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What is the VPDC, Anyway?

As a member of ACL, you have undoubtedly received numerous emails informing you about webinars or coffee chats or book reads organized by the VPD Committee. The Virtual Professional Development Committee (VPD for short) is responsible for developing professional development experiences for our members throughout the year.  All of our events are held virtually (Zoom), whether as a formal webinar, a hands-on workshop or an informal chat.  We develop our topics based on ideas that come from YOU, the members of ACL (whether drawn from a survey, lively discussions at the annual conference, or ideas suggested to our members).  We are always open to new ideas/topics and we urge you to let us know about topics that you feel are missing and/or that you might be willing to present.  
Use this Google form to share your ideas!
What happens when you suggest a topic?
  1. We reach out to you to gather additional information on the topic and to see if you might be willing (or know of someone who might be willing) to become involved with the presentation.
  2. The topic is brought to the VPD Committee for discussion at one of our monthly meetings.  If the Committee members are excited by this idea (and we are very excited by member ideas), one member of the Committee will agree to follow up with you or your proposed presenter to develop out the idea into a program.
  3. We will work with you to determine what type of program (coffee chat, workshop, webinar, community read)* would best fit the topic as format and identify times, learning outcomes and presenters. Your VPD contact will work with you throughout the program all the way through to presentation and outcomes assessment.
*See our webpage for a full description of each format.
What types of programs do we develop?
We are open to any topic that would (1) advance the professional development of our member organizations’ staffs or (2) advance the work of our member organizations’ institutions (members’ members). Recent topics include:
  • A webinar on managing board relations
  • A coffee chat on how consortia can lead in DEI
  • A webinar on enhancing faculty research collaboration across members schools
  • A coffee chat on how you can create policies to “sunset” consortial programs
We urge you to share your ideas and your talent.  We are always looking for ideas that are directed towards members NEW to consortia as well as to program directors and senior consortial leaders.
Vicki McGillin, Chair VPD