Stephanie Rizzi, M.A.- Interim Associate Dean

Harris Hall, Room 5176
1015 Floyd Avenue, Box 842015
Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 827-3611

Stephanie Miller Rizzi joined the Department of Focused Inquiry in 2007 after having been an adjunct instructor in the Department of English for 10 years. In the fall of 2022, she started her role as Interim Associate Dean in University College. She also taught high school English full-time for 11 years, most recently at Hermitage High School in Henrico County where she was also journalism instructor/sponsor.

Rizzi attended Virginia Commonwealth University as both an undergrad and graduate student majoring in Mass Communications/News Editorial and English Composition respectively.  She also holds a 30 credit hour certificate in English Education.  She is a past recipient of the VCU School of Education Alumni Scholarship.  Rizzi has served as a part-time and full-time academic advisor at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is active in her community and has volunteered for several community service projects in conjunction with the Richmond YMCA.  She is the past president of her neighborhood association, The Randolph Community Group, and has done much work to resolve disputes and foster positive relations between student renters and long-time homeowners in her neighborhood.  Her research interests include the preservation of the history of traditionally African American neighborhoods in Richmond, specifically “The West End” and Jackson Ward.  She enjoys sharing with students that she’s been at VCU since she was 17, and she is a huge step aerobics enthusiast.

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