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As a student-centered environment, Virginia Union University has multiple pathways for academic achievement and innovation, which include quality graduate programs delivered by respected faculty composed of talented professors, scholars, advisors, and researchers, who are dedicated to helping students become life-long learners.

Programs Faculty

Political Science, Master of Arts (M.A.)

Dr. Lenneal Henderson
Master of Arts in Political Science
Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Eminent Scholar at Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia; Mentoring Faculty member of the Educational Leadership for Change Doctoral Program of the Fielding Graduate University. He received his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Ted Ritter
Master of Arts in Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science at VUU; Dean, School of Arts and Sciences. He received his B.A., JD and PhD. degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Theodore Brown
Master of Arts in Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science at VUU. He received a B.A. from the University of Richmond and PhD from the University of Virginia.
Public Health, Master of (M.P.H.)

Dr. Shyamal Premaratne
Master of Science in Biology
Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow's world.
Hospitality Management, Master of Science (M.S.)

Dr. Robin Davis
EMBA

Mrs. Antoinette Lloyd
Hospitality Management
Divinity, Master of (M.Div.)

Dr. Earl Bledsoe
Instructor of Practical Theology
Instructor of Practical Theology and Director of Field Education, B.S., Open University System; M.Div., Lancaster Theological Seminary; D.Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Associate Professor of Practical Theology, B.A., M.Div., Virginia Union University; M.Ed., Virginia State University; Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Dr. Faith B. Harris
Assistant Professor of Theology
Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of Edosomwan Center for Faith, Leadership, and Public Life, B.A., Moody Bible Institute, M.Div., Virginia Union University; S.T.M., Boston University, D.Min., Virginia Union University.

Dr. James Henry Harris
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Homiletics
Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Theology and Homiletics, B.S., Virginia State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; M.A., University of Virginia; M.A. Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A., Ph.D., Old Dominion University; D.Min., United Theological Seminary.

Dr. Greg Howard
Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Homiletics
Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Homiletics, B.S., Bluefield College; M.Div., Virginia Union University; D.Min., Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Alison Gise Johnson
Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies
Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies, Director of Doctor of Ministry Program, B.S.ChE, Northwestern University; M.Div., Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University; Ph.D Temple University.

Dr. Yung Suk Kim
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, B.A., Kyungpook National University; M.Div., McCormick Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.

Dr. John William Kinney
Professor of Theology and Historical Studies
Professor of Theology and Historical Studies, B.A., Marshall University; M.Div., School of Theology Virginia Union University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, New York.

Dr. Deborah M. Martin
Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Instructor in Practical Theology. B.A., Virginia State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; D.Min., Virginia Union University.

Dr. Ray Mckenzie
Instructor in Practical Theology
Instructor in Practical Theology. B.A., Virginia State University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; D.Min., Virginia Union University.

Dr. Boykin Sanders
Professor of New Testament and Greek
Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, B.S., Morris College; M.Div., Interdenominational Theological Center; Th.M., Harvard Divinity School; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University.

Dr. Harry E. Simmons
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, B.A., M.Div., Virginia Union University; M.A., Union Presbyterian Seminary and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor for the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education; D.Min., Virginia Union University.

Dr. Sylvester Thomas Smith
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S. Bethune-Cookman College; M.Div., Virginia Union University; Ph.D., University of Virginia

Dr. Robert Wafawanak
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, B.A. Gen., B.A. Special Honours, University of Zimbabwe; MTS., Th.M., Harvard Divinity School; Th.D., Boston University.
Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Dr. Natalie Delbridge
MACI Coordinator
Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow's world.
Christian Education, Master of (M.A.C.E.)

Dr. Denise Janssen
Associate Professor of Christian Education
Associate Professor of Christian Education, B.A., University of Sioux Falls M.Div., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Dr. Nathaniel West
Assistant Professor of Christian Education
Assistant Professor of Christian Education, BS., Christopher Newport University; M.Div., Virginia Union University; M.A., Union Presbyterian Seminary; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Executive Business Administration, Master of (M.B.A.)

Dr. Kim Allen
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Omega Wilson
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Valencia Westray
Executive MBA
Dr. Valencia Westray - expertise is in Human Resource Management and she served as a Dean for Strayer University in South Carolina. She also owns her own nonprofit organization.

Dr. Johnny Lowery
Executive MBA
Dr. Johnny Lowery - is an Assistant Professor of Management and has over 20 years of corporate experience in restaurant and supply chain management.

Dr. Melvin Miller
Executive MBA
Dr. Melvin Miller - worked as an executive in the Banking and Financial Industry for many years and is a now a Chair and Professor.
Biology, Master of Science (M.S.)

Dr. Shyamal Premaratne
Master of Science in Biology

Dr. Gerard McShepard
Master of Science in Biology

Dr. Zach Ghahramani
Master of Science in Biology

Dr. Karl Jackson
Master of Science in Biology
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