News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
June 25, 2013
Mass Comm

Help Us Welcome Hong Cheng

Hong Cheng, Ph.D, has been named the new Director of the School of Mass Communications. Dr. Cheng comes to VCU from Ohio University where he was a tenured professor in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Scripps College of Communication. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communications from Pennsylvania State University. In an email to Mass Comm faculty and the search committee, Dean Coleman writes "(Dr. Cheng) is a widely respected scholar who embraces the full range of professional activity and scholarship of the faculty, as well as strong supporter of interdisciplinary collaborations in education and research programs...Please join me in welcoming Hong into the VCU family!" VCU News has more.

Grant to Study ADHD

The Institute of Education Sciences awarded a $2.4 million grant to the Department of Psychology to examine the "Efficacy of an Organizational Skills Intervention for Middle School Students with ADHD." Principal investigator Joshua M. Langberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, says the grant will be used to compare two different types of school-based interventions for improving the academic performance of middle school-age students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). VCU News has more details.

College Faculty and Staff Honored

As part of its 175th anniversary VCU is highlighting “faculty and staff who make a difference.” Cliff Edwards, (School of World Studies), David Coogan (Dept. of English), Liz Canfield, (Dept. of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Jessica M. Lonnes, (School of World Studies) and Marquita Aguilar, (Dean's office) have all been highlighted on VCU's 175th anniversary website, where you can also nominate a faculty or staff member to be featured.

Dr. Utsey Wins Fulbright

Shawn UtseyDr. Shawn Utsey, Professor of Counseling Psychology, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. He will collaborate with faculty, staff, and students at the Sinomlando Center for Oral History and Memory Work (Sinomlando Center) at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Pietermaritzburg to conduct oral histories with survivors (and their families) of apartheid-era ethnoviolence. Learn more.

Cristina Stanciu Wins Fellowship

StanciuCristina Stanciu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, is the recipient of the Monticello College Foundation Fellowship, a long-term fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Dr. Stanciu will spend the spring 2014 semester in residence, working on her book manuscript, The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1924. Learn more.

More news . . . 

VCU Named a Top Employer for Workers Over 50

Physics: Project aims to developing cost-effective thermal insulation materials

Psychology: Summer newsletter now online

Mass Comm: Judy VanSlyke Turk Wins Public Service Award

Academic Learning Commons
See a few pictures of the new Academic Learning Commons on our Facebook page

English: Talking Man of Steel with novelist, VCU professor Tom De Haven

Be prepared for hurricane season!

Making the Case for Liberal Arts

Study Abroad Adds Community Service

Service Abroad

Twenty-two students participating in a study abroad program in Córdoba, Spain participated not only in language and cultural immersion, but also worked on community service projects. The students worked with humanitarian organizations dedicated to helping immigrant populations in Córdoba. The project was coordinated and directed by Anita Nadal, assistant professor of Spanish in the School of World Studies. Read more at VCU News.

Find Our Publications Online

The College's printed brochures and programs from the past year are now online at Our 2012-13 Annual Report, our Distinguished Faculty Awards and Retirees program, our Faculty Scholarship Recognition brochure and other publications can be viewed, linked to or downloaded at

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Administrative Faculty Spotlight

Shirley McDanielNow in her 41st year at VCU, Shirley McDaniel has served in many roles including several positions in human resources, Assistant Director of the University EEO office in the Office of the Provost, and the last 12 years in the Dean's office of Humanities and Sciences. Shirley is entering the next phase of her career at VCU; she will now split her time between the Dean's office, where she will coordinate events, and the Wilder School, where she will manage events and special projects. Shirley's contact information will remain the same.

Alumni Spotlight

26-year-old Josh Wilberger earned two undergraduate degrees from VCU and is trained as a Spanish language interpreter. He now attends VCU as a graduate student. Josh also believes in giving back, and has already begun donating to the College and the University in order to make VCU "...even greater for the next generation.” Josh is profiled on our alumni blog.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Aug 20 CHS Welcome Week Event

Selected VCU Events

• June 26 Summer Mixer ll
• June 26 Introduction to Generic Accounts
• July 19 Guitar and Other Strings Series

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