Paul Lee professional development grants due Sept. 15

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What ideas are exciting you lately? Anything you want to learn? Anything our campus should be talking more about?

Don’t hold back … your ideas could turn into reality.

The VCCS offers two types of professional development grants for projects you would like to see happen in Spring 2019:

  • The Paul Lee Professional Development Grant, which awards up to 8 credits of time and $5,000 in expenses. (Open to all full-time and adjunct faculty.)
  • The Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grant, with a maximum award of $1,500. (Open to all VCCS employees, including adjunct faculty and classified staff.)

The deadline for applications is Saturday, Sept. 15.

The VCCS suggests the following topics to get your ideas percolating:

  • Initiatives to enhance student success
  • Discipline-specific projects
  • Information literacy
  • Faculty learning communities
  • Student learning communities
  • Initiatives enhancing the use of technology in teaching and learning
  • Best practices in global awareness
  • Pedagogy
  • Leadership development
  • Developmental education
  • Alternative evaluation systems

To review the online application and learn more about these grants, go to https://opd.vccs.edu/awards/grants/

I have also blogged about one idea up for grabs … and the differences between the Paul Lee grants here.

The grants office would be happy to talk through you ideas. Please note all proposals must be reviewed by our office prior to submission. Please contact Marilyn Herbert-Ashton ( mherbert-ashton@virginiawestern.edu | 857-6372) or myself ( sseagle@virginiawestern.edu | 857-76084) for assistance.

LOOKING AHEAD

GrantAwardWho can apply?Project timeframeDeadline
VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development GrantUp to 8 credits of time (most are 3 credits) and $5,000 in expenses. Unallowable expenses: Equipment, supplies, books, software, student activities.Full-time and adjunct facultySpring 2019 Sept. 15, 2018
VCCS Paul Lee Workshop Mini-GrantUp to $1,500. Funds are for conducting a conference/ workshop/ in-service activity, and can include food. Must involve more than one VCCS college.All VCCS employees, including adjunct faculty and classified staff.Spring 2019 Sept. 15, 2018
VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development GrantUp to $2,500. Unallowable expenses: Equipment, supplies, books, software, student activities.Full-time and adjunct facultySummer 2019Feb. 1, 2019
VCCS Paul Lee Workshop Mini-GrantUp to $1,500. Funds are for conducting a conference/ workshop/ in-service activity, and can include food. Must involve more than one VCCS college.All VCCS employees, including adjunct faculty and classified staff.Summer 2019Feb. 1, 2019
VWCC Educational Foundation Innovation GrantUp to $10,000. Funds may not be used to cover student worker labor or student travel requests. Limited funds available for food/hospitality.All VWCC faculty and classified staff, including adjunct faculty and part-time employees.May 2019 to March 2020March 2019

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Stephanie SeagleStephanie Ogilvie Seagle has served as Grant Specialist at Virginia Western since 2016, but she prefers her honorary title: “Chief Joy Officer.” Stephanie spent most of her career at The Roanoke Times, a daily newspaper, where she served in various news and features roles including “Shoptimist” shopping columnist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies at George Mason University and a master’s of arts in liberal studies at Hollins University. Stephanie is a mom to one human daughter and multiple chihuahuas … and is obsessed with reading nonfiction, Halloween, and crafting glow necklaces inspired by the Mill Mountain Star. Glow Roanoke!

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