The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved the following promotions, tenure, and continued appointments at its June 7 meeting.

Promotion to associate professor with tenure

  • Colin Adams, aerospace and ocean engineering
  • Alan Asbeck, mechanical engineering
  • Andrea Baldwin, sociology
  • Manish Bansal, industrial and systems engineering
  • Oumar Barry, mechanical engineering
  • Edward Becker, School of Architecture + Design
  • Joseph Bedford, School of Architecture + Design
  • Michael Borowski, School of Visual Arts
  • Bradley Bowen, School of Education
  • Wenjun (Rebecca) Cai, materials science and engineering
  • Charles Calderwood, psychology
  • Mauro Caraccioli, political science
  • Jing Chen, biological sciences
  • Lauren Childs, mathematics
  • Ashley Dayer, fish and wildlife conservation
  • Sanket Deshmukh, chemical engineering
  • Christopher Franck, statistics
  • Matthew Fullen, School of Education
  • Christine Gilbert, aerospace and ocean engineering
  • David Haak, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Rebecca Hester, science, technology, and society
  • Matthew Hicks, computer science
  • Erin Hotchkiss, biological sciences
  • Susan Hotle, civil and environmental engineering
  • Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz, civil and environmental engineering
  • Jeffrey Jackson, human development and family science
  • Eric Jardine, political science
  • Timothy Jarome, animal and poultry sciences
  • Xiaoting Jia, electrical and computer engineering
  • Blake Johnson, industrial and systems engineering
  • Eojina Kim, hospitality and tourism management
  • Andrea L’Afflitto, industrial and systems engineering
  • Catherine Larochelle, agricultural and applied economics
  • Zheng Li, mechanical engineering
  • Honghu Liu, mathematics
  • Jeremi London, engineering education
  • Luca Massa, aerospace and ocean engineering
  • Vitor Mercadante, animal and poultry sciences
  • Meryl Mims, biological sciences
  • Gonzalo Montero, modern and classical languages and literatures
  • Gota Morota, animal and poultry sciences
  • Thomas O'Donnell, physics
  • Eyvindur Palsson, mathematics
  • Ashley Reichelmann, sociology
  • Shima Shahab, mechanical engineering
  • Ian Shoemaker, physics
  • Annie Stevens Irrera, School of Performing Arts
  • Liang Tan, accounting and information systems
  • Ming Chew Teo, modern and classical languages and literatures
  • Sharone Tomer, School of Architecture + Design
  • Elif Tural, School of Architecture + Design
  • Eli Vlaisavljevich, biomedical engineering and mechanics
  • Rachel Weaver, School of Visual Arts
  • Susan Whitehead, biological sciences
  • Hyesoo Yoo, School of Performing Arts
  • Hang Yu, materials science and engineering
  • Bo Zhang, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Tingting Zhao, modern and classical languages and literatures

Tenure at the currently held rank of associate professor

  • Jiangtao Cheng, mechanical engineering
  • Scott England, aerospace and ocean engineering

Promotion to professor

  • Azziza Bankole, psychiatry and behavioral medicine
  • Edwin Barnes, physics
  • Shannon Bell, sociology
  • Stefano Brizzolara, aerospace and ocean engineering
  • Cayelan Carey, biological sciences
  • Carolyn Copenheaver, forest resources and environmental conservation
  • Xinwei Deng, statistics
  • Harpreet Singh Dhillon, electrical and computer engineering
  • Matthew Eatherton, civil and environmental engineering
  • Mazen Farhood, aerospace and ocean engineering
  • Carla Finkielstein, biological sciences
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, animal and poultry sciences
  • Robert Grange, human nutrition, foods, and exercise
  • David Gregory, family and community medicine
  • Michael Moehler, political science
  • Michelle Olsen, School of Neuroscience
  • Kris Ann Oursler, internal medicine
  • Michael Persia, animal and poultry sciences
  • Steven Poelzing, biomedical engineering and mechanics
  • Tonya Price, 4-H youth development
  • Robin Queen, orthopaedic surgery
  • Patrick Roberts, School of Public and International Affairs
  • Manisha Singal, hospitality and tourism management
  • James Thompson, surgery
  • Diego Troya, chemistry
  • Laura Welfare, School of Education
  • Zhaomin Yang, biological sciences
  • Guoqiang Yu, electrical and computer engineering

Promotion to associate professor

  • Violet Borowicz, pediatrics
  • Michelle Clinton, emergency medicine
  • Emily Evans-Hoeker, obstetrics and gynecology
  • Dorothy Garner, internal medicine
  • Dakshinamurty Gullapalli, internal medicine
  • Mark Joseph, surgery
  • Brooks King-Casas, psychiatry and behavioral medicine
  • Rahul Pandey, pediatrics
  • Christopher Pierce, pediatrics
  • Christopher Sullivan, obstetrics and gynecology
  • Daniel Tershak, surgery
  • Della Williams, internal medicine
  • Mark Witcher, surgery

Promotion to advanced instructor

  • Sarah Barreto, mathematics
  • Luciana Bergamasco, animal and poultry sciences
  • Dorothy Conner, School of Communication
  • Kyle Hutchins, School of Performing Arts
  • Kelli Karcher, mathematics
  • Cristina Letona-Bolivar, mathematics
  • Michelle Maycock, English
  • Kira Morse, English
  • Michael Sguerri, modern and classical languages and literatures
  • Zach Sowder, School of Communication
  • Joseph Truscello, English
  • Stephanie Voshell, biological sciences

Promotion to senior instructor

  • Shamindri Arachchige, chemistry
  • Laura Clark, business information technology
  • Joshua Clemons, mathematics
  • Syrenthia Robinson, School of Communication

Promotion to assistant professor of practice

  • Renee Walsh apparel, housing, and resource management

Promotion to associate professor of practice

  • Dirk Buengel, management
  • Barbara Fraticelli, business information technology
  • Brian Hart, finance
  • Elizabeth Jamison, management
  • Kevin Young, civil and environmental engineering

Promotion to professor of practice

  • Joseph Dove, civil and environmental engineering
  • Fred Faltin, statistics

Promotion to collegiate assistant professor

  • Trevor Jamerson, sociology
  • Christine McCown, sociology

Promotion to collegiate associate professor

  • Angela Anderson, human nutrition, foods, and exercise
  • Monique Dufour, history
  • Kevin Hamed, fish and wildlife conservation
  • Kristin Phillips, School of Neuroscience

Promotion to collegiate professor

  • Michelle Seref, business information technology

Promotion to clinical associate professor

  • Jenene Case Pease, human development and family science
  • Krista Estell, large animal clinical sciences
  • Takumi Sato, School of Education

Continued appointment with promotion to associate professor

  • Julia Feerrar, University Libraries
  • Inga Haugen, University Libraries
  • Amr Hilal, University Libraries

Promotion to research assistant professor

  • Kevin Schroeder, Virginia Tech National Security Institute

Promotion to research associate professor

  • Xunzhong Zhang, School of Plant and Environmental Science

Promotion to research professor

  • Matthew Hull, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

Promotion to senior Extension agent

  • Jennifer Ligon, Buckingham County Cooperative Extension
  • Mark Sutphin, Frederick County Cooperative Extension

Promotion to Extension agent

  • Gaylynn Elise Callahan, City of Hampton Cooperative Extension
  • Ashley Edwards, Carroll County Cooperative Extension
  • Chris Epes, City of Norfolk Cooperative Extension
  • Claudia Lefeve, Clarke County Cooperative Extension
  • James Mason, Sussex County Cooperative Extension
  • Kayleigh Mize, Spotsylvania County Cooperative Extension
  • Sharon Rice, Russell and Tazewell Counties Cooperative Extension
  • Amber Taylor, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension
  • Stuart Vermaak, Loudoun County Cooperative Extension
  • Andrea Wann, Washington County Cooperative Extension
  • Krystal Williams, Spotsylvania County Cooperative Extension
  • Carly Wright, Loudoun County Cooperative Extension

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