While our students are the soul of the campus, our faculty and staff are the life-blood – keeping the body of the campus moving and working year-round.

Faculty and staff both have an opportunity to engage in a variety of professional development opportunities, both through DSLCC itself as well as the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Some opportunities are listed below:

  • The New Horizons conference is the premier teaching and learning conference of the Virginia Community College System, annually attracting over 1,000 Virginia college faculty, staff, and administrative leaders. The conference serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners of Virginia’s community colleges by enabling and supporting their professional development and interests in teaching, learning, and technology. Learn More at the New Horizons Website
  • The Office of Professional Development for Virginia’s Community Colleges hosts several annual academies and seminars, including:
    • Classified Staff Leadership Academy*
    • Faculty and Administrators Leadership Academy*
    • New Faculty Seminar

*Please note: One attendee per campus is chosen by the president of the college. If you would like to be considered, please make your wishes known to the President’s office.

Learn more about these opportunities and more on the VCCS Professional Development Website

Faculty Development Grant

In addition to the opportunities above, full-time faculty have an additional option available to them.

Through a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Hammond, Sr., in memory of Mr. Hammond’s parents, the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation has established the Mr. & Mrs. W. B. Hammond, Sr. Faculty International Development Grant.


The FDG is a unique professional development opportunity enabling current, full-time teaching faculty at DSLCC to enhance and broaden their expertise through international or domestic educational travel experiences* The purpose of the travel is to provide a concentrated practicum focused on one or more areas of expertise. Faculty will utilize the knowledge and skills learned during their experience to broaden and internationalize their curriculum at DSLCC.

*Preference is given to international travel.

  • Must be a currently employed member of the full-time teaching and, in some cases, administrative faculty with at least one full year of full-time service at DSLCC at the time of travel
  • Develop and present to the College and/or the community, a program regarding the experience within six months of return
  • Must continue as a full-time faculty member for two years after receipt of the grant. For each year or part of a year not in service to the College, 50 percent (50%) of the grant must be repaid.
  • Must complete and submit grant application by December 1st, annually (if no award has been made by the deadline, applications may still be accepted)
  • Documentation of travel costs must be submitted by December 1st of the year in which the travel takes place

Please note that the grant may not be awarded every year.

For more information about this grant, please contact the DSLCC Educational Foundation Office by phone at 540-863-2835 or by email at rthompson@dslcc.edu.