The 2018 class of inductees to Virginia Tech’s Academy of Faculty Leadership and Academy of Faculty Service has been announced by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Kevin Boyle, professor of agricultural and applied economics, has earned an appointment to the Academy of Faculty Leadership, and Patricia Lavender, associate professor and director of undergraduate advising and arts administration for the School of Performing Arts, has earned membership in the Academy of Faculty Service. Both will join a community of distinguished Virginia Tech faculty who have been recognized for their exemplary contributions in formal service roles or in the area of leadership.

Boyle earned his appointment to the Academy of Faculty Leadership through his role in facilitating the cross-organizational and highly collaborative project of developing and launching Virginia Tech’s real estate program, securing endowments for junior faculty, publishing about the project, and other efforts beyond program development.

Lavender was appointed to the Academy of Faculty Service based on her impressive volume of service and balance of roles and noteworthy participation on many committees at the university and college levels, including Pathways, Honor System, curriculum, advising, TEDx and awards committees.

“The strength of our faculty and their commitment to leadership and service is directly connected to the success of our university,” said Cyril Clarke, interim executive vice president and provost. “I want to commend and congratulate Dr. Boyle and Ms. Lavender for the impact they have had on our campus community and the example they continue to set for our faculty and students.”

Faculty nominated for membership in the Academy of Faculty Leadership must have modeled exemplary leadership in formal or informal roles within the university and through activities and approaches that significantly advance a culture of collaborative leadership. They must also promote faculty, staff, and/or student development; advance program or curricular transformation; and have made a notable and demonstrable positive impact within the university community.

Academy of Faculty Service nominees must have successfully completed an elected or appointed term of office in university governance, completed the assignment or set of responsibilities associated with a university-level project, or made commendable service contributions at the university level outside of usual responsibilities and ongoing formal governance roles. They must also have made a notable and demonstrable positive impact on the university as evidenced by the academy nomination statement and letters of support.

The Academy of Faculty Leadership and the Academy of Faculty Service are structured to parallel the academies of Teaching Excellence and Outreach Excellence; members are called upon for representative service to university committees.


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