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.
12

faculty appointments

~150

active adjunct faculty members

12

average number of students in SPCS classes

Spring 2022 Faculty Meeting To Be Remote

The Spring Adjunct Faculty Meeting will be held remote via Zoom. All adjunct faculty members are encouraged to attend, even if not teaching during the spring semester. Service awards and promotions will be announced and presented.

  • Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Via Zoom (link emailed Jan. 4)
  • 5:30-7:30 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.

Reminders

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 Convenes Civil Rights & Education Roundtable

Tom Shields, associate dean and education program chair, joined VCU collaborators Kim Bridges and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley to convene a roundtable discussion titled “Preserving & Expanding Educational Civil Rights in Virginia.” Researchers, policy experts & civil rights lawyers participated toward developing a research & advocacy network that affirms the role of public education, diversity, and equity in an increasingly multiracial and diverse state.

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Beth N. Teigen
Teigen Named Powhatan Schools Superintendent

Beth Teigen, adjunct assistant professor of education, has been named superintendent of Powhatan County Public Schools effective July 1. She joins Powhatan after serving in Henrico County Public Schools, overseeing the departments of assessment, research and evaluation, as well as policy and constituency relations.

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Linda Fisher Thornton
Thornton Published in EDUCAUSE Special Report

Linda Fisher Thornton, adjunct associate professor of HR management and CEO of Leading in Context, published “Artificial Intelligence and Ethical Accountability” in the June 1, 2022, EDUCAUSE Review Special Report: Artificial Intelligence: Where Are We Now? (pp. 13-17).

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Ann C. Hodges
Hodges Releases 4th Edition of Textbook

Ann Hodges, paralegal studies program chair and professor of law emerita, has released the fourth edition of Public Sector Employment: Cases and Materials, an employment law textbook in which she is a co-author. Hodges has contributed to the textbook since the second edition’s release in 2012.

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SPCS & Relevant Events

Faculty Meeting Photos - Spring 2019

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