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Faculty Affairs

Dear faculty colleagues,

A vital, energized faculty body is central to the success of the College’s mission, vision and core values. You are the intellectual engine at the heart of VCU: You engage VCU students in classroom learning, research and community outreach. Your well-being is vital to the College and to VCU. Faculty Affairs in the College of Humanities and Sciences is critical for faculty development, retention, promotion and ultimately, success at VCU.

In the Faculty Affairs section of the website, you will find links to information about committees, awards, and promotion and tenure as well as in-depth profiles of faculty colleagues. You are also invited to contact me if you have ideas about how Faculty Affairs and VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences can achieve the goals laid out in our strategic plan.


Sally S. Hunnicutt
Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Faculty Announcements

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‘They make learning real’: VCU honors six faculty with distinguished awards
The event was held at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts but only a limited number of people were allowed to participate because of the coronavirus. The majority of people watched online.
Autumn colors on West Avenue in The Fan District of Richmond, Virginia
Call for applications: Director of the Humanities Research Center
The director will be charged with continuing to enhance and build the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences’ commitment to the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
chanel derricott applies tape to mark off appropriate physical distancing in a School of Nursing classroom
Changes to campus are afoot to protect against COVID-19 — here’s what to expect
Employees from the Facilities Management Division along with staff from across the university have been busy making modifications and assembling supplies to make campus as safe as possible this fall as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus.
Close-up of a woman's hand cutting a slice of cake with rainbow layers and sprinkles. The woman is wearing compression gloves.
New CHS award recognizes excellence in inclusion, diversity and equity commitment
Nominations are due September 21. Recipients will be recognized at the annual CHS awards ceremony.
clifford edwards in his office
Beloved professor Cliff Edwards, a founder of VCU’s religious studies program, retires after 45 years
The longtime School of World Studies professor taught a variety of courses in religion and the arts. “The variety and energy of our students made every class session a challenge and an inspiration.”
Call for nominations for CHS Distinguished Faculty Awards
Nominations should be submitted by 5:00 p.m., September 21.
r. lee franco
Franco appointed chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Dr. Franco has been affiliated with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences since 2004 and previously served as the associate chair and director of graduate studies in the department, as well as special assistant to the dean for space and finance.
donald smith
Smith appointed chair of the Department of Philosophy
Dr. Smith is currently an associate professor in the department where he has been a faculty member since 2003.
julie honnold
Julie Honnold, a VCU sociology professor for nearly 50 years, retires
Longtime VCU professor Julie Honnold supported countless faculty in their research endeavors through her work at VCU’s Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory.
jennifer malat
Q&A with Jennifer Malat, Ph.D., new dean of the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Dean Malat comes to VCU from the University of Cincinnati where she most recently served as divisional dean for social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
2 pictures of jody turner: one with a face covering on and one with it off
Keeping our campus going: Joseph Turner, Ph.D.
While the rest of the university went remote, these employees continued showing up to keep things running during the coronavirus pandemic.
marcus messner
Messner appointed director of Robertson School
Dr. Messner has served as the interim director of the Robertson School since July 2019 and was previously the school’s associate director.
sally hunnicutt
Hunnicutt introduced as new interim dean for faculty affairs
Sally affirms that faculty are central to the success of the College’s core mission to be the “intellectual engine” at the heart of VCU.