Patricia Lavender, an associate professor in the School of Performing Arts, has earned membership into the Virginia Tech Academy of Faculty Service.

With this appointment, she will join a community of distinguished Virginia Tech faculty members who have been recognized for exemplary contributions in formal service roles at the university.

The announcement — issued by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost — stated that Lavender was honored based on her impressive volume of service and balance of roles and noteworthy participation on many committees at the university and college levels, including Pathways, Honor System, curriculum, advising, TEDx, and awards committees.

Academy of Faculty Service nominees must have successfully completed an elected or appointed term of office in university governance, completed the assignment or set of responsibilities associated with a university-level project, or made commendable service contributions at the university level outside of usual responsibilities and ongoing formal governance roles. They must also have made a notable and demonstrable positive impact on the university as evidenced by the academy nomination statement and letters of support.

At the School of Performing Arts, Lavender serves as director of undergraduate advising for all theatre and cinema students and provides orientation to new majors. She also teaches undergraduates in the areas of arts management and community engagement, especially nonprofit structures, arts marketing, and audience development.

Lavender holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and music from Maryville College in Tennessee and a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Maryland.

Adapted from an article written by Dave Guerin