Patrick O'Reilly honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 15, 2010 – Patrick O’Reilly, associate professor of teaching and learning in the School of Education 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 1975, O’Reilly made significant contributions to the research on career and technical education, trade and industrial teacher education, and educational evaluations. He wrote more than 80 publications and directed numerous sponsored research and development projects.

He held leadership positions in a number of professional societies, including the National Association of Industrial and Technical Teacher Educators and as editor of the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education.

In addition, he served as director of the Center for Assessment, Evaluation, and Educational Programming in the School of Education.

O’Reilly received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.

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.