The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved the following promotions, tenure, and continued appointments at its June 3 meeting.

Promotion to associate professor with tenure, collegiate faculty:

  • Jennifer Barrett, large animal clinical sciences;
  • Douglas Bish, industrial and systems engineering;
  • Ralph Buehler, School of Public and International Affairs;
  • Giselle Datz, School of Public and International Affairs;
  • Raffaella De Vita, engineering science and mechanics;
  • Alexander Elgart, mathematics;
  • Patricia Fisher, apparel, housing, and resource management;
  • Emmanuel Frimpong, fish and wildlife conservation;
  • Suqin Ge, economics;
  • Jason Grant, agricultural and applied economics;
  • Feng Guo, statistics;
  • Dana Hawley, biological sciences;
  • Aditya Johri, engineering education;
  • Eric Kaufman, agricultural and extension education;
  • Lara Khansa, business information technology;
  • Scotland Leman, statistics;
  • Kramer Luxbacher, mining and minerals engineering;
  • Majid Manteghi, electrical and computer engineering;
  • Stephen Martin, chemical engineering;
  • Andrew McCoy, building construction;
  • Robert McGrath, theatre and cinema;
  • Cristopher Moen, civil and environmental engineering;
  • Michelle Moseley-Christian, School of Visual Arts;
  • Pamela Murray-Tuite, civil and environmental engineering;
  • Corinne Noirot, foreign language and literatures;
  • Christina Petersson-Wolfe, dairy science;
  • Michael Philen, aerospace and ocean engineering;
  • Hans Robinson, physics;
  • Christopher Rylander, mechanical engineering / School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences;
  • Webster Santos, chemistry;
  • Tina Savla, human development;
  • Florian Schubot, biological sciences;
  • Akshay Sharma, School of Architecture and Design;
  • Alan Wang, business information technology;
  • Laura Welfare, educational leadership and policy studies;
  • Susan White, psychology;
  • Matthew Wisnioski, science and technology in society;
  • Jianhua Xing, biological sciences;
  • Wen You, agricultural and applied economics;
  • Lijuan Yuan, biomedical sciences and pathobiology;
  • Bingyu Zhao, horticulture;
  • Ying Zhou, geosciences; and
  • Jinsong Zhu, biochemistry.

Tenure at the currently held rank of associate professor, collegiate faculty:

  • Marwan Al-Haik, engineering science and mechanics;
  • Warren Hardy, mechanical engineering;
  • Derek Hyra, School of Public and International Affairs;
  • Lin Ma, aerospace and ocean engineering;
  • John Michael Ruohoniemi, electrical and computer engineering; and
  • Saied Taheri, mechanical engineering.

Promotion to professor, collegiate faculty: 

  • Barbara Allen, science and technology in society;
  • David Bevan, biochemistry;
  • Carlyle Brewster, entomology;
  • Kevin Carlson, management;
  • Jay Crone, music;
  • Wu-Chun Feng, computer science;
  • Laura Gillman, sociology;
  • Russell Green, civil and environmental engineering;
  • Serkan Gugercin, mathematics;
  • Traian Iliescu, mathematics;
  • Thomas Kuhar, entomology;
  • Thurmon Lockhart, industrial and systems engineering;
  • Michael Madigan, engineering science and mechanics;
  • Linsey Marr, civil and environmental engineering;
  • Thomas Martin, electrical and computer engineering;
  • John McDowell, plant pathology, physiology, and weed science;
  • Nancy McGehee, hospitality and tourism management;
  • Dini Miller, entomology;
  • Amy Pruden-Bagchi, civil and environmental engineering;
  • Calvin Ribbens, computer science;
  • Christopher Roy, aerospace and ocean engineering;
  • Corina Sandu, mechanical engineering;
  • John Tedesco, communication;
  • Peter Vikesland, civil and environmental engineering;
  • Janell Watson, foreign languages and literatures; and
  • Mike Zhang, biological systems engineering.

Promotion to advanced instructor, collegiate faculty:

  • Joseph Guthrie, agricultural technology;
  • Brandi Quesenberry, communication;
  • Vanessa Ruccolo, English;
  • Joseph Scallorns, English;
  • Ila Schepisi, human development;
  • Richard Seyler, biological sciences; and
  • Steven Trost, economics.

Promotion to clinical associate professor, collegiate faculty:

  • Tanya LeRoith, biomedical sciences.

Promotion to assistant professor, extra-collegiate faculty:

  • Kira Dietz, University Libraries; and
  • Jennifer Nardine, University Libraries.

Promotion to professor, extra-collegiate faculty:

  • Kathleen Jamison, Virginia Cooperative Extension; and
  • Lesley Moyo, University Libraries.

Continued appointment at the currently held rank of assistant professor, extra-collegiate faculty:

  • Connie Stovall, University Libraries.

Continued appointment with promotion to associate professor, extra-collegiate faculty:

  • Carolyn Meier, University Libraries.

Promotion to Extension agent, extra-collegiate faculty: 

  • Jason Eric Bowen, Nottoway County Cooperative Extension;
  • Kirsten Buhls, Arlington County Cooperative Extension;
  • Kevin Camm, Lynchburg City Cooperative Extension;
  •  Amy Fannon-Osborne, Lee County Cooperative Extension;
  • Jacqueline Haymaker, Accomack County Cooperative Extension;
  • Cathryn Kloetzli, Albemarle County Cooperative Extension;
  • Twandra Lomax-Brown, Richmond City Cooperative Extension;
  • Kimberly Mayo, Fluvanna County Cooperative Extension;
  • Donna McBride, Surry County Cooperative Extension;
  • Donna Meade, Russell County Cooperative Extension;
  • Lenah Nguyen, Fairfax County Cooperative Extension;
  • Timothy Ohlwiler, Fauquier County Cooperative Extension;
  • Antwan Rose, Nelson County Cooperative Extension;
  • Lisa Sanderson, Henrico County Cooperative Extension; and
  • La Wanda Wright, King George County Cooperative Extension.

Promotion to senior Extension agent, extra-collegiate faculty:

  • Jennifer Bowen, Prince Edward County Cooperative Extension;
  • M. Watson Lawrence, Chesapeake City Cooperative Extension;
  • Karen Munden, Virginia Beach City Cooperative Extension;
  • Andrew Overbay, Smyth County Cooperative Extension;
  • Michael Parrish, Dinwiddie County Cooperative Extension;
  • Rita Schalk, Hanover County Cooperative Extension;
  • Cristin Sprenger, Rockingham County Cooperative Extension; and
  • Ruth Wallace, Buckingham County Cooperative Extension.

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