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Faculty and Staff Development

Faculty and Staff Development

As part of the Center for Institutional, Faculty, and Student Success, our team supports VCOM faculty and staff in the areas of teaching effectiveness, research, scholarship, service, and career & life management by offering seminars, workshops, and individual mentoring throughout the academic year. We believe a robust professional development program enhances and sustains the vitality necessary to foster excellence in medical education. Importantly, we promote a culture that values faculty members’ accomplishments.


  • To support faculty in finding their own most effective approaches to teaching and to work to identify and disseminate good teaching practices.
  • To inspire and teach faculty to develop new learning and teaching strategies that engage a diverse student body.
  • To collaborate and provide feedback and consultation with faculty to help them identify methods for improving classroom performance.
  • To educate faculty and assist them to integrate formative assessment strategies into curriculum design.
  • To orient new faculty and provide them with the resources needed to begin instruction and to fully develop their style of teaching.
  • To design and conduct professional development activities, including those driven by College instructional initiatives and faculty interests.
  • To support faculty and administration in educational research and to assess the success of new curriculum or curriculum delivery methods.

Campus Contacts


Deborah BourneDeborah Bourne, MS
Director for Faculty and Staff Development
2265 Kraft Drive, Office 224
Blacksburg, VA 24060
dbourne [at]

Ms. Bourne has been with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2006 as Director of Faculty and Staff Development. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Virginia Intermont College and her Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. As an integral part of The Center for Institutional, Faculty, and Student Success, the faculty development program plays an active and vital role in promoting academic excellence and producing quality students.  



Adrienne Ables

Adrienne Z. Ables, PharmD, MS
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
350 Howard Street, Office 145
aables [at]

Administrative Assistant: mlawrence [at] (Maria Lawrence)

Dr. Ables was appointed Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Rutgers College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina, and Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England. She has been a medical educator for over 25 years. Dr. Ables is passionate about professional development as a contributor to faculty vitality, which she believes is paramount to supporting the institution’s mission.


Jasmine OliverJasmine Oliver, BS
Director for Faculty and Staff Development
910 South Donahue Drive, Office 252
Auburn AL 36832
joliver [at]