Jim Garrison honored with emeritus status
September 19, 2021
Jim Garrison, professor of education in the School of Education 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 in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1985, Garrison’s scholarship focused on the philosophy of education, and he became an internationally renowned scholar of John Dewey’s philosophy. He was the author or coauthor on 14 books, 166 peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles, 46 peer-reviewed articles in proceedings, 44 non-refereed book chapters, and numerous reviews and newsletter and newspaper articles, with more in press. His work has been translated into 10 languages.
Garrison has served on the editorial boards of 14 scholarly journals, reviewed manuscripts for 27 publishers and journals, and served frequently in reviewing for grants and awards. He has been a visiting scholar at universities in Brazil, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden, and he received an honorary doctorate from Soka University in Tokyo.
His many professional honors and awards include the Hiroshima Peace Award, the Medal of Highest Honor from Soka University, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy Scholarship Award, the John Dewey Society Career Achievement Award, the Jim Merritt Award for scholarship in the philosophy of education, and awards from Virginia Tech’s School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences for excellence in research. He was also named a Virginia Tech Board of Visitors National Scholar of Merit.
In service to his profession, Garrison has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations, including serving as president of the Society of Professors of Education, the John Dewey Society, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the Virginia Educational Studies Association.
In the classroom, Garrison has taught 15 different graduate courses ranging across the foundations of education curriculum. He has advised numerous graduate students and helped them to develop successful careers.
Garrison earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Florida University and Florida State University and two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.