Faculty Council

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
Former President

Daniel Cranston, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Charlene Crawley, Interdisciplinary Science Program and Department of Chemistry
Parliamentarian 2019-20

Christine Cynn, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Mignonne Guy, Department of African American Studies
Former President

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
Technology Representative

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
GAC Representative

Joseph Topich, Department of Chemistry
UAC Representative

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.

For 2019-20:

August 26
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16
January 27
February 17
March 16 (nominations)
April 20 (elections)
May 11 (tentative)

2021-22 Guidelines


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, data collection or reproduction fees, etc. (Travel funding requests must comply with VCU Office of Procurement Services guidelines.)

The maximum value of a Research and Professional Development Grant is $1,000, for use between the announcement of the award and June 30, 2022.


All full-time faculty in the College of Humanities and Sciences may apply. Preference will be given to candidates whose funded work will (1) make a positive difference in the field and/or the classroom; and (2) impact the professional trajectory of the work or candidate (e.g., by leading to external funding, resulting in publication, or contributing to professional reputation). In addition, the decision committee will prioritize applicants who demonstrate a clear need, and who have not received funding through a Faculty Council award in the last three years.


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 on p.3: FC Grant Application Instructions).
  • A statement addressing any current and previous funding for the project. 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). If the project has received no funding, please state that.


A peer committee will conduct a review and announce the grant awards by December 20. Recipients will have until June 30, 2022, 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, Marcia Winter, Ph.D., at mawinter@vcu.edu.