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Foti wins Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 30, 2005 – Roseanne Foti, of Blacksburg, associate professor of psychology, has won Virginia Tech’s 2005 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Two Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards are presented each year to outstanding faculty, elected by the Academy of Teaching Excellence from among the recipients of the certificates of teaching excellence from across the university for the past three years. A committee of former recipients reviews those eligible and selects two candidates each year.

Foti is a much-sought-after teacher in a department filled with good teachers and has been recognized for her teaching skills in several ways. She was a finalist for the Society of Industrial and Organization Psychology Distinguished Teaching Award 2003 and earned Virginia Tech's Certificate of Teaching Excellence twice. She also has been a finalist for the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award and the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

Her teaching excellence shows in curriculum development, teaching through research, teaching through advising, work in the service of teaching, and teaching grants. Among other accomplishments, she is co-principle investigator on an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant, with faculty in numerous departments, to train graduate students in cross-disciplinary content and in the process of functioning as part of a cross-disciplinary team. She also is an integral part of an NSF Advance Institutional Transformation grant to develop leadership programs for women faculty at Virginia Tech. She led a yearlong leadership-development program for women faculty members from several colleges.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college is dedicated to fostering a research intensive environment and offers programs in nano-scale and biological sciences, information theory and science, and supports research centers--in areas such as biomedical and public health sciences, and critical technology and applied science--that encompass other colleges at the university. The College of Science also houses programs in pre-medicine and scientific law.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. 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 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.