Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Conferred Emeritus Title on Three College Faculty Members
August 1, 2022
During its most recent meeting the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors conferred the emeritus title on the following faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences:
Joyce Arditti, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, was honored for her significant contributions to the field of family science through her research and scholarship on parental incarceration and family resilience. Recipient of the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence in 2016, Arditti received the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2014, served as editor-in-chief of Family Relations from 2004-2009, and was the principal or co-principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts. She taught at both the undergraduate and the graduate level and advised numerous graduate students. Arditti earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Mark Benson, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, was acknowledged for his work in the field of human development and family science through his teaching and research on child and adolescent development. He was a member of the Virginia Tech community since 1987 and served as principal and co-principal investigator on grants and contracts implementing and assessing the effectiveness of professional development programs for children adolescents. A teacher of undergraduate and graduate students, Benson was the recipient of the Ernst Osborn Award for Teaching Excellence from the National Council on Family Relations and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Drew University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Stephen Prince, Professor of Cinema in the School of Performing Arts, was recognized posthumously for his scholarly contributions to film history theory, and criticism. The author of 17 books as well as numerous articles and book chapters, Prince received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Research in 2012. He served as the editor of Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, was a former president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and recorded numerous commentaries appearing on DVDs of films by prominent directors Akira Kurosawa and Sam Peckinpah. Prince was a member of the Virginia Tech community from 1989 until his death in 2020. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.