The Virginia Western Educational Foundation this fall will award its first endowed chair, the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair. This honor was conceived in 2006 to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Virginia Western Community College. It is named for Don Smith, retired CEO of Roanoke Electric Steel Corp.
Every two years, funds provided by the Chair will be awarded to an outstanding instructor of business administration-related coursework. The honored teacher may use the funds ($5,000 annually, for each of two years) to enhance the quality of their curriculum, facilities or instruction in any way they deem necessary (within VCCS policy). At the end of the honored faculty’s term, he/she is expected to publish a report or provide a public forum in his/her field – a presentation, a workshop, bringing in an outside speaker, etc.
Current full-time or adjunct faculty teaching business administration-related coursework at Virginia Western Community College are eligible to apply.
A completed application must be received by the Educational Foundation by May 29, 2015.
The honored teacher will be notified by Aug. 15, 2015, and the award announced at faculty in-service for the 2015-16 academic year.
How to apply
Click on the Educational Foundation link on VWConnect and download the application form. For more information, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development for the Educational Foundation, at 76281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Carole Tarrant
The Psi Beta - Psychology Club is hosting another Psychology lecture series event this Thursday, April 9th at 3:30 in the Natural Sciences Center. Glen Kent will be talking about the area of Health Psychology which ties in with other psychology specializations, as well as, areas of health care and wellness. If you think your student might be interested please let students know. If interested, please consider join us!
Glenn Kent’s brief bio:
Glenn Kent earned his master’s degree in Neuropsychology and doctoral degree in Health Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught courses on psychology and nutrition. His experience as a university wellness director, health care administrator, personal trainer and fitness entrepreneur speaks to a lifelong commitment to the study of health. Currently, Glenn is a researcher and assistant professor of Health Psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA. His research interests focus on Triune Health, his model of well-being along three dimensions: movement, eating, and psychology. His findings aim to prevent or reduce the causes of chronic diseases, especially obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, in an effort to increase longevity and quality of life. Dr. Kent also recently began exploring the field of behavioral economics, with a focus on answering questions related to decision-making and behavior change in all facets of life. Finally, Glenn is the owner of Fitness Motive, a Roanoke-based health company focusing on psychological approaches to wellness.
The deadline to register the last TOTAL Workshop in Spring 2015 is Friday, April 3. This is 3-week workshop about: Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER). This workshop is a good opportunity to help to fulfill your faculty evaluation plan requirements.
Instructions for Accessing VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:
- Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
- Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
- Enter Keywords: VCCS:TOTAL in the Search Text box. Click Search.
- Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Implementing Open Educational Resources Workshop
- Click on the BRCC section.
- Click Enroll. You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.” You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled: e.g. You enrolled in this item on 1/21/2015.
- After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage: Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.
If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources. If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).
Atomic Learning can help move you and your students from awkward to awesome when using technology. This resource is available to all staff, faculty and students at Virginia Western and covers over 270 applications.
We have scheduled an online webinar about how to use Atomic Learning for faculty and staff on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50 (Will be delivered by Atomic Learning Staff). The webinar is about 50 minutes. We have reserved HR Training Room (F002). You are welcome to join us together to attend the webinar or you can access it online from your office or home.
Webinar Topic: Atomic Learning @ VWCC
Time: Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50
Location: HR Training Room (F002)
Or Access the webinar online at:
1. Please join my meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/524436189
2. Join the conference call:
Dial-in Number: 1-888-205-5513
Guest Passcode: 564384
Meeting ID: 524-436-189
In this training, we will go over the Atomic Learning site, as well bringing the tutorials into your Blackboard courses.
- Logging Into Atomic Learning
- Overview of Searching
- Overview of Series Page
- Sharing outside of Blackboard
- Implementing Atomic Learning into Blackboard
- Adding Atomic Learning Module to a Blackboard Course
- Adding Atomic Learning to Content Area
- Adding Atomic Learning using Mashup Tool
Please join us TODAY for the first college wide Spring Colloquium brought to you by the School of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Our Colloquium will be held today, January 26th, in Whitman Theatre from 12-2:00. We have a great event scheduled! All are welcome. Plan to come and go as your schedule permits. The faculty presenters that we have lined up are as follows:
- Brad Burkholder – A Reading of Published Poems
- Sue Thomas – A Driving Tour With Car-Art (Sue is the Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award)
- Annemarie Carroll – Helping Students Manage Class Anxiety
- Thelma Simpson and Alexander Scott – How We Teach Difficult Grammar Topics in Spanish Class (Thelma is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award)
- Ann Moser and Amy White – Teaching Biology using the novel Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver. A combination of biology and English!
This is a great professional development opportunity and a great way to see what LASS faculty members are doing in the classroom! See you there!
The 7th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Ultimately, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education. Conference website: http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/
When: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 4-6, 2015
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center
Who: Faculty, Administrators and Students
Free Conference Registration: http://www.cideronline.org/confRegistration/