News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
September 06, 2016

VCU Welcomes the Class of 2020!

Forum with Dean Fuentes September 30

Dean Montse Fuentes will be hosting an open forum with faculty and staff on Friday, September 30th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in Temple 1164 followed by a reception and networking opportunity in the Temple Hall Atrium. At the forum she will introduce our new Deans and discuss her priorities for the upcoming year. She will also be answering your questions. RSVP and submit your questions for Dean Fuentes here.

Workshop on Unconscious Bias Sept. 16

The CHS Diversity and Equity Committee is holding a workshop on Unconscious Bias for faculty and staff on Friday, September 16th in response to the focused listening sessions last fall. Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale of Cook Ross will facilitate this workshop on how bias and microaggression can manifest in a variety of settings like the classroom or with colleagues. There are only 11 spot remaining for the morning class and 49 for the afternoon. Sign up for the Morning Session or the Afternoon Session.

Visiting Writers Series Starts Thursday!

The VCU Visiting Writers Series, kicks off on Thursday September 8th at Cabell Library with Mary Lou Hall and Hanna Pylväinen. This event is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing and annually invites writers to campus for public readings. They will be starting at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Psych Professor Receives Grant

Dr. Bryce McLeod (Psychology) recently received an R34 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for his project, Developing a Robust Evidence-Based Implementation Package for Youth Autism. He will be developing an innovative open-access internet-based system designed to help support the training of community clinicians in the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a cost-effective manner. Read more. Congratulations Dr. McLeod!

Workshop for New Faculty

Full-time faculty who joined VCU last year or this fall are invited to attend a workshop to discuss any issues that they may be encountering or questions they may have about settling into teaching and other aspects of their life and work at VCU on Wednesday, September 28 from 12 - 2pm. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with each other as well as several more senior faculty who will be there to engage in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Gail Bartee by Friday, September 16.

Celebrating 40 Years of LGBTQ@VCU

40 years ago, VCU's first LGBTQ student group won official legal recognition as a student group after a two-year struggle. The Humanities Research Center will mark the anniversary with a speaker series, LGBTQ @ VCU, which will take a look at the 1974 - 76 legal struggle here at VCU. The series will conclude with a keynote address by Billie Jean King, tennis superstar and pioneer for equality. Learn more about the series:

Trials and Triumphs, 1974–76: The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s first Gay Student Group
Tuesday, Oct. 4th 12:00pm
Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Ave

Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s
Thursday, Oct. 13th 4:00pm
Richmond Salons I-II, University Student Commons

A Conversation with Billie Jean King
Thursday, Oct. 27th 6:00pm
Stuart C. Siegel Center

More News . . .

What's new at VCU for the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year

Sociology: Tara Stamm on the newly launched Master's Program in Digital Sociology

SWS: Professor teams with foundation to help America's oldest tambourine 'sing again'

Cabell Library's new 400-square-foot outdoor screen to display art, animation, video, scholarly work

Sociology: Victor Chen weighs in on raising minimum wage

VCU start-up company recently tops list


Scholarly Publishing Workshops

The Humanities Research Center is hosting two Scholarly Publishing Workshops for Humanities Faculty on October 17th, one focused on pre-tenure faculty and the other on post-tenure faculty. These workshops will be led by Dr. Carole Sargent, who has worked for two decades at Georgetown University, where she has guided over 4/5 of Georgetown’s tenure-track faculty to publication. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Gail Bartee Canter to reserve a spot:

Morning Session: Pre-Tenure Faculty
9:30am - 12:00pm, HRC Seminar Room

Afternoon Session: Tenured Faculty
1:30pm - 4:00pm, HRC Seminar Room

Dean Meets with Egyptian Delegation

On August 30th, Dean Fuentes, along with Samy El-Shall (Chemistry) met with an Egyptian Delegation headed by Maj. Gen. Dr. Mosatafa Abdelwahab, the President of the Military Technical College (MTC). He was here visiting VCU to discuss sending Ph.D and undergraduate research students in Chemistry and Engineering from MTC to VCU. Read more.

Weekly Web Workshops

VCU's ALT Lab is pleased to announce a new faculty development series for faculty and staff members interested in learning to teach online. The Weekly Web Workshops (WWW) program is a semester-long threaded series of hands-on, minds-on workshops about teaching online. VCU faculty and staff are welcome to attend any number of workshops. Learn more.

Native American Knowledge and the Environment

This fall the Humanities Research Center will welcome three presenters for the Native American Knowledge and the Environment speaker series. The first is Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Haskell Indian Nations University), who will speak about Exercising Indigenuity: The Role of Indigenous Knowledges in Healing the Planet on Thursday, September 8th. The event will be at 3:30PM in Virginia Rooms C & D, of the Student Commons. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Travel Grants Available

The Humanities Research Center is accepting applications for twenty Research Travel Grants grants of up to $1500 each for use during either the academic year 2016-17 or the summer of 2017. These grants foster excellence in research and creative scholarship by providing funds to support direct research costs. All tenure-eligible and term faculty working in the humanities at VCU are welcome to apply. Applications are due by September 16th, 2016. Learn more. In addition, there are twenty Conference Travel Grants available. There is no specific application deadline for the Conference Travel Grants, but if you plan to present at a conference during the coming year and would like to apply for funding, please contact Richard Godbeer.

Southern Film Festival Lineup Announced

The Southern Film Festival is set to take place on September 15th, 16th and 19th. Founded in 2010 to explore how the distinctiveness of the South has been portrayed onscreen, the Southern Film Festival brings together films and those involved in their making with constructive commentary. This year's festival theme is Screening Southern Women. Admission is free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Learn more about the series.

Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Thursday, Sept. 15th 6:00pm
Harris Hall Auditorium

The Life and Times of Elizabeth Keckly (2014)
Friday, Sept. 16th 6:00pm
VMFA Leslie Cheek Theater
*$8 (VMFA members $5); Free for VCU students, faculty, and staff with valid VCU ID*

VCU Student, Alumni and Faculty Filmmakers Showcase
Monday, Sept. 19th 4:00pm
Grace Street Theater

Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)
Monday, Sept. 19th 6:00pm
Grace Street Theater

Four CHS Alums In VCU's 10 Under 10

VCU Alumni is excited to announce the 2016 recipients of its 10 Under 10 awards, including four from the College. Congratulations to Sudharshana Apte, Ph.D. (M.S.’11/H&S; Ph.D.’14/H&S), Terrell Brown (B.S.’09/MC), Daniel “Danny” L. Plaugher (B.A.’06/H&S) and Kevin Powers (B.A.’08/H&S). The awards program honors alumni who earned their first VCU degree within the past 10 years and who have, enjoyed remarkable professional success, made important contributions to their community and who loyally supported the university. Learn more.

Innovative Media in Your Curriculum

The Innovative Media Department at Cabell Library welcomes faculty to an open house on Friday, September 9th, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. Tour their newly-equipped space and learn about the resources and services offered. This will also be an opportunity to talk to Innovative Media staff about integrating multimedia projects into your curriculum and exploring how creative technologies might enhance your research. Refreshments will be served. Learn more.

The 10th Anniversary STS Lecture Series

This year Science, Technology and Society celebrate the 10th Anniversary STS Lecture Series, with two special speakers. The series, Science, Art and Nature will begin on Wednesday, September 21st with Pamela Smith, Professor of History at Columbia University. Smith's talk on Making Art and Knowing Nature in a Sixteenth-Century Workshop will start at 12:00PM in Virginia Rooms A & B, of the Student Commons. You must register to attend. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Meet VCU's Authors Series

The Humanities Research Center presents their Meet VCU's Authors Series for the fall semester. Dr. David Coogan (English) will kick off the series on September 28th speaking about his locally recognized book, Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail. His talk will begin at 7:00PM in the Multipurpose Room (#250) of the Cabell Library. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

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!

In Memoriam:

Wanda Capers (School of World Studies), passed away unexpectedly on September 1st. Wanda had worked at VCU since 1992 in various departments including Pharmacology, Rheumatology, Chemistry, the Humanities and Sciences Dean’s office, and most recently in the School of World Studies as a Fiscal Administrator. She was a poet and author, with the gift of making people smile. “I just have that belief that it’s going to be better. There is a light. It’s going to be better." She will be very missed by all.  Read a previously published Staff Spotlight and some of her poetry on the School of World Studies website.

Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. Karen Kester (Biology), along with Mr. Justin Bredlau (Ph.D. Candidate Integrated Life Sciences) were recently the recipients of the J. Shelton Horsley Award at the May 2016 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science in Fredericksburg, VA for their paper Evolving Isolation Mechanisms Among Host-Foodplant Sources of a Parasitic Wasp Species. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Academy of Science for original research. View some of the lab photos. Congratulations!

Student Spotlight:

Shinal Patel (Chemistry) recently climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, to collect donated toys for patient's at VCU's Children's Hospital of Richmond! During the school year she volunteers at Child Life, which helps young patients at CHoR adjust to their new surroundings in the hospital through activities and celebrations. “There were so many times I felt like I should stop and climb back down the mountain, but I battled through the altitude sickness with the constant reminder in my head telling me to fulfill my dream of summiting the highest point in Africa and remembering the donations that people have made for the kids,” she said. Patel is continuing to ask for new toy, book and gift donations for pediatric patients. To contribute, email her at
Read more at VCU News.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Sep 06: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Sep 08: HRC Fall Speaker Series: Dr. Daniel Wildcat
• Sep 08: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Sep 13: Sullivan Symposium
• Sep 13: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Sep 13: CHS Leadership Dinner
• Sep 15: Southern Film Festival: Bastard out of Carolina
• Sep 16: Unconscious Bias Workshop: Morning Session
• Sep 16: Unconscious Bias Workshop: Afternoon Session
• Sep 16: Marcel Cornis-Pope Lecture: Dr. Oliver Speck
• Sep 16: Southern Film Festival: The Life and Times of Elizabeth Keckly
• Sep 19: Southern Film Festival Showcase
• Sep 19: Southern Film Festival: Christmas Wedding Baby
• Sep 20: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Sep 20: Philosophy and Public Affairs Lecture Series: Jason Brenna
• Sep 21: 10th Anniversary STS LEcture Series: Pamela Smith

*Add our calendar to stay up to date on events in the College!

Selected VCU Events

• Sep 07: Equality VCU and the VCU LGBTQIA+ Community Social
• Sep 14: Global Cafe
• Sep 15: Black Education Association's Annual Faculty Welcome Reception
• Sep 20: Research Expo
• Sep 20: VCU Globe Open House

Submit Newsletter Content

The next newsletter is scheduled for September 6th, 2016. Please submit content to Janelle Scutt at as soon as details are finalized.

Keep Up With Us

Friend on Facebook Facebook
Follow on Twitter Twitter
Copyright © 2016 Virginia Commonwealth University, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences