BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 9, 2011 – Charles E. Walcott, professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “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 1989, Walcott focused his scholarly research on the U.S. presidency, executive politics, and organizational theory, which brought national and international attention to the university. In addition, Walcott has written books and articles on the use of simulation-gaming techniques in the classroom, as well as the politics of Title IX and its impact on intercollegiate athletics.
He has authored or co-authored many works of political science research published in more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, and reviews. In addition, Walcott held leadership positions in the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association, as well as editorships for significant presidential research journals.
In the classroom, Walcott taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate political science courses. He directed 11 master’s degree students and served on more than 30 master’s degree and doctoral degree committees in four programs. Walcott, who has won various awards for his teaching, is also included on the University of Minnesota's Scholar Walk, where he taught for 21 years.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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