The following graduate students and faculty members were inducted into the Virginia Tech Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence this academic year. Joining as members in Fall 2017 were: Si-Hua Chang, Philosophy; and Michelle Murray and Jameson Natwick, both Human Development and Family Science; as an associate: Katarina Krizova, Human Development and Family Science; as a fellow: Lindsay Whittaker, Philosophy; and as faculty scholars: Matthew Komelski, Human Development and Family Science, and Jordan Laney, Religion and Culture.
Inducted as members in Spring 2018 were: Allison Hutchison, English; Chelsea Lyles, Higher Education; and Jessica Stephen Premo, Human Development and Family Science; as an associate: Jarrod Blair, Philosophy; and as a fellow: Katherine Ayers, Sociology.
Members are graduate students with limited or no graduate teaching assistant experience. Associates have at least one semester of teaching experience and/or have participated in curriculum development. Fellows have more than two semesters of teaching experience and/or curriculum development and outstanding teaching evaluations. Faculty scholars are recognized for their commitment to teaching excellence, pedagogical innovation, and inclusive learning environments; they include instructors, faculty members, and postdoctoral scholars.
Thomas Gardner, an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, published “Poetry, Language, and History in the 1980s,” American Literature in Transition, 1980–1990, ed. Quentin Miller (Cambridge, United Kingdom, and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 161–73, and “Lyrical Thinking in Poetry of the 1990s,” American Literature in Transition, 1990-2000, ed. Stephen J. Burn (Cambridge, United Kingdom, and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 140–53.
The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa last semester: Anna Boutwell, Literature and Language; Kaitlyn Burton, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Michael Carter, Literature and Language; Megan Koch, Public Relations; Morgan Long, Spanish and Literature and Language; Robin Marx, Public Relations and Political Science; and Taylor Mosier, Political Science. The initiation took place on December 20.
Carlos Evia, an associate professor in the Department of English, received the Society for Technical Communication’s Frank R. Smith award for a distinguished article in the journal Technical Communication, along with co-author Michael Priestley. The article recognized is “Structured Authoring without XML: Evaluating Lightweight DITA for Technical Documentation,” which appeared in Volume 63, Issue 1 (2016), 23–37.
Joseph Eska, a professor in the Department of English, published “The Syntax of Celtic” and “The Dialectology of Celtic” in Volume II of the Handbook of Comparative and Historical Indo-European Linguistics, ed. Jared Klein, Brian Joseph, Matthias Fritz, and Mark Wenthe (Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2017), pp. 1218–49 and 1264–74 respectively.