Justo Ulloa, professor of foreign languages and literatures (Spanish) in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the university community for 40 years, Ulloa distinguished himself through his editorial work on professional journals such as Cuban Literary Studies, Critica Hispánica, The South Atlantic Review, and The Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference Review. He authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews and authored the Graded Spanish Reader, which had four editions.

During his tenure, Ulloa received multiple professional honors and awards, including recognition by Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars and membership in the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Additionally, Ulloa held leadership positions in professional organizations, including president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, served as the national president of Sigma Delta Pi, and was executive board member of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference.

(Oct. 24, 2014 Editor's note: Our original story incorrectly stated that Justo Ulloa served as the national president Sigma Delta Pi. It should have stated that he served as a national vice president. Virginia Tech News regrets the error.)

He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.

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