From imagination to innovation, the Creativity & Innovation (C&I) strategic growth area empowers students, faculty, and external partners to collaborate beyond boundaries. It is a vibrant ecosystem that melds the exploration of innovative technologies and the design of creative experiences with best practices for developing impact-driven and meaningful outcomes and solutions. C&I builds and strengthens creative communities; supports economic development; and enhances quality of life through self-sustaining and entrepreneurial activities.  Truly transdisciplinary, Creativity & Innovation draws students, faculty, and external partners from a broad range of disciplines.

A sample of the university departments represented in C&I includes:  Architecture, Arts (Art, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theatre), Business (Marketing, Management), Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Design, Education, Engineering, History, and Science (Chemistry).

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. 

There are a number of current opportunities available for new faculty to interact with the Creativity and Innovation Strategic Growth Area.

Stakeholder Committee

  • Anna Marion Bieri (COS)
  • Rosemary Blieszner (CLAHS)
  • Doug Bowman (COE)
  • Ivica Ico Bukvic (CLAHS)
  • Kevin Carlson (PCoB)
  • Kevin Conncannon (CAUS)
  • Eloise Coupey (PCoB)
  • Rafael Davalos (COE)
  • Rob Gourdie (VTCRI)
  • Aki Ishida (CAUS)
  • James Ivory (CLAHS)
  • Jason Johnson (Division of Student Affairs)
  • Brook Kennedy (CAUS)
  • Earl Kline (CNRE)
  • Ben Knapp (ICAT)
  • Jack Lesko (COE)
  • Derick Maggard (PCoB)
  • Tom Martin (COE)
  • Brian Mathews (Libraries)
  • Lisa McNair (COE)
  • Todd Ogle (TLOS)
  • Simone Paterson (SOVA)
  • Sanjay Raman (NCR)
  • Lucinda Roy (CLAHS)
  • Webster Santos (COS)
  • Akshay Sharma (CAUS)
  • Patrick Tomlin (Libraries)
  • Matthew Vollmer (CLAHS)
  • Quinn Warnick
  • Dane Webster (CAUS)
  • Matt Wisnioski (CLAHS)
  • Program Manager: Ed Dorsa