The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors recently conferred the emeritus title on the following faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences:
Kathleen Jones, an associate professor in the Department of History, served as a leading expert on the history of the child guidance movement in the United States and of youth suicide, garnering support for her research in the form of a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a National Library of Medicine Publication Grant, among others. As a pioneer in the use of digital history in her teaching, she was the recipient of several grants as well. She joined the Virginia Tech community in 1991 and served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History for 10 years; in 2017 she was honored with the Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising. Jones earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Fred Piercy, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, made significant contributions to scholarship focused on marriage and family therapy as well as substance abuse intervention, serving as author or co-author of more than 200 publications. He was recognized with awards such as the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award and the American Family Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues in his role as editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. In addition to teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels during his tenure at Virginia Tech, he served as advisor to numerous doctoral students. Piercy earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.