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Three Join Dean’s Office Staff

Three familiar faces from the College of Humanities and Sciences will be joining the Dean’s office on July 1, 2018.

Joshua Langberg

Josh Langberg

Josh Langberg, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, will be the College’s new Associate Dean of Research, replacing Scott Gronert who has accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Since coming to VCU Josh has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on grants totaling in excess of $7M. He has authored or co-authored 107 publications, including 92 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 13 chapters, and 2 books. Josh has also built strong relationships with community organizations through his work with the Center for ADHD Research, Education and Service, the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development, and the Promoting Adolescent School Success Lab. He has been with our Department of Psychology since 2011 and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) from 2007 to 2011.

Josh also brings a passion for mentorship and professional development to his new role. He helped to establish and lead a junior faculty research mentorship program in the Department of Psychology through the Clark-Hill Institute. His research mentoring abilities have been recognized nationally, and later this year he will help lead the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Future Directions Forum which focuses specifically on mentorship and professional development for graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty.

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McKenna Brown

McKenna Brown will be joining the Dean’s Office as Special Assistant for Global Initiatives, a new position, beginning July 1, 2018. McKenna’s role will be to provide high-level support for communication, planning and implementation of projects that advance the College’s global priorities. He will serve as resource and liaison for continued internationalization of the College, including fostering global partnerships, creating opportunities for student experiential learning and international scholarship, and global engagement of faculty
and students. Other duties will include exploring potential for curricular development, and partnering with relevant community members and organizations to explore productive collaborations.

McKenna joined VCU in 1995 as an associate professor of foreign languages and spearheaded the creation of a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. In 2003 he was appointed the inaugural director of the School of World Studies and in 2008 assumed the executive directorship of VCU’s Global Education Office. He recently developed (along with Antonio Espinoza of the Department of History) the Migration Studies: Focus Latin America proposal for our Big Ideas Initiative that resulted in the creation of four new faculty positions.

In addition to his 50% appointment in the Dean’s Office, McKenna will resume his duties as a faculty member of the School of World Studies at the conclusion of his tenure as Executive Director of the Global Education Office.

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Kathy Bassard

Kathy Bassard will be joining the Dean’s Office as Special Assistant for Faculty Development Initiatives, also a new position, beginning July 1, 2018. Kathy’s role will focus on helping to support and improve the climate for faculty in our academic units, and offering support to chairs and mid-career faculty. She will also oversee new initiatives to promote faculty development and retention.

Kathy is a professor and former chair of the Department of English. During her time at VCU she has served numerous roles for the College, including chair of Graduate Academic Committee, Dean’s Fellow, and Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. She also served as Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs from 2015-2018. She is a 2015 graduate of HERS Wellesley Leadership Institute, a program for women leaders in Higher Education. Her research is located at the intersection of race and gender studies, religious studies, and early African American literature and culture.

In addition to her 50% appointment in the Dean’s Office, Kathy will continue her duties as a faculty member of the Department of English.

The College is excited to welcome these three outstanding members of our faculty to the Dean’s staff.