Full story about Wilma Dunaway’s retirement

Wilma Dunaway, professor of sociology in the

[SPIA’s] government and international affairs program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emerita” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1999, Dunaway was innovator in the use of new technology for instructional and outreach activities to advance economic development across the state, nation, and world.

Dunaway was author, co-author, or editor of dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, seven books, and multiple book chapters, and reviews that challenged and advanced theories such as world systems analysis and feminism. She served on professional journal editorial boards, worked with local community organizations, and assisted local, state, tribal, and other government agencies.

Throughout her career, Dunaway received several professional awards for her research, service, and teaching, bringing international visibility to Virginia Tech through her scholarship and service focused on questions of racism, civil rights, economic access, and opportunity.

Dunaway received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.