Visualization Contest

A partnership between Popular Science and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have started a new data visualization contest for 2014 called The Vizzies Challenge.  They are accepting entries up until September 30, 2014.

If you love creating science apps, animating data, or taking macrophotographics, consider entering the 2014 Visualization Challenge. Visualization Challenge participants can submit their entries in one or more of five categories: Photography, Video, Illustration, Posters & Graphics and Games & Apps. The Experts’ Choice winner in each category will be awarded $2,500, and a People’s Choice prize of $1,000 goes to the best overall entry.

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NOVA CETL Offers Teaching Institute











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NISOD Webinar on Workforce Programs

The Ones That Got Away: Identifying Comprehensive Success Measures for Workforce Programs
Kathy Booth, Senior Research Associate, WestEd
Thursday, August 28, 2-3 p.m.

Currently, the completion agenda, the national goal to increase the number of students who complete degrees, certificates, and other credentials, defines student success as the attainment of certificates and degrees issued by higher education institutions. However, this characterization does not tell the whole story. New research shows that many students enter community colleges to build discrete skill sets required for the workplace. For example, some students, without ever completing college, leverage coursework to secure employment or third-party certifications. Significant strides have been made to identify and understand this “skills-builder” group, including Peter Bahr’s studies of course-taking patterns, research done by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and reports from Georgetown University and the National Census Bureau. Together, these various data sources can help us identify and quantify the successes of a group of students who otherwise are classified as failures. The webinar facilitator discusses the findings of these research efforts and their implications for the broad-based reform movement to increase the number of students graduating from our nation’s colleges and universities.

This webinar is free to NISOD member colleges.
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VCCS Faculty and Administrators Leadership Academy

Faculty and Administrators Leadership Academy is September 22-25, 2014 in South Boston, Virginia.

Nominees were confirmed August 1

  • Limited to one faculty member or administrator per Virginia community college campus (per campus, not per college)
  • The academy is by invitation only, and presidential nomination only
  • The VCCS Office of Professional Development will support the full tuition for one attendee per campus, but colleges are responsible for supporting participants’ travel costs
  • Participants should come prepared to participate fully in the entire academy

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership
What Makes a Leader?
Managing Oneself
eading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

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Magna Faculty Focus Enewsletter

Magna Publications offers free enewsletters with articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom. To subscribe, go to

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VCCS Professional Development Grants

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

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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TED MED September 10-12

What lies on the other side of self-imposed limitations? Ideas that redefine boundaries and accelerate progress. Lab diagnostics at your neighborhood pharmacy that use a single drop of blood. A breathtakingly simple way to stop HIV/AIDS in its tracks. A completely counterintuitive way to address doctor shortages in developing countries. An endurance feat so extreme that it redefines the phrase “will to succeed.”

The speakers in this session will make you rethink the limits of what is possible–join us this September 10th-12th for TEDMED 2014,

The seminar is being hosted in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA. Applications to attend are now open. To attend as a delegate, the registration fee is $4,950.

TEDMED is available for free to thousands of medical organizations, academic institutions, teaching hospitals, non-profit organizations, and government facilities worldwide. It is sponsored by Stanford Medicine and the University of California.

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VCCS New Faculty Seminar

The VCCS New Faculty Seminar is scheduled for November 13-14.

To learn more, GCC and NOVA faculty contact your college Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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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VCCS Peer Group Meetings

Discipline Dates Chairs & Co-Chairs
World Languages Sept. 26-27 Isi Kessel,
Information Systems Technologies Oct. 2-3 Dorothy Connelly,
Jim Bell,
Accounting/Business/Economics Oct. 9-10 ACC: Nauri Ahmend,
BUS: Kelly Gillerlain,
ECO: Paul Weitzel,
English & ESL Nov. 6-7 Abby Montgomery,
Co-chair position open
Science Oct. 17-18 Jim Holden,
Nursing & Allied Health and Physical Education Oct. 23-24 Susan Hunter,
Elaine Beaupre,
PE: Brian Clark,
New Faculty Seminar Nov. 13-14 Office of Professional Development,
Global Studies/Sociology Nov. 20-21 Global Studies open
SOC: Heidi Morehead,
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Advising Training for NOVA Faculty

NOVA’s Bryan Brown has published a comprehensive list of offerings for NOVA faculty interested in advising.

Become a master advisor and earn advising certificates in transfer information, retention, career advising and exploration, financial aid, international students, disabilities, concepts and issues with specialized populations, interpersonal skills, student development, technology and FERPA.

For information on upcoming trainings please e-mail Dr. Bryan Brown, the Director of Faculty Advising Training at

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