Message to faculty regarding Gypsy Denzine - Oct. 11

Dear VCU faculty,

Earlier this month, Dr. Gypsy Denzine informed me that she will be leaving her position as senior vice provost for faculty affairs at the end of the fall semester. After more than three years in the Office of the Provost, Dr. Denzine expressed her desire to return to the faculty and what she loves most - teaching. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education.

Dr. Denzine has been a tireless advocate for faculty since joining the Office of the Provost in 2018. She has been a leader in strengthening the university’s Promotion and Tenure process; raising the profile and recognition of term faculty; and streamlining faculty recruitment, retention and development through the Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Her approach to collaborative work across the university is evidenced in her support of the University Ombudsperson and her efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as co-chair of the Academic Continuity Committee and the Faculty and Staff HR, Employee Health Team.

Of course, her departure leaves a significant void in the Office of the Provost. Additional information is forthcoming regarding hiring a new senior vice provost.

In the meantime, please join me in thanking Dr. Denzine for her service in the Office of the Provost and congratulating her on her return to the faculty.

Best Regards,

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs