November 29, 2018
A Season of Rest and Repair
Dear Colleagues,
We are – almost – halfway there. The rapidity of the semester never ceases to amaze me. Thanksgiving already behind us, ahead lie the holidays and time away from campus. As we reflect on the semester that is almost in our rearview and enter a season of rest and repair, I am excited about all that we have accomplished together and hopeful for what lies ahead.

In September, I called on the community to remain focused on our goals , which have been poignantly presented in our School’s strategic plan, Concept 30 . Foundations for accomplishing these goals included the drafting of shared governance bylaws, the completion of departmental Career Profiles, and improving our merit review process.

Regarding the first of these, I want to publicly commend the Shared Governance Task Force for its patient and steady work in drafting bylaws, the latest versions of which can be found here . In addition, A&S Staff have been busy drafting a plan for their engagement, which is located here .

Department Chairs are putting the final touches on their 2018 Career Profiles, which will be made public by the end of December 2018. The Ad Hoc Committee on Merit Review has also been busy gathering information from you. I am grateful to them for their steady work, and I am thankful for your participation and eager for your feedback.

In the year ahead, we will continue to build our community, in part through a process of call and response. In the new year, my office will begin reviewing departmental responses to Concept 30, as we seek out the best ways to build community and pride for those students majoring in Arts & Sciences.

A strong community calls for the thriving of each of its members. Our Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusivity, and Thriving, Dr. Carthene Bazemore-Walker, has already visited a number of departments and will continue to lay foundations with you for our work together in this area.

As your participation in our themed year demonstrates , community identity can also be drawn from a shared grappling with the big questions of our time. The spring activities around Contested Spaces: Race, Nation, and Conflict are sure to bring us together again. You might register for 1919 and its Legacies: Race Nation, and Conflict and include it on your syllabus; activities around Migration: Contested Spaces of the Mediterranean might also be of interest to you and our students.

Thank you for all your work this semester, and I hope that the break provides you with all that you need for a successful New Year.


Patrice Rankine, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Mark Your Calendars

November 30
Enhanced sabbatical applications due

December 1
Faculty proposals for SSIR and Endeavor due

December 6, 4 p.m.
Faculty Meeting
Brown-Alley Room

December 7
DAC applications due (one-time requests, equipment replacement)

December 10, 3:30 p.m.
Robins Stadium Suite
Recent Faculty Highlights
Classics professor Erika Zimmermann Damer will conduct first of its kind research in Rome on women depicted in ancient graffiti through an IES Abroad grant.
English professor Julietta Singh published the book, No Archive Will Restore You .
1919 and its Legacies: March 1-2
From “Red Summer” and the Red Scare in the United States to anti-colonial revolts and nationalist uprisings around the world, the year 1919 was a critical moment in the history of racial violence, radicalism, state suppression, and nationhood.

Our next Contested Spaces event explores the larger historical significance of these anniversaries, as well as the long-term legacies for the City of Richmond and for racial justice on a local, national, and global stage. Learn more and register.
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Undergrad Mapping Project is First of its Kind
Four students worked with the Digital Scholarship Lab to launch "Electing the House of Representatives," which allows citizens, journalists, and scholars to explore patterns in America’s democratic landscape.

A Voice for Others

The issues that a child with autism faces are compounded when that child lives in a refugee camp or a conflict zone. When Melissa Diamond, ’15, realized this, she was determined to help.

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