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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

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.
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Call for nominations for SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards
The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty members at Virginia's colleges and universities. Nominations are due July 13.
cabell library
VCU details phased reopening plans
Faculty and students involved in clinical placements, clinical services, field placements, labs and lab simulations will return in phases beginning in June; fall semester set to begin Aug. 17.
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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.
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Call for applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities' 2021 Summer Stipends Program
The award amount is $6,000, and VCU can put forward up to two nominees.
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.