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Director of Faculty Success Virginia Commonwealth University

Kim A. Case, Ph.D.

Dr. Case is a social psychologist by training and applies critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and intersectional theory to her teaching, research, and service to the profession, on campus, and in the surrounding community. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege, reduce prejudice, and create inclusive spaces within educational and community settings. Her pedagogical scholarship addresses diversity-course effectiveness, inclusive classroom practices, and teaching for social justice. Her first book, Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom (2013), focuses on pedagogical strategies for teaching about privilege through an intersectional lens. Her second book emphasizes intersectionality pedagogy across the curriculum: Intersectional Pedagogy: Complicating Identity and Social Justice (2017). Her third book with Mary Kite and Wendy R. Williams (fall 2020) addresses: Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice.

Dr. Case served a total of 11 years on the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (www.spssi.org) Council and as elected Representative to APA Council (American Psychological Association). On APA Council, she was a founding member of the Council Diversity Work Group. She previously served SPSSI as Convention Program Chair, Teaching and Mentoring Chair, Council Member, and more. She also serves as Advisory Board member to the Georgia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering NSF Red grant for inclusive transformation.

Dr. Case is Director of Faculty Success in the Office of the Provost and Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously served as Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Chair of the Faculty Mentoring Program, Director of the Teaching-Learning Enhancement Center, and Director of the Applied Social Issues Master’s concentration at her previous university.

Career Awards

2019 Distinguished Leadership Award

Committee on Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association

2018 Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award

Society for the Teaching of Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 2

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2017 Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, SPSSI, American Psychological Association Division 9


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Cincinnati
    • Graduate Certificate Women’s Studies
    • Graduate Certificate Preparing Future Faculty
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • B.A.  Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville