Michael Saffle, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, edited Performing Music History: Musicians Speak First-hand About Music History and Performance (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), with John Tibbetts and William Everett.
Michael Saffle, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Learning about Sheet Music through Library Holdings,” Information Literacy in Music: An Instructor’s Companion, ed. Beth Christiansen, Erin Conor, and Marian Ritter (Middleton, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, 2018), pp. 205–08.
The Center for Humanities celebrated its official launch on August 31 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. The center, directed by Sylvester Johnson, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture and assistant vice provost for the humanities, serves to elevate the presence and profile of humanities disciplines across the university. It will provide programs that support faculty fellowships, departmental grants, and events in the humanities and is committed to building on collaborations across the university.
Emily Satterwhite, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Mapping Appalachia’s Boundaries: Historiographic Overview and Digital Collection,” Journal of Appalachian Studies 24.1 (Spring 2018): 89–100, as well as “Mapping Appalachia: A Digital Collection,” both with Abigail August and Stewart Scales.
Gabriele co-edited Apocalpyse and Reform from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Oxon, United Kingdom, and New York, New York: Routledge, 2018), with James Palmer.
His individual contribution to the volume was “This Time. Maybe This Time. Biblical Commentary, Monastic Historiography, and Lost Cause-ism at the Turn of the First Millennium,” pp. 183–203.
Sylvester Johnson, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture and director of the Center for Humanities, was awarded $2,500 from the Virginia Humanities Foundation for a collaborative public humanities summit between Virginia Union University (VUU) and Virginia Tech titled “Addressing Inequality: History, Social Disparity, and the Beloved Community Initiative.”
Johnson serves as principal investigator and Ralph Hall, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), as co-principal investigator.
The event will take place at VUU’s Richmond campus in November and is part of SPIA’s Beloved Community Initiative to advance more effective strategies to address inequality in Virginia.
The College is delighted to welcome the following tenure-track and tenured professors. Joining as assistant professors are: Andrea Baldwin, Sociology; Koeun Choi, Human Development and Family Science; Carolyn Commer, English; Amanda Demmer, History; Megan Duncan, Communication; Bikrum Gill, Political Science/ASPECT Core Faculty; Tameka Grimes, School of Education; Scotty Hardwig, School of Performing Arts; Bryan Klausmeyer, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Karen Kovaka, Philosophy; Allan Lumba, History; Justin Perkinson, School of Performing Arts; Desiree Poets, Political Science/ASPECT core faculty; Audrey Reeves, Political Science/ASPECT core faculty; Jody Russon, Human Development and Family Science; Balbir Singh, Religion and Culture/ASPECT core faculty; Jessica Taylor, History; Tingting Zhao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. Derek Mueller, English, was hired as tenured faculty at the rank of Associate Professor.
The following faculty and staff were recognized at the Virginia Tech Employee Development Certificate Program ceremony for completion of requirements for one or more programs during the 2017–2018 academic year: Administrative Professional Development Program Certificate: Wanda McAlexander, School of Education; Diversity Advocate Certificate: Christy Dillon, School of Education, Dawn Knight-Withers, School of Education, Amanda Villar, Department of Religion and Culture; Diversity Ally Certificate: Dawn Knight-Withers, School of Education, Adrianne Pinkney, School of Education, Amanda Villar, Department of Religion and Culture; Diversity Ambassador Certificate: Sally Shupe, Department of English; and Office Software Skills Certificate: Demetria Harris, Department of Communication.