New associate deans appointed in CHS Dean’s Office restructure

New associate deans will help the College achieve instructional, research and service mission.
sally hunnicutt, marcus messner, and joshua langberg

The VCU College of Humanities and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointments highlighted below within the Dean’s Office. The new associate deans will start their tenure this month, and join Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., interim associate dean for equity and community partnerships. (Read more about Belgrave’s appointment.)

Dean Jennifer Malat congratulates all the appointees and is excited to work with the new team. “I want the College to be in the best position to achieve our instructional, research and service mission into the future. A strong team is integral to realizing these goals, and Drs. Messner, Hunnicutt, Belgrave and Langberg bring invaluable leadership experience to the dean’s office. I look forward to working with them.”

Marcus Messner, Ph.D.

Area A Associate Dean

Marcus Messner, Ph.D., is director of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, where he is also a professor in the journalism sequence and has taught mobile and social media reporting as well as global communication classes. He will continue to serve as director of the school. He is an eminent scholar in VCU's College of Humanities and Sciences and was honored with VCU's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017. Messner’s main research focus is on the influence and adoption of social media in journalism, public relations and health communication and he has a scholarship record of more than 120 academic publications and presentations at academic conferences. He has also secured more than $1.3 million in grant funding for various teaching and research projects.

In his new position as area associate dean, Messner will be responsible for supporting the academic units within his area, which includes African American studies, English, gender, sexuality and women’s studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, the School of World Studies, plus kinesiology and health sciences during the period when he remains director of the Robertson School.

Sally Hunnicutt, Ph.D.

Area B Associate Dean

Sally Hunnicutt, Ph.D., most recently served as the interim associate dean for faculty affairs in the Dean’s Office where she was responsible for supporting and facilitating faculty development, retention and promotion. Prior to her work in the Dean’s Office, Hunnicutt was associate chair and professor in the Department of Chemistry. She was recognized by the College with its teaching award in 2012 and by VCU with its Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. Hunnicutt’s research is focused on pedagogy and faculty development, for which she has obtained funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and SCHEV. From 2007-08 to present, she facilitated more than 40 workshops—at VCU and across the U.S.—with more than 1,000 participants, which provided an opportunity for mentoring, promoting diversity and equity, and sharing sound teaching and research practices among faculty.

In her new position as area associate dean, Hunnicutt will be responsible for supporting the academic units within her area, which includes biology, chemistry, forensic science, mathematics and mathematical sciences, military science and leadership, physics and statistical sciences and operations research, plus the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture during the period when Messner is the director of the School.

Joshua Langberg, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Operations

Joshua Langberg, Ph.D., previously served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Dean’s Office where he was responsible for fostering the development and growth of research and scholarship in the College and ensuring graduate students academic success. Langberg is also a professor in the Department of Psychology, as well as a licensed clinical-child psychologist and researcher who has worked in both medical center and university settings. His research focuses on improving the behavioral and academic functioning of children, adolescents and emerging adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and on disseminating evidence-based interventions for youth with ADHD into community settings. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, and he has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.

In his new position as associate dean for research and operations, Langberg will connect the College to university discussions related to research and graduate affairs, provide professional development programming related to research and graduate students, oversee sponsored programs, technology, communications and space for the College and support area associate deans when needed on major issues.

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