Our Leadership

Dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Laura Belmonte, Dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Laura Belmonte, Dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Laura Belmonte, Dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Laura Belmonte, a history professor at Virginia Tech, began her tenure as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences on August 1, 2019.

A specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations, Belmonte is author of Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War and numerous articles on cultural diplomacy. Her most recent book, A History of the International LGBT Movement, will be published by Bloomsbury as part of the series “New Approaches to International History.”

Belmonte holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Departments and Schools 

François Debrix, Professor and Director of the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought

François Debrix, Professor and Director of Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought
François Debrix, Professor and Director of the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought

Julia Beamish, Professor and Head of the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management

Julia Beamish, Professor and Department Chair of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management
Julia Beamish, Professor and Head of the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management

Robert E. Denton, Professor and W. Thomas Rice Chair and Head of the Department of Communication

Robert E. Denton, Professor and W. Thomas Rice Chair and Department Head of Communication
Robert E. Denton, Professor and W. Thomas Rice Chair and Head of the Department of Communication
Interim Department Chair
Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of English

Brett L. Shadle, Professor and Chair of the Department of History

Brett L. Shadle, Professor and Chair of the Department of History
Brett L. Shadle, Professor and Chair of the Department of History

April Few-Demo, Professor and Head of the Department of Human Development and Family Science

April Few-Demo, Professor and Department Chair of Human Development and Family Science
April Few-Demo, Professor and Head of the Department of Human Development and Family Science

Janell Watson, Professor of French, Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Janell Watson, Professor of French, Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Janell Watson, Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Douglas Lind, Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy

Douglas Lind, Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy
Douglas Lind, Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy

Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science

Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science
Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science

Matthew R. Gabriele, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture

Matthew Gabriele
Matthew R. Gabriele, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture

Daniel Breslau, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Science, Technology, and Society

Daniel Breslau, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Science, Technology, and Society
Daniel Breslau, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Science, Technology, and Society

James E. Hawdon, Interim Chair of the Department of Sociology

James E. Hawdon,  Interim Chair of the Department of Sociology
James E. Hawdon, Interim Chair of the Department of Sociology

Capt. Douglas Bradley, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Tech Naval ROTC

CAPT Douglas Bradley, Commanding Officer of Virginia Tech’s Naval ROTC
Capt. Douglas Bradley, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Tech Naval ROTC

Col Dorminey, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Tech Air Force ROTC

Col Dorminey, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Tech Air Force ROTC
Col Dorminey, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Tech Air Force ROTC

Col. Paul Mele, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Tech Army ROTC

COL Mele, Commanding Officer of Virginia Tech's Army ROTC
Col. Paul Mele, Commanding Officer of the Virginia Tech Army ROTC

Peter Doolittle, Professor and Director of the School of Education

Peter Doolittle, Professor and Director of School of Education
Peter Doolittle, Professor and Director of the School of Education

Brian Britt, Professor of Religion and Culture and Interim Director, School of Performing Arts

Brian Britt, Professor of Religion and Culture and Interim Director, School of Performing Arts
Brian Britt, Professor of Religion and Culture and Interim Director, School of Performing Arts