Rosary V. Lalik, associate professor of education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, was conferred the "associate professor emerita" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting on Nov. 3.

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 1982, Lalik was a dedicated teacher of literacy. Her teaching excellence was evidenced by the fact that she earned consistent 4.0 overall student evaluation scores for all 26 years, across all courses — the maximum overall rating that an instructor can earn.

She provided outstanding leadership of the School of Education programs in her role as director or the Northern Virginia Center School of Education, using her collaborative and supportive strategies to bring faculty and students together in positive, creative, and intellectual ways.

Lalik made contributions to the university and academic community nationwide in terms of her research on issues related to social justice, equity, and gender issues. She provided leadership in the literacy program and in the Department of Teaching and Learning for 18 years. Lalik extended this leadership to integrating literacy with the disciplines, in particular science, with her expertise in reading in the content areas.

She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the State University of New York College at Oswego, and an Ed.D. from Syracuse University.