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Vol State Teaching & Learning Center

Teaching & Learning Center: PD

The Teaching and Learning Center provides Vol State faculty with resources to help them professionally.


 Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

PD @ Vol State

Professional Development & Training Calendar

Conferences and Workshops

Southwest Tennessee Community College 20th Annual Summer Institute (May 10-July 28)

  • Location: Virtual and In-Person at SWCC in Memphis, TN
  • Cost: Free
  • Host: Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Date: Begins May 10th and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 28th
  • Notes: Click the image or link below to download the full schedule with links to virtual sessions.

Institute on HIPs and Student Success (June 14-17) 

  • Location: Virtual
  • Host: American Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Registration: $5,000 per five-member team from AAC&U
  • Notes: Building institutional capacity to achieve quality, equity, and student engagement goals through the design, implementation, and assessment of high-impact practices (HIPs)

HIPs One-Day Summer Institute (June 28)

  • Location: In-person, Chattanooga
  • Cost: Free
  • Host: Chattanooga State Community College
  • Date: June 28, 8:30AM -- 4:30PM EST
  • Notes: Click the image below to register and get the event flyer.

Click image of event logos to download the event flyer with registration

Open Education Conference (October 17-20) 

  • Location: Virtual
  • Host: Partners include Rice University’s OpenStax, SPARC, the Colorado Department of Higher Education OER Council, and the University System of Maryland’s Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation.
  • Registration: TBA
  • Theme: Rise to Action, focusing on ways to advance open education work. 

Pellissippi State’s Virtual Distance Learning Conference (June 22) 

  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)
  • Host: Pellissippi State Community College
  • Registration: Registration is free
  • Theme: Un-Distancing Distance Education: Creating Space for Meaning, Connection, and Shared Humanity
  • Topics:
    • Student Connections & Engagement
    • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Populations
    • Assessment in the Online Environment
    • Successful First Encounters in Online Classes
    • Accessibility Success Stories
    • Managing Your Online Classes

USDLA National Conference (July 18-21) 

  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Host: United States Distance Learning Association
  • Registration: $450
  • Theme: All Aboard the Distance Learning Train

2022 Jumpstart Conference (August 1, 9:00am-4:00pm CST)

  • Location: Virtual
  • Host: Vanderbilt University, Initiative for Race Research and Justice
  • Registration: $20 General; $10 Student
    •  Book included with registration
  • Theme: Racial Justice Work in the Midst of Policies and Practices Designed to Maintain Inequity

2022 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference (August 3-5)

  • Location: Virtual
  • Host: University Professional and Continuing Education Association and the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Registration: Early registration through June 8, $375; Regular registration, $425

2022 Assessment Institute (Oct 9-22) 

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Host: The Assessment Institute, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Registration: Early registration ends June 30, 2022, $345/person; regular registration: $375/person
  • Notes: The oldest and largest higher education event focused on assessment and improvement

Education Programs

ETSU Higher Education Teaching Graduate Certificate


This 15-credit program provides specific pedagogical, andragogical, and curriculum design tools for the higher education environment. The focus is to further educate college and university faculty and those who seek higher education teaching positions.


Dr. Jill Channing, Graduate Coordinator, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

  • Email:
  • Phone: (423) 439-7617
Semester Application Deadlines
  • Fall: August 10
  • Summer: May 15
  • Spring: December 15


ETSU Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate


ETSU is accepting applications for its post-master's graduate certificate program in Community College Leadership. Course content will be delivered online with weekend seminar experiences available.


Dr. Jill Channing, Graduate Coordinator, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

  • Email:
  • Phone: (423) 439-7617
Semester Application Deadlines
  • Fall: August 10
  • Summer: May 15
  • Spring: December 15



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