Instructional Excellence Academy

The Instructional Excellence Academy is open to full-time teaching faculty with five
or less years of teaching experience.

A Focused Experience

Colleges are encouraged to nominate candidates who are eager to enhance their pedagogical skills and student engagement.
The academy will include a 2-day in service in Richmond and three webinars.

40 participants will be selected (one from each college campus) each year.


These individuals are believed to:

  • Have high potential
  • Exemplify a commitment to the VCCS core mission
  • Have interest in developing their instructional skillset
  • Have a strong commitment to student engagement

Who May Apply

VCCS teaching faculty with five or less years of teaching experience may apply. All faculty must be nominated by their college president or executive vice president.

What You Will Learn

Building upon your professional experience, you will learn classroom management skills, explore topics in diversity and inclusion, and deepen your pedagogical knowledge to enhance student learning.

Your Level of Investment

Academy participants will attend a two-day working seminar in Richmond and three webinars.


October 5, 2018 – Deadline for college nominations

October 12, 2018 – Deadline for confirmed nominees to register online

October 19, 2018 – Deadline for participants to make hotel reservations

Academy Location

Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236


Lodging, Meals and Travel Costs

Lodging costs for the October meeting in Richmond will be covered for academy participants whose work locations are more than 50 miles from the in person meetings. Colleges will be responsible for all travel costs and per diem not covered for in person meetings.


Registration, Lodging, & Meal Information

Information will be provided to confirmed nominees directly.

Program Outline





November 8, 2018

10:00 am to 5:00pm

Virginia Community College System 300 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236

Instructional Excellence Academy

November 9, 2018

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Virginia Community College System 300 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236

Instructional Excellence Academy




Topics in Teaching

Program Description

Instructional Excellence Academy

  • Participants will engage in two days of foundational work, including presentations, facilitated discussions, and networking.



  • Participants will attend three webinar meetings presented on specific topics related to teaching concepts.