Current Fellows

The VCU Provost’s Office Faculty Fellow Program supports faculty members who have an interest in deepening their knowledge and skills in higher education administration and in contributing to the operations of the Provost’s Office and its divisions and units. Learn about the current Fellows below. 

Amy Armstrong, Ph.D., C.R.C.Amy Armstrong VCU

Associate professor and program chair, School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

Faculty Fellow for Departmental Leadership Development

Amy J. Armstrong is chair and associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been involved in advocacy, education and employment issues related to individuals with disabilities and leadership for over 34 years. She has extensive experience providing national personnel training on employment of marginalized populations, wellbeing, leadership and transformational topics. Amy is particularly interested in positive psychology/wellbeing; appreciative leadership; employee engagement and community integration. She received an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Education from VCU.

Tracey Gendron, M.S.G., Ph.D.Tracey Gendron VCU

Associate professor, School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Gerontology

Continuing Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement

Tracey Gendron has a Master of Science in Gerontology, a Master of Science in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. She teaches several graduate service-based courses, including grant writing, research methods and biology of aging. Gendron takes an all-inclusive approach to teaching about aging, particularly highlighting those understudied and underrepresented groups that are at increased risk of negative health outcomes based on discrimination. Her research is focused on the language, expression and perpetuation of ageism, aging, anxiety and gerontophobia. Her passion to embed the values of a community-engaged university is central to being a faculty fellow for the Division of Community Engagement. Her goal is provide support, encouragement and opportunity to all community-engaged scholars at VCU.

Meghan Z. Gough, Ph.D.Meghan Gough VCU

Associate professor and program chair, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Studies and Planning

Continuing Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement

Meghan Z. Gough is associate professor and chair of the Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program at VCU. She teaches community-engaged courses on sustainable community development, planning process and decision-making, and public participation. Her scholarly work focuses on the human dimensions of sustainability, including the development and role of creative partnerships to implement sustainability at the local and regional levels. As a faculty fellow, Gough is able to employ her teaching and research expertise in community-engaged approaches to inform ways that VCU can support early career tenure-line faculty who self-identify as community-engaged scholars. Her favorite part of being a faculty fellow? Working with inspirational colleagues, including Tracey Gendron, Lynn Pelco and Cathy Howard!

Jill ReidJill Reid VCU

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

Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE)

Jill Reid holds an M.S. in Biology from VCU. She regularly teaches online courses including BIOL 201 Human Biology, BIOL 217 Principles of Nutrition and BIOL 200 Quantitative Biology. Human Biology is a broad discipline that encompasses topics such as evolution, inheritance, population genetics, environmental science, global ecology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and epidemiology. This course incorporates those topics while focusing on the evolutionary aspects of human anatomy. Principles of Nutrition uses a multidisciplinary approach focusing on four major themes: biology of nutrition, evolutionary nutrition, food politics, and debunking nutrition-related myths. Quantitative Biology focuses on scientific reasoning and experimental design, data collection, and analysis of probability and statistical tests relevant to the biological sciences. Over her 15-year career, she has developed and taught large and small classes, majors and non-majors biology classes, face-to-face, online and hybrid courses. She is excited about curating best practices and creating new professional development opportunities for faculty through the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D.Cristina Stanciu VCU

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

Continuing Faculty Fellow for the Faculty Mentoring Program

Cristina Stanciu received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. In the English department, she teaches and researches multi-ethnic and indigenous literatures of the U.S. Her essays have appeared in American Indian Quarterly, Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, Studies in American Indian Literatures, College English, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other journals and publications. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming MELUS special issue, “Pedagogy in Anxious Times,” to be published for winter 2017. Syracuse UP printed her “Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Writings by Laura Cornelius Kellogg,” co-edited with Kristina Ackley in 2015. Stanciu is completing a monograph, “The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924,” which is under contract with Yale University Press. Her research has been supported by grants at the Newberry Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and a long-term fellowship from the American Association of University Women. As a faculty fellow in the Office of Faculty Affairs at VCU, she is working with the other OFA fellows on developing a universitywide mentoring program; she is also the institutional liaison for National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity and organizes the bi-weekly meetings of Write on Site.

Rebecca TyreeRebecca Tyree VCU

Assistant professor, School of the Arts, Department of Music

Faculty Fellow for Service Learning, Division of Community Engagement

Rebecca Tyree currently serves as assistant professor of Choral Music Education in the Department of Music where she has contributed to curricular and outreach programs in founding the VCU Women's Choir, writing curriculum for Vocal Chamber, Music Therapy and Music Education, founding the VCU Vocal Arts Project, a summer performing arts camp for sixth through twelfth grade students, and creating service-learning courses in which music students gain real world experiences in performing arts education. With a music education career spanning four decades as conductor, clinician, coordinator and collaborator, service-learning work is now a driving force in her teaching. Immersed in the SPARC LIVE ART community since 2014, this continuing partnership has a transformative impact on pre-service teacher education for Music student interns, providing experiential strategies to work with inclusive populations of students of all abilities. Rebecca's new project will engage students in the Department of Music and VCU community in establishing partnerships to create and sustain a choir for those affected by homelessness, giving voice to a population which typically sits outside the boundaries and benefits of academia, enabling marginalized people to make friends, build confidence and skills, and find place in society.

Courtnie Wolfgang, Ph.D.Courtnie Wolfgang VCU

Assistant professor, School of the Arts, Department of Art Education

Faculty Fellow for Service Learning, Division of Community Engagement

Courtnie Wolfgang is an assistant professor in the School of the Arts Department of Education and a member of the Open Minds faculty. Her research foci include intersections of post-structural, post/feminist and queer theories with art pedagogies, school and community teaching and justice-oriented Arts Education practices. Recent publication sites include Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, the Journal of Prison Education and Reentry and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. Ongoing projects include collaborative arts-based workshops with adolescent girls in juvenile arbitration and development of arts courses for incarcerated adults at the Richmond City Justice Center. For her fellowship year, Wolfgang will be partnering with ART 180Performing Statistics and faculty in the School of Education to support students and local teachers implementing curricula aimed at reducing the school-to-confinement pipeline in Virginia. 

Previous Fellows


Lindsay Chudzik

Assistant professor, University College, Focused Inquiry

Sally Hunnicutt, Ph.D.

Associate professor and associate chair, College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Chemistry

MaryPeace McRae, Pharm.D, Ph.D.

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