More Development Opportunities
In addition to the professional development courses offered through Human Resources, employees may take advantage of these other development opportunities and resources at Virginia Tech.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers programs and workshops designed to foster teaching and learning knowledge and skills. Workshop topics include active learning strategies, active listening in the classroom, learner-centered assessment, strategies for teaching large classes, and more. Workshop participation counts toward the Networked Learning Initiative (NLI) computer refresh program.
Virginia Tech has a unique partnership with Gallup, and we’re offering the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment free of charge to all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff. Join more than 33,000 Hokies who have discovered their strengths.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) supports employee efforts to maintain a safe and healthy workplace by providing training, education, and consultation on environmental, health, and safety topics necessary for maintaining a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment.
Free foreign language conversation courses for faculty and staff are offered in the fall and spring semesters, and include Arabic, Chinese (standard Mandarin), Spanish, Italian, German, and French.
Virginia Tech faculty and staff are often called on to provide context to the news of the day or explain cutting-edge research in media interviews. University Relations offers training to assist employees in developing the confidence and skills necessary to be effective in interviews with print, online, and broadcast news outlets.
A centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and graduate students. As a unit of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), NLI facilitates and leverages campus-wide partnerships to offer programming and training opportunities designed to foster technology integration and increase digital fluency for faculty, staff, and students at Virginia Tech. In addition to the Faculty Computer Refresh Program, NLI hosts hundreds of sessions and special events throughout the academic year and over the summer.
- LinkedIn Learning: Provided through VT Learning Technologies, the LinkedIn Learning training library supports over 1200 titles containing more than 69,000 searchable videos retrieved online.
- Safari Tech Books Online: Sponsored by University Libraries, Virginia Tech subscribes to a custom Safari Books Online Library of over 16,000 ebooks and online video titles in the areas of technology, digital media, and business. All of the content on Safari is vetted, reliable and provided by the world's leading publishers and authors. Employees can click here to access Safari Tech Books Online.
Salaried employees who have been with the university for at least 90 days are eligible to apply for tuition assistance. The Tuition Waiver Program applies to full-time and part-time salaried employees who wish to take credit courses at Virginia Tech or other accredited institutions.
Employees have access to all of the resources offered by the University Libraries. Using a Hokie Passport card as a library card, employees (and their spouses and children with a valid photo ID) may check out any of the libraries' circulating items, which include books, journals, videos, dvds, cds, laptops, and iPads. Employees may also visit the libraries to access the internet and/or use computers, take advantage of support and other services.
The Virginia Tech Police Department strives to enhance the safety and quality of life for students, faculty, staff and visitors through effective law enforcement, proactive crime prevention, education, and training in partnership with the university community.