Robert P. Stephens

Robert P. Stephens, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, .CLAHS

Robert P. Stephens

Robert P. Stephens

Associate Professor


439 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Modern European History
  • Drugs and Addiction
  • History of Film
  • Contemporary Pedagogy
  • Higher Education Administration

Professional Activities

  • Associate Dean, 2013-2016
  • Interim Director, Undergraduate Research Institute, 2015-2016
  • Founding Principal, Honors Residential College, 2011-2013
  • Founding Editor, Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review, 2010-2015


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. University of North Texas

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, Virginia Tech, 2015.

    Favorite Faculty Award, Residential Life, Virginia Tech, 2014.

    Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, Virginia Tech, 2011-2012.

    Selected Publications


    Germans on Drugs: The Complications of Modernization in Hamburg (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007).


    Tom Ewing, Robert Stephens, Marian Mollin, David Hicks, Amy Nelson, Haward Farrar, Kathleen Jones, Mark Barrow, and Daniel Thorp, eds., The Digital History, September 2006. Peer reviewed, NEH-funded digital textbook.


    “Una Revolución Cultural? Reflexiones sobre la década de los sesenta,” Magazin 21 (2013): 34-41.

    James Penven, Robert Stephens, Frank Shushok, and Caleb J. Keith, “The Past, Present and Future of Residential Colleges: Looking Back at S. Stewart Gordon’s article “Living and Learning in College," Journal of College and University Student Housing 32, 2 (2013): 116-127.

    Kathleen Jones, Mark Barrow, Robert Stephens, and Stephen O’Hara, “Romancing the Capstone: National Trends, Local Practice, and Student Motivation in the History Curriculum,” Journal of American History, 98 (2012): 1095-1113.

    Robert Stephens, “Addicted to Melodrama,” Substance Use and Misuse, 46 (2011): 859-871.

    Additional Information

    In 2011, Robert Stephens and Heather Gumbert founded the Honors Residential College, Virginia Tech's first Residential College. Stephens served in the role of Principal until 2013. “The Honors Residential College offers a unique opportunity to build community, cultivate life-long learning, stimulate a vibrant intellectual atmosphere, and promote an ethos based in service," Stephens said.

    Since 2013, Stephens has served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the college. His responsibilities include undergraduate recruitment, enrollment management, career development, undergraduate research, scholarships, curriculum and instruction, living-learning communities, academic support and appeals.