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Herbert Bruce

Assistant Professor of Practice for Undergraduate Education
Herbert Bruce
25D Food Science and Technology Building (0418)
360 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Ph.D., Education Leadership, University of Virginia, 2009
  • M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Auburn University, 2002
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Auburn University, 1985
  • Masters Brewers Program, University of California, Davis, 1994
  • Diploma Brewer, Institute of Brewing and Distilling, London, 1994


Professional Appointments

1985-1991: US Navy, Submarine Warfare Officer

1991-1994: Product Development and Packaging Engineer, Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH

1994-1999: Head Brewer and Plant Manager, Oldenburg Brewery, Smoky Mountain Brewing Company, Atlanta Brewing Company

2002-2012: Director of First-Year Programs, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA

2012-2013: Director of First-Year Experience, Armstrong Atlantic State College, Savannah, GA

2013-2020: Associate Director, University Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

2020-Present: Assistant Professor of Practice for Undergraduate Education, Virginia Tech


Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 2017
  • Sigma Nu Fraternity, Lynchburg College, renamed faculty award as Herbert Bruce Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, 2011
  • Legion of Honor Award, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Lynchburg College, 2008
  • Commander, US Navy Reserve (retired)
  • First-Year student transition
  • Student retention and persistence
  • Brewery operations
  • Chemistry of beer