Kim Case, Ph.D.

Kim Case in front of a brick wall

Professor of Psychology (tenured)
Director of Faculty Success, Office of the Provost

Professor (tenured)
Director of Faculty Success, Office of the Provost
Ph.D. (2003), University of Cincinnati


 Dr. Kim Case

Research Interests

Dr. Case is an experimental social psychologist by training and applies critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and intersectional theory to her teaching, research, and service. Her mixed-methods research currently examines teaching and workplace interventions to support equity and inclusion for student and faculty success. More specifically, Dr. Case’s pedagogical scholarship addresses diversity-course effectiveness, inclusive classroom practices, and teaching for social justice. Her consulting and professional service includes national and international keynotes and faculty workshops on anti-racism, critical pedagogies, inclusive teaching practices, and rewarding equity and inclusion work in faculty promotion. Kim served a total of 11 years on the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues ( Council and 5 years as elected Representative to APA Council (American Psychological Association). Within APA Council, she was a founding member of the Council Diversity Work Group. Kim is recognized as a Fellow of APA and a Fellow of three divisions of APA. As VCU’s Director of Faculty Success, she develops and implements faculty mentoring programs, supports faculty career development and scholarship productivity, and oversees the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Select Publications

Case, K. (Ed.). (2013). Deconstructing privilege: Teaching and learning as allies in the classroom. Routledge.

Case, K. (Ed.). (2017). Intersectional pedagogy: Complicating identity and social justice. Routledge.

Kite, M., Case, K., & Williams, W. (Eds.). (2021). Navigating difficult moments in teaching diversity and social justice. American Psychological Association Press.

Rios, D., & Case, K.A. (2020). Unlikely alliances from Appalachia to East L.A.: Insider without and outsider within. In Y. Flores Niemann, G. Gutierrez y Muhs, & C. G. Gonzalez (Eds.), Presumed Incompetent Volume 2 (pp. 131- 142). Utah State University Press. 

Buchanan, N., Rios, D., & Case. K.A. (2020). Intersectional cultural humility: Aligning critical inquiry with critical praxis in psychology. Women and Therapy, 43, 235-243.

Nnawulezi, N., Case, K., & Settles, I. (2020). Ambivalent white racial consciousness: Examining intersectional reflection and complexity in practitioner graduate training. Women and Therapy, 43, 365-388.

Case, K. (2017). Insider without: Journey across the working-class academic arc. Journal of Working-Class Studies, 2, 16-35.

Case, K. (2012). Discovering the privilege of whiteness: White women’s reflections on anti-racist identity and ally behavior. Journal of Social Issues, 68, 78-96.

Guest Editor of Journal Special Issues

Case, K., Buchanan, N., Rios, D. (Eds.). (2020). Intersectionality in education, training,  and practice. Women and Therapy, Volume 43, Issue 3-4.

Overstreet, N., Rosenthal, L., & Case, K. (2020). Applying intersectional theory to critical social Issues. Journal of Social Issues, Volume 76, Issue 4.

Case, K., & Iuzzini, J. (Eds.) (2012). Systems of privilege: Intersections, awareness, and applications. Journal of Social Issues, Volume 68, Issue 1.

Recent Grants

National Science Foundation RED grant, 2017-2021. “Transforming for inclusion: Fostering belonging and uniqueness in engineering education and practice.” Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.  Advisory Board Inclusive Teaching Expert.

American Psychological Association CEMRRAT Grant for Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training, 2019-2020. “Increasing the visibility and translational health disparities research skills of underrepresented faculty members using digital media.”
Co-PIs NiCole Buchanan, Kim Case, & Dionne Stephens.

Recent Awards

  • VCU Champions of Accessibility Award, by the Transforming Accessibility Initiative, awarded to the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, 2021
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, Committee on Women in Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2019
  • Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), 2018
  • Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, 2017, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI, APA Division 9)
  • Accomplished Alumni Award, 2017, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee Knoxville. 
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2016, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI, APA Division 9)