Recruitment Inclusive Champion (RIC)

Bringing the most talented, diverse faculty to VCU

The Recruitment Inclusive Champion (RIC) program was established in 2014 to help strengthen VCU’s faculty and staff recruitment efforts by building cohorts of knowledgeable champions from units across the university who have completed a comprehensive learning experience. RICs serve as consultants, resources, and advisors to the search committee and help to support the search process to ensure that a robust, diverse set of qualified candidates are being considered. In addition, some RICs, specifically appointed by their deans, are responsible for working closely with the hiring manager and the search committee chair to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the search.    

Champions will assist their units with developing and implementing strategic recruitment plans. This may include identifying potential search committee members, establishing strategies targeting faculty candidates from underrepresented groups, integrating inclusive language into written documents and making suggestions for campus visit itineraries.

Selection Criterion

The RIC program is for faculty and staff who are:

  • Senior faculty/staff member preferred (tenured, if applicable)
  • Committed to building an inclusive and diverse talent pool
  • Able to fully participate and attend the required sessions
  • Experienced members of search committees (preferred)

The majority of colleges/schools at VCU have at least one RIC. A full listing of RIC graduates can be found below.  

Joslyn Bedell, Division of Student Affairs

Cara Benedetto, School of the Arts

Roy Brown, VCU Libraries

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

Ram Gupta, Ph.D., College of Engineering

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

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

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

Whitney Newcomb, Ph.D., School of Education

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

Paul Riley, College of Health Professions

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

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

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

Lea Marshall, School of the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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