CETL, want the main concentration of your first year to be about teaching, but we won’t forget the practices and college wide resources that you have available to you and your students.   This ‘main’ part of your day begins at 11:30 when the entire faculty convenes.

Generic_TIThe Teaching Institute.   The main emphasis of our First Year Experience is on teaching and as soon as we’ve had lunch, we’ll spend the rest of our time together working on specific aspects of Teaching at NOVA.   You’ll find this informative, helpful and really worthwhile.

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September 26

Pender 4 (3922 Pender Dr):  10:00 AM to 4:30 (ish) .  Luncheon is provided.
For information and presentation materials for each part of your day, just click on the box!

Visit ELI & Executive Offices

Training and Policies



URL for VCCS New Faculty Seminar  on November 13-14.  (registration is first come, first served):  http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/academiesseminars/

August 14

 Annandale’s CE Forum.  8:30 to 4:30 (ish) .   A  coffee service and a luncheon are provided.
For information and presentation materials for each part of your day, just click on the box!

Benefits and Resource Fair

HR and You

Your First Day

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NOVA’s Mission Statement:  With commitment to the values of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence, the mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to deliver world-class in-person and online post-secondary teaching, learning, and workforce development to ensure our region and the Commonwealth of Virginia have an educated population and globally competitive workforce.


Coming soon
This blog will be built as materials become available for our remaining sessions on  October 31,  November 21,   December 12,   January 30,   February 27,  March 27, and  April 24.  Mark your calendars.


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  1. Janet Largaespada
    Posted August 15, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Hi All,

    My name is Janet Largaespada and I am thrilled to join Nova this year. I look forward to serving students; working with many of you and getting to know everyone at Nova.

    • Cindy Miller
      Posted August 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      Welcome Janet! It will be a pleasure working with you this year (and others!). Cindy

  2. Rebecca Harris-Scott
    Posted August 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi All :D

    My name is Rebecca Harris-Scott, I will be teaching history classes at the Manassas campus. I’m looking forward to working with everyone in our first year experience. (Hope you all have an excellent first day of class on Wednesday!)

    • Cindy Miller
      Posted August 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Welcome Rebecca — thanks for adding your intro! I hope everyone has a great day on Wednesday too — its exciting. Cindy

  3. Erika Knott
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Everyone,

    My name is Erika and I am teaching ESL this year at the Loudon campus. I am really excited about the First Year Experience program. It’s so nice to get to know others in my same situation! Thanks for all the support!!

    Hope first classes are going well! : )

    • Cindy Miller
      Posted August 21, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Welcome Erika! Glad you are with us — The first year program will really give you an appreciation of teaching at the largest institution of higher education in the state! See you soon — Cindy

  4. Amy Flessert
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi, my name is Amy Flessert, and I am teaching in the English department at Annandale. I am so excited to be a new faculty member at NOVA, and have had a great first week of classes! I will see all of you very soon.

    • Cindy Miller
      Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Amy — glad to hear your first week went well. I’m very happy for that. I’ll see you on September 26th. We’re starting to make some big plans for that day!

  5. Jennifer Helfman
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    This is my 12th year working at NOVA. I was an adjunct in Woodbridge 10 years ago and now I am full-time faculty at Annandale. It’s great working at NOVA! I hope everyone enjoys it!


    • Cindy Miller
      Posted September 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Glad to have you full time, Jennifer!

  6. Fonya Atabong
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to all our new first year faculty. I was in your positions last year as a first year faculty. There is a lot to learn and grow professionally to be successful with your students. Looking forward to working with you all and mentoring with any info I have come across that might be helpful to you as your transition during your first year experience. See you around. I am Nursing faculty at the medical education campus in springfield – Thxs Fonya

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