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VCUarts announces new faculty appointments, promotion and tenure

This fall, eight VCUarts faculty members have received promotion and tenure, while two are taking on new appointments within the school.

Those receiving promotion and tenure include Sandy Goldie and Susanna Klein in the Department of Music; Blair Clemo in the Department of Craft/Material Studies; Pamela Lawton in the Department of Art Education; and Orla McHardy in the Department of Kinetic Imaging. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, tenured in the Department of Theatre, was promoted to full professor. At VCUarts Qatar, Sadia Mir and Jesse Ulmer were both promoted to associate professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Assistant professors Paul Rucker and Julian Glover have also received new appointments at VCUarts. As Curator of Creative Collaboration, Rucker will co-lead and support initiatives with VCUarts and other departments to collaborate with national and international partners on research, exhibitions, performance laboratories, lectures, discussions and more. Glover will hold a joint appointment across the departments of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Dance + Choreography, focused on LGBTQIA+ intersectionality. Both Glover and Rucker are also affiliated with VCU’s iCubed initiative.

“I am thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of our talented and inspiring faculty,” says VCUarts Interim Dean Nancy Scott. “Their perspectives, expertise and artistic practices contribute to the creative culture that makes VCUarts one of the top-ranked art and design schools in the country.”

Promotions and tenure

Blair Clemo
Department of Craft/Material Studies
Tenure and promotion to associate professor

Susanna Klein
Department of Music
Tenure and promotion to associate professor

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Sandy Goldie
Department of Music
Tenure and promotion to associate professor

Pamela Lawton [View Image]

Pamela Lawton
Department of Art Education
Tenure and promotion to full professor

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Orla McHardy
Department of Kinetic Imaging
Tenure and promotion to associate professor

Headshot of Tawnya Pettiford-Wates [View Image]

Tawnya Pettiford-Wates
Department of Theatre
Promotion to full professor

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Sadia Mir
Liberal Arts and Sciences, VCUarts Qatar
Promotion to associate professor

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Jesse Ulmer
Liberal Arts and Sciences, VCUarts Qatar
Promotion to associate professor


New faculty appointments

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Paul Rucker
VCUarts
Assistant professor and Curator for Creative Collaboration

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Julian Glover
Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and the Department of Dance and Choreography

Tenure-track assistant professor and iCubed-affiliated faculty position in the Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities (“LGBTQIA+ Intersectionality”) transdisciplinary core


Lead image: Orla McHardy, No Common Sentence, 2016-2019.

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