Professional Development

There are a variety of resources available to employees that can help improve skills, provide additional insight and knowledge, and allow employees to continue their workplace learning.

Human Resources' Professional Development

Human Resources' Professional Development oversees the development and delivery of the professional development programs and consulting service offered to all Virginia Tech employees. The group hosts about 120 workshops each year that cover a variety of topics, such as “Collaborative Problem Solving,” “Critical Thinking Skills,” “Leading Change,” and “Project Management.” They also host several cohort programs, including the Management Academy and the Executive Development Institute.

Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI)

Networked Learning Initiatives is a centralized, cross-discipline professional development program available to all faculty and graduate students.

Foreign Language Courses

Free foreign language conversation courses for faculty and staff are offered in the fall and spring semesters, and include Arabic, Chinese (standard Mandarin), Spanish, Italian, German, and French.

Diversity Development

Diversity Development is designed to enhance university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts contributing to the core mission of Virginia Tech. With a focus on cultivating competencies through awareness, personal engagement, and professional development seminars, Diversity Development works to foster a more inclusive university environment.

All employees have free unlimited access to, a website that offers a library of nearly 70,000 instructional videos. The video tutorials include software, creative, and business skills taught by industry experts and are accessible via a desktop/laptop computer or mobile device.

Safari Books Online

Sponsored by University Libraries, Virginia Tech subscribes to a custom Safari Books Online Library of over 16,000 ebooks and online video titles in the areas of technology, digital media, and business.