George Glasson, professor of science 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 community since 1986, Glasson established himself as a leader in science education and place-based education through funded research, his service to K-12 educators both locally and internationally, and his publications, outreach, and presentations on best practices in science education.

At Virginia Tech, Glasson served as the science education program leader from 1996-2021. He developed it into a highly respected science education program, preparing highly qualified science teachers for secondary schools across the commonwealth, the nation, and abroad.

Glasson has been recognized by faculty, colleagues, and school administrators for excellence in science teacher preparation and in consulting to enhance science instruction with in-service teachers at both elementary and secondary levels. He advanced the science education program by integrating student centered inquiry-based critical thinking instructional practices, technology and place-based learning experiences to foster critical thinkers for solving problems and making contributions in a global society.

Glasson was actively engaged in initiatives devoted to diversifying the professoriate through recruitment and mentoring of underrepresented graduate students.

Glasson received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.