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.

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  • Important Contacts

    Chairs and Faculty by Program

    Program Chairs and Assistant Chairs

    Faculty by Program

    Coordinators, Managers & Contacts

    Program Coordinators & Assistants (Degree programs)

    Leadership & Support

    Deans of the School


    Student Advising

  • 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 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

  • Campus Resources & Teaching Engagement
  • 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 conceptualization, concentration, and related techniques; working on specific subject areas (e.g., calculus, chemistry, accounting, etc.); and encouraging campus and community involvement. Tutors will be available virtually. The on-call peer-tutors available for these appointments are listed in a Box file: Email Roger Mancastroppa ( and Hope Walton ( for appointments in academic and life skills to request a Zoom conference.

    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 Becca Shelton (

    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..

    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’s ideas or information without documenting the source, including textbooks, books, articles, and 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


    Full-Time Faculty Governance. For SPCS faculty appointments, outlines responsibilities and governance structure.

    Adjunct Faculty Handbook. For adjunct faculty in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, outlines standards, expectations and procedures.

    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 a sample learning contract, along with the IS Request & Learning Guidelines Form. Student Guidelines are also available for sharing.

  • 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.

    Study Abroad Handbooks & Guidelines

    Guidelines for Orientation and Safety Audit

    Student Study Abroad Handbook

    Faculty/Resident Director Handbook

    Standards for Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

SPCS Faculty Committees

  • SPCS Academic Council - 2020-21

    The SPCS Academic Council governs approval of additions and changes to the School’s academic programs.

    Susan Breeden*
    University Registrar

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

    Lester Caudill (Arts & Sciences)
    Professor, Mathematics

    Gretchen Flynn Morris
    Instructor of HRM; Director, Strategic Management for Academic & Student Services, SPCS

    Lisa Hamiel*
    Assessment Specialist, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

    Ann Hodges
    Interim Chair, Paralegal Studies, SPCS

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

    Dana Jackson
    Director of Clinical Practice, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, SPCS

    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

    Deborah Napoli (Arts & Science)
    Director, Clinical Practice, Education

    Tracy Nicholson
    Chair, Human Resource Management, SPCS

    Erik Nielson
    Assistant Chair, Liberal Arts & Chair, MLA, SPCS

    Dan Roberts
    Chair, Liberal Arts, SPCS

    Andrew Schoeneman
    Chair, Nonprofit Studies, SPCS

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

    Andrea Simpson (Arts & Sciences)
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

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

    Bob Spires
    Assistant Professor, Education, SPCS

    Clark Williams (Law)
    Professor of Law

    Jamelle Wilson
    Dean, SPCS

    * Ex-Officio Member (has no voting rights)

    Attend as Observers

    • Kristen Ball, Senior Associate Registrar
    • Joel Hanel, Accreditation & Assessment Specialist, SPCS
    • Beth Ann Howard, Program Manager & Interim Advisor, 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
    • 1 Representative from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business
    • 1 Representative from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies
    • 1 Representative from the Richmond School of 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.

  • Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee - 2020-21

    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. 

    Education: Erik Laursen

    Human Resource Management: Dick Leatherman

    Information Systems: Bill Prior

    Liberal Arts: Kevin Butterfield

    Nonprofit Studies: Abbi Haggerty

    Paralegal Studies: Bruce McKechnie

    SPCS Liaison: Tom Shields, Associate Dean