Faculty Development at Randolph-Macon College supports faculty at all stages of their careers through focused workshops, writing support groups, peer observation of teaching, internal research and pedagogy grants, and more. 

See our events calendar for ways to participate, or browse the document library for sample grant proposals and tenure/promotion materials.

Upcoming Events

  • September 7, 12:00-1:00: NFO SESSION: Library Resources (McGraw-Page Library)
  • September 13, 3:00-4:00: PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP: “Integrating AI? Exploring Faculty Use of Artificial Intelligence” (Dollar Tree Room)
  • September 19, 12:00-1:00: FACULTY DESSERT SERIES (Upstairs Estes)

“Internship Update: The Bassett Internship Program” (Dr. Ed Showalter)

“The Thriving Brain: How to Keep your Brain, and Mind, Healthy” (Dr. Kim Gerecke)

New Faculty Orientation

In monthly meetings throughout the year, new faculty will learn about campus resources and support for their teaching and scholarship.  See the New Faculty Orientation Canvas site for more details.

New faculty are matched with faculty mentors who are there to answer questions, offer guidance, and help new faculty get to know the community.  Mentorship groups participate in peer observation of teaching and have regular social events throughout the year.

  • August 28, 8:30-11:30: Welcome & The Basics (Dalton House)
  • September 7, 12:00-1:00: Library Resources (McGraw-Page Library)
  • October 5, 12:00-1:00: Academic Policies and Procedures (Oliver Classroom)
  • November 9, 12:00-1:00: Title IX & Nondiscrimination (Peele Hall)
  • November 30, 12:00-1:00: The Tenure Process & Faculty Success (Oliver Classroom)

See the NFO Canvas Site for resources and more details!

New Faculty for Academic Year 2022-2023

  • Sam Allen, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
  • Donelle Boose, Assistant Professor of History
  • Elliot Burton, Lecturer, Department of Biology
  • YuNing Chen, Visiting Instructor, Department of Asian Studies
  • Dyanis Conrad, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Maha Elouni, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Brittany Freelin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology
  • Antonio Hunt, Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities in the Department of Arts
  • Kate Laws, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Ray SchmidtAssistant Professor of Biology
  • Christine Turner, Clinical Professor of Nursing

New Graduate Faculty for Academic Year 2022-2023

  • Morgan Randolph, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Laura Tudor, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Resources for Teaching and Scholarship

Registration is now open for AY 22-23 Peer Observation Groups. 

Each group of three faculty members will be matched based on their schedules, and provided with a rubric to help guide their observations.  Peer observation groups are meant to provide faculty with input on their teaching practices beyond student feedback, and to foster more engaged discussion of pedagogical practices across disciplines.   


Workshop: “Integrating AI? Exploring Faculty Use of Artificial Intelligence” (Dr. Laurie Massery & Dr. Jen Cadwallader)


Workshop: “Creative Recruiting” (Dr. Jim McLeskey & Dr. Bart Natoli)

Have a workshop idea?  Let us know!

Twice a year (February and May), the McGraw-Page Library hosts a weeklong retreat for faculty to engage in sustained work.  Faculty are provided with carrel space, breakfast and lunch each day, and on-site consultations with library staff.  Start the week with an optional workshop featuring guest experts, and end the week with a faculty happy hour!

Registration is closed for summer ’22.  

Groups of 3-4 faculty meet regularly during the summer for support and accountability check-in meetings.  Each participant is provided with a free copy of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks.

Randolph-Macon College’s mission is to develop the mind and character of each student, and we feel one of the best ways to do so is through helping our faculty explore new pedagogies and engage in innovative research. Our grant opportunities are among the most generous in the country compared to peer institutions, and many are aimed at supporting early-career faculty.  

The Walter Williams Craigie Teaching Endowment provides up to $6,500 to support summer research, pedagogical development, and other scholarly activity. The program is open to all full-time faculty and welcomes proposals in any discipline.  Preference is given to first-time applicants.

The Chenery Research Professorship was established to enhance faculty development in the sciences. Appointments are made to full-time Faculty in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, or other faculty engaged in laboratory research. Typical grants range from $5,000-$15,000 for year-long projects, and funding can be used to support research assistants.

The Pre-Tenure Rashkind Grant, affectionately known as our “junior” Rashkind (the “senior” Rashkind supports sabbatical research), is available to tenure-track faculty who have completed three years of service to the college.  The grant provides a two-course release in addition to funding for expenses related to scholarly activity. Grants typically range from $7,000-$10,000 for year-long projects.

The Armour/DuPont/Cabell Travel Endowment supports faculty activity at conferences or other professional meetings.  This funding is available throughout the year on a rolling basis, and is currently capped at $2,000 per faculty member.

Document Library

Browse the Document Library for sample grant proposals and tenure and promotion portfolio materials.

Contact Us

Jennifer Cadwallader Headshot

Jennifer L. Cadwallader

The A.G. Ingram Professor of English


  • Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., English, Alfred University

Phone: (804) 752-7385
Email: JenCadwallader@rmc.edu
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Laurie A. Massery

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of Florida
  • M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.A., Spanish and Communication Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Phone: (804) 752-7326
Email: LaurieMassery@rmc.edu
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