Thomas Sherman, professor of teaching and learning in the School of Education 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.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1971, Sherman made significant contributions in the design and development of learning environments, which ranged from practice-based research on learning to the articulation and promotion of study strategies for student success, full-scale instructional programs, and sound assessment models and strategies. He made more than 120 presentations and authored 100 publications, four books, and numerous grants.

Sherman provided effective leadership in university governance through his role as president of the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate and as president of the Faculty Senate of Virginia. He strengthened faculty ties to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Virginia General Assembly, and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council.

Sherman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree and a Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee.