The Faculty Council represents the faculty of the College and serves as an advisory to the dean on issues of concern to the faculty, such as graduate and undergraduate curricula, programs, evaluation and improvement of instruction, information technology, awards and honors, tenure and promotion, the faculty bylaws and teaching and research grants.
Christopher Burdett, Department of Political Science
Daniel Cranston, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Charlene Crawley, Interdisciplinary Science Program and Department of Chemistry
Christine Cynn, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Mignonne Guy, Department of African American Studies
Robert Gains, Department of Military Science and Leadership
Bizhan Khodabandeh, Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
Secretary for 2020-21
Peter Kirkpatrick, School of World Studies, Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education
Gabriela León-Pérez, Department of Sociology
Anette Loughran-Fjelstad, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Joseph Reiner, Department of Physics
Baneshwar Singh, Department of Forensic Science
Ryan Smith, Department of History
Cristina Stanciu, Department of English and Humanities Research Center
Scott Street, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research
Parliamentarian for 2020-21
Mikhail Valdman, Department of Philosophy
Marcia Winter, Department of Psychology
President for 2020-21
Maria Carolina Yáber, Department of Biology
Secretary for 2019-20
Angela Reynolds, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Joseph Topich, Department of Chemistry
Jennifer Clayton, Department of Political Science
Staff Council Representative
Amy Rector, School of World Studies
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Representative
All meetings are held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hibbs 308.
March 16 (nominations)
April 20 (elections)
May 11 (tentative)
Faculty Council Research and Professional Development Grants support opportunities that promote the research and teaching missions of the College. Faculty Council awards are intended to cover costs associated with research and professional development. These costs may include travel to archives or conferences, associated lodging and meals, research, as well as data collection and reproduction fees. (Travel funding requests must comply with university guidelines, as delineated by the Office of Procurement Services.)
The maximum value of a Research and Professional Development Grant is $1,000, for use between the announcement of the award and June 30, 2020. All full-time faculty in the College of Humanities and Sciences may apply. Preference will be given to candidates whose funded work will
- make a positive difference in the field and/or the classroom
- feasibly lead to future external funding
- be completed prior to the end of the academic year
In addition, the decision committee will prioritize applicants who demonstrate a clear need, and who have not previously received funding through a Faculty Council award.
Applications are due electronically by 5:00 p.m. on November 19, 2019 at the link below. A complete application must include the completed application form (link below) and the following documents merged into a single PDF:
- A detailed proposal no longer than two single-spaced pages. The proposal should be written for a broad audience, and must address
- the objective(s) and methods of the project or professional development opportunity
- the location where work will be conducted, including why the location is integral to advancing/completing the project or contributing to professional development (if applicable)
- the impact the project will have on the candidate’s career development
- the impact the project will have on the candidate’s field as well as the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU
- A current curriculum vitae
- A completed budget form (see template distributed via email from firstname.lastname@example.org on 10/30/19).
- A statement addressing any current and previous funding for the project (if applicable). If the candidate has previously received funding from the Faculty Council, then the statement must also address progress made on the project as a result of that funding (e.g., publications, conference presentations, invited talks).
A peer committee will conduct a review and announce the grant awards by December 9. Recipients will have until June 30, 2020, to use these funds. Instructions on disbursement will accompany notification of the award.
Please submit any questions to the president of the CHS Faculty Council, Mignonne Guy, Ph.D., at email@example.com.