Joyce Arditti, professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emerita title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1989, Arditti made significant contributions to the field of family science through her research and scholarship on parental incarceration and family resilience. In her career, she was the principal and co-principal investigator on multiple grants and contracts, served as editor in chief of the journal Family Relations from 2004-09, and was a member of several professional associations and editorial boards.

In recognition of her scholarship, Arditti received the Alumni Award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech in 2016 and the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2014.

In the classroom, she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on family policy, family process, research methods, and family science, placing strong emphasis on public policy and family systems. She advised numerous master’s degree theses and Ph.D. dissertations and helped many students develop successful careers in both academic and professional settings.

Arditti also received the Sally Bohland Certificate for Exceptional Leadership in Access and Inclusion from the Virginia Tech Services for Students with Disabilities.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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