Carolyn M. Shivers has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Shivers is one of 16 new faculty members this fall at the college. This year’s hires enhance existing program strengths and increase the college’s national profile across the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences.

“Faculty excellence is at the heart of Virginia Tech’s ability to succeed,” Dean Elizabeth Spiller said. "I am very pleased to welcome such a gifted and transformative group of scholars, artists, and teachers to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences."

The focus of Shivers’ research is siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She will be teaching Human Development I in the fall and directing the senior capstone seminar in the spring.

Shivers holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. She has been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Developmental Science, Frontiers in Psychology, and other journals.



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