News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
August 06, 2013

Only a Few More Days of Summer

Yes, the fall semester is about to begin. Our Welcome Week Major Mixer for incoming freshmen will be held on August 20th from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Commonwealth Ballrooms. Departmental representatives should arrive by 12:15pm. Later that day there will be a Research Orientation for new faculty (details below). Faculty Convocation is on Wednesday, Aug. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Siegel Center, where our own Albert D. Farrell, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychology will receive the University Award of Excellence. Read more about Faculty Convocation and the faculty awards at VCU News.

CHS Students Win Prominent Awards

In a list compiled by the University, undergraduate and graduate students from Humanities and Sciences were recognized for winning eighteen of twenty-three prominent national and international awards given to VCU students during the 2012-13 academic year. The list included Fulbright Student Scholarships, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships and other awards. The complete list is on our blog.

CTE to Offer Workshops

The Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting several seminars for new and returning faculty. The Preparing to Teach Workshop (PTT) Series for new faculty is scheduled from Monday, 8/12 through Wednesday, 8/14 in their new space on the 4th floor of the new Academic Learning Commons. Find out more here. The Junior Faculty Mentorship Program is open to all faculty who have a teaching responsibility. This year-long program includes one-on-one mentoring, monthly workshops, and a book club. Learn more.

Research from Jena and Wu Featured

Puru Jena, Ph.D., and Menghao Wu, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics, collaberated on the study "Magnetic hollow cages with colossal moments” that was recently published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Their research demonstrates the possibility of creating large, hollow magnetic cage molecules that could one day be used in medicine as a drug delivery system to non-invasively treat tumors and in other emerging technologies. VCU News has more on the story.

Berglund Seminar Invitation

Each semester the Honors College invites faculty to participate in the Berglund Seminar Series.  The purpose of the series is to expose honors students to a variety of topics and interests, and is also an opportunity for faculty to highlight their research, practice for an upcoming conference, or spread the word about a course they’ll be teaching. Visit our blog for the 2013 Fall dates and times for this series. 

Research Orientation for New Faculty

The Office of Sponsored Programs is hosting an orientation and information session on research on August 20 from 2 to 4 pm. The orientation is designed for new tenure-eligible faculty, but is open to any faculty member in the College who would like to upgrade their knowledge of proposal development, submission and awards at VCU. Topics to be covered include finding funding opportunities, new PI setup, the grants process and transferring existing grants to VCU. This session will be held in the ASPiRE building, 835 W. Grace Street, Room 1004a. RSVP to Rob Tombes at

Collective Leadership Seminar

FreidrichThe Teams in Ambiguity Project at VCU presents a seminar by Dr. Tamara Friedrich, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship University of Warwick, UK, on "Collective Leadership: Current Findings & Future Efforts." Results from a recently completed study of General George C. Marshall will be presented, highlighting the effectiveness of collective leadership in the success of a prominent military leader. 11:00 am Friday, August 9, 2013 in the Engineering West Hall, Room 105. No RSVP is necessary. A complete description of the seminar is here.

More news . . . 

Dr. Rao's update recognizes several CHS accomplishments

Biology: VCU explores the office of Anne Wright

VCU Researcher Kim Hunter is this week's NBC12's "Acts of Kindness" recipient

Mass Comm: Reception for DC area alumni

See pictures from the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Summer Trip to Brazil

World Studies: Dr. Chesnut on why Pope Francis earns a 10 for his visit to Brazil

World Studies: Cliff Edwards and Jessica Lonnes recognized on VCU 175th Anniversary Website

"The Heart of the Matter" -- video explores the relationship between the Humanities and Sciences


VCU Leadership Development Program

The Grace E. Harris leadership Institute is now accepting applications for the 2014 class of the VCU Leadership Development Program. VCU Leadership is a 10-month program designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and experience of current and emerging faculty, administrative and staff leaders at VCU. Participants learn about VCU’s structure and leadership, examine their own leadership strengths and challenges, and meet with a mentor from senior administration/faculty. Applications are due October 1. More information can be found here.

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Faculty Spotlight

Tony EllisDr. Tony Ellis, Dr. Ellis has served 13 years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy. “I try to think of the position as a sort of primus inter pares, as one of our founding fathers said,” meaning ‘first among equals.’ Read our complete profile of Dr. Ellis on our blog.

Staff Spotlight

Jo MurphyCoordinator of the Department of Forensic Science, Jo Murphy received her Master’s of Social Work from VCU after graduating from Open High and the University of Virginia. Jo says one of the main positive aspects of her working environment at VCU are the people who acknowledge the quality of work she puts into her job as Coordinator. “I think they’re happy I’m here, and I feel that,” she said. Read her complete profile here.

Faculty Spotlight

Everett WorthingtonDr. Everett Worthington has published about 30 books and over 300 articles and scholarly chapters. In his most recent book, “Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past,” Dr. Worthington tells about his struggles with self-condemnation after his brother's suicide. VCU News recently conducted an interview with Dr. Worthington.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Aug 20 CHS Welcome Week Event
• Oct 23 Fall Faculty Meeting

Selected VCU Events

• Aug 06 Music for Massey
• Aug 12 PTT Series: Teaching and Learning
• Aug 19 New Faculty Orientation

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