2015 Projects

Retention and Mentoring (RAM) Initiative

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The RAM Initiative's project focus is retention of excellent faculty and staff, particularly from underrepresented groups, so VCU can continue to deliver a premium higher education to a diverse student body. The national economic travails of recent years created numerous challenges for VCU, among them salary compression, compromising the university's ability to retain some excellent faculty and staff. Complicating this situation is the lack of a strong mentoring and culture-building process for employees. To address this issue, we consulted with Tim Davey, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention, and researched successful mentoring programs at peer institutions. We then developed was a new software program for mentor matching, a suggested model for permanent mentoring program, from outreach to management and support and also a training module for mentors.


Susan DiGiovanni, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical Education, Internal Medicine
Donna Gibson
,Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Counselor Education, School of Education
Anne Hofler
, Senior Director of Donor Relations, Development and Alumni Relations
Florence Johnson
, Compliance Audit Supervisor, Audit and Compliance Services
Michael Southam-Gerow
, Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics, Department of Psychology
Jenilee Stanley-Shanks
, Executive Coordinator, School of Engineering


Timothy Davey, Associate Vice Provost for faculty Recruitment and Retention, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Quest for Distinction Theme

Theme I: Become a leader among national research universities in providing all students with high-quality learning/living experiences focused on inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global environment