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Joseph Mukuni Celebrated During International Education Week

Raised in a royal household in Zambia, Joseph Mukuni, associate collegiate professor of career and technical education (CTE), is not just a prince among men, he’s also an actual prince. Mukuni shares how life in his home country influenced his research, teaching, and journey to Virginia Tech. 

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Brett Jones Recognized at Research Excellence Celebration

Brett Jones, professor of educational psychology, was one of six College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty recognized at the 2022 Research Excellence Celebration organized by the Office of Research and Innovation. Jones received the 2022 Alumni Award for Research Excellence.

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Amy Price Azano Awarded Rural Renewal Research Prize

Amy Price Azano gave the keynote presentation titled “Place-Based Education as Rural Renewal” at the Rural Renewal Symposium as the winner of this year’s Rural Renewal Research Prize.

The award honors “a global leader in rural renewal research, education, and engagement.” Azano is the director of the Center for Rural Education at Virginia Tech and professor of adolescent literacy and rural education in the School of Education.


Carol Mullen Receives Master Professor Award

Carol Mullen, professor in the educational leadership and policy studies program, was selected as the 2022 recipient of the Master Professor Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. As noted on the council’s award website, the award “recognizes senior professors in the field of educational administration whose professional lives have been characterized by extraordinary commitment, distinguished leadership, superior teaching, and outstanding service to leadership preparation.”

Barbara Lockee Receives Two Prestigious Awards

Barbara Lockee, professor of instructional design and technology and associate vice provost for faculty affairs, was the recipient of the 2022 David H. Jonassen Excellence in Research Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The award “recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-term record of excellence in research in instructional design and technology.”

Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Rhododendron Society of the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. As the highest honor given by the college, the award honors alumni for their exemplary service to education and to their communities.


  • Sharrika Adams published “A Mathematical Model of Non-Clinical Case Management Hours in Student Affairs” with Higher Education alumnus with Michael Kutnak.
  • Brett Jones published “Increasing Athletes’ Engagement and Performance Using the MUSIC Model of Motivation,” in the Journal of Contemporary Athletics with alumnus Stephan Munz.
  • Tonisha Lane published "Examining Relationships That Matter: A Qualitative Study of Black Women in Doctoral Education" with Shawna M. Patterson-Stephens, Ebony N. Perez, and Devona Foster Pierre. She also published "Culturally Relevant Mentoring: A Differentiator for Institutional Change" with Sylvia Wilson Thomas and their team.
  • Charles Lowery published “One School Leader’s Storied Response to the Opioid Crisis: A Narrative on Moral Literacy,” in Brave Space-Making: The Poetics and Politics of Storytelling with Michael Hess.
  • Carol Mullen published "Emotional Disability and Strategies for Supporting Student Outcomes: Interviews with K–12 Special Education Teachers,” in Teacher Development: An International Journal of Teachers’ Professional Development with alumna Turonne Hunt. She also published “I Write as an Uninvited Guest on Indigenous Land: Recentering Allyship in Education” in the journal Educational Studies.
  • Marcus Weaver-Hightower published the article "The Failed Promise of Free, Universal School Lunch" with the History News Network.
  • Laura Welfare published "Stress, Coping, and the Strong Black Woman: An Empirical Analysis" with Norma L. Day-Vines, and Jasmine Graham and alumna Michelle Ghoston. She also published "Modeled Wellness: How Perceived Supervisor Wellness Influences Supervisee Personal Wellness" with alumnus Kevin Doyle.

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