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Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Research Development Advisory Council (ReDAC) 

The Research Development Advisory Council (ReDAC) was inaugurated in 2006. Its members are associate/assistant deans for research or individuals who hold comparable responsibilities for research development within their respective academic college or school. Council members represent the research interests of each of the academic schools and colleges at VCU, make policy recommendations to the vice president for research and innovation and serve as a conduit of information from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation back to their constituencies. The council meets monthly with the vice president for research and innovation and the associate vice president for research development to address topics of specific interest to the VCU research enterprise, to discuss policy issues, and to identify resources and supports necessary for increasing the strength and competitiveness of VCU as a research university. Affiliate non-voting members are appointed to ReDAC on a case-by-case basis by the vice president for research and innovation in consultation with the academic vice presidents.


Michael Donnenberg, M.D., chair
Senior associate dean for research and research training, School of Medicine
Email: michael.donnenberg@vcuhealth.org | Phone: (804) 828-0673

Vacant, vice chair (until July 1, 2021)

Aaron Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate chair and director of undergraduate studies, School of the Arts
Email: adanderson@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-6741

Douglas Davis, Ph.D.
Director of research, School of Business
Email: dddavis@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-7140

Ram Gupta, Ph.D.
Associate dean for faculty research development, College of Engineering
Email: rbgupta@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-1211

Associate dean for research, College of Humanities and Sciences

Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, College of Health Professions
Email: leesd@vcu.edu 

Aron Lichtman, Ph.D.
Associate dean for research and graduate education, School of Pharmacy
Email: alichtma@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-8480

Iain Morgan, Ph.D.
Associate dean for research, School of Dentistry
Email: immorgan@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-0149

Robyn Diehl McDougle, Ph.D.
Associate dean of research and outreach, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Email: rdmcdougle@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-2759

Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D.
Associate dean for faculty development, School of Social Work
Email: skprice@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-0579

Kathleen Rudasill, Ph.D.
Senior associate dean for research and faculty development, School of Education
Email: kmrudasill@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 827-9337

John Ryan, Ph.D.
Associate vice president for research development
Email: jjryan@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 827-2267

Amy Salisbury, Ph.D., RN
Associate dean for research, scholarship and innovation, School of Nursing
Email: salisburya@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-2095

Robert Tombes, Ph.D.
Vice provost for life sciences and research
Email: rtombes@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 827-1865


Daniel Bullard, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School
Email: bullarddc@vcu.edu

Jimmy Ghaphery
Associate university librarian for scholarly communications and publishing, VCU Libraries
Email: jghapher@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 827-3551

Amanda Hall, Ph.D.
Director of community-engaged research and special projects, Center for Community Engagement and Impact
Email: hallaf2@vcu.edu | Phone (804) 827-4204

John Leonard II, Ph.D.
Executive associate dean and professor, College of Engineering
Email: jdleonard@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 828-9228

Sandy Turnage,
Director of development, Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Email: scturnage@vcu.edu | Phone: (804) 827-2007

Said Sebti, Ph.D.
Associate director for basic research, Massey Cancer Center
Email: said.sebti@vcuhealth.org | Phone: (804) 828-6995

ReDAC meeting presentations

Contact us

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
BioTech One
800 East Leigh Street
Third Floor, Suite 3000
Richmond, VA

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