Paul Lee professional development grants due Feb. 1

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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 Summer 2019:

  • The Paul Lee Professional Development Grant, which awards up to $2,500 in the summer. (Open to all full-time and adjunct faculty.) Unallowable expenses include equipment, supplies, books, software, and student activities.
  • The Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grant, with a maximum award of $1,500. (Open to all VCCS employees, including adjunct faculty and classified staff.) Funds are for conducting a conference/ workshop/ in-service activity, and can include food. The event must involve more than one VCCS college.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 1.

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

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 ( | 857-6372) or myself ( | 857-76084) for assistance.

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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!