News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
January 26, 2016

Dr. Chan Named Interim Assistant Dean

Dr. Winnie Chan has been named the Interim Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs for the College this semester. Dr. Chan is an associate professor of English who has been at VCU ten years. She teaches and writes about world Anglophone postcolonial literature and British literature after 1832, and will be dividing her time between the Department of English and the dean’s office. Welcome Dr. Chan!

Adkins Receives Quest Innovation Fund

Dr. Amy Adkins from the Department of Psychology was recently named one of the 19 grant recipients of the Quest Innovation Fund. VCU started the fund to enhance the growth of VCU's culture of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Dr. Adkins received her grant for Understanding Connections Between Behavioral and Emotional Health, Co-Curricular Engagement and Student Success. Congratulations Dr. Adkins and the rest of the grant recipients! Read More.

RSVP for University Address Today

Today is the final day to RSVP for the third annual State of the University Address on Thursday, Jan. 28th. Join President Michael Rao as he lays out his vision for VCU as the model research university for the 21st century. The address will start at 11:00am in the Commonwealth Ballrooms of the Student Commons. Watch a preview and then RSVP.

Fleming Receives NACADA Region Award

Lisa Fleming has been selected as the National Academic Advising Association Region 2 Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Advisor, Primary Role category. This award is given in recognition of your demonstrated abilities as a talented academic advisor in the region. In the judgment of the selection committee, you have demonstrated the qualities associated with outstanding academic advising. Lisa will receive her award at the Annual Region 2 Conference at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in East Hyattsville, MD from March 16-18th. Congratulations Lisa, we are so proud!

Virginia's Response to HIV/AIDS

Elaine Martin (Director of HIV Prevention Services, Division of Disease Prevention, Virginia Department of Health) presents The Changing Landscape of HIV Prevention and Treatment: A History of Virginia’s Epidemic about the history of the State of Virginia’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the past three decades. February 2, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Student Commons Forum Room.

Dealing With A Distressed Student

HASTECH has recently installed the Safety Icon (shown) onto desktops of all H&S computers. Clicking the safety icon will take take you to a website which serves as a guide for providing assistance to distressed students. It includes helpful information on how to handle emergency situations along with some relevant contact numbers. Any questions contact the Safety Case Manager or visit here.

Meet VCU's Authors: Nicholas Frankel

Nicholas Frankel, professor of English, will talk about his work on new editions of Oscar Wilde’s novels and plays, in particular his recent uncensored edition of Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. February 3rd, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Teaching in the Humanities Feb. 9th

The Humanities Research Center will be holding a Teaching in the Humanities workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 9th. Alternatives to the Paper: Exploring Creative Assignments and Digital Possibilities, will begin at 2:00pm at the Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201 (920 W. Franklin St). Any questions contact Catherine Ingrassia or Richard Godbeer. More information.

The Plight of the Syrian Refugees

The School of World Studies, along with the American Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee, will be holding a teach-in on Wednesday, Feb. 10th to help the community learn and share information about the plight of Syrian refugees. The event is from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at VCU Globe (830 W. Grace St) room 1030J. This event will be free and open to the public. More information, contact Mayda Topoushian. View the flyer here.

"Birth of a Nation" Discussion

2015 marked the 100th anniversary of D.W. Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation. As part of Black History Month at VCU, the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture and VCU Libraries present Birth of a Nation, Birth of a Movement, The African American Outcry in Virginia and Nationwide at 7:00 pm on Feb. 18, 2016 in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall (room 303). Featured speakers are Avi Santo, associate professor of communication and theatre arts at Old Dominion University, and Van Dora Williams, assistant professor of journalism and communication at Hampton University. The moderator is Clarence W. Thomas, Ph.D., of the Robertson School. Learn more, and register here.

Political Science Follows Campaign Trail

Dr. Alexandra Reckendorf (Political Science) took some of her students up to New Hampshire over winter break to get a look at the presidential primary. Students attended town hall meetings across the state, featuring almost every candidate. They asked hard hitting questions regarding, tuition, debt, veterans' benefits and healthcare to name a few. There were also tons of picture opportunities and an interview from The Boston Globe. Read more at VCU News.

Planning An Event, Lecture or Workshop?

If your unit is considering having an event, needs help with event planning, or if you already have something planned, make sure to contact Janelle Scutt in the Dean's office. Janelle can help you find space and plan your event or help publicize your event by adding it to our newsletter, the College calendar, telegram, and social media!

More News . . .

Welcome back message from President Rao: A promising Spring 2016

English: Poet and former professor, Larry Levis, legacy still very much alive

Snow Storm 2016: The things Richmonders shoveled with

Legislators get lesson from higher education advocates

World Studies: Religious Studies student volunteer services for the theaters in the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival

VCU mentioned in Washington Post article about first generation graduates

Psychology: Dr. Thomas Eissenberg participates in discussion on e-cigarettes and vaping


HRC Spring 2017 Residential Fellowships

The Humanities Research Center is now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 Residential Fellowships. Each year four faculty members are released from all teaching responsibilities in the Spring semester so they can focus on their research projects and engage with each other. All tenured and tenure-eligible members of faculty in the Humanities are eligible. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 12th. More information.

STS Lecture Series Begins February 2nd

Science, Technology and Society kicks off their Lecture Series, Seeing Machines: Humans and Technology, on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd with Dr. Patrick McCray from UC at Santa Barbara. His talk on Visioneering from Space Colonies to Nanotechnologies, will be held in the VA Rooms C-D of the Student Commons from noon until 1:30 PM. Then in the evening join STS and SciencePub RVA for Dr. McCray's talk on Re-Writing Art: Collaborations of Artists and Engineers; beginning at 6:00 PM at the Capital Ale House (623 E Main St). More information.

Richmond Justice Highlights Open Minds

On Dec. 15th, Richmond Justice did a feature story on Dr. David Coogan (English) and VCU's Open Minds program. In this article Coogan explains why he started the program that offers college-level arts and humanities courses at the Richmond City Justice Center. He then explains how this was the inspiration for his new book, Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail. Read more.

Panel Disussion on HIV/AIDS

Richmond and HIV/AIDS: A Panel Discussion on Our City’s History of Outreach, Education, and Community Care, featuring a panel of activists and community organizers who have been involved over the years in local responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will be held on February 9 at 7.00 pm in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Humanities Research Center. For more information contact Richard Godbeer.

Do You Have News to Share?

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:

Last week Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom (Sociology) visited the White House to advise the President's Counsel on Higher Education. Dr. Cottom is new to our faculty this year and has been a great addition to the College. In September she graced the cover of The Atlantic for discussing Race in America, the #blacklivesmatter movement and the continuing relevance of race in our culture. Congratulations on your achievements at VCU so far Dr. Cottom, we look forward to many more!

Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. Victor Chen (Sociology) has recently been featured in The Atlantic for his article, All Hollowed Out: The lonely poverty of America’s white working class. Dr. Chen examines the Case and Deaton studies that argue white Americans across multiple age groups experienced large spikes in suicide and fatalities related to alcohol and drug abuse. Read more.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Feb 01: Positive Psych Research Group: Studying Virtue or Character Strength in Positive Psychology
• Feb 02: STS Lecture Series: Visioneering from Space Colonies to Nanotechnologies
• Feb 02: STS Lecture Series: Science Pub RVA
• Feb 02: HRC Speaker Series: The Changing Landscape of HIV Prevention and Treatment: A History of Virginia’s Epidemic
• Feb 03: Meet the Authors Series: Nicholas Frankel
• Feb 08: Positive Psych Research Group: New Findings on Emotion Regulation: Implications for Developmental and Prevention Scientists
• Feb 09: HRC Speaker Series: Richmond and HIV/AIDS: A Panel Discussion on Our City’s History of Outreach, Education, and Community Care

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Selected VCU Events

• Jan 28: State of the University Address
• Jan 28:
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• Jan 29: Crossroads: A Small Group Faculty Forum to Discuss Issues in Diversity and Inclusive Teaching
• Feb 03: Global Cafe
• Feb 04: 14th Annual Black History Month Lecture

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