VCU Faculty Participants Chosen for Summer 2019 Faculty Success Program

Seven VCU faculty members were selected to participate in the summer 2019 cohort of the Faculty Success Program, Presented by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

Seven VCU faculty members were selected to participate in the summer cohort of the Faculty Success Program from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. The Faculty Success Program helps faculty members learn the secrets to increasing research productivity, getting control of their time, and living a full and healthy life beyond their campus. 

In addition to the Faculty Success Program, the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity offers webinars, writing challenges, discussion forums, and additional resources for faculty members to access online. VCU faculty members can sign up for a free Institutional Membership to participate in the online trainings and resources by visiting

Read more about the summer 2019 VCU cohort below. More information about applying for the fall 2019 Faculty Success Program will be posted soon on the Office of the Provost website and sent out via VCU TelegRAM. 


Elissa Armstrong VCUElissa Armstrong, M.F.A.

Assistant professor and program director, Art Foundation Program, School of the Arts. 

"The opportunity to participate in an intensive program with FSP’s content and reputation, comes at an ideal juncture when my research practice is expanding to include writing, alongside my artistic practice. FSP’s curriculum will help me realize my research publications goals, maximize productivity, establish a daily writing routine, and make progress toward developing a significant publishing profile. I am very appreciative of the opportunity and am eagerly looking forward to participating in the program."


Dina Garcia VCUDina T. Garcia, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, Department of Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine

“Within the past seven months several changes occurred in my life, including moving from the Midwest to Richmond, beginning a new job as a tenure-track assistant professor, and rescuing two adorable dogs. The FSP presents an opportunity to reflect on these transitions and to strategically plan for the future. I look forward to learning new strategies that can help me achieve work life integration as I settle into this new phase in my life.”


Shawn Jones VCUShawn C.T. Jones, Ph.D. 

Assistant professor, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences

"I have been excited about the Faculty Success Program since I was a grad student and got some exposure to the techniques through my research lab. Now at the end of my first year as a tenure-track faculty member I am ecstatic to incorporate the strategies I will learn into year #2 and beyond!"


Kopryanski vcuKaren Kopryanski, M.F.A.

Assistant professor, Department of Theatre, School of the Arts

"Having just completed my mid-tenure review, I am thrilled to be participating in the Faculty Success Program. The gift of this time will help me establish a daily writing practice, define semesterly goals in a way that is both manageable and rewarding, and develop a set of best practices for time management and work-life balance. I plan to use what I learn for myself, but also to pass my discoveries on to my graduate pedagogy students, who will face similar challenges in their own careers."


VCU LingoldMary Caton Lingold, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, Department of English, College of Humanities and Sciences

"I am excited to participate in FSP while deep in the process of writing my first book. The program infrastructure is incredible for tracking and maximizing productivity and I hope to make the most out of the opportunity to write and research intensively this summer. As mother of a small child, I also look forward to connecting with other parents who are early career scholars as we learn to develop strategies for thriving in both our personal and professional lives. I've heard such wonderful things from fellow faculty about the program. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity."


Nadpara VCUPramit Nadpara, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy

"I am excited for the Faculty Success Program, as it will help me further improve my time management skills and productivity, while balancing the demands of work and family life."


VCU SatyamRani Satyam, Ph.D. 

Assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, College of Humanities and Sciences

"I'd heard good things about the Faculty Success Program from other colleagues, and I am grateful that through this program, we get devoted time to think deeply about how we do our academic work and how to better support ourselves. I'm really looking forward to the mentorship and sense of community with other faculty in the program across institutions. I cannot wait to share what I learn with my fellow VCU faculty and to use this to mentor graduate students starting their careers."