An initiative supported by the college deans and Provost, the Work-Life Liaison (formerly College Liaison) program is designed to strengthen the process of recruiting excellent faculty members to Virginia Tech.

Work-Life Liaisons support the faculty recruitment efforts in each college by meeting individually with candidates to discuss Virginia Tech’s dual career resources, extend-the-tenure-clock policies, modified duties polices, commitment to diversity, community resources, and to refer candidates to appropriate resources for additional information. These meetings are confidential and separate from the formal search process.

The role of the Liaison is designed to meet the unique needs of each college. In some colleges, in addition to meeting with candidates, the Work-Life Liaison may also help shape search processes,  and answer questions from search committee members. 

2016-2017 Liaisons

Agriculture and Life Sciences: Jay Williams (
Architecture and Urban Studies: Elizabeth Grant (
Engineering: Mike Garvin (
                               Kray Luxbacher (
                               Marie Paretti (

Liberal Arts and Human Sciences: Barbara Ellen Smith (
                                                                              Pamela Teaster (
Natural Resources and Environment: Candice Albert (
Pamplin College of Business: Kay Hunnings (
                                                                   Robin Russell (
Science: Maddy Schreiber (
                    Lizette Zietsman (
Veterinary Medicine: Bill Huckle  (
                                                   Karen Inzana (
                                                   Terry Swecker(