The Virginia Master Teachers Seminar is held each summer on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College and is sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College. This year is the 24th year for the seminar which will take place July 6 – 10. Teachers from all types of higher learning institutions across the nation and from a variety of academic disciplines attend the event. The sole aim of the seminar is a practical exploration of ways to improve teaching. The focus of discussion and activities for the entire week is innovation and excellence in classroom teaching.
In 1962, Roger Garrison of Westbrook College in Portland, Maine, founded the original seminar on the beliefs that much excellent teaching takes place in American higher education, teachers who are striving toward mastery of their craft have much to share with others, and that bringing teachers together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere to share their successes and their problems will enhance the skills of all. The sole aim of the Virginia Seminar is a practical exploration of ways to improve teaching and since 1962, the concept has enlarged to include programs in over twenty-seven states and in several countries. Diversity is a central theme of the seminar and teachers from varied backgrounds and experiences are recruited. Of course, the common thread found in master teaching is a dedication to the art and craft of classroom teaching. For more information about the 2014 Virginia Master Teacher Seminar, please go to http://www.vamasterteacher.com/ or contact Stephen Walker at Stephen.Walker@southside.edu.
The Virginia Community Colleges Association (VCCA) offers a scholarship for one individual to attend the Virginia Master Teachers Seminar in the name of Dr. Johnnie E. Merritt, the beloved past president of Central Virginia Community College. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please either complete application found at the link below and send a one-page typed overview of your goals and interests in teaching to WJenkins@lfcc.edu or complete the attached application and send to Winona Jenkins, c/o Lord Fairfax Community College, 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645. The VCCA Executive Committee would like to know how attending the Virginia Master Teacher Seminar would enhance your professional goals/interests. Please include specific objectives of your professional development such as instructional technology, collaborative learning, or classroom presentation strategies.
The deadline for submitting your application and essay is May 15, 2014. Selections will be announced no later than May 30, 2014. Applicants will be notified of selections by email.