Wilma Dunaway, professor of sociology in the government and international affairs program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of "professor emerita” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1999, Dunaway was innovator in the use of new technology for instructional and outreach activities to advance economic development across the state, nation, and world.

Dunaway was author, co-author, or editor of dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, seven books, and multiple book chapters, and reviews that challenged and advanced theories such as world systems analysis and feminism. She served on professional journal editorial boards, worked with local community organizations, and assisted local, state, tribal, and other government agencies.

Throughout her career, Dunaway received several professional awards for her research, service, and teaching, bringing international visibility to Virginia Tech through her scholarship and service focused on questions of racism, civil rights, economic access, and opportunity.

Dunaway received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.