Announcing recipients of the Term Professional GROWTH Award for 2021-22

The award provides a one-course release in either the fall or the spring semester, along with additional funds to support the faculty member’s professional growth activity.
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The College of Humanities and Sciences conducted a survey of term faculty during the 2021-22 academic year which revealed that term faculty desired enhanced opportunities for professional development. In reaction, the College established the Term Professional GROWTH Award. The award provides a one-course release in either the fall or the spring semester, along with additional funds to support the faculty member’s professional growth activity. We issued the call for proposals during the spring 2022 semester and received 17 applications for the 2022-23 academic year.

A dedicated group of five term faculty and three tenure-track faculty volunteered their time to review the proposals. Based on their reviews we are pleased to announce the following eight recipients of 2022 GROWTH Awards.

  • Christine Booker, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences - Pursuing an Online Certificate Program
  • Gretchen Comba, Professor, Department of English - Tidal Basin: Linked Stories
  • Catherine Connon, Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Science - STRmix: Untangling DNA mixtures
  • Eli Coston, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies - Social Justice Case Studies: A Pedagogical Intervention in GSWS Introductory Courses   
  • Judith Crenshaw, Instructor, Robertson School of Media and Culture - Tools and Resources for Inclusive Learning: An EID Toolkit for Teaching
  • Bernard Means, Assistant Professor, School of World Studies - Revisiting Peale’s Mastodon and America’s First Scientific Expedition
  • Kamilia Rahmouni, Assistant Professor, School of World Studies - ‘Giving Voice’ to Students: Arabic Heritage Learner’s Attitudes Towards Second Dialect Learning
  • Maria Carolina Yaber, Associate Professor, Department of Biology - General Education Assessment Program at VCU (ConnectED); Leadership and Execution of the Program

The College is planning a GROWTH Award Day event for the spring 2023 semester so the recipients can present their work and all faculty can learn more about these faculty members’ accomplishments.

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