Carol Ann Bailey, an associate professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “associate 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 Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1987, Bailey made significant research contributions in the area of qualitative sociology and evaluation research. She published numerous books, chapters, articles, and technical reports.

In the classroom, Bailey advised and counseled many undergraduate and graduate students during her career and served on and chaired numerous master’s degree and doctoral student committees.

In addition, Bailey has been actively involved in the university’s McNair Scholars Program, which encourages low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in higher education to pursue doctoral study. She has served as a mentor and a member of the McNair Advisory Board.

Bailey has been a member of the university’s Academy of Teaching Excellence since 1992, the same year she received the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence. She received her college’s Teaching Excellence Award in 1992 and 2008 and was named recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in Sociology in 1989, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. She also received the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award in Sociology in 1989, 1992, 1995, 2003, and 2006. She received Virginia Tech’s William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009.

Bailey received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Washington State University.