Virginia Tech School of Education Newsletter Welcome Back 2021
Monday, October 1, 2021
Grant to immerse students in entrepreneurship education studies in Zambia
Pictured above: Dr. Joseph Mukuni
What do agriculture, business, information technology, family and consumer sciences, health and medical sciences, marketing, trade, industry, and technology all have in common? Each of these dynamic industry sectors is dominated by entrepreneurs worldwide.
Understanding the needs of global entrepreneurs at the local level is usually constrained by the cost of travel and language and culture differences. Further complications arise from the interrelated nature of these sectors and how entrepreneurship is taught.
These are the issues that Joseph Mukuni and William Price seek to address with their program, “Globalization Business Skills, Diversity Awareness, and Entrepreneurship Workforce Development in Zambia.”
August 31, 2021
The consequences of COVID-19 threaten to erase progress made in the recruitment and support of underserved students in STEM. Dr. Tonisha Lane and Dr. Ian Shoemaker have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation to study the development of science identity among underrepresented students engaging in undergraduate research remotely during this time.
August 3, 2021
The impact of disinformation and misinformation in social media impacts us all. Dr. David Hicks and Dr. Aaron Brantly, Co-Principal Investigators, lead one of seven transdisciplinary projects awarded grants to explore the role of cybersecurity in curbing its spread.
Angelica Witcher promoted to Assistant Dean of Student Vitality at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
SOE alumna, Dr. Angelica Witcher, has been named assistant dean for student vitality at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. As assistant dean, she will continue to serve in her current role as administrative director of student affairs. Witcher’s progressive leadership journey in the medical school started when the school opened its doors in August 2010.
August 23, 2021
Throughout the past two decades, thousands of students, along with thousands of stories, have emerged from the Virginia Governor’s School for Agriculture, a month-long enrichment program for high-schoolers hosted each year by Virginia Tech’s faculty, staff, and students.
This year, it turned 20!
Dr. Amy Azano was recently appointed co-editor of The Rural Educator, the official journal of the National Rural Education Association (NREA). She had previously served as the "Promising Practices" editor for the journal, where she published "From the Editor: An Inspired Approach to Promising Practices."
Established by the Alumni Association in 1975 for the purpose of promoting research, the Office for Research and Innovation requests nominations for the Alumni Award for Research Excellence.