Technology, Production, & Support

The department has two computer equipped classrooms with conferencing capabilities and access to Adobe Design Suite Software. Three days a week, the two classrooms and adjacent production spaces provide the wusorkspace for Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.  Graduate and undergraduate classes also meet in the rooms, and adjacent production spaces are available for use by graduate students and faculty.

Depending on your problem or needs, there are a number of units at Virginia Commonwealth University to turn to for technology support. Some of these resources are listed below. If you need help determining where to turn to for support, contact Michael Keller,

VCU Technology Services
Faculty and student accounts, EIDS, Blackboard, General classroom computers and consoles, Email, Software, Google Apps, & much more are managed through by VCU Technology Services. If you need help with a VCU supported function, contact the helpIT Center in James Branch Cabell Library.

HasTech (College of Humanities & Sciences Technology Services)
HasTech supports a number of computer classrooms, including English Computer Classrooms in Hibbs 330 and 331, as well as providing support for all H&S faculty and staff.

Faculty who have a question or problem about their office computers are encouraged by HasTech to report the problem directly; the technicians prefers to talk directly to the faculty member to schedule service times and to ask about preservation of data.

English students, including graduate students assistants, with support or equipment questions should first contact Michael Keller, who will advise on next steps.

Any machine supported by the College of Humanities & Sciences is tagged with a label reading “Property of Humanities & Sciences” followed by “For service call 828 6180 |” If you don’t see the tag, the machine you are at is likely not maintained by HasTech.

Gmail & Google Apps
Gmail and Google Apps are now defaults for all students and faculty. Students should see Google and myVCUmail Student Email for more information. Faculty and staff, should review Apps for VCU.

Google drive, by the way, allows users to store documents in the cloud for easy access to projects or papers from any web enabled location. Google drive also makes it easy to share documents as read-only, comment-enabled, or fully editable.

Blackboard is VCU’s preferred (but not required) platform for delivery of course materials.

Upcoming Deadlines

Classes Begin
AUGUST 23, 2018

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 29, 2018

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Break
OCTOBER 18-21, 2018

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 2, 2018

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 8, 2018



Blackbird journal logo: a stylized blackbird perched on the K of the word Blackbird overlaying the image of a photorealistic moon with a dark blue sky behind. The bird has a red berry in its beak the dot from the letter I in Blackbird.

An online journal of literature & the arts.

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British Virginia

British Virginia logo: simply the words

British Virginia is a VCU-hosted series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These texts range from the 16th and 17th-century literature of English exploration to the 19th-century writing of loyalists and other Virginians who continued to identify with Great Britain. Editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. 

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