Charles Brownell, Ph.D.
Professor of art history
“Charles Brownell is passionate about design and the built environment. He pushes his students to research, learn and educate others. He has spearheaded the VCU Symposium on Architectural History and the Decorative Arts for almost 20 years and brings architectural history to the masses.”
Cliff Edwards, Ph.D.
Professor of philosophy and religious studies
“Without Cliff Edwards we wouldn’t have a Religious Studies Dept. When he joined the faculty, it was still part of the Philosophy Dept. Religious Studies grew and became its own. Cliff became the Chair, the program flourished and he demonstrates excellence in educating to this day.”
David Coogan, Ph.D.
Associate professor of English
“David Coogan started and continues to lead the writing workshop partnership between VCU and the Richmond City Jail. He recently expanded on this platform to found Open Minds, a program where VCU students and prisoners at Richmond City Jail take humanities courses together.”
Assistant professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies
“Liz Canfield has personally made a positive impact on my life. She wants the best for her students and will do whatever she can to help them in achieving their goals. She genuinely cares about her students and is a wonderful professor and advisor. Thank you for everything!!!”
Jessica M. Lonnes
Coordinator of advising, School of World Studies
"Jessica Lonnes took time out of her busy schedule to chat with me about scholarships, grants, internships and ideas I was having about the future. I am so inspired by her enthusiasm and how she gracefully balances advising and teaching along with so many other things."
Assistant professor of focused inquiry
“Professor Cates has opened my eyes as to what it means to be passionate about education and educating. His love of learning radiates from him to his students and inspires them to better themselves through objective researching regardless of their educational discipline.”
John Clore, M.D.
Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research; associate vice president of clinical research; professor of internal medicine
“John Clore is a physician, researcher and mentor who is loved by his patients and respected by colleagues and staff. His passion and dedication to improving human health shows in everything he does.”
Juan Lu, Ph.D., MPH, M.D.
Assistant professor of epidemiology
“Dr. Lu is a quiet yet powerful force who has supported and encouraged many students from a variety of disciplines to appreciate the power of proper epidemiologic studies. Dr. Lu was a true inspiration to me as a nontraditional student and she is a true asset to the dept.”
Professor of journalism and director of graduate studies, School of Mass Communications; president, VCU Faculty Senate
“Before I was accepted to the M.S. in Strategic PR Program, June Nicholson helped me throughout the entire process. June initially got me interested in the program, and is one of the reasons I chose to apply. She is encouraging and always positive toward all students.”
Justin J. Reed
Assistant professor, Art Foundation Program
"He goes off book when it’s necessary for students to learn real-world applications. His classes lead to intellectual discussions about issues in the art world and in society. Above all, he is very patient and understanding that in his classes, we are learners, not experts."
Professor of social work
“As an ever-present doctoral student mentor; as a celebrated doctoral education leader; as an engaging, inspiring and passionate social work teacher and scholar for 24 years at VCU; as a fierce student advocate, no matter the circumstances; as a unique, special and talented person.”
Executive administrative assistant to the dean, College of Humanities and Sciences
“Marquita Aguilar is a warm and friendly staff member who cares deeply about student success, so much so that she established a scholarship program to help more students achieve their academic goals.”
—Cassie Williams Jones
Martha Lou Green, Ed.D.
Special assistant to the provost for veteran support
“Dr. Green has been an amazing part of my life since I arrived at VCU. She has been supportive, encouraging and a positive member of the VCU community. Her smile is contagious and igniting. She has this great spirit that all members of the VCU community should follow.”
Wayne Slough, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of marketing
“Dr. Slough goes out of his way to make a connection with his students. With over 800 new students every year, Dr. Slough still remembers small details about my life and that means a lot. He is genuinely interested in each of his student’s success.”