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Richard Shingles honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 9, 2011 – Richard Shingles, associate professor of political science 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 is conferred on retired full professors and associate professors, administrative officers, extra-collegiate faculty with continued appointment, and senior extension agents 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 1971, Shingles focused his scholarship on the understanding of American political behavior through his work in public opinion and voting behavior with a focus on political methodology.

He taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Department of Political Science, placing a strong emphasis on political methodology as well as the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender. He advised numerous students on master’s theses and guided them in developing successful careers in both academic and government settings.

Shingles also worked to support efforts to advance diversity at the department, college, and university levels.

He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.