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Faculty Fellows Program

Our mission is to provide our students with an unparalleled liberal arts education.  Engaged, productive faculty are essential to that aim.  This Faculty Fellows Program is designed to attract, retain, and support faculty who bring their scholarship to bear on learning.

Applications are now closed for the AY 20-21.  For questions contact the Associate Provost for Faculty.

The Faculty Fellows Program will give our faculty in Arts and Sciences, the Robins School of Business and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies a temporary reduction in their course load between sabbaticals in order to focus on scholarship and creative efforts that will impact student learning.  It is a competitive, course-release program for tenured faculty.  This program contributes to the academic excellence goal of our strategic plan.

Excellent teaching and high impact student experiences distinguish a University of Richmond education. Our students regularly comment that faculty mentoring, shared scholarship, and attention is what made the biggest difference in their experience. These engagements require a substantial investment of time from faculty.  This program provides support by releasing faculty from teaching two courses in the years between sabbaticals.

This program will not affect sabbatical accrual.  Some key requirements are as follows:

  • Proposals explicitly linked to student learning and/or collaborative research with students will be favored.
  • Faculty are expected to maintain a regular service and advising load during the course release time.
  • This cannot be combined with additional course reductions to yield more than 2 course reductions in any given year.
  • Planning must be done collaboratively with the dean and department chair to address timing and teaching needs.
  • Joint applications will not be accepted.

2021-2022 Faculty Fellows

David Brandenberger, Professor of History

Dr. Brandenberger will finalize work on his English translation of a famous Stalin-era textbook, A Short History of the USSR.  He will incorporate the working manuscript into one of his courses, enabling him to combine the teaching of Russian history with historiography, ideology and propaganda.

Monti Datta, Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Datta will gather and analyze survey data on the nature and role of trust in contemporary anti-slavery organizations.  He will link this project to his SSIR class independent study requirements providing students with the opportunity to help develop and design the survey instrument.  The results will then be integrated into his classes and interested students will have the opportunity to use the data to present and share preliminary findings from the analysis.

Laura Knouse, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Knouse and her students will study the impact of avoidance thoughts on procrastination and negative emotion in the daily lives of college students with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The ultimate goal of this work is to use knowledge about the psychological processes that lead to procrastination to help struggling students accomplish their goals and to feel happier and less stressed.

Nicole Maurantonio, Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Communication Studies

Dr. Maurantonio will develop a new course on heritage tourism and public memory, while advancing her book project, Southern Charm: Plantation Weddings and the Aesthetics of Forgetting. She will mentor students as they collect data and work on independent study projects related to this topic, providing opportunities to develop research that could result in public presentations and publications.

Julietta Singh, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Singh will write the narrative script for her film, The Nest, an experimental documentary in collaboration with filmmaker Chase Joynt that charts the history of a single brick and mortar home in central Canada. Exploring histories of Indigenous uprising, education for the disabled, immigrant experience, and the politics of racial mixing, Dr. Singh’s project links the lives of diverse women who have lived in a single home across 140 years of Canadian history. She will use this work to guide students toward their own practice-based projects, develop a new course on documentary feminisms, and engage student interns in the behind-the-scenes operations of documentary filmmaking.

Selection Committee

In AY 20-21 a selection committee will be convened by the Associate Provost for Faculty (APF) in ex officio capacity and composed of five endowed chairs representing a variety of fields present in Arts & Sciences, The Robins School of Business and Jepson School of Leadership Studies.  In subsequent years, the APF will convene a committee of five faculty members drawn from prior faculty fellows and endowed chairs with attention to representing the breadth of the undergraduate schools.

Call for Proposals