Glenn Bugh, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has received the university's 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education is presented annually to a Virginia Tech faculty or staff member who has had a significant impact on international education at the university. Selection is based upon contributions to the internationalization of Virginia Tech, the impact on students, the impact on the campus and community, the significance of the initiative, and the sustainability of the initiative. Awardees receive $2,000.

Bugh joined the university in 1979 and was part of a small cohort of faculty members and administrators who helped establish the university’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The center is home to a number of semester-long and summer study-abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to providing input into the original structure of the program, Bugh has spent significant time teaching courses there.

Bugh has also been involved in the prestigious American School of Classical Studies in Athens, a consortium of American colleges that provides yearlong and summer graduate programs in Greece. Bugh secured the university’s membership in the group in 1987 and has served repeatedly on a variety of committees that support the institution’s programming.

In addition, Bugh has been closely involved in creating the American Research Center in Sofia, the first such institution to be established in former communist Bulgaria. Bugh participated in the inaugural summer program there in 2006, and in 2011-12, he helped remake its summer travel program into an archaeology field school.

Bugh has led more than a dozen study-abroad tours for the Smithsonian Institution, work that he has subsequently incorporated into his classes and has led him to create several new undergraduate courses and honors colloquia.

“Glenn’s scholarship, teaching, and outreach are all deeply interwoven in a burning desire to share his profound knowledge of the ancient world,” said Mark Barrow, professor and chair of the Department of History. “He has untiring support for education abroad here at Virginia Tech.”

Bugh received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.



Written by Catherine Doss.
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