Mary Ellen Verdu

Mary Ellen Verdu

Senior Instructor & Director of Undergraduate Studies


401B Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • Legal Rights of Children
  • The Virginia Comprehensive Services Act, its Intent and Outcomes
  • The Ethics of Whistleblowing and the False Claims Act
  • Strategic Planning in Non-Profit Organizations
  • Program Evaluation

Professional Activities

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Human Development
  • Coordinator of Undergraduate Field Studies, Department of Human Development
  • Assistant Department Head, Department of Human Development, 2005-2008
  • Associate Director, Virginia Tech Institute for Community Health, 2004-2005
  • Past Chair, Virginia Tech Child Care Commission


  • M.S.W. Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S. University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Virginia Tech, Award for Excellence in Career Advising, 2008

    Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant for faculty research excellence for “Whistle-blowing for Profit” with Thomas Carson & Richard E. Wokutch, 2008

    Virginia Tech, CLAHS, Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising, 2003

    Selected Publications


    Richard Wokutch and Mary Ellen Verdu.  “Improving social service planning in a changing environment:  the need for an environmental information system.”  Journal of the Community Development Society, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1983

    Thomas Carson, Mary Ellen Verdu and Richard E. Wokutch.  “Whistleblowing for profit:  an ethical analysis of the federal False Claims Act.”  Journal of Business Ethics (2008), 77:361-376.