Our response to COVID19

The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.


Erin Webster Garrett

Dr. Erin Webster Garrett is Assistant Vice Provost for Relevant, Experiential, and Applied Learning at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her appointment in July 2018, she served as a tenured Professor of Literature at Radford University, where from 2010 to 2017 she also served as leader of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the Scholar-Citizen Initiative.  

Erin’s recent research has focused on institutional change management and bringing high impact practices to scale. As QEP Director, Erin focused on leveraging accreditation efforts to forward civic learning, the liberal and fine arts, and pedagogies of engagement across the institution. During the 2017-2018 academic year Erin was grateful to serve as an ACE Fellow in the Office of the President at Southern Connecticut State University where she shadowed President Joe Bertolino and pursued research related to high impact practices and the impact of an executive leader’s values and style upon an institution’s capacity for innovation and change. 

Erin received her Ph.D. in Literary Studies from the University of Denver. Additionally, she earned an M.A. in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. (also in English Literature) from University of Richmond.


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