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.

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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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Spring 2023 Faculty Meeting

The Spring 2023 Adjunct Faculty Meeting will be held in person. All adjunct faculty members are encouraged to attend, even if not teaching during the fall semester. Promotions, service awards and the Innovations in Teaching award will be announced during the meeting.

  • Thursday, January 5, 2023
  • Jepson Alumni Center
  • 5:00-7:30 p.m.

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

Tom J. Shields
Shields Moderates Census Panel Discussion

Tom Shields, SPCS associate dean, graduate education professor & program chair, facilitated a panel discussion reflecting on the Unpacking the Census project during its 10th anniversary celebration on November 7. Panelists were Jovan Burton, Partnership for Housing Affordability; Kendra Norrell, Institute for Sustainable Communities; Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Albert Walker, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.

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Daniel L. Hocutt
Hocutt Publishes Collaborative Article

Daniel Hocutt, SPCS web manager and adjunct professor of liberal arts, has published with several co-authors an article, “Writing Infrastructure with the Fabric of Digital Life Platform,” in the first of two special issues on communication design and infrastructures in Communication Design Quarterly, the journal of the ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC).

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Tom J. Shields
Shields Discusses Redistricting & Schools

SPCS Associate Dean Tom Shields, chair & associate professor of graduate education, recently joined Professor Kim Bridges, GC’13, co-director of VCU’s doctoral program in educational leadership, to present “Socio-economic Issues in School Boundary Lines and Redistricting” during a Friday lunch series on redistricting in politics and government that was organized by Dave Soule in the Robins School of Business.

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Wendell Charles Roberts
Roberts Participates in Advisory Council Panel

Wendell Roberts, adjunct professor of educational leadership, recently participated on a UVA K-12 Advisory Council panel discussion on the topic “Managing Matters of Local Governance: Roles of the Respective Local Players,” joining a Hanover County School Board member and the superintendent of Brunswick County Schools in the discussion.

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