Robert Siegle, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus 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 Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the university community since 1978, Siegle brought visibility to the university through his interdisciplinary work on post-modern literature, architecture, and Buddhism. He wrote three books and 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and served on panels for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.
He received Fulbright awards to India and Sri Lanka. His grants included a Summer Seminar at Yale University and other research stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a project grant for internationalizing the curriculum from the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching/University Office of International Programs.
Siegle has served as publication reviewer for The Johns Hopkins University Press, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Little Brown & Company, St. Martin's Press, W.W. Norton, and Wesleyan/New England University Press. He has served on the Fellowship Selection Panel for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.
At Virginia Tech, Siegle served as director of Virginia Tech's Writing Program and director of the Center for Twenty-First Century Studies. He led three nomadic study abroad programs to Morocco, Turkey, and Sri Lanka. He received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence award, the 2009 X-Caliber Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2004 Diggs Teaching Scholar Award.
Siegle earned his bachelor's degree from Emory and Henry College and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.