Diana George, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 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 university community since 2005, George has made significant contributions to the fields of composition and visual rhetoric. She was the author or coauthor of four books and 56 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews.
George held leadership positions in the National Writing Centers Association and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. In 1994, she was the co-recipient of the Richard Braddock Award for best article in College Composition and Communication.
At Virginia Tech, she directed the program in first-year writing for six years and brought it to national prominence. She also served as director of the university’s Writing Center.
She taught both undergraduate and graduate courses across the rhetoric and writing curriculum. She advised numerous students on master’s degree theses and doctoral dissertations and helped them develop successful careers in academic settings.
George received her college’s Excellence in Administration Award in 2014 and Graduate Advising Award in 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate from the University of Missouri.