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SpiderTalks with President Crutcher features Dr. April Greenan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, who discusses “Art Music & Music as Medicine” with Dr. Crutcher.

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'Rap on Trial' by Erik Nielson & Andrea L. Dennis

Dr. Erik Nielson and Dr. Andrea L. Dennis have published Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics & Guilt in America with a foreword by hip hop artist Killer Mike.

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  • Greenan featured in SpiderTalks with Pres. Crutcher

    Dr. April Greenan, adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts, is featured in a recent episode of SpiderTalks with President Crutcher. Greenan’s research as a musicologist focuses on 18th century Western art music, the art music tradition in the U.S., and the intersection of music and medicine.

  • Spires to participate in anti-slavery research

    Dr. Bob Spires, assistant professor of education, will participate this summer with Dr. Monti Datta, associate professor of political science, in grant-funded research in Assam, India, to assess the effectiveness of NGOs in liberating enslaved people.

  • Education faculty present at leadership conference

    Four members of the Graduate Education faculty — Dr. Tom Shields, Dr. Kate Cassada, Dr. Dionne Ward and Dr. Dave Myers — co-presented Undergraduate Leadership Studies Curriculum and K-12 School Leader Development at the global meeting of the International Leadership Association in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Sandra Peart, Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, chaired the panel.

  • Nelson earns 2019 Literati Award

    Dr. Jan Nelson, adjunct assistant professor of HR management, recently was awarded the 2019 Literati Award for Outstanding Author Contribution for her chapter “Here Be Paradox: How Global Business Leaders Navigate Change” released by Emerald Publishing in Advances in Global Leadership.

  • Spires collaborates on article

    Dr. Bob Spires, assistant professor of education, published an article co-written with graduate students & colleagues from Valdosta State University. The article, Effects of the Post-It Note Strategy on Reading Achievement among Eighth-Grade Students with Learning Disabilities, appears in Becoming: Journal of the Georgia Middle School Association.

  • Nielson co-authors book

    Dr. Erik Nielson, assistant chair and associate professor of liberal arts, has released Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America, a book on the use of rap lyrics in legal proceedings, written with Dr. Andrea L. Dennis from the University of Georgia School of Law.

  • Hocutt named conference program co-chair

    Dr. Daniel Hocutt, web manager and adjunct professor of liberal arts, has been named program co-chair for SIGDOC 2020, the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group for Design of Communication (SIGDOC) to be held at the University of North Texas October 3-4, 2020.

  • Laursen co-authors article with SPCS graduate

    Dr. Erik Laursen, adjunct associate professor of education, has co-authored with alum Kirsten Logan, GC’18, the article Does Mindfulness Strengthen Self-efficacy in First Grade Students? in the Journal of Teacher Action Research.

  • Cassada quoted on middle school teacher conferences

    Dr. Kate Cassada, assistant chair and associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, is quoted in Sylvan Source blog in a post titled Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences: What to Know. Cassada encourages parents to attend their middle schooler’s parent-teacher conferences.

  • Shields co-authors report highlighting value of school diversity

    Dr. Tom Shields, SPCS associate dean and associate professor of education & leadership studies, has co-authored a report highlighting the value of school diversity. Written with scholars from VCU and the Virginia Housing Alliance, the report focuses on Richmond’s school rezoning efforts.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Slade Gormus, C'18, to lead UR's collegiate recovery program

    Slade Gormus, C’18, will lead UR’s collegiate recovery program using grant funds received from the state’s Department of Behavioral Health to establish programs to tackle substance abuse issues on campus. Gormus is a Registered Nurse who earned a BA in liberal arts through Weekend College. She is currently working to earn a Master of HR Management degree through SPCS.

  • Brian Peyton, C'09, addresses presidential candidate at Teamsters forum

    Brian Peyton, C’09, Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 322 in Richmond, recently questioned U.S. presidential candidate Cory Booker about collective bargaining at the Teamsters Presidential Forum on Worker Issues on December 7, 2019. Peyton’s question and Booker’s response are captured in the recording of the event (start at 1:01:45). Peyton earned a BA in Liberal Arts through Weekend College.

  • Natasha Thomas, GC'19, receives 2019 R.E.B. Award

    Natasha Thomas, GC’19, was among recipients of a 2019 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence. The awards, given by the Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation, recognize excellence in local public educators. Thomas teaches at Southampton Elementary School in Richmond Public Schools and earned a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Mark Gan, C'17, hired as cyber security engineer at Accenture

    Mark Gan, C’17, has been hired as Cyber Security Lead Specialist Engineer at Accenture in Washington, D.C. Gan graduated in 2017 with a BSPS in IT Management, earning the Jean H. Proffitt Student Service Award at SPCS Night.

  • Kimberly Bridges, GC'13, quoted in analysis of Virginia politics

    Dr. Kimberly M. Bridges, GC’13, is quoted in The 74 analysis of Virginia education policy gains in the event of democratic wins in the November 5 election. The article was published two days prior to the election. Bridges earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and is now a professor in VCU’s School of Education.

  • Kirsten Logan, GC'18, co-authors article with professor in peer-reviewed journal

    Kirsten Logan, GC’18, has co-authored an article with SPCS adjunct associate professor Erik Laursen titled Does Mindfulness Strengthen Self-efficacy in First Grade Students? in the Journal of Teacher Action Research. This article represents the first peer-reviewed publication published by a student or graduate of the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program.

  • Ernest Woodard, C'19, hired as systems developer for Henrico County

    Ernest Woodard, C’19, was recently hired following a Career Services-support job search as a Systems Developer II for Henrico County. Woodard, a retired Air Force veteran, earned a BSPS in Information Security and received the McDonald Davis Jr. Book Award with the highest GPA in the Information Systems program.

  • Nicole Arnold, GC'18, named assistant principal at Powhatan High School

    Nicole Arnold, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Powhatan High School in Powhatan County Public Schools. Arnold earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

  • Beverley Steele, GC'18, named assistant principal at Freeman High School

    Beverley Steele, GC’18, has been named assistant principal at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County Public Schools. Steele earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS, and earned the Catherine S. Fisher Book Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2019.

  • Charlie Goad, GC'16, named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School

    Charlie Goad, GC’16, has been named associate principal at Longdale Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. Goad earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies through SPCS.

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SPCS Student Week alert: Snacks & swag now available in Stern Plaza outside Jepson Hall & in North Court 104 (the CMC).
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