Accepting Applications Now — Apply for Destination 2019 Today

A Message from Wendi Dew, Assistant Vice President, Teaching and Learning

We’re currently accepting applications for Destination 2019, Valencia College’s annual faculty development program that brings faculty members together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges and solutions. This year’s program will begin Friday, May 10, 2019, and all Valencia College faculty members, full-time and part-time, are encouraged to apply.

Destination 2019 will feature multiple experiences that will bring value to faculty who have participated in Destination previously — and those new to the experience. We are planning another robust program with track topics aligned to conversations emerging from the collegewide insight teams and discussions from Big Meeting. Topics will include equity and diversity, inclusive active learning, culturally responsive pedagogy and preparing action research for publication to join national conversations on student success.

Destination 2019 will offer the following tracks:

  • Inclusive Teaching and Equity-minded Practice
  • SEED I: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity
  • SEED II: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity
  • Writing Retreat: Joining the High Impact Conversation

Further details can be found of the Destination webpage. To read about past experiences, click here.

We will also have two special guests join us in May. There will be opportunities to engage with these speakers outside of Destination. Please stay tuned for additional information.

Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D., is a Gardner Institute fellow and an assistant professor of biology at the University of Rhode Island. He is the principal investigator for the SEAS (Science Education And Society) research program. Their research focuses on questions relating to identity constructs, bias, relationships and the effects of those variables on learning in students (from K – PhD). He is ultimately interested in helping to re-frame the education discussion to better address questions of equity and community-building. His work addresses pressing issues such as student retention in STEM fields (especially in higher ed), the under-representation of minority groups in certain STEM fields and the role of affect (instructor and student) in promoting student learning gains. He also uses the results of those efforts to help faculty develop inclusive curricula and sense of community in the classroom.

Saundra McGuire, Ph.D., is director emerita of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Center for Academic Success and retired assistant vice chancellor and professor of chemistry. She is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has traveled the globe promoting successful strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. She has delivered keynote addresses and presented workshops at more than 400 institutions and has been recognized internationally, at the highest levels, for her advances in improving student learning and mentoring students.


To learn more about the Destination 2019 tracks and to apply, click the button below.

Important Note Regarding Compensation for the Summer Program:
All tracks will award $500 for successful completion.* Like Destination 2018, professional development (PD) hours are not offered for this program.

Applications for Destination 2019 close Friday, April 5, 2019, so act fast because seats are limited. Applicants will be notified regarding their participation status by mid-April.

We hope you join us this summer with colleagues from diverse fields in this collegial, immersive, learning experience.

*Your employment status at the time of application will determine compensation. Full-time, non-exempt staff and part-time staff are paid their hourly wage; overtime may be paid, if applicable. Please note that overtime is paid after 40 hours of work, not inclusive of leave or paid time off. If you have any questions about how you would be compensated for participation in the program, please contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

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