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Cherry Houck honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 7, 2006 – Cherry K. Houck of Blacksburg, Va., professor of teaching and learning 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 Nov 6.

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 community since 1970, Houck is a former special education teacher who has extensive experience in the field of learning disabilities and special education. She is the author of Learning Disabilities Understanding Concepts, Characteristics, and Issues, and she has been a regular contributor to major research journals, including The Journal of Learning Disabilities, Learning Disability Quarterly, Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, and Academic Therapy. She has served on the editorial boards of Learning Disability Quarterly and Intervention in School and Clinic.

Houck is past president of the Council for Learning Disabilities and the Virginia chapter. She also is recipient of the 1993 Professional of the Year Award for the Council of Learning Disabilities and the research award from the Virginia Council of Learning Disabilities. Over the years, Houck has been a speaker at many professional meetings and has served as a consultant at the local, state, and national levels. Her work has been supported by numerous federal personnel preparation and research grants.

Houck received her Ed.D. from the University of Alabama.

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