UR Awarded Grant to Support Constructive Classroom Dialogues

February 13, 2023

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The Associated Colleges of the South has awarded funding to the University of Richmond for the collaborative faculty-focused project, "Facilitating Constructive Dialogue in a Challenging World."

The nearly $50K grant includes three ACS schools: the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University in Virginia, and Hendrix College in Arkansas.

The UR project is led by Kitty Maynard, director of the University of Richmond Faculty Hub, which focuses on supporting faculty as teachers and scholars.

"This project seeks to equip faculty with strategies to lead productive dialogues in their classrooms and to create environments in which students can develop the skills essential to leaving college as citizens willing to engage in challenging and thought-provoking conversations,” said Maynard. “The faculty members involved in this cohort will also become campus ambassadors for promoting the best practices they learn during the experience.”

The focus on constructive classroom dialogues will be woven into ongoing programming in coming academic year.

The Faculty Hub is a campus-wide initiative designed to help faculty:

  • Experiment with ways of making teaching effective for all learners.
  • Connect with other faculty to share teaching and research interests and approaches.
  • Incorporate new tools.
  • Engage in programming that advances professional development.


The Associated Colleges of the South is a consortium of 16 liberal arts colleges in the southern United States. Its mission is to champion and enhance residential liberal arts education through collaborative projects among its member institutions.