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The University of Richmond’s mission statement concludes with the sentence: “A Richmond education prepares students for lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world.” Fulfilling this mission happens in many ways, both in and beyond the classroom. Richmond combines innovative classroom teaching with research-proven practices that encourage students to take their learning into every aspect of their lives.

The AAC&U scholars have been exploring what have been termed “High-Impact Practices” (or HIPs) in education. Recent research has shown a set of particular HIPs (including First-Year Seminars, Living-Learning Communities, Independent Research/Research With Faculty, Studying Abroad, Internships, Shared Intellectual Experiences, Community-Based Learning, Capstone Courses and Projects) help students make the most of their education. Richmond excels at providing students opportunities to participate in these and other such practices, doing a remarkable job of encouraging students to draw their vital classroom education beyond classroom walls.

Below are just some of the innovative ways the University of Richmond is providing a high-impact education in the classroom and beyond, toward helping students live “lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world.”

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Faculty Highlights

  • Yellin Grant History professor Eric Yellin received a grant from the Dirksen Congressional Center to research the political, cultural, and social meanings of Social Security after World War II.
  • Myers named Region I Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. David Myers, Adjunct Association Professor of Education and Superintendent of New Kent County Public Schools, has been named Virginia Region I Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia School Boards Association.

  • Nolin Article

    Chemistry professor Kristine Nolin, along with undergraduate co-authors, published "Friedel-Crafts alkylation of benzo[b]furan with activated cyclopropanes catalyzed by a calcium(II) complex" in the journal Tetrahedron Letters.

  • Ayers receives 2018 Avery O. Craven Award

    Edward Ayers, Tucker Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus, was awarded the 2018 Avery O. Craven Award for his book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.

  • Hilliker Grant

    Biology professor Angie Hilliker was awarded a NIH grant for research on production of proteins.

  • Quintero Elected to ASCB Council

    Biology professor Omar Quintero was elected to a three-year term on the American Society for Cell Biology's Council.

  • Fellowship will fund UR professor's project

    Monika Kukar-Kinney, professor of marketing at the Robins School, was awarded a Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Mednick Memorial Fellowship, which will help her examine and compare consumer digital piracy behavior in the U.S. and Slovenia.

  • Cherry Article

    Political science professor Kevin Cherry published “A Series of Footnotes to Plato's Philosophers” in The Review of Politics.

  • Smallwood Fellowship

    Biology professor Peter Smallwood received a Jefferson Science Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

  • Nash Article

    Journalism professor Steve Nash published, “As seas rise, world awaits ‘the plan’” in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.