Karen H. Rosen of Falls Church, Va., associate professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and associate clinical director of at Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services, National Capital Region campus, was conferred with the title "associate professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting June 12.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1987, Rosen helped build the reputation and enhanced the services of the Center for Family Services to the Northern Virginia community. As a member of the university’s Department of Human Development, she was known as a dedicated and passionate teacher, receiving the department’s Teaching Excellence Award and Excellence in Instruction, Research, and Service Award.

Rosen has published 24 peer reviewed journal articles, one book (which has been translated into Spanish), and 12 book chapters. She served as principal investigator of several externally funded projects including a Department of Defense project to develop and distribute crucial parenting resources to military families. She also conducted research on preventing and ending date violence and treating couples in violent relationships. Rosen has served as a member of the Virginia Board of Professional Counselors.

Rosen received her bachelor’s degree from Radford University, and a master’s degree and Ed.D. from Virginia Tech.

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