Faculty Positions

Attracting and Retaining Faculty

Image of Maj. Brent Hierman in front of white board
Maj. Brent Hierman’s position in the international studies and political science department was established by the Jackson-Hope Fund and is now a permanent position. – VMI File Photo by Kelly Nye.

Thanks to support from the Jackson-Hope Fund, Virginia Military Institute has been able to attract and retain more than 26 junior and senior faculty members with signing bonuses and funding to establish the laboratories and research programs they need to be successful in their professions.

These positions are spread across engineering, the sciences, and the humanities in support of a wide variety of academic program initiatives.

Among the faculty members brought to VMI through the support of the Jackson-Hope Fund are Maj. Joyce Blandino, mechanical engineering; Dr. Reshef Agam-Segal, English, rhetoric, and humanistic studies; Dr. Mohamed Taifi, modern languages and cultures; Dr. Luman Wang, history; and Maj. Brent Hierman, international studies and political science.