Interested in Becoming a Faculty Developer?

Would you like to learn more about how to assist colleagues in faculty development?
Join a VCCS faculty learning community co-faciliated by Cheryl Huff, Cindy Miller, and Nan Peck. Participants will “meet” online regularly and discuss ways to create and sustain a center for teaching on your campus.  To apply for the faculty learning community, please apply by May 15,

Below are some great resources:

  • POD Conference, November 5-9, 2014, Dallas, TX
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Conference, May 25-28, 2014, Austin, TX
  • VT Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, (CHEP) Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) (Feb 5-6, 2014)
  • Virginia Community Colleges Organization (VCCA) (Oct 2-4, 2014)
  • Lilly International Spring Conference, College and University Teaching and Learning, May 29-June 1, 2014, Bethesda, MD


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Congratulations NOVA ELI for TOTAL Award

NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute received a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Faculty Development for their TOTAL program.

The Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) program provides flexible, modularized professional development for Virginia Community College System (VCCS) faculty who teach blended or online courses. The modules take the form of fourteen short (2-4 week) interactive and engaging workshops, created in Blackboard, that address the competencies (both facilitation and design) necessary to support student success in online teaching and learning. To date, the TOTAL project has provided consistent, online, modular training to VCCS faculty in fifteen different colleges. About 250 certificates have been awarded, with another 150 enrollments in workshops currently being conducted.

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Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Access NOVA’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL),

CETL serves as a resource for faculty on best practices for teaching and learning. CETL sponsors workshops and events for teaching faculty. In January, CETL hosts the Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) two-day Conference. CETL is headed by Cindy Miller, NOVA’s CETL is located on the Annandale Campus in CG 218. 703.323.2157.

Germanna Community College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, is headed by Professor Cheryl Huff, Room 308, SP3, Fredericksburg Area Campus, 540.834.1032. Contact her at

VCCS Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence is headed by NOVA’s Nan Peck,

Northern RCTE Advisory Group
Germanna Community College
TBD, PDC representative
Cheryl Huff
Julie Mersiowsky
Yanyan Yong, ex-officio

Lord Fairfax Community College
Jose Nieves, PDC representative
Nicole Martin
Jen Schaefer
Karen Kellison, ex-officio

Northern Virginia Community College
TBD, PDC representative
Cindy Miller
Bob Loser
Jennifer Lerner, ex-officio



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VCCS Faculty and Administrators Leadership Academy

Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy

The VCCS Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy is designed to provide the leadership theories, practices and skills needed to support current and aspiring leaders to lead their respective departments/areas and colleges more effectively. During the academy, you will work on individual college projects and prepare project action plans. The project will be a yearlong one, starting in January and concluding in December.

Participation in this event is by invitation only. If interested, please discuss with your provost. For more information,

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VCCS Faculty Diversity Initiative

VCCS Faculty Diversity Initiative:

The VCCS Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship program “…aims to recruit students who represent varied ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in teaching careers…” This program provides full -time VCCS faculty and opportunity to mentor and provide support to the graduate student who teaches at the host college/campus. Additional information about the program can be found at

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Survey of Online Learning

Pearson and Sloan Consortium offers a 2013 Survey of Online Learning Report,

“Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States” is the eleventh annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education.

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Faculty Professional Development at NOVA

Faculty Professional Development at NOVA

For NOVA to excel as a leading educational institution, it is important for faculty and staff to actively engage in continuous learning, professional growth, and high performance. To that end, NOVA provides and encourages access to a wide range of professional development opportunities aimed at building or reinforcing job-critical competencies and promoting positive behavior changes that lead to strengthened job performance and teaching excellence.

NOVA offers you:

  • Tuition Assistance. Up to $1,900 per fiscal year as per available funds.
  • Professional Development funding for conference and workshop attendance.
  • Opportunities to apply for grants.
  • Educational Leave.
  • Lectures and workshops by guest speakers to strengthen teaching excellence.
  • In-house programs on teaching strategies and one-on-one confidential consultations for teaching faculty through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CETL).
  • Networking and Professional Development opportunities with faculty from across the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).
  • 24/7 Access to online e-learning courses through the NOVA Academy on a wide range of essential job competencies and leadership development.

To learn more about these offerings, contact Dr. Marlene McCabe, Associate Director, Training and Professional Development, Human Resources Department,

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VCCS ELET Committee Supports Ed Tech

The eLearning and Educational Technology (ELET) committee  provides guidance about the “effective implementation and integration of educational technologies to support the academic goals of the VCCS.” This committee met in June, 2014 in Charlottesville and stands ready to support distance educators.

Representatives from the Northern Region include:

Yanyan Yong, Dean of Academic Technology & Learning Support, GCC
Karen Kellison, Associate Dean of Instructional Technology, LFCC
Jennifer Lerner, Associate Vice President for e-Learning, NVCC


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TOTAL Workshop Offered by NOVA’s ELI

TOTAL professional development workshops are intended for faculty who teach blended and online courses.

Registration for the July 7 workshops open Monday, June 23 and close at noon, Thursday, July 3.

These workshops are 3 weeks in length

Establishing Social Presence
Facilitating Discussion Forums
VCCS Blackboard Basics

If you need assistance registering through NOVA Academy, please contact Laura Moroz (

If you have questions about the actual workshops, please contact Joan Osborne (, ELI’s Coordinator of Instructional Design and Development.

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Support for Academic Advising

Check out Bryan Brown’s blog on Faculty Advising,

Bryan is an associate professor and faculty advising trainer at NVCC.

NOVA students work with their First Year Advisor throughout the first semester to establish a proper foundation for academic success.  Their work together helps to establish an understanding of how the student properly navigates the policies and procedures of our college.  Furthermore, the First Year Advisor helps students to:

  1. Identify an academic goal.
  2. Choose courses that are appropriate for the program.
  3. Connect with college resources.
  4. Be assigned to a faculty advisor and aid in the transition.

Keri Bowman, the Director of Academic Advising and Planning, created a wonderful guide for faculty advisors as our advising is impacted through the student’s participation in the GPS for Success program.

GPS Advising Guide for Faculty Advisors


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Free Adobe Workshop

You are welcome to learn more about Adobe’s release of Creative Cloud,

July 22, 2014, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.

Registration is required.

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