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 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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Scholarly Teacher Blog

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

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Lilly Spring International Conference

The call for proposals for the Lilly Spring International Conference is now open through December 15th. The conference is May 28-31, 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Call for Proposals to NISOD Conference

A call for proposals to NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is now available, Those who present will receive a $50 registration discount. The deadline to submit is January 9, 2015.

Registration will open on December 5, 2014. The conference is scheduled for May 23-26, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

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Adobe Education Exchange

Adobe Education Programs for educators

– Adobe Education Programs index:

– Adobe Creativity in Education:

– Adobe ConnectED program:

– Adobe Professional Development:

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NOVA Science Seminar, Nov 21

All Students, Staff and Faculty are cordially invited to a  Science Seminar

Friday, November 21, 2014, 12-1 p.m. CE Theater, Annandale Campus, NOVA

Title:  “Who Loves You Baby? A Brief Look at Plant-Human Relationships.”

By: Prof. Lisa Williams,  Biology Faculty,  Northern Virginia Community College

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.  Light Refreshments and “Meet & Greet the Speaker” in the CE Lower Gallery

Domestication of plants for agriculture is hypothesized to have begun over 12,000 years ago. Prof. Williams’ presentation will focus on the long-term relationships that humans have had with plants. Williams will discuss the four plants Michael Pollan mentioned in his book, “The Botany of Desire”. Building on his plants-eye-view of the world, Williams will describe other plants, whose characteristics we also find especially attractive, those that have or represent beauty, control, intoxication, nourishment, and sweetness.

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA

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Faculty Focus Series on the Flipped Classroom

NOVA’s CETL invites you to join Manassas faculty Laura Jean Bhadra and Maryellen Ryan for a Faculty Focus series on the Flipped Classroom. This event rotates NOVA campuses: Oct 24 – Manassas; Nov 14 – Loudoun; Jan 23 – Woodbridge; Mar 6 – Annandale; and Apr 3 – Alexandria.

Sessions run from 11:30-1 p.m. Register:

For further information:

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Tomorrow’s Professor eMail Newsletter

Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning offers an excellent email newsletter, Tomorrow’s Professor. Join over 50,000 subscribers to read a 1,500 word article about teaching. Rick Reis ( is the editor and shares with you articles of interest. This week’s (#1365) is Making Lectures Unmissible! Some of the suggestions will sound familiar (e.g., avoid death by bullet point; link lectures to assessment; and be kind to learners’ brains.

The next eNewsletter features “The Nature of Self-Directed Learning”

To subscribe,

Here’s my favorite link:


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PD Workshop on Psychological Disorders

NOVA’s Human Resources and NOVACares staff offer a Psychological Disorders workshop on November 6, 9-11 a.m., at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. disability 11.6.14
Please sign up for the training through the NOVA Academy. Keyword: NOVACares

For more information, contact Lamont Edwards at

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Innovations in Teaching and Learning

BRCC hosted the ever popular Fall 2014 Instructional Technology Summit on Friday, October 24. 75 attendees from 7 VCCS colleges participated in this professional development opportunity sponsored in part through a VCCS professional development mini-grant.

Faculty explored new ways to use technology paired with innovative teaching methods to engage today’s 21st century learners.

Many thanks to the organizers:

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VCCS Fellowship and Professorship Programs

It is time for eligible faculty to consider applying for the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program and Commonwealth Professorship Program.

The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program provides paid leave and tuition assistance for doctoral degrees in leadership in higher education or discipline specific programs. The fellowship provides $7,500 in tuition assistance and a leave of absence up to one year to pursue full-time graduate study. Recipients receive three-quarters of their salary during their leave with continuation of insurance, retirement, seniority and other employee benefits.

Those interested in the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Awards should specify the degree they are pursuing and the university they will be attending in their nomination packet. Detailed information is available online.

The Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship Program provides release time and summer stipends over a two-year period for faculty members to complete a self-directed educational project. Recipients can receive up to $7,500 in reimbursable expenses related to their teaching/learning project, a $3,000 stipend for two consecutive summers and release time for four courses over a two-year period.

Those who wish to apply for the Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship Program will need to address the self-directed project that focuses on community college teaching and learning. Detailed information is also available online.

Please remember, each award has very specific eligibility requirements and those interested in applying should review the links for instructions. Please submit your nomination packet for review by the Awards Committee no later than Monday, December 8. Send proposals to Mariella Abanto at

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