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Greater Washington D.C. Area Faculty Services

Support for faculty in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area

Work-life Liaisons Support

Work-Life Liaisons support the faculty recruitment efforts in each college by meeting individually with candidates to discuss Virginia Tech’s dual career resources, extend-the-tenure-clock policies, modified duties polices, commitment to diversity, community resources, and to refer candidates to appropriate resources for additional information. These meetings are confidential and separate from the formal search process.

Recruitment Matching Grants

The Recruitment Matching Grant is designed to support faculty recruitment efforts through building or expanding connections between Virginia Tech and outstanding scholars from other institutions who are historically underrepresented in their disciplines. Financial support is available for creative and innovative recruitment activities to attract early- to mid-career professionals to Virginia Tech outside the usual search process.

Contact: Leslie Sullivan and Anna LoMascolo

Dual Career

Virginia Tech recognizes that meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a key factor in recruiting and retaining new faculty. Many prospective candidates for faculty positions at Virginia Tech have spouses or partners who are also seeking employment. The Dual Career Program hopes to bring a new level of support to couples and their families when considering new employment opportunities within the university.

Contact: dualcareers@vt.edu

Elements adoption, support, training, customization for different user groups

Virginia Tech uses an electronic faculty activity data system to collect and manage information about research and scholarship, creative works, teaching, extension, outreach, and service activities. This system, based on Symplectic Elements, automates the production of annual faculty activity reports, promotion and tenure dossiers, and CVs, as well as department, college, and university level reports. The system also enables deposit and claiming of scholarly works in the VTechWorks institutional repository and will feed public web profiles using CollabVT.

Faculty Recognition

The university encourages, supports, and recognizes outstanding and diverse faculty through a variety of awards and recognition programs.

  • The Academies of Faculty Service and Faculty Leadership recognize exemplary contributions of faculty members (all types: instructional, research, and administrative and professional) in formal service roles or in the area of leadership.
  • The Alumni Distinguished Professorship (ADP), the University Distinguished Professorship (UDP), and the William E. Lavery Professorship are three different ways exceptional faculty members are recognized by the university and the Board of Visitors for their scholarly achievements, contributions, and distinguished careers within each professorship’s appointment guidelines.
  • Endowed chairs, professorships, and fellowships are established by a donor who provides an endowment to support the salary and/or operating funds of the professor.
  • The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost encourages and supports the nomination of faculty members for national and international awards, fellowships, and other recognition opportunities.
  • Virginia Tech recognizes faculty excellence through a variety of other awards.

Faculty writing retreats and writing groups

Faculty writing retreats provide a time and place for faculty to focus on specific productivity goal in an environment of support and accountability and an opportunity to develop a network of peers outside of their departments or colleges.

All Virginia Tech faculty (tenured or tenure-track, collegiate, continued appointment or continued appointment track, research, extension, clinical, instructors, adjuncts) are invited to participate.

New Faculty Mentoring Grants

The Executive Vice President and Provost and the deans of each college provide funds to support a mentoring program for newly appointed tenure-track assistant professors, clinical assistant professors, assistant professors of practice, collegiate assistant professors, and University Libraries professional assistant professors on the continued-appointment track.

Contact: facultymentoring@vt.edu

New Faculty resources

New faculty welcome videos from Academic Vice Presidents, faculty type informational videos, Human Resources information, Faculty Resources, and community and other helpful resources.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

CETL partners with faculty and instructors to support the design, development, and implementation of learner-centered instruction.

Contact: teaching@vt.edu

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies

Find out how technology-rich learning environments and learning experiences can help you improve student learning. Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies is here to help you learn the tools and techniques you need to innovate in your classroom.

Contact: tlos@vt.edu

University Ombuds

The Ombuds Program, officially named the Virginia Tech Office of Interactive Communication & Empowerment (VOICE), helps you navigate through that sea of conflict when it comes up. We offer tools, strategies and techniques that can help you go from where you are to where you want to be. If this is something valuable to you, reach out and we look forward to being of service.

Contact: ombuds@vt.edu and 540-231-3125

Academic Leaders Program (by nomination, fall semesters)

What began several years ago as a two-day orientation held in the late summer for new department heads has now evolved into a semester-long series of networking and learning workshops designed for new and aspiring academic leaders. The program kicks off with a full-day workshop in mid-August, and continues throughout the fall semester with a series of shorter workshops and discussions. This Academic Leaders Program is offered not just for new department heads (though they remain a key target audience), but to anyone in an academic leadership role—at any level—who may benefit from the topics covered as well as networking with other campus leaders. Faculty who are being developed for or may be considering future leadership roles are also welcome to attend.

Contact: Amy Hogan

The Dual Career Program assists in the academic recruitment process, meeting with dual career partners as they decide to join Virginia Tech by phone or Zoom

  • Assist with dual career bridge funding working with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Circulate resumes and CVs 
  • Ongoing assistance for dual career partners who have committed to Virginia Tech and seek job search assistance, upgrade application materials, letters of introduction to campus and business employers
  • Upgrade dual career resources, training materials and social media outreach

Contact: dualcareers@vt.edu

Founded in 1994, the Women’s Center’s mission is to promote a Virginia Tech community that is safe, equitable, and supportive for women and that celebrates the experiences, achievements and diversity. As a unit of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, we serve Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff. The center serves as a resource for the university and surrounding community on gender-related and women’s issues; sponsors educational programs and events that raise awareness of women’s issues; and serves as an on-campus focal point for services for survivors, their friends and families.

The Women's Center operates with a commitment to social justice and gender equity. We aim to use our platform for change, not only in voice and thought, but in action, resources, and support.

Programming has moved to social media campaigns and digital celebrations; the Women’s Center is exploring remote options for Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Programs (WLMP), 2020-21 academic year programming, and developing remote options for “physical distancing, social connection.”

Contact: 540-231-7806

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides a comprehensive array of support services for faculty and staff as they pursue and manage external funding projects.

Contact: osp@vt.edu

Talent Development

Talent Development empowers and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce to achieve their potential and engage as champions of positive change for the future by investing in the talent at Virginia Tech with strategic, high-impact professional development programs.

Talent Development is committed to providing professional development opportunities to help employees claim their role to achieve the aspirations of the university by fostering a continuous learning culture.