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CETL Faculty Associate Program

CETL is proud to announce an opportunity for NOVA teaching and professional faculty to serve as CETL Associates on each campus. The CETL Associate Program works to support the NOVA and CETL missions of promoting world-class teaching. 

We're looking for faculty members to serve as knowledgeable allies for excellence in teaching and learning. You should have a high interest in learning about pedagogy and faculty development. You should enjoy working closely and constructively with other faculty on and away from your home campus.

As part of the three-year (reviewed and renewed each semester) program, you will become part of a service-oriented CETL Associate Learning Community in which you grow and share your own teaching and mentor other faculty within the NOVA community.

Your commitment to CETL is exemplified by the following:

The CETL Associate Institute

CETL provides a one-day training institute for the CETL Associate Program at the beginning of the Fall semester of each academic year. This is an orientation to the program. Further training is provided throughout your tenure as well as a one-day Spring retreat.

Face-to-Face Meetings

Participate and contribute constructively in bi-weekly meetings at the CETL Center at the Annandale Campus. Meetings will be held on most Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Between meetings, you will participate in online or email discussions of relevance to pedagogy, faculty development or the CETL program.


FLCs are faculty learning communities. MMCs are mutual mentoring communities. These communities are primarily for new faculty. You will lead a FLC/MMC successfully on your home campus. If budgets allow, these may be funded and you will be able to choose the time.

Faculty Consultations

Faculty Consultations are at the heart of CETL services. Consultations allow you to meet one-on-one with instructors who seek this service; you consult with them in their classrooms and with their students.


Projects are yearly and can be pedagogical in nature or help in making CETL grow. Each project must have a tangible outcome. Projects can be collaborative and can be oriented around the advocates own interests or a CETL need.

Project examples include the following:

  • Preparing and leading a pedagogical workshop
  • Forming departmental level communities of practice and developing videos for MERLOT ELIXR
  • Redesigning the CETL Web page
  • Leading monthly discussions about movies
  • Reviewing and re-evaluating CETL needs assessment

Teaching and Learning Matters Scholarship

Provide reviews and reflections of scholarly articles and post them as blog entries to CETL’s online newsletter 'Teaching and Learning Matters: The CETL Associate.' The topics of the articles are based on the interests of the advocate.


Lead pedagogical activities on your own campuses typified by Pass the Book Clubs or Teaching Squares. Participate in CETL events, including PUP, PUP planning, adjunct professional days, SuperProf awards ceremonies, etc.

In return, you are compensated with release time for one course per semester to dedicate an average of six to nine clock hours to CETL activities per week. You may also ask for a stipend, but you must still dedicate the hours to CETL. If you are interested, please discuss this with your academic dean to negotiate reassigned time and duties for the next academic year.


If you are interested in becoming a CETL Associate, please apply online.

Other advantages may include paid conference traveling, equipment to enhance your teaching skills (e.g. flip cameras, software), and enhanced relationships with colleagues across disciplines and campuses.

For more information about the CETL Associate Program contact CETL at or 703.764.7386 (x 27386).