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

 

Press coverage for Higher Education Advocacy Day

WTVR has some great coverage of Higher Education Advocacy Day this past January and mentions VCU Faculty Senators Carmen Rodriguez and Allen Lee, as well as retired faculty and former Faculty Senate President Bob Andrews.

WTVR: Legislators get lesson from higher education advocates

Other institutions represented at Higher Education Advocacy Day included Norfolk State University, George Mason, James Madison, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Mary Washington, the University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon College and the College of William and Mary.

Thanks to all who came out and supported our advocacy efforts!

 

Annual meeting with President Rao Tuesday 2/2 at 4 p.m. – open to all faculty

Senators, please plan to attend and invite your colleagues: our next meeting is next Tuesday, February 2, from 4-6 p.m. in the University Student Commons Commonwealth Ballroom (Monroe Park Campus). All faculty are invited and encouraged to attend this discussion of issues of importance to the faculty and the University community.

And as a reminder, Dr. Rao will deliver his State of the University address Thursday 1/28 at 11 a.m. at the University Student Commons and online at www.vcu.edu.

COACHE 2015 faculty satisfaction survey results

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey assesses faculty experiences regarding several important aspects of their work lives. VCU faculty completed this survey in early 2015.

Documents for your review:

Full Senate meeting today 1/26 at 4 p.m., Larrick Center Court End Ballroom, MCV

Senators – hopefully many of you have been digging out of your neighborhoods. Unless VCU closes early today, we will be meeting in the Larrick Center Court End Ballroom on the MCV campus from 4-6 p.m. this afternoon, Tuesday 1/26. Attached is the Agenda as it stands right now. If you cannot attend, please make sure you have an alternate present.

Agenda

January 26 Meeting Agenda [PDF]

  • Call to order – Holly Alford
  • Minutes Dec. 1st meeting Scott Street (5 mins.)
  • Guests
    • Weapons carry regulations – Chief Venuti (15 mins.)
    • COACH Survey results Report and discussion – Kathleen Shaw (30 mins.)
    • Provost Report – Dr. Gail Hackett (10 mins.)
  • Senate Business
    • “Round Table Discussions “ – COACH Results – Holly Alford and  Mary Secret (20 mins.)
    • President’s Report –  Holly Alford (10 mins.)
      • BOV meeting updates
      • SSC Campus
      • Grievance policy Revision
      • Presidents Talk