Patricia Raun is a fellow of the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) and serves as faculty for the Executive Master of Natural Resources program. Her goal is to promote transformation by developing healthy and varied voices—both literal and figurative—in individuals, institutions, and communities. She carries out her goal in her position as founding director of the School of Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, Cinema) at Virginia Tech. Raun, a professional actor and voice-over artist, is a designated site visitor for the accrediting arm of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and chair of their Committee on Ethics. Raun has earned many honors for her artistic work, leadership and teaching, including a 2010 Virginia Tech Excellence in Administration Award, and a 2011 College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award from Penn State, and a 2012 Service and Leadership Award from the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. In recent years her research and teaching interests have been focused on supporting those in scientific and technical fields communicate about their work in more effective ways. Her applied work in this area is influenced by her affiliation with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.
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