Recruitment Inclusive Champion (RIC)

Bringing the most talented, diverse faculty to VCU
The RIC program helps to strengthen VCU’s faculty recruitment efforts by building a cohort of knowledgeable champions from units across the university. In recent years, participants from three cohorts have completed the nine-month learning experience and, upon completion, have served their respective schools/units by providing new and expanded expertise on enhancing the culture of inclusivity at VCU.

Due to the success of RIC, the program is currently undergoing updates and a new phase in 2017-18, specifically focused on supporting the program ambassadors from previous cohorts. During the 2017-18 term, RIC will not be recruiting a new cohort, but plans to focus time and resources on engaging previous participants with new opportunities for development and continued education, including (but not limited to):

  • Travel to conferences to network and recruit
  • Membership in professional organizations in which active recruitment can occur
  • Developing relationships with HBCUs and other organizations/communities
  • And more

RIC graduates are available for cross-disciplinary consultations and feedback regarding diverse, inclusive hiring practices and techniques. A full listing of RIC graduates can be found below.  

Sean Bates, Ed.D., School of Pharmacy

Joslyn Bedell, Division of Student Affairs

Cara Benedetto, School of the Arts

Roy Brown, VCU Libraries

Sandro da Rocha, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy

Betsy Farmer, Ph.D., School of Social Work

Fletcher Ferguson, Division of Student Affairs

Ram Gupta, Ph.D., College of Engineering

Alena Hampton, Ph.D., Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Anjour Harris, Ph.D., Division of Strategic Enrollment Management

Richard Huff, Ph.D., L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Glenn Hurlbert, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Beth Kreydatus, Ph.D., University College

Andrew LeVasseur, School of Business

Victoria Menzies, Ph.D., School of Nursing

Katherine Mulloy, M.B.A., School of Medicine

Whitney Newcomb, Ph.D., School of Education

Angelina Overvold, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Karen Rader, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Paul Riley, College of Health Professions

Esra Sahingur, Ph.D., D.D.S., School of Dentistry

Michael Southam-Gerow, Ph.D. College of Humanities and Sciences

Lisa Webb, Ed.D., Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Erin White, VCU Libraries

Tiffany Williams, D.D.S., School of Dentistry

Lionel Bacon, VCU Athletics

Karen Belanger, Division of Student Affairs

Kathy Bradshaw, VCU Libraries

Lisa Brown, Ph.D., School of Nursing

Linda Fernandez, Ph.D., School of Business

Shelli Fowler, Ph.D., University College

Jill Gordon, Ph.D., L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Mary Hermann, Ph.D., J.D., School of Education

Carol Ann Irby, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Donna Jackson, Ed.D., School of Medicine

Charles Janus, D.D.S., School of Dentistry

Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Jeong Han Kim, Ph.D., College of Health Professions

Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Lea Marshall, School of the Arts

MaryPeace McRae, Ph.D., Pharm.D., School of Pharmacy

Gerald Miller, Ph.D., College of Engineering

Bernardo Piciche, Ph.D., J.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Seth Sykes, Ph.D., Division of Strategic Enrollment Management

Lydia Zirkle Lloyd, M.B.A., School of Medicine

Suzanne Ameringer, Ph.D., School of Nursing

Frank Baskind, Ph.D., School of Social Work

Alisa Brink, Ph.D., School of Business

Christopher Brooks, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Brian Brown, Ph.D., School of Business

Sarah Jane Brubaker, Ph.D., L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Angela Duncan, Ph.D., College of Health Professions

Charles Klink, Ph.D., Division of Student Affairs

Ibironke Lawal, Ph.D., VCU Libraries

Christina Lindholm, School of the Arts

Jim McMillan, Ph.D., School of Education

Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences

Lorraine Parker, Ph.D., College of Engineering

Joan Pellegrini, Ph.D., School of Dentistry

Paul Peterson, M.B.A., School of Medicine

Mary Shelden, Ph.D., University College

Pat Stauffer, VCU Athletics