Montse Fuentes, Ph.D.
Dean, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Montserrat (Montse) Fuentes, Ph.D., became dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences on July 1, 2016. She came to VCU from North Carolina State University, where she served as the head of the Department of Statistics and James M. Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Statistics. She also served as center director for the Research Network for Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, a research collaborative funded by the National Science Foundation. She received a dual bachelor’s degree in mathematics and music (piano) from the University of Valladolid in Spain and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago.
As Dean, Montse plans to develop new initiatives to bring distinction to the College and promote the achievements of our faculty and students. She will emphasize faculty development, including promoting research initiatives, and reducing our reliance on adjunct faculty. Diversity will also be one of her main priorities. She is currently working on new initiatives to promote diversity in the Dean’s office and plans to work closely with the College’s Diversity and Equity committee. She wants to devote resources to helping at-risk students and ensure that students have mentors to guide them through their education.
In addition to her role as Dean, Montse is also a professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research. Her research has applications in such areas as weather forecasting, oceanography, climate, ecology, air pollution and human health effects from pollution.
Ed Acevedo, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
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.
Winnie Chan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Winnie’s primary focus as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs is to promote diversity and inclusion in the recruitment, retention, and development of all faculty across the College. Winnie is responsible for coordinating the promotion and tenure process and overseeing faculty development, including coordination with the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Provost Office of mentoring junior and mid-career faculty, coordinate the selection of College-level awards and the College’s nominations for University-, state-, and national-level awards. She manages emeriti and affiliate faculty appointments, as well as applications for Commonwealth and University Professorships, and coordinates faculty elections to University-level committees.
Winnie expects to continue working closely with the other Associate Deans to promote research and to oversee budget and personnel matters among faculty of all ranks, in addition to faculty involvement in undergraduate and graduate student affairs. A significant portion of her duties involves conflict resolution and management in coordination with the Director of Faculty, Student, and Staff Affairs, while acting as College liaison to the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Provost Office (particularly the Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention) and the Division of Inclusive Excellence.
Winnie is also an Associate Professor in the Department of English whose research and teaching focus is on World Anglophone Literature and Postcolonial Studies.
Scott Gronert, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research
As Associate Dean of Research, Scott leads the Office of Research in the College, which is responsible for pre-award and post-award management of proposals and grants. Scott’s office should be your first point of contact when you consider pursuing a funding opportunity. He is responsible for identifying grant opportunities, fostering and facilitating multi-investigator/multi-discipline proposals. In addition, Scott is involved in resource allocation for scholarly activities including HEETF, the PeRQ program, indirect-cost return, start-up expenses, and other local funding sources.
One of his early priorities will be to reach out to all departments in the College and develop plans for building enhanced external support for their programs. Most of all, the he is committed to helping faculty and students at VCU have the best possible opportunity to pursue their research and scholarly activities.
Scott is also a professor and former chair of the Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on using mass spectrometry to investigate problems in organic and biological chemistry.
James Mays, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
As the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs , James works in the College’s Office of Student Services. He has particular interest in, and places high priority on student success and curricular development/reform within the College. James’ specific responsibilities include leading the retention and graduation efforts for College of Humanities and Sciences undergraduates, guiding academic advising within the departments/schools of the College, serving as the College’s point person to resolve student-related problems and issues to serve the best interests of both students and the College, overseeing the CHS undergraduate curriculum committee, and representing the College in regards to initiatives and discussions affecting the undergraduate experience at VCU.
In addition to his responsibilities in the Office of Student Services, James is an associate professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research.
Don Young, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean of Finance and Administration
Don acts as Chief Operating Officer of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and is responsible for management of space, facilities, experiential learning, communications, dean’s office events, recruitment and technology in College, as well as having oversight of the Director of Finance and Administration who is responsible for the day-to-day fiscal and HR operations of the College. The Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration has considerable delegated authority to act on behalf of the Dean to permit expedited decision making and action internal to the College.
Don is also a professor in the Department of Biology and former chair of the department. His research focuses on environmental and biotic factors affecting the distribution of barrier island plants, successional processes in coastal environments, invasive species and plant characteristics that facilitate growth and survival in coastal environments.