As Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Ed ensures that our graduate students have access to all the resources necessary for success, our faculty are supported to provide students with the highest quality educational experience, and our programs are aligned with the needs of our global community. Graduate programs in the College play a critical role in supporting VCU’s mission to advance our status as an urban public research university with a Carnegie Classification of “Highest Research Activity”. This mission is supported by the Associate Dean’s office by assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of our programs in addressing society’s 21st century challenges with a focus on the development of knowledge through scientific investigations, scholarly contributions and creative works.
Ed’s efforts to ensure excellence in our programs includes an emphasis on supporting positive mentoring relationships between faculty and students, enhancing an appreciation for the critical importance of the cross fertilization of ideas and interdisciplinary approaches, and developing bridges to professional opportunities. Ed is also responsible for implementing and managing a dean’s fellow program to provide professional development for faculty and staff.
Ed is a Professor and former chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Science. His research focuses on the impact of stress and fitness level on an individual’s health.