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College of Science names new associate dean


   

Jill C. Sible Jill C. Sible

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 14, 2008 – Jill C. Sible, associate professor of biological sciences, has been named associate dean for curriculum, instruction, and advising for the College of Science at Virginia Tech.

Sible came to the university in 1998 as an assistant professor with a research focus in cellular biology. While at the university, Sible has secured more than $2.4 million in research and education grants. She has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including a Certificate of Teaching Excellence, the University Alumni Teaching Award, and the Diggs Professorship. She received the College of Science Diversity Award in 2007 for involving women and students from underrepresented groups in her research laboratory.

Sible received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire and her Ph.D. in cell, molecular and developmental biology from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Sible takes the position most recently held by Joe Cowles, professor of biological sciences, who retired earlier this month.

“Jill brings unique expertise to this job and will be putting into practice innovative ideas for our programs,” said Lay Nam Chang, dean of the college. “Students, staff, and faculty will benefit from Jill’s energy and enthusiasm as she leads the college’s effort to develop our programs.”