Marilyn Casto, associate professor of art history in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate 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 2009, Casto’s teaching career began in 1976, spanning 45 years or approximately 90 academic semesters, in which she taught more than 6,000 students. In addition, she produced exemplary scholarship of international importance through an award-winning book, articles, and conference presentations.

Casto contributed to the material culture in public humanities master’s degree program jointly held between the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. She taught core courses in that program as well as those on historic preservation, history in interior design, and the art and material culture of the 18th through early 20th century.

Her scholarship was recognized for its excellence through an Annual Book Award from the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians, a Winterthur Summer Fellowship, and a Faculty Excellence Award for Research from Western Kentucky University.

Casto received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, her master’s degree from Florida State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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