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COVID-19 Response and Resources

COVID-19 Response and Resources

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is placing the health and welfare of our VCOM community and the communities in which we reside as our main concern.  More information.

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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 and 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.

Faculty and Staff Development Sessions

Staff members are integral to VCOM’s culture of excellence. The department facilitates continuous improvement among staff by providing an array of professional development opportunities that will enhance employee growth. Examples of these sessions include relationship-building, improving communication, self-awareness, health and wellness, and organizational learning.


Deborah Bourne, MS

Director for Faculty and Staff Development
2265 Kraft Drive, Office 224
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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.



Jasmine K. Oliver, BS

Director for Faculty and Staff Development
910 South Donahue Drive, Office 252
Auburn AL 36832