Faculty and staff from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) were recently given recognition for their exemplary performances in areas of research, teaching, and customer service.

VCUarts Qatar, an international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, a top-ranked art and design programme in the United States, has 162 employees representing 31 nationalities.

The Faculty and Staff Awards programmes at VCUarts Qatar recognise and honour outstanding work and achievements of individuals identified by their peers. These individuals consistently excelled in their work and demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of their department and to VCUarts Qatar.

Six awards were given at the university’s annual faculty and staff gathering at the HBKU Student Centre in Education City. The event was held at the beginning of the academic year. For updates and more information about VCUarts Qatar, visit qatar.vcu.edu.


Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award
Assistant Professor Denielle Emans – Graphic Design Department
Associate Professor Dr Summer Bateiha – Liberal Arts and Sciences Department

Distinguished Achievement in Research Award
Associate Professor Basma Hamdy – Graphic Design Department

Distinguished Achievement in Service Award
Richard Blackwell – Digital Fabrication Lab and Woodshop Coordinator

Staff Excellence in Customer Service Award
Carmina Celeridad – Administrative Business Specialist for the Art Foundation and Painting and Printmaking Departments

Staff Excellence in Achievement Service Award
Abdul Rahman Anwar – Materials Library Assistant

Staff Excellence in Commitment Award
Senior Research Officer Fikria Al Kaouakibi – Academic Affairs department