William Snizek, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members 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.

Snizek made significant research contributions in the sociology of organizations and occupations and sociology of science.

An Alumni Distinguished Professor at the university, Snizek was also a Senior Research Fulbright Fellow to the Netherlands, published 11 books and research monographs and more than 75 refereed journal articles and book chapters.

He received 10 Excellence in Teaching Certificates, the Alumni Teaching Award, the W.E. Wine Award, the Sporn Award for Excellence in Teaching of Introductory Subjects, the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, the Students’ Choice Award, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. He also chaired the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Snizek holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.