Eric K. Kaufman, associate professor and Extension specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, serves as faculty principal in the Honors Residential Commons at East Ambler Johnston.
Kaufman received his B.S. in agricultural education from The Ohio State University in 2000 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2007.
Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Kaufman was a high school agriscience teacher in Florida, and later a program coordinator for Florida’s Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources. As a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech, he now coordinates the graduate certificate program in Collaborative Community Leadership and supports the undergraduate minor in Leadership and Social Change. Dr. Kaufman’s research interests include collegiate leadership education and leadership development with adults in community and volunteer settings.
Kaufman, his wife Shevon, and their two children live in the faculty apartment in East Ambler Johnston.
Faculty Principals’ Duties
The faculty principal is responsible for coordinating educational programs, fostering academic engagement, and enriching the residential college's unique culture. The principal provides the academic vision of the residential college; gets to know residents and their individual interests, and provides guidance throughout students' university care
The faculty principal develops and sponsors programs that support the Division of Student Affairs' aspirations for student learning, as well as the goals of the university's strategic plan. The principal also participates in educational and social programs sponsored by students and other staff members.