Constance Relihan, Ph.D.- Dean

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Constance C. Relihan became Dean of University College in July, 2018. Prior to her arrival at VCU, she most recently served as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Auburn University and Director of University College. She has been committed to the continuous improvement of the undergraduate academic experience through improving general education, strengthening academic advising, and ensuring that undergraduates are provided with the academic opportunities they need to succeed. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an AB in English, and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. She was a faculty member of Auburn University’s English Department since 1990, and the primary focus of her research has been on the structural nature and cultural impact of prose fiction written in England during the early modern period. She is the author of two books, Cosmographical Glasses: Geographic Discourse, Gender, and Elizabethan Fiction (2004), and Fashioning Authority: The Development of Elizabethan Novelistic Discourse (1994); and is the editor of Framing Elizabethan Fictions: Contemporary Approaches to Early Modern Narrative Prose (1996) and coeditor of Prose Fiction and Early Modern Sexualities (2003).

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