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Adjunct Resources

The tabs below open to reveal a host of resources that SPCS adjuncts faculty members may need to consult, review, or use throughout their tenure as an adjunct.

If you wish to suggest additional resources, please contact a member of the Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC).

AFAC is responsible for the listing of resources; if you encounter dead links, please bring this to the attention of the SPCS Web Manager.

Important Contacts
Coordinators, Managers & Contacts

Program Coordinators & Assistants (Degree programs)

Leadership & Support

Deans of the School


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 and/or class instructional support/social funds


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

The following resources may be useful in constructing your syllabus. Faculty are encouraged to copy and paste all of the text resources on this page into your syllabus. 

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 (

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 (

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

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:

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:

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:

Accomplishments & Promotions

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.


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

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


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

Handbooks & Guidelines

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.

UR Faculty Handbook. Largely applicable to full-time faculty, but also provides useful background.


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

Professional Development
CompTIA Certification Exam & CertMaster Discounts

The University of Richmond is a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner. Our partnership enables us to offer preferred academic pricing on CompTIA certification exams and CertMaster.

To purchase a discounted exam voucher or CertMaster at the preferred academic pricing, visit the CompTIA Academic Marketplace at and use your email address to create an account (My Account > New Customers).

Alumni who have not yet activated their email address should visit the Alumni SSO Credential Service at to set up their email address.

This discount is available to current UR students, faculty, and staff along with alumni. To take advantage of this discount, you must use your email address.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The University of Richmond is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students; dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.

With this membership, faculty can receive a weekly motivational e-mail (“Monday Motivator”), access to the full NCFDD Core Curriculum, guest expert webinars, a private discussion forum, intensive multi-week courses facilitated by national experts and even monthly writing challenges.

As the NCFDD’s signature program, the Faculty Success Program is specifically designed to transform tenure-track and tenured faculty in their personal and professional life. This includes learning the secrets to increasing research productivity and work-life balance.

One-time account activation is required by visiting and using your email address.

SPCS Adult Pedagogy Community of Practice

The SPCS Adult Pedagogy Community of Practice (CoP) is built by and for those who teach nontraditional students in the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Instructors include, but are not limited to, SPCS adjunct faculty members, SPCS full-time faculty members, SPCS non-degree instructors and Osher Institute course leaders.

The purpose of the SPCS Pedagogy CoP is to develop and share best practices for teaching nontraditional students. The SPCS Pedagogy CoP website serves as a repository for collecting and sharing best practices in the form of research, praxis and experience reports.

We welcome any SPCS instructor to join the CoP and contribute to the community. Join by visiting the Join Us page of the CoP website

Summer Studies Resources

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

Tentative or confirmed Summer School term dates are available on the Summer Studies page for reference purposes.

SPCS Academic Council (2018-19)

The SPCS Academic Council governs approval of changes to academic programs.

B. Lewis Barnett (Arts & Sciences)
Associate Professor, Math & Computer Science

Susan Breeden*
University Registrar

Kate Cassada
Assistant Chair, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, SPCS

Mike Dixon*
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Frank Eakin*
Professor of Religion; Chair, Master of Liberal Arts, SPCS

Gretchen Flynn Morris
Instructor of HRM; Director, Strategic Management for Academic Programs, SPCS

Natisha Harper*
SPCS Library Liaison

Bo Harris
Interim Chair, HR Management, SPCS

Crystal Hoyt (Leadership Studies)
Professor, Leadership Studies & Psychology

Melanie Jenkins*
Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

David Kitchen
Associate Dean, Professional Education & Special Programs, SPCS

Laura Kuti
Assistant Chair, Teacher Education, SPCS

Jeffrey Legro
Executive Vice President & Provost

Lionel Mew
Chair, Information Systems, SPCS

Erik Nielson
Assistant Chair, Liberal Arts, SPCS

Dan Roberts
Chair, Liberal Arts, SPCS

Andrew Schoeneman
Chair, Nonprofit Studies, SPCS

Tom Shields
Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs & Chair, Graduate Education, SPCS

Joyce van der Laan Smith (Business)
Associate Professor, Accounting

Nathan Snaza (Arts & Sciences)
Director, Bridge to Success

Bob Spires
Assistant Professor, Education, SPCS

Tricia Stohr-Hunt (Arts & Sciences)
Chair, Department of Education

Porcher Taylor
Chair, Paralegal Studies, SPCS

Ellen Walk
Associate Dean for Administration, SPCS

Dionne Ward
Director of Internships, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, SPCS

Clark Williams (Law)
Professor of Law

Jamelle Wilson
Dean, SPCS

* Ex-Officio Member (has no voting rights)

Attend as Observers
  • Kristen Ball, Registrar’s Office
  • Beth Ann Howard, SPCS

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)

One meeting per semester is generally scheduled unless 1) no meeting is required in a given semester or 2) more than one meeting is required to address ongoing academic program changes. The Assistant to the Dean schedules meetings and coordinates agenda items in collaboration with Council members.


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.

SPCS Adjunct Faculty Advisory Commitee (2018-19)

The SPCS Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC) serves as a liaison between the School and the adjunct faculty. Membership is distributed across the School’s degree program areas as noted below. 

Associate Dean
Tom Shields

Erik Laursen

Human Resource Management
Dick Leatherman

Information Systems
William Prior

Liberal Arts
Kevin Butterfield

Nonprofit Studies
Abbi Haggerty

Paralegal Studies
Bruce McKechnie

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

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Closed for University holidays