During its most recent meeting the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors conferred the title of emerita on the following faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences:

Eileen Crist, an associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, contributed to scholarship on environmental theory, with a specialty in the life sciences and society, authoring or coediting seven books. Crist founded and directed the undergraduate degree program in Humanities, Science, and Environment, which awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees from 2009 to 2017; she contributed to the graduate program in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society as a supervisor of dissertations and with service on doctoral and master’s degree committees. For 14 years she directed Choice and Challenges, a public outreach project of the department. Crist earned her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and her Ph.D. from Boston University.

Kathleen Parrott, a professor in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, was recognized for her scholarship on housing issues, authoring more than 20 book chapters and 20 journal articles. She was inducted into the Kitchen and Bath Industry Hall of Fame by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Parrott was a founding faculty member of the Center for Real Life Design and participated in numerous Virginia Cooperative Extensive programs during her career at Virginia Tech, which began in 1988. She taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level and supervised international and national study tours. Parrott earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.