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

Linda Fisher Thornton
Thornton to Headline Ethics Forum

Linda Fisher Thornton, SPCS adjunct associate professor of HR management and CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, will headline the Ethics in Governance Forum on November 16 through the Center for Ethics in Society at St. Anselm College. The title of her talk is “7 Ethical Lenses: Through the Kaleidoscope.” The remote event is free and open to the public.

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Ann C. Hodges
Hodges a Featured Labor Expert on WalletHub

Ann C. Hodges, professor of law emerita and chair of paralegal studies, is a featured labor expert in WalletHub’s 2021 Labor Day Facts – Travel, Money & More. Hodges responds to 5 questions about the Labor Day holiday and labor conditions in the U.S. She addresses threats facing workers, impacts of the gig economy, federal and state policy and legislation recommendations, and tips for Labor Day getaways.

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Erik Nielson
Nielson earns University Distinguished Scholarship Award

Erik Nielson, assistant chair and professor of liberal arts, was named a 2021 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Scholarship Award at the annual Colloquy celebration held August 18.

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Laura M. Kuti
Kuti Earns University Distinguished Educator Award

Laura Kuti, assistant chair of teacher education and assistant professor of education, was named a 2021 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Educator Award at the annual Colloquy celebration held August 18.

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SPCS & Relevant Events

Faculty Meeting Photos - Spring 2019

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