Those who nominated him noted that in all of his roles, he works closely with graduate students. He has been a member or chair of more than 30 graduate committees and received the outstanding faculty in doctoral education award from Pamplin College of Business in 2017.
Karpanty's approach to mentorship is “engaging, enlightened, and rigorous,” said students who nominated her. She helps students secure grants needed for their work and fosters strong relationships with them.
The graduate students who nominated Wisnioski for the Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award said he was a joy to work with, providing insightful feedback and encouragement and helping them develop personalized research trajectories and career plans.
Stephenson's current research and teaching interests include collaborative governance, leadership and democratic politics, arts and community change processes, NGOs and international development, peace building, and humanitarian relief.
Rasnake, who retired in 2017, left behind a legacy of memorable dishes in Virginia Tech dining. During her 18 years at West End Market, more than 20 million meals were provided to community members and students from that facility.
In her 40 years of teaching, Metz has consistently led the way as the Department of English and the university have sought to expand the role of writing, collaboration, and individualized research projects in undergraduate studies.
Inside the classroom, Aust is described as a dedicated and demanding professor who provides a positive and active learning environment where students are challenged academically and given hands-on experiences.
As a student at Virginia Tech from 2005 to 2008, Williams was heavily involved in diversity and inclusion efforts. Since returning to Virginia Tech as a professional, Williams has continued his inclusion efforts.