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Antonio Fernández-Vázquez honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 12, 2010 – Antonio Fernández-Vázquez, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “associate 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 1979, Fernández-Vázquez made significant contributions to the understanding of Latin American studies through his work in Cuban exile literature. In addition, he supported the practice of proficiency-based assessment and instruction of foreign languages on a national level through the Interagency Language Roundtable Review Board and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

At Virginia Tech, Fernández-Vázquez taught a wide variety of courses ranging from first-year Spanish to graduate-level courses and received numerous teaching awards. He also directed the Intensive Summer Language Institute for 21 years.

Fernández-Vázquez received his bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech includes programs in the arts, humanities, social and human sciences, and education. The college seeks to illuminate human experience and expression by creating works of lasting scholarly, cultural, and aesthetic value; empower individuals to engage critically with the complexities of a diverse, global society; and foster the inquiry, innovation, and growth that produce individual and social transformation.