Current Fellows


Lindsay A. ChudzikLindsay Chudzik VCU

Assistant professor, University College, Focused Inquiry

Lindsay Chudzik holds an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from VCU. She teaches ENGL 215: Textual Analysis and UNIV 200: Inquiry and the Craft of Argument with a service-learning component. Her research focuses primarily around experiential learning, with recent presentations at the National Service-Learning Conference, Imagining America Conference, and The Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning. Her fiction has appeared in Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry & Prose, Ghost Town, Haunted Waters Press and Pembroke Magazine, among others. Her short story, "Check Yes If You Like Us," was named a finalist for the 2015 Dogwood Prize and her creative nonfiction piece, "Jailface"” recently was anthologized. As a faculty fellow, Lindsay provides faculty mentoring in service-learning pedagogy and is creating strategies for integrating community engagement into the university's Common Book program.

Tracey Gendron, M.S.G., Ph.D.Tracey Gendron VCU

Associate professor, School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Gerontology

Tracey Gendron has a Master of Science in Gerontology, a Master of Science in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. She teaches several graduate service-based courses, including grant writing, research methods and biology of aging. Gendron takes an all-inclusive approach to teaching about aging, particularly highlighting those understudied and underrepresented groups that are at increased risk of negative health outcomes based on discrimination. Her research is focused on the language, expression and perpetuation of ageism, aging, anxiety and gerontophobia. Her passion to embed the values of a community-engaged university is central to being a faculty fellow for the Division of Community Engagement. Her goal is provide support, encouragement and opportunity to all community-engaged scholars at VCU.

Meghan Z. Gough, Ph.D.Meghan Gough VCU

Associate professor and program chair, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Studies and Planning

Meghan Z. Gough is associate professor and chair of the Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program at VCU. She teaches community-engaged courses on sustainable community development, planning process and decision-making, and public participation. Her scholarly work focuses on the human dimensions of sustainability, including the development and role of creative partnerships to implement sustainability at the local and regional levels. As a faculty fellow, Gough is able to employ her teaching and research expertise in community-engaged approaches to inform ways that VCU can support early career tenure-line faculty who self-identify as community-engaged scholars. Her favorite part of being a faculty fellow? Working with inspirational colleagues, including Tracey Gendron, Lynn Pelco and Cathy Howard!

Sally Hunnicutt, Ph.D.Sally Hunnicutt VCU

Associate professor and associate chair, College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Chemistry

Sally Hunnicutt’s research interests relate to the creation, use and impacts of guided inquiry in different classroom environments, especially revising physical chemistry laboratory experiments to incorporate guided inquiry and examining the effects of those changes on faculty and students. She serves on the steering committee of the POGIL project, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving learning for students at the secondary and university levels. She received the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Teaching Award in 2012 and the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. Hunnicutt is excited to serve the VCU community as it expands its mentoring efforts for all faculty, and she has already seen that informal, mutual mentoring plays a critical role in improving faculty satisfaction and effectiveness as both teachers and scholars. She and her husband, Mike, have two sons, Patrick and Nathan, and they enjoy hiking, climbing and running.

MaryPeace McRae, Pharm.D., Ph.D.MaryPeace McRae VCU

Assistant professor, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science

MaryPeace McRae was born and raised in rural North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in health and sports science from Wake Forest University, her Doctor of Pharmacy from VCU and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked at a medical school in Kansas City, Missouri for five years before joining the faculty at VCU in 2012. Her research program is focused on understanding how drugs and diseases affect the blood-brain barrier and, more specifically, how these changes in the blood-brain barrier affect therapeutic medication penetration into the brain. Her therapeutic areas of interest are HIV, drug abuse and Alzheimer’s disease. She is passionate about, and has been actively involved in, mentoring programs for both faculty and students throughout her academic career.

Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D.Cristina Stanciu VCU

Assistant professor, College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of English

Cristina Stanciu received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. In the English department, she teaches and researches multi-ethnic and indigenous literatures of the U.S. Her essays have appeared in American Indian Quarterly, Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, Studies in American Indian Literatures, College English, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other journals and publications. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming MELUS special issue, “Pedagogy in Anxious Times,” to be published for winter 2017. Syracuse UP printed her  “Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Writings by Laura Cornelius Kellogg,” co-edited with Kristina Ackley in 2015. Stanciu is completing a monograph, “The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924,” which is under contract with Yale University Press. Her research has been supported by grants at the Newberry Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and a long-term fellowship from the American Association of University Women. As a faculty fellow in the Office of Faculty Affairs at VCU, she is working with the other OFA fellows on developing a universitywide mentoring program; she is also the institutional liaison for National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity and organizes the bi-weekly meetings Write on Site.