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Resources for Faculty

In addition to the resources listed in the tabs below, here are a few reminders to help you continually improve.

  1. Submit your completed syllabus prior to the start of the term to your program chair and to Kay Robertson, Assistant to the Dean.
  2. Notify the Bookstore of texts as soon as possible using the Faculty Textbook Adoption System.
  3. Request a course Blackboard site (if desired) in advance using the Faculty Blackboard Course Request System.
  4. Determine multimedia needs ahead of time and prepare failsafes. Review the Multimedia Classroom Guide.
  5. Plan to attend spring and fall faculty meetings, SPCS Night and Commencement.

You may also wish to become a Safe Zone Ally to support LGBTQ members of the Richmond community.

If you are interested in additional employment opportunities at Richmond, visit SPCS job postings or the HR online jobs site.

Forms
Personal & Professional

Share Your Story. Tell us what teaching at SPCS and UR means to you

Tuition Remission. Submit with registration to apply for Think Again tuition remission

Fund Request. Use for professional development activities, class instructional support/social funds, or Weinstein Center fees

Classroom

Contract for Guest Speaker. Use this form for guest speaker approval and honorarium funds.

Contract for Instructional Services. Use this form for instructional services contracts (e.g., Cooperating Teacher). 

Textbook request. Request an instructor's desk copy or text for possible adoption.

Syllabus Guidelines
Required Elements Guidelines

Required Elements of a Syllabus. Brief guidelines with resources for writing and submitting your syllabus.

Academic and Personal Support Services

If you experience difficulties in this course, do not hesitate to consult with me. There are also other resources that can support you in your efforts to meet course requirements.

Academic Skills Center (804) 289-8626 or (804) 289-8956 — Assists students in assessing their academic strengths and weaknesses; honing their academic skills through teaching effective test preparation, critical reading and thinking, information processing, concentration, and related techniques; working on specific subject areas (e.g., calculus, chemistry, accounting, etc.); and encouraging campus and community involvement.

Career Services (804) 289-8547 — Can assist you in exploring your interests and abilities, choosing a major, connecting with internships and learning experiences, investigating graduate and professional school options, and landing your first job. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a career advisor during your first year at SPCS. Your SPCS Career Advisor is Tonya Osmond (tosmond@richmond.edu).

Counseling and Psychological Services (804) 289-8119 — Assists students in improving their mental health and well-being, and in handling challenges that may impede their growth and development. Services include short-term counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention, psychiatric consultation, and related services. Full-time SPCS students are eligible for free services.

Speech Center (804) 289-6409 — Assists with preparation and practice in the pursuit of excellence in public expression.  Recording, playback, coaching and critique sessions offered by teams of student consultants trained to assist in developing ideas, arranging key points for more effective organization, improving style and delivery, and handling multimedia aids for individual and group presentations.

Writing Center (804) 289-8263 — Assists writers at all levels of experience, across all majors. Students can schedule appointments with trained writing consultants who offer friendly critiques of written work. As an SPCS student, you also have exclusive access to the Richmond Online Writing Lab (OWL): review guidelines for submitting assignments to the OWL.

Boatwright Library Research Librarians (804) 289-8876 — Research librarians assist students with identifying and locating resources for class assignments, research papers and other course projects. Librarians also provide research support for students and can respond to questions about evaluating and citing sources. Students can email, text or IM or schedule a personal research appointment to meet with a librarian in his/her office on the first floor Research and Collaborative Study area. Your SPCS Librarian is Carrie Ludovico (cludovic@richmond.edu).

Disability Services

The University of Richmond strives to ensure that the campus is safe and accessible for everyone. If you need to request a disability accommodation, review guidelines online at disability.richmond.edu.

Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success: commonground.richmond.edu

Honor Code

Students are expected to adhere to the University of Richmond Honor Code at all times. All work submitted should be original, completed for this class and no other. It is plagiarism to include other people ideas or information without documenting the source, including textbooks, books, articles, even the Internet: spcs.richmond.edu/degrees/students/academics/honorcode.html.

Religious Observances

The University of Richmond values and supports students’ religious observance. Students who will miss class or other academic assignments because of religious observance are responsible for completing missed work. Students should contact the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester to make arrangements. The full religious observance policy is online: registrar.richmond.edu/services/policies.

Accomplishments & Promotions
Accomplishments

Complete our Accomplishments form to notify SPCS staff, including our marketing and communications team, of accomplishments, congratulations and excellence. Form can be completed by SPCS full-time or adjunct faculty and SPCS staff.

Promotions

Achievement & Promotion Portfolio. Document professional contributions to the School and outside the classroom for promotion.

Peer Review Process for Adjunct Faculty. Instructions and forms for completing the adjunct peer review process.

Innovations in Teaching
Guidelines

Innovations in Teaching. Defining innovations in teaching for SPCS faculty, following 14 dimensions.

Award

Innovations in Teaching Award. Nominate fellow faculty members for innovations you’ve recognized in their classes.

Handbooks & Guidelines
Handbooks

Faculty Governance. SPCS faculty membership, responsibilities, and governance structure.

Faculty Handbook. For adjunct faculty in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Learning Portfolio preparation handbook. A way students may earn credit for prior learning through the creation, submission, and assessment of a portfolio.

Guidelines

Ethical Guidelines for Research. Website of the University's Instructional Review Board

Independent Study Guidelines. Includes resources for faculty and students, and a sample learning contract

Faculty & Governance Committees
Academic Council 2016-17
Name Title
Barnett, B. Lewis Associate Professor, Math & Computer Science (A&S)
Bray, Scott Assistant Chair, Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP), SPCS
Breeden, Susan* University Registrar
Brown, Pat Senior Associate Dean, SPCS
Cassada, Kate Assistant Chair, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, SPCS
Contrada, Christine Assistant Chair, Liberal Arts, SPCS
Creamer, Kevin* Director, Teaching, Learning & Technology
Eakin, Frank* Professor of Religion; Chair, Master of Liberal Arts, SPCS
Fetrow, Jackie* University Provost
Flynn-Morris, Gretchen Director, HR Management Program; Interim Chair, HR Management (Undergraduate), SPCS
Harris, Bo Chair, Emergency Management Program; Interim Chair, HR Management (Graduate), SPCS
Hoyt, Crystal Professor, Leadership Studies & Psychology (Leadership)
Kitchen, David Associate Dean & Summer Programs Director, SPCS
Kuti, Laura Assistant Chair, Curriculum & Instruction, SPCS
Ludovico, Carrie* SPCS Librarian
Mew, Lionel Chair, Information Systems, SPCS
Micas, Stephanie Chair, Nonprofit Studies Program, SPCS
Murphy, Patty* Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Nielson, Erik Assistant Chair, Liberal Arts, SPCS
Roberts, Dan Chair, Liberal Arts Program, SPCS
Shields, Tom Chair, Graduate Education; Director, Center for Leadership in Education, SPCS
Slaughter, Ray Associate Professor, Accounting (Business)
Snaza, Nathan Director, Bridge to Success (A&S)
Stohr-Hunt, Tricia Assistant Professor, Education (A&S)
Swartz, Ned Associate Dean, SPCS
Taylor, Porcher Chair, Paralegal Studies Program, SPCS
Walk, Ellen Associate Dean for Administration, SPCS
Williams, Clark Professor of Law (Law)
Wilson, Jamelle Dean, SPCS
Zinn, John* Enrollment Management, SPCS

* Ex-Officio Member (has no voting rights)

Attend as Observers

  • Kristen Ball, Registrar’s Office
  • Judy Brushwood, SPCS
  • Denard Hall, SPCS

Membership

Membership can vary from year to year. Voting members include all full-time SPCS faculty/program chairs, all SPCS deans, and representatives from the other schools as follows:

  • 3 Representatives from the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S)
  • 1 Representative from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business (Business)
  • 1 Representative from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies (Leadership)
  • 1 Representative from the Richmond School of Law (Law)

Minutes
Minutes of Academic Council meetings are made available to School faculty and staff upon request. Changes to academic programs and policies that are approved during Academic Council meetings are published in the upcoming academic year's School catalog unless otherwise indicated.

Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) 2016-17
Department Name
Senior Associate Dean Brown, Patricia
Education Roberts, Wendell (Vice Chair)
Human Resource Management Shumate, Donna
Information Systems Vacant
Liberal Arts Mancastroppa, Roger (Chair)
Liberal Arts Butterfield, Kevin
Nonprofit Studies Leatherman, Richard
Paralegal Studies Stravitz, Lindsey

Meeting Schedule

All meetings held at 5 p.m. in Special Programs Building (SPB) 217F, the SPCS Conference Room

  • September 8, 2016
  • October 13, 2016
  • November 10, 2016
  • December 8, 2016
  • January 12, 2017
  • February 9, 2017
  • March 9, 2017
  • April 13, 2017
  • May 11, 2017
  • June 8, 2017
Dean's Ambassadors Circle (DAC)

Members appointed by the Dean to serve in an advisory capacity on SPCS matters.

Summer Studies Resources
Proposals

Online or in-class Summer School proposal. Use for proposing online or classroom-based Summer School courses.

Summer Study Abroad proposal. Use to propose a summer study abroad program and course(s).

Faculty Meetings

Fall: Evening of August 19, 2016

Spring: Evening of January 5, 2017

Jepson Alumni Center

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
spcs@richmond.edu

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

  • Featured in RTD's Discover Richmond

    Dr. April Greenan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, was featured, along with the SPCS class on music and medicine class she teaches, in a Discover Richmond article titled Here’s How Music and Medicine Intersect.

  • Presented to Nonprofit CEO Roundtable

    Kathy Laing, GC’08, GC’16, presented at the Captains’ Table, a monthly roundtable meeting of nonprofit CEOs sponsored by Union Bank and Sands Anderson, on “Talent Investment – A Critical Factor for Sustainability.”

  • Quoted on Arts Integration in RTD

    Rob McAdams, director of Partners in the Arts, was quoted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article on the selection of three Richmond Public Schools to participate in Turnaround Arts, a national arts integration program championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

  • Appointed to Board of Education

    Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, was appointed to the Virginia Board of Education by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Wilson was appointed to the Board with Anne Holton, former Commonwealth Secretary of Education.

  • VAFRE Panel Discussion Moderator

    Kathy Laing, GC’16, Program Manager for the Institute on Philanthropy, has been invited to moderate a panel discussion following Rusty Stahl’s keynote address at the VAFRE National Speaker’s Forum on March 7, 2017.

  • Earned Thought Leader Award

    Linda Fisher Thornton, Adjunct Associate Professor of HR Management, was honored by Trust Across America with a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Top Thought Leader in Trust. She is one of only seven thought leaders around the country honored in this way for 2017.

  • Earns Innovation Award

    Dr. Sarah Calveric, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, received the 2016 SPCS Innovations in Teaching Award at the School’s spring faculty meeting. The annual award recognizes one adjunct professor each year for teaching excellence.

  • Published journal article

    Dr. Sam Perry, adjunct professor of education, co-authored an article titled “Voting as a Form of Professionalism: 5 Steps to Take Now” in KPD’s New Teacher Advocate with Dr. Nathan Bond, professor of currlculum and instruction at Texas State University.

  • Published in AMLE Magazine

    Dr. Kate Cassada, assistant professor and assistant chair of graduate education - ELPS, published an article titled “Things Learned — or Affirmed — as a Middle School Mom: Confessions of a Former Middle School Principal” in the October 2016 issue of AMLE Magazine.

  • Earned Humanitarian Award

    Dr. Harold Fitrer, adjunct associate professor of graduate education and nonprofit studies, was awarded a 2016 Humanitarian Award by the Richmond chapter of the Virginia Center of Inclusive Communities.

  • Addressed public forum on ethics

    Linda Fisher-Thornton, adjunct associate professor of human resource management, gave an address titled Decoding the Complexity of Doing the Right Thing in a public forum for students and faculty at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire on October 3, 2016.

Faculty & Staff in the Spotlight

George Hiller
George Hiller, L'91

George Hiller, L’71, taught a class in October 2015 titled “Globalization and North America” at Ludwigsburg University of Education in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Hiller’s relationship with the school began while he worked at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Hiller’s instruction addressed effects of globalization including language acquisition; this topic provided him an opportunity to invite Dr. Laura Kuti to discuss teacher education and second-language instruction via Skype.

Kevin Schindler
Dirk Burruss, Winner of the Inaugural 'SPCS Innovations in Teaching' Award

Dirk Burrus, adjunct instructor of information systems, was the inaugural recipient of the SPCS Innovations in Teaching Award. The SPCS Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) sponsors the annual award.

Pictured is Burruss along with Dean Jamelle Wilson and members of AFAC Roger Mancastroppa, Donna Shumate, Lindsey Stravitz, Wendell Roberts, Meghan Rosatelli and Tom Gates (chair).

Kevin Schindler
Kevin Bruny promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor

Kevin Bruny was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Gretchen Flynn Morris, HRM Program Director and Interim Undergraduate HRM Chair; Kevin Bruny; Jamelle Wilson, Dean; and Bo Harris, Interim Graduate HRM Chair.

Kevin Schindler
Shelley Calabro promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor

Shelley Calabro was promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Jamelle Wilson, Dean; Shelley Callabro; Scott Bray, Graduate Education Assistant Chair, TLP; and Tom Shields, Graduate Education Chair. 

Kevin Schindler
Christopher Merritt promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor

Christopher Merritt was promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor of Information Systems (ISYS) during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Jamelle Wilson, Dean; Christopher Merritt; and Lionel Mew, ISYS Program Chair.

Kevin Schindler
Xiaobing Shuai promoted to Adjunct Professor

Xiaobing Shuai was promoted to Adjunct Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Gretchen Flynn Morris, HRM Program Director and Interim Undergraduate HRM Chair; Xiaobing Shuai; Jamelle Wilson, Dean; and Bo Harris, Interim Graduate HRM Chair.

Kevin Schindler
Tammy Milby promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor

Tammy Milby was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor of Education during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Jamelle Wilson, Dean; Tammy Milby; Scott Bray, Graduate Education Assistant Chair, TLP; and Tom Shields, Graduate Education Chair. 

Kevin Schindler
35-year SPCS Faculty Service Award

One faculty member earned a 35-year service award from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016. 

Pictured are Jamelle Wilson, Dean, with award recipient Gregory Foreman.

Kevin Schindler
Linda Fisher Thornton promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor

Linda Fisher Thornton was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Gretchen Flynn Morris, HRM Program Director and Interim Undergraduate HRM Chair; Linda Fisher Thornton; Jamelle Wilson, Dean; and Bo Harris, Interim Graduate HRM Chair.

Kevin Schindler
25-year SPCS Faculty Service Award

One faculty member earned a 25-year service award from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016. 

Pictured are Jamelle Wilson, Dean, with award recipient Michael Champlin.

Kevin Schindler
David Myers promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor

David Myers was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor of Education during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Jamelle Wilson, Dean; David Myers; Kate Cassada, Graduate Education Assistant Chair, ELPS; and Tom Shields, Graduate Education Chair. 

Kevin Schindler
Lindsey Stravitz promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor

Lindsey Stravitz was promoted to Adjunct ASsociate Professor of Paralegal Studies during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016.

Pictured, left to right: Jamelle Wilson, Dean; Lindsey Stravitz; and Porcher Taylor, Paralegal Studies Program Chair.

Kevin Schindler
5-year SPCS Faculty Service Awards

Twelve faculty members earned 5-year service awards from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016. 

Pictured are Jamelle Wilson, Dean, with award recipients Leigh Quick, William Price, Tammy Milby, Kate Cassada and Paul Vecchione. Not pictured are Joey Faucette, Joel Gregory, Carlyle Ramsey, Dorothy Suskind, James Verdini and Maury Wrightson.

Kevin Schindler
20-year SPCS Faculty Service Awards

Two faculty members earned 20-year service awards from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016. 

Pictured are Jamelle Wilson, Dean, with award recipients John Alley and Jada Banks.

Kevin Schindler
15-year SPCS Faculty Service Awards

Three faculty members earned 15-year service awards from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016. 

Pictured are Jamelle Wilson, Dean, with award recipient Bo Harris. Not pictured are Janet Clements and Kelley Lane.

Kevin Schindler
10-year SPCS Faculty Service Awards

Nine faculty members earned 10-year service awards from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies during the 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2016. 

Pictured are Jamelle Wilson, Dean, with award recipients Gerald Quirk, Daniel Zelinski, David Burgess, Patricia West, Tom Shields, Kenneth Bunting and Steven Brown. Not pictured are Kathryn Burnes and Marcus Forbes.

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