College Announces Eminent Scholars

Inaugural Class of Eminent Scholars Announced

The College of Humanities and Sciences has announced its inaugural class of Eminent Scholars. The three faculty members who were selected for this honor are Robin Everhart, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Marcus Messner, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Robertson School of Media and Culture, and Jason Reed, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics.

Our Eminent Scholars program was established to recognize outstanding mid-career faculty and reward them for their scholarly contributions. Each of our recipients of this honor was nominated by the director or chair of their school or department, and submitted a summary of their research accomplishments to date and a five-year research plan to support their nomination. They were selected by a committee consisting of members of the College’s Research Advisory Council.

Robin EverhartRobin focuses her research on understanding childhood chronic disease management from a family systems perspective. Robin is the recipient of the Department of Psychology’s Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Research Awards, and recently received promotion and tenure. She has more than 35 peer-reviewed publications and over 70 conference presentations. Robin has received funding from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, including a large NIH grant awarded in 2017 in which she is partnering with Richmond City and Richmond City Schools to reduce pediatric asthma disparities. The project is called RVA Breathes and will test an intervention consisting of asthma self-management education, home environmental remediation, along with a school nurse component.

Marcus Messner headshotMarcus conducts research with an international focus in two areas: the effectiveness of digital messaging in health communications and the analysis of global digital communications. He was the 2017 winner of VCU’s Excellence in Teaching Distinguished Faculty Award. He is a previous winner of the College’s Excellence in Scholarship award, and has a record of 37 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Marcus has had multiple grants including serving as Co-PI on grants from U.S. State Department and Meridian International Center to facilitate the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program.


Jason ReedJason is a noted expert in the field of nanotechnology applied to biology and medicine, including using physics principles to develop techniques to the provide information leading to novel ways of treating some of the deadliest cancers. He has been issued eight patents, and has published 25 peer-reviewed articles, including in top journals such as Nature Communications. In his six years in the Department of Physics he received multiple large grants, including funding from NIH National Cancer Institute and NIH Institute of General Medical Sciences. He actively collaborates with the Massey Cancer Center and is currently focused on predicting graft rejection in Cancer patients and radiation-induced side effects of prostate cancer therapy in African American men.