Richard Watts | Director, Center for Research on Vermont
Richard Watts is the Director of the Center for Research on Vermont; a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography and the founder of the Center of Community News (CCN). Richard is on leave until July 1, 2023 to direct CCN and continue to grow Vermont's Community News Service. Richard is also the co-director of the Reporting & Documentary Storytelling Program; and a former coordinator of the internship program in the College of Arts & Sciences. During Richard's leadership of the CAS internship programs, student for-credit internships tripled from about 250 to almost 800. In coordination with CRVT, the College of Arts & Sciences created the Community of Practice intern program which led to the successful spin off of the Community News Service and served as a model for the Center for Community News. As Director of CRVT, Richard increased the budget ten-fold and added new programs in book publishing, internships, media and communications, video and podcasts. Richard also led student research teams that investigated police funding, telecommuting, town official demographics and Vermont in-migration among others. Richard is a co-founder of Sustainable Transportation Vermont and the teacher of classes in transportation planning, reporting and Vermont studies.
Margaret Tamulonis, Acting Director, Center for Research on Vermont
Margaret is serving as acting director for 2022-2023. Margaret was originally trained in historical archaeology and has been working at museums and historical societies since 1993. As Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Fleming she is responsible for the care and documentation of the museum collections as well as the logistics around exhibitions. She has also curated exhibitions on diverse topics such as the Fleming Museum's history, Sri Lankan masks, and drinking. She is a volunteer with the Pride Center of Vermont, a curator of the Vermont Queer Archives and a member of the board of the Heritage Winooski Mill Museum.