Carver Weakley- Common Book Coordinator, Assistant Professor Department of Focused Inquiry 

Carver Weakley is the the Common Book Coordinator. She joined the Department of Focused Inquiry in 2017 after having taught varying levels of writers since 2004. Her teaching philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that each individual plays an important role in their community and that learning effective ways to communicate can help people feel empowered and get involved. Carver currently serves the Department of Focused Inquiry on the Policies and Procedures Committee, the University College as a member of the CDEIC as well as Virginia Commonwealth University as an ITC Facilitator. She teaches Focused Inquiry I (UNIV 111), Focused Inquiry II (UNIV 112), and Inquiry and Craft of Argument (UNIV 200) in both face to face classes and online. She is an alumna of the College of William and Mary and earned a Master’s in English from VCU. Outside of VCU, Carver sits on the board of Project Yoga Richmond.

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Margaret Kneuer- Common Book Graduate Assistant

Margaret Kneuer is the graduate assistant for the Virginia Commonwealth University Common Book Program. She is a doctoral candidate in the VCU Social Psychology program. Her research focuses on complex social emotions and interpersonal processes. She also examines the psychological benefits of reading and re-reading behaviors. Margaret started working as the Common Book graduate assistant in the summer of 2022. She believes that the Common Book Program offers an advantageous and unique way for students to learn about, navigate and discuss complex social topics through both classroom and community engagement. 

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Carley Harrison-Undergraduate Communications Assistant

Carley Harrison is the undergraduate Communications Assistant for the Common Book and has been working for the program since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. She is a sophomore studying Psychology and Biology here at VCU. Her year’s Common Book was Evicted by Matthew Desmond and is still her favorite to date. She believes that the Common Book is an amazing way to engage with the Richmond/ VCU community and that the book allows students to discuss social issues in an inviting environment with their classmates. 

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