Steven M. Culver of Blacksburg, has been named assistant director of academic assessment at Virginia Tech. The announcement was made by Ray Van Dyke, director of academic assessment.

In his new position, Culver, in collaboration with Van Dyke, will provide leadership to faculty, departments, and colleges in the assessment of student learning outcomes across all academic programs. Other essential responsibilities include providing resources and technical assistance to the university community related to academic assessment plans and methods, working with the staff of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) to coordinate assessments required of all colleges and universities in the Commonwealth, and working closely to provide his expertise to other units throughout the university that also engage in assessment activities.

Culver returns to Virginia Tech following many years of service at Radford University. He most recently served as a professor in the School of Social Work in the Waldron College of Health and Human Sciences. Prior to that position, Culver was the associate director of the Radford Honors Program, director of Radford’s student assessment programs, and an instructor in the Department of Educational Research and Evaluation at Virginia Tech.

Culver received his doctorate degree in educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech. In addition to many years dedicated to teaching, Culver has also reviewed manuscripts for a number of national, international, state, and local publications, given presentations in locations throughout the world, has written or been referenced in numerous journals, books, or publications, and has received several awards for his excellence in teaching and research.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.