News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
October 4th, 2016

Best-selling author & CHS Alum, David Baldacci, joined Poli Sci to discuss their experiences at VCU ahd talk election!

College Welcomes Assistant Dean

The College would like to welcome Kate Nash as the new Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Kate will have a part-time appointment within the CHS Office of Student Services, while also maintaining some of her duties as Associate Professor in the Department of English. Kate has been at VCU for nine years and in that time frame has served in many important roles in the academic affairs area, gaining expertise that will guide her in her new role as Interim Assistant Dean. Congratulations Kate!

Call for Applications: Dean's Fellows

The College is now accepting applications for Dean's Fellows, who will be engaged in a variety of leadership activities in the College and on campus. Each position will be a paid faculty fellowship for one year with a possibility of renewal for a second year. Applications are encouraged especially from underrepresented faculty. Each Fellow must possess strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, in addition to demonstrated experience or commitment to working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment as a faculty member at VCU. Applications are due by November 1st. Learn more.

"Why Trust the Cops?" Open Forum

VCU Police Chief John Venuti and representatives from local and federal law enforcement agencies will talk about policing with a purpose, building trust, and community-engaged policing. Chief Venuti invites dialogue and questions about policing, safety, and the role of a police department in the community. The event is free and open to the public. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom A.

The Struggle for LGBTQ Recognition

The Humanities Research Center along with other co-sponsors presents the first lecture of the Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU series on October 4th at noon in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall. A panel of current VCU faculty, students, and alumni will tell the story of what prompted the lawsuit against VCU’s Board of Visitors, the events leading to eventual victory in 1976, and share memories of life for LGBTQ students in the 70s. This event will be followed by a reception and the 2016 Burnside Watstein LGBTQ Awards Ceremony at 3pm. Learn more.

Be Recognized for Your Scholarly Work

Every year the College honors Faculty Authors, Scholarly Award Winners and Principal Investigators of major grants at our Faculty Scholarship Reception. If you were the primary author or editor of a book published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, or if you were the winner of a national award presented during the same period to recognize scholarship or scholarly works, please complete this form. If you have published more than one book or won multiple awards, please complete a separate form for each work you feel deserves recognition. Please share this information with your colleagues!

College Appoints 2 Interim Chairs

The College is pleased to announce the appointment of Bonnie Brown, Interim Chair for Biology, and Joann Richardson, Interim Chair for Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Bonnie joined VCU in 1991. She is a Professor of Biology and has served as Associate Chair of Biology since 2009. Joann joined VCU in 1998, and is an Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Program Coordinator for the Health Sciences concentration in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Congratulations to both!

Join the Leadership Development Team

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is now accepting applications for our VCU Leadership Development Program, to develop approximately 30 current and emerging leaders each year at VCU who represent the academic and administrative units. For more information about our programs, or to recommend a talented colleague from your unit. Learn more.

Native American Speaker Series

The Humanities Research Center presents their Native American Knowledge and the Environment Speaker Series featuring Dr. Deborah McGregor on October 6th. Dr. McGregor's lecture on Applying Indigenous Legal Traditions to Conceptualizing Water Justice, will start at 5:00PM in VCU Globe (830 W Grace St), room 1030J. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Battleground Virginia Lecture

On Tuesday, October 4th the Robertson School will be hosting Andrew Cain, political editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, to discuss the Vice Presidential debate. The Battleground Virginia event will start at 9:30am in Temple, room 2211. Admission is free and all are welcome! Learn more.

First Fridays: Oscar Wilde in Prison

English will host a lecture by Professor Nick Frankel as a part on their First Friday Lecture Series. The lecture will take place Friday, October 7th at 3:00PM in Hibbs 308. Frankel's talk on Oscar Wilde in Prison, is free and open to the public. Learn more.

More News . . .

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SWS: What's the real story behind exorcisms? Dr. Chesnut explains.

Accomplished alumni reflect on their careers and the role VCU played in their success

Monroe Park renovations to begin in November

Robertson School: Presidential race speaker series at VCU

Alumni comic artists Charles Vess and Reilly Brown explain how they were drawn to careers as illustrators


Recipients of HRC Grants Announced

The Humanities Research Center announced the 2016 - 2017 recipients of their annual research grants. These grants foster excellence in research and creative scholarship by providing funds to support direct research costs incurred by faculty. For a full list of recipients please read more.
Congratulations to all faculty on your achievement!

Dean Fuentes Featured for Hispanic Heritage Month

Latin@s and Hispanics in Mathematical Sciences (Lathisms) recently featured Dean Fuentes for Hispanic Heritage Month. Lathisms provide an accessible platform that features prominently the extent of the research and mentoring contributions of Latin@s and Hispanics in different areas of the Mathematical Sciences. Read more. Congratulations Dean Fuentes!

President's Forum on Social Justice

Dr. Michael Rao is hosting a President's Forum on Social Justice to improve shared efforts around diversity and inclusion. There are three different 2-hour sessions that will be held on October 13th in the Commonwealth Ballrooms. This forum continues conversations held in the spring and offers faculty, staff, and students another chance to share their voices on critically important issues for our community. RSVP for one of these sessions and learn more.

Plan Ahead for Upcoming Events

The College's Event Planner, Janelle Scutt, will be out of the office from October 18th until November 1st. If you know of any upcoming events that you will need help with during that time, please contact her before Friday, October 14th. You can email her or call her at 828-1396.  Thank you!

Spring 2018 Residential Fellowships

The Humanities Research Center’s Residential Fellowship Program gives four faculty members who are working on related topics release from all teaching responsibilities in the Spring Semester so that they can focus on their individual research projects and at the same time engage regularly with each other. All tenured and tenure-eligible members of faculty in the humanities at VCU are eligible to apply. Members of faculty can apply in groups of four or individually. Applications are due November 21, 2016. Learn more.

Journalism Awards for Robertson School

A Robertson School journalism professor and student were each recently given major awards at the Excellence in Journalism Conference hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists. Jeff South, an associate professor of journalism and director of undergraduate studies in the School, was honored with the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. Sophomore, SaraRose Martin, was recognized with the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award. Read more.

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes Online

The bullet points from the August Faculty Senate meeting are now online here. The meeting included a presentation from Chief Venuti, a discussion of diversity and inclusion, and reports from the president and committee chairs. For complete minutes and related files, click here.

Share Your News and Events With Us

If you have news to share this is a great place to do it! Please submit news and events to Janelle Scutt at We will submit your news and events to the VCU Calendar, Telegram, this newsletter and our social media outlets. Keep your colleagues informed by keeping us informed!

Faculty Spotlight:

Gary Gillam (Robertson School) became one of the first in the country to take and pass the mandatory drone certification test given by the Federal Aviation Administration. This also served as the first major step to bringing drones into journalism classes in the Robertson School. Gillam has given brief ‘101-style’ lectures on drones to Robertson School journalism students over the last year. He hopes that along with the help of fellow journalism instructors, the School can begin building a more robust, drone-centric curriculum in the very near future. Read more.

Alumni Spotlight:

Bruche' Trotter (Forensic Science) has been working to help identify our POW and MIAs from past wars and conflicts. She recently participated in a ceremony where she read the names of some of these service men and women who have been identified. “It’s an honor to be a part of this and know that somebody made the ultimate sacrifice and there are still people that we are out there looking for,” she said. Read more.

Student Spotlight:

Jomarie Pulido (Forensic Science) recently took part in one of the current Pop-up Pitch competitions open to any VCU Student. He pitched his idea to develop an app that would replace clickers in the classroom. Students have an opportunity to give a 60-90 second pitch about their venture for a chance to win $200. Pop-up Pitches are part of Venture Creation University, VCU’s university-wide initiative to support innovative and entrepreneurial-minded VCU students and to ensure that all students have access to entrepreneurial pathways. Read more at VCU news.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Oct 04: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU: Panel Discussion
• Oct 04: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Oct 06: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Oct 06: Humanities Research Center Speaker Series: Dr. Deborah McGregor
• Oct 07: English First Friday: Nick Frankel
• Oct 11: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Oct 12: Forensic Science Advising Chat
• Oct 12: Meet VCU's Authors: Isabelle Richman
• Oct 13: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Oct 13: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU: Dr. Marc Stein
• Oct 17: HRC Scholarly Publishing Workshop: Pre-Tenure Faculty
• Oct 17: HRC Scholarly Publishing Workshop: Post-Tenure Faculty
• Oct 18: VCU Common Book Initiative: Dr. Shawn Utsey

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Selected VCU Events

• Oct 04: VCU Qatar Day
• Oct 04: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU: Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76
• Oct 04: 2016 Burnside Watstein Awards
• Oct 04: Why Trust the Cops? A Panel with Chief Venuti
• Oct 07: #HashtagLunchBag
• Oct 13: President's Forum on Social Justice
• Oct 15: Advance Your Research
• Oct 17: Wilder Symposium on Race and American Society

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The next newsletter is scheduled for October 18th, 2016. Please submit content to Janelle Scutt at as soon as details are finalized.

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