Who We Are

The SPCS Pedagogy Community of Practice is designed by and for teachers, instructors, and course leaders in the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies. However, there are several key individuals engaged in maintaining the activity of the community.

Community Coordinator: Daniel Hocutt

Daniel Hocutt, R’92, G’98, serves as the SPCS Web Manager on the School’s Marketing & Engagement Team. He also teaches as an adjunct professor of liberal arts. He is working on his PhD in English, focused on technical communication and writing and composition studies, at Old Dominion University.

The role of the community coordinator includes:

  • Identify important issues in the domain
  • Plan and facilitate community events
  • Informally link community members
  • Foster development of community members
  • Manage boundary between community and SPCS
  • Help build the practice
  • Assess health of the community, evaluate contributions

Thought Leaders: Mike Dixon and Roger Mancastroppa

  • Mike Dixon served as the University’s assistant director of the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) until its dismantling. He now serves as adjunct professor of liberal arts in SPCS.
  • Roger Mancastroppa serves as the University’s associate director of the Academic Skills Center. He also teaches as an instructor and adjunct professor of liberal arts in SPCS, and is the former chair of the SPCS Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee (AFAC).

Planning Group

The planning group consisted of SPCS faculty, staff and administrators along with CTLT and AFAC representatives. This group met regularly in late 2017 and early 2018 to establish the community’s domain, practice and purpose. The following individuals attended planning meetings:

  • Pat Brown
  • Kevin Creamer
  • Mike Dixon
  • Natisha Harper
  • Daniel Hocutt
  • David Kitchen
  • Roger Mancastroppa
  • John Messer
  • Don Miller
  • Ellen Walk
  • Peggy Watson
  • John Zinn