Faculty Members Received Emeritus Titles from Virginia Tech Board of Visitors
October 1, 2021
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:
Jim Garrison, a professor in the School of Education, focused his scholarship on the philosophy of education and became an internationally renowned scholar of John Dewey’s philosophy; he authored or coauthored 14 books and has published 166 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters to date. Garrison served on the editorial boards of 14 scholarly journals and was a visiting scholar in universities in Brazil, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. Among his accolades are the Hiroshima Peace Award, the Medal of Highest Honor from Soka University (Japan), the John Dewey Society Career Achievement Award, and the Jim Merritt Award for scholarship in the philosophy of education. Garrison earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Florida University and Florida State University and two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.
Joseph Pitt, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, made significant contributions to the discipline through his work in the history and philosophy of science and technology, authoring or editing 17 books, publishing more than 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and serving in leadership positions in professional organizations. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1971, he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Science in Society and the Humanities as well as the Humanities, Science, and Technology Program; he also spearheaded the establishment of the ASPECT Ph.D. program and contributed to the development of the curriculum in engineering ethics. Pitt earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.
Gresilda (Kris) Tilley-Lubbs, an associate professor in the School of Education, joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2003 and was the principal or co-principal investigator on external grants totaling more than $970,000 to aid Latino communities in developing English as a second language and literacy skills. Tilley-Lubbs authored or coauthored three books and has published 46 articles or book chapters to date. She served as a visiting scholar at the Universidade da Coruña in Spain and the Instituto de Pedagogía Crítica in Mexico. Among her professional honors and awards were the Teacher of the Year for Roanoke County Schools, the Virginia Tech Teaching Excellence Award, and the College’s Land Grant Scholar Award. Tilley-Lubbs earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.