Joseph W. Cates, Assistant Professor

Photo of Joe Cates.Harris Hall, Room 5156
1015 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284
Box 842015

Joe Cates has taught UNIV 111-112: Focused Inquiry I &II since Fall ‘07.  He also teaches UNIV 211: Food For Thought, a service learning course that explores issues of food security in the local community. He earned an MFA in Poetry from VCU in ‘02 and a BFA in Creative Writing from BGSU in’97. He has presented work at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference, the International Association of Research in Community Engagement Service Learning Conference, and ALTfest. His critical writing, which has won numerous state and national awards, has appeared in Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine, and Virginia Living.  

He is a former chef and restaurateur, as well as an accomplished musician. His latest projects include a screenplay, a new collection of poems, and academic writing related to his participation in the ALTlab Learning Spaces Teaching Fellowship. He has a co-authored book chapter, “‘The Faculty/Faculty Conundrum’: Organizing Faculty Development Communities to Support Singular and Plural Faculty Development" in Communities of Practice - Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education, edited by Jacqueline Cook and Aline Steel (2016).  

Virginia Commonwealth University

Department of Focused Inquiry

Harris Hall, 5th Floor
1015 Floyd Avenue
Box 842015
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2015

Phone: 804-827-0838

Updated: 6/10/2019

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