In order to put together a solid plan to finish a degree, advising is critical. Advisors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are among the best resources on campus. In fact, they consistently win awards for the quality of advising they provide. Virginia Tech is a big university, but advisers make it seem like a small town where everyone knows everyone else.

Student advising is handled within the student's major department. Departmental advisers are listed below. Future students who know which department they are interested in should contact that department's adviser directly.

Program Directors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Agricultural Technology

Sam Doak
1060 Litton-Reaves Hall
(540) 231-7649

Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education

Sharon Williams
2270 Litton-Reaves Hall (0343)
(540) 231-6337

Agricultural and Applied Economics

309 Hutcheson Hall (0401)
(540) 231-6846

Animal and Poultry Sciences

Nada Tamim
3410 Litton-Reaves Hall (0306)
(540) 231-2232


David Bevan
133 Engel Hall (0308)
(540) 231-6315

Crop and Soil Sciences

Ben Tracy
335 Smyth Hall (0404)
(540) 231-8259

Dairy Science

Kathy Duncan
2440 Litton-Reaves Hall (0315)
(540) 231-5287
Fax: (540) 231-5014

Environmental Sciences

Matthew Eick
236 Smyth Hall (0404)
(540) 231-8943
Fax: (540) 231-3431

Food Science and Technology

Linda Granata
25D FST Building (0418)
(540) 231-9570
Fax: (540) 231-9293


Alex Niemiera
401-A Saunders Hall (0327)
(540) 231-5451
Fax: (540) 231-3083

Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

Renee Eaton
325 Wallace Annex (0430)
(540) 231-5987
Fax: (540) 231-3916

Exploring Life Sciences

Jennifer Carr
1060 Litton-Reaves Hall (0343)
(540) 231-6503

IMPORTANT: Financial Aid Deadlines

Please note that there are two important financial aid deadlines that fall BEFORE the Transfer Application for Admission deadline of February 15th:

To ensure that you are competitive for the maximum number of scholarships, grants, federal loans, and work-study funding, we recommend that you submit all three applications (Transfer Admissions Application, Scholarship Application, and FAFSA) by December 7th. You need to submit your application for admission BEFORE you can apply for financial aid. Supporting documentation for your application for admission (transcripts, etc.) can still be submitted after December 7.

If you miss the scholarship deadline of December 7, still aim to complete your FAFSA by January 15, as that will still make you eligible for grants, federal loans, and work-study funding.

Please know that transfer students who apply for admission after these financial aid deadlines will still be fully competitive for admission, but you may not be eligible for financial aid.


Susan Sumner

Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs

1060 Litton-Reaves Hall (0334)
175 West Campus Drive, Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-6503