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James Shockley honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 23, 2010 – James Shockley, associate professor of mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members 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 1966, Shockley published four papers on number theory, one paper on self-paced learning, and four textbooks. He directed a National Science Foundation summer institute for high school teachers and participated in two extension programs for high school teachers. He also served the commonwealth by conducting a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia study of mathematics curriculum articulation between community colleges and four-year institutions.

As a professor, Shockley taught a wide variety of mathematics courses. He also participated in teaching innovations such as video lectures and self-paced courses.

Shockley received his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.