News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
August 9th, 2016

Current and former fellows from the Hubert H. Humphrey Program reunite at the NIDA Conference in California

Associate Dean Searches Announced

The Dean's Office invites applicants for the Associate Dean of Research and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies positions. These are 50%, 12-month appointments. These position will be supported by excellent, diligent staff and will be senior advisors to the Dean. Please consider self-nominations or encouraging other qualified individuals to apply.

The successful candidate for Associate Dean of Research will be responsible for planning and implementing a strategic plan to support a healthy, thriving research and scholarly community for faculty staff and students in CHS. For additional details, and to apply, click here.

The successful candidate for the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies will be responsible for advancing CHS graduate missions with a focus on enrollment, assessment, growth and mentoring of faculty and students. For additional details, and to apply, click here.

Faculty/Staff Directory Being Finalized

The College is working on its first-ever faculty and staff directory, to include all full-time faculty and staff. The final step before publication is to give the entire College the opportunity to check the directory for corrections. Please look at your listing to make sure all the information is correct. Any corrections or additional photographs can be sent to Gregg Johnson by Friday, August 12th. View the directory here.

Research Mentor Training

On Wednesday August 24th, a research mentor training workshop facilitated by Master Facilitators from the National Research Mentoring Network will take place at the VCU Rice Center. The National Research Mentoring Network is an initiative supported by the NIH to diversify the biomedical workforce through mentoring, Seating is limited. Learn more and register.

Rob Tombes Appointed Vice Provost

Dr. Robert M. Tombes has recently been appointed as vice provost for life sciences and research effective August 15th, 2016. Rob has been a leader in VCU’s interdisciplinary life sciences community for 22 years. He is a professor in the Department of Biology, with affiliate appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and the Massey Cancer Center. He maintains an active lab in the Department of Biology focused on cell and developmental biology research. Congratulations Rob!

School/Department Response Needed

VCU's annual Welcome Week for incoming freshmen is from August 20th - 28th. On Tuesday August 23rd, the College will be holding our Student Mixer in the Commonwealth Ballrooms from 12:30 - 2:00pm. Each department/unit from the college will need to provide at least one representative for this event. We are also in need of a few more volunteers to help hand out t-shirts at the end. Please contact Janelle Scutt with the name of your representative from your unit or any volunteers who want to help with t-shirts. You can also fill in the information on this Google Doc and highlight it in green. Thank you!

More News . . .

Angela Flournoy wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for 'The Turner House'

Sociology: VCU launching nation's first master's degree focused on digital sociology

Black Lives Matter: Affirming God-given rights and respect

New da Vinci Center director sees university as a living lab

Political Science: Professor weighs in on why Clinton's pick of Kaine as VP is 'an interesting one'

Human trafficking survivor: 'Richmond has the moral imperative to lead'

Active shooter exercise provides critical training for a very real threat

Early Career Faculty Survey

The VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), is seeking input regarding your professional needs as an early career faculty member conducting any health-related research. They are looking for clinical researchers, biomedical scientists, social workers, psychologists, etc., who conduct health-related research and are within the first 5 years of their careers. If you are interested, please click here for the survey. It takes less than 15 minutes and you are entered into a raffle for a Barnes and Noble gift card. The survey is confidential and closes August 31st.

Next Step for Your Big Ideas

Dean Fuentes is very pleased to have received over 50 Big Ideas for the College from our faculty and staff. She has assembled a Research Advisory Committee to look over the proposals and select 15, based on their potential for impact and distinction through research and integration of research, education and community engagement. The 15 finalists will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal following specific guidelines. More information and the list of Research Advisory Committee members can be found here.

Save the Date: VCU Convocation

VCU's 34th Annual Faculty Convocation will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd from 11:00am - 12:30pm at the W.E. Singleton Center for Performing Arts. Dr. Rao will welcome faculty members and honor this year's distinguished faculty award recipients. There will be a formal invitation to follow. For more information, contact Arianne Dowdell.

Research 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.

NEH Grants Now Available

The 2017 NEH Summer Stipends, are now available for internal application. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Proposals will be reviewed by an internal panel and the top two candidates will be notified by Tuesday, September 6th. The two finalists will receive a stipend of $3,000. Please email completed proposals to Richard Godbeer by Friday, August 26th.

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:

Jeff South (Robertson School) was just selected by the Society of Professional Journalists as the recipient of their national Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. This annual award goes to an outstanding journalism educator who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession or education. Jeff "want(s) to thank VCU and especially my students for supporting or at least for humoring me over all these years. My students share this award. Our students are why we, as teachers, do what we do: to inspire the next generation of journalists who will ‘seek truth and report it,’ as the SPJ Code of Ethics exhorts.” Congratulations Jeff! Read more at VCU News.

Student Spotlight:

Carolina Ramoa, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in regulatory science at the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products in the Department of Psychology, just finished her internship with the World Health Organization in Geneva. During her three-months she worked on regulatory policies related to tobacco in the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases within the Tobacco Free Initiative. “I would love my next job to be in tobacco regulatory policy at the FDA, CDC or NCI,” she said. “Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to also work in global tobacco regulatory policy in the future.” Congratulations Carolina! Read more at VCU News.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Aug 17: Chemistry Faculty Retreat
• Aug 18 - 19: Dean's Retreat
• Aug 22: Welcome Back Faculty Reception
• Aug 23: CHS Welcome Week Student Mixer
• Aug 26: New Faculty Orientation

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Selected VCU Events

• Aug 11: Open Online Workshop: RefWorks
• Aug 20 - 28: Welcome Week

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