Crandall Shifflett honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 22, 2010 – Crandall Shifflett, professor of history 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 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, Shifflett contributed to scholarly research by authoring four books, two articles, and numerous encyclopedia and dictionary entries relating to the history of the United States. He pioneered digital scholarship by creating and administering Virtual Jamestown. He also shared his understanding of American history with public school teachers throughout the commonwealth to enhance their teaching methods.

Shifflett helped to advance the cause of liberal studies by serving on the boards of directors of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and the Virginia Council for History Education.

As a professor, Shifflett advised and counseled numerous undergraduate and graduate students during his career. He also served as director of graduate studies and department chair.

Shifflett received his bachelor’s degree from Minnesota’s St. John’s University and his master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

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.