Project Description

Dr. Patricia W. Cummins (Virginia Commonwealth University  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.

Patricia W. Cummins (Ph.D.)
Professor of French
President, Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society, Inc.
and 2017 Conference Co-Chair
Past Chair, Richmond Sister Cities Commission
Co-Project Director, Gates/VCU HIV Project in Ségou
Project Director, French West Africa Project
(804) 827-0958 (School of World Studies office phone)
(804) 893-3490 (home phone)
(804) 536-0429 (cell phone)
School of World Studies
312 N. Shafer St.
Box 842021 VCU
Richmond, VA 23284-2021