Theodore D. Fuller, professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the university community since 1978, Fuller made significant contributions to the fields of demography, developing-world urbanization, rural sociology, and the sociology of health. As a result of his scholarship, he published two books and wrote numerous articles, chapters, and research reports.

Fuller served as Senior Fulbright Scholar and helped promote the development of the social science research capability at Khon Kaen University in northeastern Thailand.

In the classroom, Fuller mentored and advised many undergraduate and graduate students. He was honored with the Department of Sociology Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.

Fuller also served on his college’s Graduate Committee for many years and was the Department of Sociology’s graduate director for three years.

Fuller received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.