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Explore our Academies and Seminars, including the Classified Staff Leadership Academy and Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy.


Professional Development Grants

Find grant opportunities, including Paul Lee Professional Development Grants and Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grants.


Peer Groups

Join colleagues in your discipline from across the VCCS for two-day mini-conferences that feature exciting sessions, speakers, and opportunities for networking.


Inquiry is an annual peer-reviewed journal that publishes original works of scholarship by VCCS faculty and staff.

New Issue Now Available!
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Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence

The VCCS offers five Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence that provide high-quality professional development programs related to teaching, learning, and technology.



The VCCS offers several awards and scholarships to eligible faculty. Learn more about these exciting programs to further your career.


2018 VCCS New Horizons Conference

New Horizons is the premier teaching and learning conference of the Virginia Community College System. More details coming soon!

Date: April 11-13, 2018

Location: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

Featured Resource:
Chancellor's Professional Reading List

New! This curated list includes professional development book recommendations from VCCS college presidents and the VCCS Chancellor in the categories of education and leadership.

The Virginia Community College System Office of Professional Development (OPD) provides a cutting edge professional development program for faculty, staff and administrative leaders who lead and support student success efforts across Virginia’s 23 colleges, with 40 campus locations throughout the state of Virginia.

OPD aims to achieve the highest system-wide standards for excellence in professional development, providing a strategic, long-term vision and pedagogically advanced, culturally inspired, and academically rigorous programming that drives faculty and institutional excellence in Virginia’s Community Colleges.

OPD programs serve more than 2,000 full-time faculty, 9,000 adjunct faculty, and 3,000 classified staff, providing a robust, multi-faceted professional development program that supports outstanding teaching and learning; addresses the diverse needs and expectations of educators; explores the intersection of innovative technologies with classroom and student success; and resolves pressing workforce development, business and community demands.

OPD In the News

Redeveloping VCCS Professional Development

by Shauna Davis, executive director, VCCS Student Success Center and Office of Professional Development Often in the VCCS, we discuss the aspirations and value of our credential programs, the impact of changing the lives of our students and the role of higher education in shaping the communities we serve. Our goals are lofty, our mandates are challenging, and our student needs are increasing exponentially. Whether we are working to improve dual enrollment, developing math pathways,...[READ MORE]

March 6, 2018

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT: Peer Conferences: VCCS Nucleus for Faculty Engagement

May 15, 2017

AWARD-WINNING FACULTY: Outstanding Professors Honored

May 2, 2017

Best Practices Win Big Awards!

April 17, 2017

Inaugural Leadership Award Recognizes Outstanding Adjunct Professors

November 28, 2016


November 11, 2016


Questions about professional development opportunities at your college? Every college has a presidentially appointed Professional Development Committee (PDC) representative who is your campus voice, and serves as a liaison to the VCCS Office of Professional Development. Select your college below and click the button to find your PDC member and contact them for more information.


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Contact Us!

Shauna Davis / / (804) 819-4795
Executive Director Student Success Center, Office of Professional Development
Nancy Harris / / (804) 819-4687
Programs Manager
Sandy Gharib / / (804) 819-4966
Coordinator, Learning & Development
Jenese Reid Thomas / /
Multimedia Designer



George B. Vaughan Leadership Award Applications September 1, 2017
Paul Lee Spring 2018 Professional Development Grant Applications September 15, 2017


Faculty & Administrators Leadership Academy
JTCC, Midlothian, VA
September 20 - 21, 2017
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts; Administration of Justice; American Sign Language; Culinary Arts; Psychology; Sociology
Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA
October 19 - 20, 2017
Developmental Education; Student Services; Learning Assistance Professionals; Early Childhood Education
Virginia Crossings, Glen Allen, VA
November 16 - 17, 2017


New Regional Center events are added as details become available. Please check the OPD website for updates and new professional development opportunities.

Central Virginia Region

Cell Phone Addiction - The Role of Cell Phones in the Classroom from a Biopsychosocial Perspecive at Virginia Western Community College in the Fralin Center (HP 208/210)
February 9, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Empathic Teaching and Student Success
Central Virginia Community College in Merrit Hall, Multipurpose Room 5124-5125
March 30, 2018
10:30 am – 3:15 pm
Mid-Central Virginia Region

The Power of Connection: Cultural Competence, Teacher Efficacy, and Student Outcomes Reynolds Community College - Parham Road campus in the Workforce Development Center, Gallery (1651 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228)
December 1, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Enhancing Enrollment through Effective Recruitment and Retention Practices
John Tyler Community College – Midlothian campus (NOT the Chester Campus) in Hamel Hall, Room H109
February 23, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Northern Virginia Region

Working with Millennial Students
Northern Virginia Community College - Manassas campus in the Battleview Room 223/227
October 27, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cheating 101
Lord Fairfax Community College - Middletown Campus in Corron Building Event Room, 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645
November 3, 2017
9:45 am - 1:30 pm
Who's in the Classroom? Promoting a Community of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all
Germanna Community College - Fredericksburg Campus in the Workforce and Technology Center, 1000 Germanna Point Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
March 2, 2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Southwest Virginia Region

Assessment Design/NILOA Workshop
Goodloe Center, MECC
August 17th, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Southwest Virginia Community College in the Dellinger Hall, DE 118
October 24, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Generation ZZZ...Holding their interest through case based learning
Southwest Virginia Community College in Dellinger Hall, DE 118
Nov. 3, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Impact of Economic Class on Student Success: Understanding & Engaging Under-Resourced Students
New River Community College in Mall Site, 149
January 12, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Diversity 101
Wytheville Community College in Galax Hall 201/202
January 19, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
What is the Learner Doing? A Conceptual Model for Using Mobile Technology
Virginia Highlands Community College in ISC 130
February 14, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Tidewater Virginia Region

Teaching African-American Students
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton Campus, Moore Hall, Espada Room
Sept. 22, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Faculty Colloquium for Excellence and Innovation
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton Campus
Jan. 3, 2018
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Impact of Socio-Economic Class on Student Success
Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton Campus in the Wythe Hall Library Gallery
February 9, 2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Assignment Design Workshop
Tidewater Community College - Virginia Beach campus in the Student Center, Room K320
March 2, 2018
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World - 3rd Annual Student Success Symposium
Paul D. Camp Community College - Franklin Campus in the Regional Workforce Development Center (100 North College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851)
March 16, 2018
9:30 am - 2:30 pm