SPCS Faculty

Information for Faculty

SPCS intentionally engages adjunct faculty as our primary instructors. Members of our full-time faculty direct the School’s academic programs and strategy. Our adjuncts, who are scholar practitioners with both workplace experience and academic and teaching credentials, bring real-world experience and cutting edge theory into the classroom when they teach.

Adjunct FacultyFull-time FacultySPCS Guiding PrinciplesOnline Teaching Resources

Updates & General Information

Tell us your story. Update your online bio. Find out who sits on SPCS committees. And review the list of program chairs. If you need additional details, information, review details below.


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active adjunct faculty members


average number of students in SPCS classes

Effective Teaching Tools

Effective teaching is at the heart of the School, part of the fabric of the Richmond experience. The resources provided below offer tips and tools for faculty training and improvement, along with links to forms and resources needed to teach and administer classes effectively.

Innovations in Teaching Teaching resources along 14 dimensions of innovation. Lists annual award winners along with nomination form.
Online Teaching Resources Hundreds of online teaching & learning resources, organized by category.
Miers Undergraduate Research Award Faculty nominations accepted annually for undergraduate research excellence.
UR Faculty Hub University’s pedagogy-focused resource for all faculty.
SPCS Online Teaching Community Housed on Blackboard (look for TR176), an SPCS community of practice.

Resources for All Faculty

Improving Instruction

The Innovations in Teaching framework defines teaching innovations along 14 dimensions. SPCS gives an annual Innovations in Teaching Award to an adjunct faculty member who demonstrates innovative teaching practices. Nominations for the annual award are generally due in early December.

Our Online Resources for Teaching & Learning have been collected by a committee of adjunct and full-time faculty, spearheaded by Bob Spires and John Zinn. This event is updated as new tools and resources become known and available.

Continuity of Instruction

The University has collected tips, resources and techniques for ensuring that students are able to continue making progress toward their degrees regardless of circumstances. Recent experience with the coronavirus pandemic reveals the importance of making a plan to continue instruction. The following summarizes primary recommendations:

Campus Emergencies

In the case of an active shooter: Run. Hide. Fight. University of Richmond Police recommend watching this video illustrating the value and effectiveness of this response to an active shooter on campus.

All campus emergency alerts are posted to alert.richmond.edu and sent by email to your Richmond account. Log in to BannerWeb to opt into emergency communication by phone and text to ensure speedy receipt of emergency communications.


Faculty meetings are held early in the spring and fall semesters. SPCS Night and Commencement are held early in May.

You may 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.

Free and discounted professional development opportunities are available for all faculty; review the list on the Adjunct Resources page.

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

Daryl L. Jackson
Daryl Jackson Earns Cybersecurity Certificate

Daryl Jackson, adjunct instructor of information systems, has earned a graduate certificate in cybersecurity management from the University of Virginia. Completing this post-graduate program qualifies Jackson to teach in our SPCS information security program.

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Peggy L. Watson
Watson Shares About UR Osher's 'Caste' Reading

Peggy Watson, W’76, director of the UR Osher Institute, provided a recap of the Osher’s community reading and discussion of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of our Discontents in the April issue of the Osher National Resource Center (NRC) Newsletter. The community reading and discussions were managed in collaboration with Gather.

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Ann C. Hodges
Hodges a Featured Expert for WalletHub

Ann Hodges, SPCS chair of paralegal studies and professor of law emerita, is among a panel of experts featured in a WalletHub article on pandemic impacts, State Economies Hit the Most by Coronavirus. Panelists offered responses to questions about pandemic and post-pandemic economic and employment challenges.

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Erik Nielson
Nielson Appointed to RVA Task Force

Erik Nielson, professor and assistant chair of liberal arts, has been appointed to the City of Richmond’s Task Force on the Establishment of a Civilian Review Board, tasked with establishing a civilian review board for Richmond police oversight after unrest last summer following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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SPCS & Relevant Events

Faculty Meeting Photos - Spring 2019

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