David Townsend, assistant professor of management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been named the Union Junior Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Union Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship was established in 2014 to expand Union’s relationship with Virginia Tech and to support the Pamplin College of Business and what is now the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The fellowship is awarded to an assistant or associate professor who participates in the Apex Center and whose work and research is related to business development and entrepreneurship.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2014, Townsend does research that builds on theories of human agency to explore the acquisition and use of resources — financial, technological, reputational, social, and managerial — and their impact on the survival and performance of technology-based and social ventures.

He has 17 published publications to date including papers in the most recognized scholarly journals in that area. His work has been referenced in the popular press, including Business Week.

Since joining the Virginia Tech faculty, Townsend has taught courses in the entrepreneurship area and has been active in the Innovate living/learning program, a central program of the Apex Systems Center.

Townsend is active on committees of the Academy of Management, serves on the editorial boards of two scholarly journals, and has been recognized twice as Outstanding Reviewer by the Journal of Business Venturing.

Townsend received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Oral Roberts University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

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.