Patricia Cummins, PhD.
Dr. Patricia W. Cummins (Virginia Commonwealth University email@example.com) is an expert in Business French and language for special purposes, and she teaches interdisciplinary courses on French West Africa, the European Union, intercultural communication, and language and identity. She hosts workshops for U.S. language teachers, organizes American Language and Civilization Workshops for international teachers and learners of English, and solicits public and private funding for grants and contracts, most recently in Africa. Her grants and contracts often fund other VCU faculty and students as well as those at other institutions. As Chair of the Richmond Sister Cities Commission 2012-17, she encouraged economic development and international collaboration among higher education institutions as well as joint sponsorship of the award-winning 2013 Women, War & Peace in Africa conference and the 2017 Africa Business Conference. She has published 4 books and over 50 articles, and her workshops on language for business and professional purposes, and on intercultural communication were delivered in settings throughout Europe and North America, as well as in West Africa, China, Japan, India, and Iran. She co-hosted the bilingual Eighth Africa Business Conference at VCU where representatives from institutions in Africa, Canada, Europe, and the United States were in attendance.