Current and Previous Fellows

2017-2018  Fellows 

Rebecca Tyree
Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education
Department of Music, School of the Arts

Rebecca Tyree currently serves as assistant professor of Choral Music Education in the Department of Music where she has contributed to curricular and outreach programs in founding the VCU Women's Choir, writing curriculum for Vocal Chamber, Music Therapy and Music Education, founding the VCU Vocal Arts Project, a summer performing arts camp for sixth through twelfth grade students, and creating service-learning courses in which music students gain real world experiences in performing arts education.

With a music education career spanning four decades as conductor, clinician, coordinator and collaborator, service-learning work is now a driving force in her teaching. Immersed in the SPARC LIVE ART community since 2014, this continuing partnership has a transformative impact on pre-service teacher education for Music student interns, providing experiential strategies to work with inclusive populations of students of all abilities. Rebecca and her students continue to present on this dynamic collaboration at national conferences, disseminating LIVE ART curriculum practices, cumulative student outcomes and community benefits of the five-year old program.

Rebecca's new project will engage students in the Department of Music and VCU community in establishing partnerships to create and sustain a choir for those affected by homelessness, giving voice to a population which typically sits outside the boundaries and benefits of academia, enabling marginalized people to make friends, build confidence and skills, and find place in society.


‌Courtnie Wolfgang
Assistant Professor
Department of Art Education, School of the Arts

Courtnie Wolfgang, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of the Arts Department of Education and a member of the Open Minds faculty. Her research foci include intersections of post-structural, post/feminist and queer theories with art pedagogies, school and community teaching and justice-oriented Arts Education practices. Recent publication sites include Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, the Journal of Prison Education and Reentry and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. Ongoing projects include collaborative arts-based workshops with adolescent girls in juvenile arbitration and development of arts courses for incarcerated adults at the Richmond City Justice Center.

For her fellowship year, Wolfgang will be partnering with ART 180, Performing Statistics and faculty in the School of Education to support students and local teachers implementing curricula aimed at reducing the school-to-confinement pipeline in Virginia.

Read the article, "Sparking Dialogue and Action with Arts-Based Curriculum on Mass Incarceration," that features Wolfgang's work.


2016-2017  Fellow

Lindsey Chudzik, University College


2015-2016 Fellows

First Year Fellows

Lindsey Chudzik, University College
Jay White, School of Allied Health Professions

Second Year Fellows

Melanie Buffington, School of the Arts
Kristin Caskey, School of the Arts
Robin Everhart, College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Tammy Swecker, School of Dentistry


2014-2015 Fellows

First Year Fellows

Melanie Buffington, School of the Arts
Kristin Caskey, School of the Arts
Robin Everhart, College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Tammy Swecker, School of Dentistry

Second Year Fellows

Kris Byrd, University College
Tracey Gendron, School of Allied Health Professions
Damian Pitt, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


2013-2014 Fellows

First Year Fellows

Kris Byrd, University College
Tracey Gendron, School of Allied Health Professions
Damian Pitt, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Second Year Fellows

Kim Isringhausen, School of Dentistry
Carrie LeCrom, School of Education, Center for Sport Leadership


2012-2013 Fellows

First Year Fellows

Randi Buerlein, School of Social Work
Kim Isringhausen, School of Dentistry
Carrie LeCrom, School of Education, Center for Sport Leadership

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