QEP Planning and Development Committee

Having a wide range of perspectives and stakeholders involved in the QEP planning and development process is paramount to its success. Therefore, the QEP Planning and Development Committee was convened in March 2022 to provide guidance and input throughout the QEP process.

To see membership of a QEP Planning and Development Committee work group, select a header below:

The QEP Planning and Development Engagement Work Group is responsible for:

  • Planning and executing activities that will ensure broad and equitable participation from the VCU community in the proposal development and topic selection processes. Activities may include town halls, webinars, workshops, etc.
  • Development of the engagement activities may occur over the summer months. Anticipated activities include a formal workshop and information series planned for August as well as engagement activities throughout Fall 2022 to ensure community input on the topic selection.

Engagement Work Group members

NameTitleVCU unit
Jeff Wilson (chair) Associate Dean, Graduate School School of Graduate Studies
Jan Altman Executive Director of iExcel Education Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness, and Success
Katie Elliot Associate Director Service Learning
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Humans of RVA & VCU Honors College
Aisha McGriff Instructional Design Lead VCU Online
Amy Miller Education Abroad and Global Learning Specialist Global Education Office
Reena Pidaparti Undergraduate Student Representative Student Government Association
Tammy Swecker Interim Program Director, Dental Hygiene Program and Associate Professor School of Dentistry

The QEP Planning and Development Research and Development Work Group is responsible for:

  • Facilitating RFP launch
  • Researching models for identifying topics through RFP processes
  • Supporting proposal development by developing tools and resources (informed by research and best practices) to assist VCU community members engaging in the RFP process

Research and Development Work Group members

NameTitleVCU unit
Amy Rector (co-chair) Associate Professor and Director School of World Studies
Nia Rodgers (co-chair) Public Affairs Research Librarian VCU Libraries
Swadesh Das Associate Professor VCU Faculty Senate
Rodney Dyer Professor and Director Center for Environmental Studies
Rachel Gable Director of Institutional Effectiveness Office of the Provost
Jimmie Gahagan Director VCU Transform
Bob Gowdy Associate Professor Department of Physics
Herb Hill Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Office of the Provost
Jay Markiewicz Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs School of Business

The QEP Planning and Development Evaluation Work Group is responsible for:

    • Working closely with the R&D Work Group on defining terms and criteria for evaluation of proposals
    • Determining the process for evaluating proposals
    • Developing a rubric for scoring of proposals
    • Coordinating evaluation of proposals

To ensure a fair and equitable process, members of the evaluation work group cannot submit proposals for the QEP.

Evaluation Work Group members

NameTitleVCU unit
Alena Hampton (chair) Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Success College of Health Professions
Nancy Husson Clinical Assistant Professor School of Nursing
Allison Johnson Associate Professor VCU Life Sciences
Mike Jones Director, Business Intelligence Institutional Research and Decision Support
Chris Marcoux Director, Analytics Institutional Research and Decision Support
James McConville Graduate Student Representative Graduate Student Association
Christine Mowery Assistant Chair Department of Sociology
Samara Reynolds Director VCU Career Services
Allison Schumacher Director of Academic Alchemy da Vinci Center

The Marketing and Communications Work Group is responsible for:

  • Ensuring consistent core messaging around the QEP
  • Ensuring visibility of the QEP Planning and Development Committee’s work
  • Assisting with and promoting the work of the other work groups, such as disseminating the RFP to the VCU community
  • Determining key milestones for communications throughout the QEP process
  • Determining appropriate channels for QEP communications
  • Developing content as needed to accomplish the above goals

Marketing and Communications Work Group members

NameTitleVCU unit
Victoria Shivy (co-chair) Associate Professor Department of Psychology
Tom Myrick (co-chair) Assistant Director of Strategic Communications Office of the Provost
Heather Creswick Assistant Professor School of Medicine
Katherine Drumm Assistant Vice President for University Advising and Technologies Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success
Kaitlin Hanger Assistant Professor Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
Jake Khoury Assistant Professor University College
John Speich Associate Chair College of Engineering