The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved the following promotions, tenure, and continued appointments at its June 5 meeting.
Promotion to associate professor with tenure:
Catalina Andrango-Walker, foreign languages and literatures;
Aaron Ansell, religion and culture;
Bryan Brown, biological sciences;
Tanyel Bulbul, building construction;
Margaret Cowell, School of Public and International Affairs;
Alexander Dickow, foreign languages and literatures;
Priya Dixit, political science;
Adam Dominiak, economics;
Esteban Gazel, geosciences;
Julia Gohlke, population health sciences;
Travis Head, School of Visual Arts;
Deborah Kelly, biological sciences;
Leigh-Anne Krometis, biological systems engineering;
Amanda Morris, chemistry;
Andrew Neilson, food science and technology;
Zhange (Nicole) Ni, religion and culture;
Robert Oliver, geography;
Sarah Ovink, sociology;
James Owen, horticulture;
Michael Persia, animal and poultry sciences;
Michelle Rhoads, animal and poultry sciences;
John Richey, psychology;
Brian Romans, geosciences;
Walid Saad, electrical and computer engineering;
Emily Sarver, mining and minerals engineering;
Yang Shao, geography;
Michael Sorice, forest resources and environmental conservation;
Natasha Staley, School of Performing Arts;
Pablo Tarazaga, mechanical engineering; and
Jin Xu, Finance, insurance and business law.
Promotion to professor with tenure:
Jonathan Black, aerospace and ocean engineering;
Michele Borgarelli, small animal clinical sciences; and
Mitsuhiro Murayama, materials science and engineering.
Tenure at the currently held rank of associate professor:
Rolando Burgos, electrical and computer engineering;
Michael Fox, biological sciences;
Kevin Kochersberger, mechanical engineering; and
Mark Van Dyke, biomedical engineering and mechanics.
Promotion to professor:
Sheryl Ball, economics;
John Barrett, biological sciences;
Sudip Bhattacharjee, accounting and information systems;
Daniela Cimini, biological sciences;
Thomas Clancy, electrical and computer engineering;
Rami Dalloul, animal and poultry sciences;
Michael Ermann, School of Architecture and Design;
Daniel Gallagher, civil and environmental engineering;
Zhen (Jason) He, civil and environmental engineering;
Nicholas Loehr, mathematics;
Kramer Luxbacher, mining and minerals engineering;
Andrew McCoy, building construction;
Elizabeth McNair, engineering education;
Biswarup Mukhopadhyay, biochemistry;
Anderson Norton, mathematics;
Alexey Onufriev, computer science;
Michael Roan, mechanical engineering;
Shane Ross, biomedical engineering and mechanics;
Igor Sharakhov, entomology;
Yong Xu, electrical and computer engineering;
Kurt Zimmerman, biomedical sciences and pathobiology; and
Lei Zuo, mechanical engineering.
Promotion to advanced instructor:
Alexa Gardner, human development; and
Nicholas Robbins, mathematics.
Promotion to senior instructor:
Ellington Graves, sociology;
Joseph Guthrie, agricultural technology; and
Barbara Leshyn, horticulture.
Promotion to clinical associate professor:
Sunshine Lahmers, small animal clinical sciences; and
Theresa Pancotto, small animal clinical sciences.
Promotion to associate professor (continued appointment):
Nathan Hall, University Libraries;
Tonya Price, Virginia Cooperative Extension; and
Julie Speer, University Libraries.
Promotion to professor (continued appointment):
Zhiwu Xie, University Libraries.
Promotion to senior Extension agent:
Jennifer Thompson, Louisa County Cooperative Extension; and
John Thompson, Fluvanna County Cooperative Extension.
Promotion to Extension agent:
John Benner, Augusta County Cooperative Extension;
Brittany Council, City of Richmond Cooperative Extension;
Jeremy Daubert, Rockingham County Cooperative Extension;
Rebecca Davis, Frederick County Cooperative Extension;
Ursula Deitch, Northampton County Cooperative Extension;
Crysti Hopkins, Louisa County Cooperative Extension;
Katrina Kirby, City of Petersburg Cooperative Extension;
Jeannie Layton-Dudding, Bland County Cooperative Extension;
Laura Maxey-Nay, Hanover County Cooperative Extension;
Caitlin Miller, Prince Edward County Cooperative Extension;
Robbie Morrison, Campbell County Cooperative Extension;
Kathryn Overby, Prince Edward County Cooperative Extension;
Theresa Pittman, Accomack County Cooperative Extension;
Christina Ruszcyk-Murray, Northampton County Cooperative Extension;
Kelli Scott, Montgomery County Cooperative Extension;
Rebecca Sheffield, Culpeper County Cooperative Extension;
Glenn Sturm, Gloucester County Cooperative Extension; and
Thomas Woodson, Amelia County Cooperative Extension.
Promotion to advanced Extension specialist:
John Ignosh, biological systems engineering.
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