Dennis Welch, associate professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has been conferred the “associate professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title is conferred on retired full professors and associate professors, administrative officers, extra-collegiate faculty with continued appointment, and senior Virginia Cooperative Extension agents 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 1981, Welch has made significant contributions to the understanding of English literature through his work, in particular, on William Blake, as well as other American and British writers.

In addition, Welch is a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, and the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging across the English curriculum, placing strong emphasis on student learning and excellence in writing.

Welch received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

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