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Vision

The Global Systems Science Destination Area fosters transdisciplinary study of the dynamic interplay between natural and social systems.  Faculty in this area collaborate to discover creative solutions to critical social problems emergent from human activity and environmental change, in areas such as freshwater and coastal water systems, rural environments, infectious disease, and food production and safety. Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities.  

Faculty Recruitment

Over the next five years, Virginia Tech is strategically investing in hiring innovative and collaborative faculty to advance its vision to grow beyond boundaries as a premier 21st-century global land-grant institution through our Destination Areas initiative. 

The Global Systems Science Destination Area is actively recruiting a robust and diverse cluster of faculty.  In addition to the clustering hiring initiative, there are a number of additional faculty opportunities that are linked to the work of the Global Systems Science area.

Stakeholder Committee

  • Ozzie Abaye (Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • Mark Barrow (History, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences)
  • Cyril Clarke (Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Dennis Dean (Biochemistry, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • Patricia Dove (Geosciences, College of Science)
  • Stephen Eubank (Population Health Sciences and Physics, Biocomplexity Institute)
  • Alan Grant (Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • Ralph Hall (Public and International Affairs, College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • William Hopkins (Fish and Wildlife Conservation, College of Natural Resources and Environment)
  • John Little (Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Sarah McDonald (Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)
  • John McDowell (Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • X.J. Meng (Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Amy Pruden-Bagchi (Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Wayne Scales (Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering)
  • Stephen Schoenholtz (Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Water Resources Research Center)
  • Jake Tu (Biochemistry, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • Jeff Walters (Biological Sciences, College of Science)
  • Paul Winistorfer (Sustainable Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources and Environment)
  • Program Manager: Janet Webster