PD Opportunities for Faculty

  1.  Strut Your Stuff. Consider offering a presentation at the October 24 Fall Instructional Technology Summit. Proposals are due by September 22nd;
  2. Attend your discipline peer group conference. Upcoming peer groups for the fall include world languages; IST, science; nursing and allied health and physical education; English and ESL; and global studies/sociology;
  3. Apply for a VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Grant.  Spring semester grant proposals are due by November 1. Here is a link to a video explaining the grants further, http://youtu.be/05KbXcfwJFc?t=5m;
  4. Apply for a Chancellor’s Innovation Fund award. Proposals are due by October 10;
  5. New Faculty (including adjunct) are welcome to the VCCS New Faculty Seminar, November 13-14, DoubleTree Hotel, Williamsburg. Registration is required. Deadline is November 7;
  6. Apply for the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence;
  7. Start thinking about New Horizons Excellence in Education Awards. See previous awards, http://nhweb.vccs.edu/;
  8. Apply for the Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professors Program;
  9. Apply for the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship award;
  10. Take a graduate course with tuition reimbursement. Contact HR for more information;
  11. Take a TOTAL workshop;
  12. Science Seminar, Sept 26, NOVA Annandale,  http://tinyurl.com/lcfe9ro;
  13. Take a free National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity webinar. September is “Overcoming Academic Perfectionism”;

Nan Peck
Faculty Coordinator
VCCS Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence

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VCCS Professional Development Grants

VCCS’s Office of Professional Development Offers Two Types of Grants

Here is a video presentation by members of the PDC grants committee from the New Horizons Conference, http://youtu.be/05KbXcfwJFc?t=5m

The VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Grant

These grants are awarded based on the merit of the activity to be undertaken in such areas as discipline, instructional, workforce, career and organizational development. Faculty may apply individually or collaboratively for time and expenses. Maximum funding for time is eight credits. Most time is funded at four credits. Summer funding for Paul Lee Professional Development Grants is $2,500. The funds are paid as a stipend and shall not become part of the individual’s base salary.

The VCCS Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grant

These grants are awarded to fund group activities such as day conferences, in-service activities and workshops, and must involve more than one college in scope, preparation and attendance. All VCCS employees are welcome to apply. A maximum of $1,500 is available per mini-grant. Workshop Mini-Grants provide funding for the development of employee group activities such as workshops, in-service activities, and conferences involving at least two or more VCCS colleges in the planning and implementation. Regional proposals, duplication of successful programs in other regions, and programs aligned to Achieve 2015 Take Two are encouraged. The VCCS Workshop Mini-Grant Program encourages projects in the following areas: discipline, instructional, workforce, career and organizational development.

Applications for spring semester are due November 1
Applications for summer session are due March 1
Applications for fall semester are due May 1

Feel free to contact your college’s Professional Development Committee member or contact Michael Dixon, coordinator of professional development, or Nancy Harris, specialist for professional development.

Your Professional Development Committee Reps
Camille Mustachio, GCC
Jose Nieves, LFCC
Marleen McCabe, NOVA

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Update on VCCS Reengineering Task Force

Get an overview of where we are with some of the major VCCS initiatives and how the VCCS Reengineering Task Force will conclude its work in 2015.

Wednesday, November 19, 1:30-2:25 p.m. In-person at Middletown (Fairfax/VSB Board Room) and Distance (Fauquier, Paris Room) Kim Blosser and Karen Bucher will co-present.

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NOVA Alexandria Campus Lyceum Events

Join students, faculty and community at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus for the following events:

October 23, 3:30, Frederick Downs Jr, “The Legacy of Vietnam”, AA 196 Bisdorf Building

November 4, 2 – 3:30p.m., Selma Raljevic, “Bridging the Two Cultures: The Dimensions of American Literature in Bosnia and Herzegovina” AA 196 Bisdorf Building


For more information, contact Jack Lechelt, jlechelt@nvcc.edu


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Call for Proposals for NOVA’s PUP Conference

Submit a proposal for NOVA’s Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference (January 7-8, Annandale Campus).

Proposals deadline has been extended to October 27, 9 a.m.




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NOVA’s CETL to Offer Workhop on STEAM

Register for the STEAM Faculty Focus workshop mini-series, https://tinyurl.com/STEAMminiseries

Art for Science or Science for Art?
Nov 1, 9-12:30, CG 202 Annandale Campus

Your Creative Mind
Nov 10, 6-8 p.m., CM 315, Ananndale Campus

For more information, contact Gillian Backus, gbackus@nvcc.edu

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NOVA offers Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Stalking Awareness Training

NOVA Police and NOVA Sexual Assault Services are providing training in awareness and prevention to crimes against women. These are offered throughout October. Contact Officer Tony Ong for more information, tong@nvcc.edu.

Avoid sexual assult, domestic violence and stalking. What to do if you are a victim. Police guidance on relevant topics such as protective orders and police reporting. Resources in your community.

October 22, 12-1, CS 131, Annandale Campus

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NISOD Partners with TeamUP’s PD Portal

NISOD has partnered with TeamUP, Cengage Learning’s faculty development group, to offer webinars at reduced rates, generally 1/2 price.

Portal: www.nisod.org/?q=TeamUP

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Journal on Excellence in College Teaching

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching –  New issue available:

Volume 25, Numbers 3 and 4 (2014)Small-Group Learning in Higher Education: Cooperative, Collaborive, Problem-Based and Team-Based Learning.

A new issue of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching (www.miamioh.edu/ject/) is now available. This special double Journal issue, Small-Group Learning Models in Higher Education: Cooperative, Collaborative, Problem-Based, and Team-Based Learning, is guest edited by  Neil Davidson, University of Maryland, Claire Major, University of Alabama,and Larry Michaelsen,University of Central Missouri.

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Lily Teaching Conference Call for Proposals

Lilly Spring International Conference – Bethesda, MD

May 28 – 31, 2015 http://lillyconferences.com/bethesda
The Call for Proposals is open now through December 15. Cosponsorships and group rates are available, contact registrar@lillyconferences.com for details. Plenary presenters are being confirmed.

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Scholarly Teacher Blog

The Scholarly Teacher blog circulation continues to grow. Lilly Conference participants and supporters may use the blog as another means to share ideas and stay connected year round. New blogs are posted twice a month: http://scholarlyteacher.com/

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VCCS Subscribes to Magna Commons

VCCS has purchased access to Magna Commons’ library of professional development online seminars for faculty and administrators.

To access these online offerings, you’ll need to create an account at http://www.magnacommons.com. Contact your campus PD representative for the activation code:

Your Professional Development Committee Reps
Camille Mustachio, GCC
Jose Nieves, LFCC
Marleen McCabe, NOVA

If you use your VCCS email, you’ll be able to include these PD opportunities in your performance evaluations.

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