Victoria Fu, professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emerita 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. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the university community since 1972, Fu made significant contributions to early childhood education through her service on national advisory boards and panels, including those of Head Start, the Public Broadcasting Service, and several professional associations. She was also the principal investigator on grants and contracts supporting feasibility studies and program development and evaluation in early childhood education.
In 2005, Fu received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education in recognition of her leadership in promoting the Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood education in the United States.
Fu taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on child development and early childhood education, for which she received Virginia Tech’s William E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching. She advised numerous students on their master’s degree theses and doctoral dissertations and helped prepare them for successful careers in both university and preschool education settings.
Fu received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.