Richard Walker

Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
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5070 Derring Hall (MC 0406)
926 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
USA
  • 2017-present Associate Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, and Chief-of-Staff, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech.
  • 2007-2016 Associate Department Head, Undergraduate Program Director, and Chief-of-Staff, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech.
  • 2000-present Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech.
  • 1994-2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Virginia Tech.
  • 1990-1993 Jane Coffin Childs Fund Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate, Duke University Medical Center, Laboratory of Dr. M. P. Sheetz.
  • 1989-1990 Research Associate, University of North Carolina, Laboratory of Dr. E.D. Salmon.
  • 1987 Physiology Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
  • 1985-1989 Ph.D., Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Dissertation topic: Microtubule dynamic instability in vitro. Advisor: Dr. E. D. Salmon
  • 1981-1985 B.S. with Honors, Biology, College of William and Mary.
  •  Virginia Tech William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence, 2019.
  • Virginia Tech Exemplary Department or Program Award, Developing and sustaining effective large class
  • instruction. Team leader for Principles of Biology instructional program, 2016.
  • Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, 2016.
  • Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Service Award, 2015.
  • Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011.
  • Virginia Tech College of Science Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 2011.
  • Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009.
  • Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences Most Influential Professor Award, 2007.
  • Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, 2005.
  • Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, 1999.
  • Keynote Speaker for Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate
  • Program, Colorado State University, 1998.