Faculty Senate of Virginia will meet on Saturday, October 28, 2017

Faculty Senate of Virginia will meet on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9:30am-1pm at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Date: October 28th
Host: VCU
Location: Larrick Court End Ballroom in the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St. Richmond, VA 23219

The primary agenda item for this meeting will be to identify the issue(s) we would like to advocate for during Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day on January 11, 2018. We will work with our colleagues in the Virginia chapter of AAUP to identify the issue(s) that we will focus on for the 2018 VHEAD. Joining us from AAUP of Virginia will be Rich Meagher from Randolph-Macon College.

Special Guest: also joining us will be Matt Conrad, Executive Director of Government and Board Relations at VCU, to discuss some of the legislative initiatives and concerns that will help shape our plans for VHEAD. More information may be found at the Faulty Senate of Virginia website: http://facultysenateofvirginia.org/fall-2017-meeting-october-28th-at-vcu/

Please RSVP by sending an email to Carmen Rodriguez: cmrodriguez@vcu.edu

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Unconscious bias workshop with guest speaker Leslie Traub

The VCU Office of Faculty Affairs invites you and your faculty colleagues to attend a workshop, Unconscious Bias in the Classroom.  The workshop will be led by guest speaker Leslie Traub and will focus on how these unconscious or implicit biases manifest in educational settings, particularly with respect to the expectations of teachers and students.
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Hibbs Hall, room 203
Please extend this invitation to those in your unit who may be interested in attending this workshop.

Title IX training reminder + Denim Day April 27

Faculty: as you are aware, the Title IX training called “Not Anymore” with additional content for employees is required of all employees — faculty and staff as well as student workers and part-time wage employees. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete and should be completed by April 30, 2016 in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Access the employee Title IX training.

Wear Denim April 27 to support survivors of sexual assaultVCU is also embracing the Denim Day Campaign as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To show solidarity with survivors at VCU and across the globe, all faculty and staff are encouraged to wear blue jeans to work on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016. Throughout April, a number of events will be occurring in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Wellness Resource Center offers on-campus, confidential support for survivors and allies of survivors who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

Weekly updates from Provost Hackett

Via the Provost’s website:

This month I celebrated my one-year anniversary as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University! This is an amazing university.


In the spirit of transparency I’m launching the Provost’s Weekly Update (online at http://provost.vcu.edu/engage/news-and-updates/provost-updates/) to provide regular updates on activities within academic affairs at VCU as well as current issues or events related to academic affairs. I hope that, in addition to keeping you better informed, this communications approach will encourage discussions with me, the academic leadership team and each other. Remember, you can always contact me through email (provost@vcu.edu) and via Twitter (@VCUprovost).

Read the first weekly update, focusing on administrative hires.

Call for awards nominations: PACME and Distinguished Faculty

Faculty, please consider nominating people who would be eligible for these awards:

PACME Awards – nominations due 2/24

The annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment recognize contributions and efforts made toward enhancing the goals of inclusive excellence and VCU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

PACME Award categories

  • Administrator award: Administrators and those who hold professional faculty appointments are eligible
  • Classified and hourly staff award: Classified staff and hourly employees are eligible
  • Faculty award: All instructional faculty are eligible
  • Student award: Individual students and student organizations are eligible

More about PACME awards

Nomination form for PACME awards – due 2/24

Distinguished Faculty Awards – nominations due 3/4

Since 1982, VCU has paid formal tribute at Convocation to members of the faculty who support our mission with distinction and exemplify what is best about the University.

Distinguished faculty AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Distinguished Teaching Award – One award of $3,500 and a non-monetary gift.
    A recipient of this award should be recognized as being an outstanding
    teacher. This may be evidenced by being an inspiration to students, by
    utilizing stimulating techniques, materials and methods designed to
    promote learning, by outstanding attention to the development of
    curriculum, learning materials and teaching strategies, by serving in a
    teaching capacity outside the classroom and University or by any
    combination of the above.
  • Distinguished Scholarship Award – One award of $3,500 and a non-monetary gift.
    A recipient of this award should be recognized as an outstanding scholar,
    as scholarship is defined in his/her discipline. The individual should
    have demonstrated a pattern of productive scholarly activity which has
    been recognized nationally or internationally, as appropriate.
    Traditional research, creative endeavors and other scholarly activity are
    included in this category.
  • Distinguished Service Award – One award of $3,500 and a non-monetary gift.
    A recipient of this award should have performed superior service to the
    University, the profession and/or the wider community. This may be
    evidenced by activities which extend beyond normal expectations,
    unique contributions or long-standing leadership and impact on the
    University and beyond
  • Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award – One award of $3,500 and a non-monetary gift.
    Open to all full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty at the rank of
    Associate Professor, and below. A recipient of this award should have been in rank at VCU, or at another institution, for a total of five years or less. A recipient of this award should have achieved superior accomplishment consistent with the Quest for Distinction, and in the areas of teaching, research and scholarship, and service.
  • Outstanding Term Faculty Award – One award of $3,500 and a non-monetary gift.
    Open to all part-time or full-time (or collateral or adjunct) faculty at the
    rank of Instructor and higher who have at least three consecutive years
    of employment at VCU. A recipient of this award should have achieved superior accomplishment consistent with the Quest for Distinction, and in the areas of teaching and service.
  • University Award of Excellence – One award of $5,000 and a non-monetary gift.
    A recipient of this award should have performed in a superior manner in
    teaching, scholarly activity and service as described above. This award is
    one of the highest honors the University can bestow on one of its faculty
    and is awarded only to an exceptional individual.

More about Distinguished Faculty Awards

Nomination form for Distinguished Faculty Awards [PDF] – due 3/4