Student Development Faculty Professional Development

Communication Studies and Theatre Professor Natalie Safley facilitates a breakout session on communication skills.

On August 15, the Student Development (SDV) faculty cluster held its third annual training at the Medical Education Campus. Eighty-one SDV faculty members participated in morning and/or afternoon sessions which mirrored the Achieving the Dream Faculty Symposium held last spring semester. After welcoming remarks from Dean of Students Mark Kidd (MA) and SDV Faculty Cluster Chair Kimberly Burkle (CS), the participants had the opportunity to select three SDV sessions.

Led by counselors, teaching faculty and administrators, SDV faculty members shared instructional/ engagement activities and classroom assessment techniques related to the new Virginia Community College System (VCCS) SDV Student Learning Outcomes. The topics included Career Exploration, Curricular Offerings, Learning Styles, Financial Literacy, Communication Skills, and Stress Management. Results of the discussions have been posted on the SDV Faculty Blackboard site.

Special thanks to Mindy Hemmelman (MEC), chair of the SDV Faculty Professional Development Committee, Nan Peck (CS) and all participating facilitators: Kathleen Lloyd (AN), LaKeesha Easterling (AN), Raymond Jones (AN), Christina Hubbard (CS), Christy Jensen (CS), Burkle, Natalie Safley (LO), Sherri Anna Robinson (MEC), Tanya Ingram (WO) and Fran Troy (CS).

Upcoming professional development opportunities will be shared with SDV faculty in the near future. If you are not included on the SDV faculty email distribution list and the SDV faculty Blackboard site, contact Burkle at A SDV session will be offered at the Student Services Convocation on Friday, September 30 at the Annandale Campus for all interested participants.

The VCCS SDV Peer Conference will be held October 20 to 21 in Richmond, Virginia, and conference registration has started. More details about registration and lodging can be found on the VCCS website under “Professional Development.”