Suzanne Murrmann, professor of hospitality and tourism management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emerita” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1982, Murrmann has focused on human resource management, labor relations and due-process systems in unionized and nonunion settings, and service quality management.

She has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews. She has served on the editorial boards of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education and the Journal of Tourism and Hospitality and held leadership positions in professional organizations, including the Academy of Management and Society for Human Resource Managers.

Murrmann has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. She chaired or served on more than 100 master's and doctoral degree committees and has chaired approximately 20 Ph.D. student committees. Several of her Ph.D. students went on to become faculty at institutions, including Ball State University, Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Kyung Hee University in South Korea.

Murrmann has received several professional honors and awards, including the Pamplin College of Business Outstanding Faculty in Doctoral Education. In 2012, Murrmann served on the search committee that led to the hiring of Robert Sumichrast as dean of the Pamplin College.

Murrmann received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree at Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Share this story