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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 us 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, Ph.D.
Area B Associate Dean (Sciences and Mathematics)

Marcus Messner, Ph.D.
Area A Associate Dean (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Faculty Announcements

jason arnold
Arnold reappointed chair of the Department of Political Science
Jason Ross Arnold, Ph.D., will reassume the chair role of the Department of Political Science for a second three-year term on July 1.
les harrison
Harrison appointed chair of the Department of English
Les Harrison, Ph.D., will assume the chair role of the Department of English on July 1.
peyton rowe
Rowe appointed director of the Robertson School
Peyton Rowe will assume the director role of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture effective July 1.
catherine ingrassia
Ingrassia appointed interim dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences
Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D., will begin her tenure as interim dean on July 1.
puru and tripti jena on a sunny oceanfront
The Jenas give to honor VCU’s impact on their family
Tripti Jena, M.D., and Purusottam “Puru” Jena, Ph.D., credit much of their family’s well-being to the careers and community they found when they joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980.