VCU’s strategic research priorities plan seeks to enrich the human experience and advance human health and well-being through exceptionally creative, collaborative and community-engaged research. It is an outgrowth of the research goals set forth in VCU’s Quest 2025: Together We Transform strategic plan.
At VCUarts, we believe that the arts can inspire empathy and compassion, and we maintain a special commitment to collaboration, excellence, and creating for the public good. We foster programs and discoveries that confront real-world challenges through interdisciplinary arts research, such as using dance to address systems of racial oppression; building empathy in health practitioners towards ALS patients using VR; or utilizing sculptors to design better breast reconstructions.
Our community of artists, designers, performers and scholars generates new knowledge and insights into human experiences that can transform our relationships to each other and to the world.
As we move from distinction to preeminence … we will innovate to change better, faster and with greater focus than our peers around the nation. And we will stay true to our roots of discovery in science, scholarship and creative expression to unfailingly serve the public good.VCU President Michael Rao, Quest 2025: Together We Transform
Christiana Lafazani firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research
Tabatha Dunlap email@example.com, Grants and Financial Analyst
Lea Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org, Faculty Liaison for Research, Associate Chair, Dance and Choreography
Aaron Anderson email@example.com, Faculty Liaison for Arts & Health Projects, Associate Chair for Theatre
Tracy Leipold firstname.lastname@example.org, Coordinator, Arts Research
21 student research grants
awarded in 2019
$25,000+ in dean’s research grants
awarded to faculty in 2019
20% of VCUarts faculty
are actively engaged in research, collaborations, creative works, courses and programs related to health care.