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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

  • Grollman Book

    Sociology professor Eric Grollman recently published the book Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics.

  • Richards Book

    Sociology professor Bedelia Richards coedited the new book, Clearing the Path for First-Generation College Students.

  • Rankine Article

    Classics professor and A&S Dean Patrice Rankine published “Epic Performance through Invencão de Orfeu and ‘An Iliad:’ Two Instantiations of Epic as Embodiment in the Americas,” in Epic Performances, from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century, published by Oxford University Press.

  • Roof Fellowship

    Political Science professor Tracy Roof is the 2018 recipient of the Robert & Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections Research Fellowship.

  • Browder, Byrum receive grant from Valentine Museum

    Laura Browder, Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies, and Alexandra Byrum, assistant director of communications for the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and UR Downtown, received a $1,000 grant from the Valentine Museum for work on HIV 17: Voices of Richmond’s Hidden Epidemic, a book featuring oral history text panels and photographic portraits of those affected by the AIDS epidemic.

  • Harrison Moenich awarded artist residency

    Harrison Moenich, digital/media arts technician in the Department of Art and Art History, has been awarded an artist residency in January 2019 to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

  • Dr. Lauranett Lee appointed to Capitol Square Preservation Council

    Dr. Lauranett Lee, visiting lecturer at the Jepson School, was appointed to the Capitol Square Preservation Council by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

  • Seeley Fellowship

    History professor Samantha Seeley has been awarded a Kluge Fellowship from The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress for her book project, “Race and Removal in the Early American Republic.”

  • Johnson Grant

    Chemistry professor Miles Johnson has received a grant from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for his research project, “An Integrated Synthetic-Computational Approach to Developing a Quantitative Model for Proazaphosphatrane-Enabled Cross-Coupling.”

  • Lee publishes SHRM viewpoint

    Dr. Christopher D. Lee, Adjunct Associate Professor of HR Management, published a viewpoint titled Feedback, ‘Feedforward’ and Frequency for 21st Century Performance Management on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website.