Philip A. Mellen, of Blacksburg, professor of foreign languages and literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title "Professor Emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting Monday, March 14.The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty for 24 years, Mellen preserved and enhanced the quality of the German program curriculum as the program coordinator for 20 years. Mellen published three books on German literature, and was twice chosen by his colleagues to author the departmental publication, "Departmental Vision." He was an invited member of the Dante Society of America and Gerhardt Hauptmann Gesellschaft (Berlin).
In 1996, Mellen's outstanding teaching was recognized with the university's prestigious William E. Wine Award. He is also a member of the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. Mellen received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.
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