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Faculty members from Dundee College in Scotland to visit NOVA-Alexandria

History instructor to lecture on Scottish history at Alexandria Campus

A pair of faculty members from Dundee College in Scotland will visit Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus from June 17 through June 22. The goal of the visit is to provide NOVA students with higher education opportunities, offer NOVA faculty new avenues for professional development and also strengthen the bond between the cities of Alexandria and Dundee.

“If the city of Dundee and the city of Alexandria are sister cities, then NOVA and Dundee College are first cousins and it is time we strengthened the family ties,” said Dr. Jimmie McClellan, liberal arts dean at NOVA-Alexandria. “We hope to continue with the student and faculty exchanges that began last year and to team-teach courses using live video links between Virginia and Scotland. These exchanges will enrich the learning experience on both sides of the Atlantic.”

“Where distance once divided us, technology now unites us,” he added.

John Hayes, a senior lecturer in history and political science, and Simon Hewitt, curriculum manager of the computing and creative media department, both from Dundee College, will participate in various activities including touring NOVA, the Washington, D.C. region and visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park.

On June 18, Hayes will discuss how the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland united to create a single, united kingdom called Great Britain with a lecture entitled “Bought and Sold for English Gold: The Act of Union 1707.” The lecture will take place at 1 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Bisdorf Building, Room 196.

The lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Institute for Public Service at the Alexandria Campus.

During their visit, Hayes and Hewitt are also expected to meet with faculty and staff to discuss how the colleges can work together. Several ideas such as video-linking NOVA and Dundee classes, facilitating student and faculty exchanges and sharing best teaching practices will be explored.

Some of these ideas began to take root after McClellan visited Dundee in March 2012 to lecture on the Civil Rights Movement at the University of Dundee and the American electoral process at Dundee College. Earlier this year, NOVA sent two faculty members to Dundee College to serve as guest lecturers and begin discussions on how best to develop a formal relationship and potential articulation agreements.

For more information about the lecture, contact Linda Rodriguez, coordinator, Institute for Public Service at 703-933-8099 or lirodriguez@nvcc.edu

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.