The Collegian
Thursday, July 02, 2020

Faculty


Faculty

Richmond gets 300K grant for biology and chemistry

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Richmond a $300,000 grant for the purchase of a computer cluster for biology, chemistry and materials science. Carol Parish, a chemistry professor, led the effort to write a proposal that explained the importance of increasing computational capacity and described the research into computational chemistry and biology that could be done with the grant. The proposal was researched and written with the help of faculty from Richmond and other universities, who will also benefit by using the computer cluster via the Internet.


Faculty

Meet the Jepsons

My School of Arts and Sciences curriculum has taken me through quite a few buildings and disciplines across campus, but it has never forced me to explore the other two undergraduate schools.


Faculty

Students find alternate jobs in bad economy

Many University of Richmond students are opting for alternate jobs with programs such as Teach for America and the Peace Corps, with the economy possibly motivating their choices. The Career Development Center hosted "Peace Corps Revealed" on Feb.


Faculty

Richmond a great value, despite price

The Princeton Review has included the University of Richmond on its list of the 50 best-value private colleges in the nation. According to a USA Today article about the list, the selection criteria included more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs and financial aid. "It's wonderful to be regarded as a best value, particularly during weak economic times," said Gil Villanueva, the assistant vice president and dean of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.


Features

Q&A with Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead was born in 1969 and grew up in Manhattan. He attended Harvard College, then spent two years working as a pop culture critic for the Village Voice.


Faculty

Student's journey from Somalia leads to Richmond

Abdul Sheikh arrived in the United States at 16, alone and afraid on an early morning in December 2000. It was a time of many firsts: His first flight on an airplane and the first time he saw snow on the ground, which he mistook for salt.


Faculty

Barbara Wallace, Italian professor, dies

Barbara B. Wallace, an adjunct professor of Italian in the department of modern literatures and cultures who learned to speak the language during her late 30s, died on Sunday after a bout with cancer. Lorenza Marcin, director of the Italian language program, worked with Wallace from 2001-2009 and described her as a perfect counterpart.


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Faculty

One Book, One Campus starts search for the university's 'Just Men'

When Richmond College dean Joe Boehman interviewed for his job at the University of Richmond three years ago, he kept coming back to one question: What is the university's vision of a Richmond College man? To help answer that question, the Office of the Chaplaincy is sponsoring the One Book, One Campus program, which aims to encourage a discussion about gender and masculinity. This year, the program is using Michael Kimmel's "Guyland" as a springboard for discussion.


Faculty

Modlin Center director moves to Skidmore

After growing up in Richmond, graduating from the University of Richmond and serving as the associate director of the Modlin Center for the Arts, professor David Howson will leave for Skidmore College next semester to pioneer its arts administration program. As the inaugural director, Howson will launch the interdisciplinary program as a minor this spring at Skidmore, located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Faculty

Ayers gives his "State of the University" address

During his annual report to the University of Richmond community on Monday, President Edward Ayers acknowledged the accomplishments of the university staff and faculty throughout the last year. But he also highlighted the work that still needed to be done. Ayers said the university's achievements during the last year -- including a 7 percent increase in freshman students who accepted offers of admission from Richmond, a doubling of the number of students of color in the freshman class and continued improvements in sustainability initiatives -- had been even more striking because of the dire economic situation in Virginia and across the nation during the past year. As universities and colleges have worked through a fundamental redefinition of American higher education by laying off staff and faculty, instituting major budget cuts and eliminating sports teams, Richmond has endured well through this uncharted territory in comparison, he said.


Faculty

Faculty members visit Eastern Europe during faculty seminar

The University of Richmond promotes its undergraduate study abroad programs, but the lesser-known Faculty Seminar program provides the same opportunity to faculty members. Ten faculty members -- led by Uliana Gabara, dean of International Education -- traveled to Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan last May for 2.5 weeks and toured cities, museums and universities during the 15th Faculty Seminar. Gabara said the goal of the seminar, started in 1989, was for faculty members to visit and learn about a country, see how it appeared through different interdisciplinary prisms and either apply their research to their classes or develop new courses. "Faculty need the experience of learning something completely new," Gabara said. This idea appealed to Dan Roberts, associate professor of liberal arts and history, and the host of the radio program, "A Moment in Time." Roberts, who went on the most recent seminar and the faculty trip in 2001, said the program had given him the opportunity to prepare for future radio programs. "Whenever I go somewhere, I also go with an idea of experiencing the flavor of the international experience, experiencing the international culture," Roberts said.


Faculty

Committee meets to discuss curriculum changes

Faculty, staff members and a student discussed potential changes to the University of Richmond's general education requirements on Friday during an open meeting hosted by the General Education Revision Committee. The committee, overseen by the Provost's office, is charged with redesigning the general education curriculum to incorporate the academic goals laid out in The Richmond Promise, the university's strategic plan for 2009-14. Gene Anderson, the committee's chairman, said Friday's meeting was the third open meeting last week.


Faculty

Committee meets to discuss possible curriculum changes

Faculty and staff members and a single student discussed potential changes to the University of Richmond's general education requirements Friday during an open meeting hosted by the General Education Revision Committee. The committee, overseen by the Provost's office, is charged with redesigning the general education curriculum to incorporate the academic goals laid out in The Richmond Promise, the university's strategic plan. Gene Anderson, the committee's chairman, said today's meeting was the third open meeting this week.


Faculty

Core replaced with seminars

Faculty voted at the end of spring 2009 to stop teaching Core - the year-long course requirement for first-year students - and to replace it with a two-seminar sequence to start fall 2010. The vote occurred in the last academic meeting of the 2008-2009 academic year on May 11.


Faculty

Students protest to keep business professor

When University of Richmond students found out that Mary Middleton's contract had not been renewed for the 2009-10 academic year, they wrote e-mails to the school administration and started a Facebook group, urging the school to keep her.


Faculty

Professor creates online blog to promote poetry

Percy Bysshe Shelley once declared "Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar." With April being National Poetry Month Dr. Tricia Stohr-Hunt, a University of Richmond professor of education and children's literature expert, celebrates the beauty of poetry and its authors through her online blog The Miss Rumphius Effect.