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Goss topic
will be housing

By Sandy Broughton

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 07 - October 9, 1997

Rosemary Carucci Goss will deliver a Distinguished Faculty Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 15, as part of Tech's 125th anniversary celebration. Her topic is "Beyond Shelter: The Influence of Housing on Individuals, Family, and Society."
Goss's presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Wallace atrium. A reception follows. The public is invited to attend. Goss was named the Residential Property Management Advisory Board professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in 1996. Goss is a faculty member of the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management/Clothing and Textiles in the College of Human Resources and Education. She has been instrumental in the development of the RPM program at Tech and has been working with other schools across the country to help them establish similar programs in this growing field.
Goss holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University with a specialty in housing. Her dedication to both undergraduate and graduate instruction were acknowledged when she was awarded the College of Human Resources Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 1995. Goss is immediate past president of the American Association of Housing Educators, is an associate editor of the AAHE journal, Housing and Society, and she served as the annual AAHE conference program chair. Goss has conducted research related to the housing constraints of rural families, as well as the housing needs of all families, and published her research in numerous journals. The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences recognized Goss's accomplishments with its New Achievers Award.
Goss also works closely with professionals in housing and housing management. She chaired the National Apartment Association Certified Apartment Manager subcommittee, received an NAA presidential appointment to the association's Education Task Force, and was a member of the program committee for the NAA's 1997 annual meeting.
She has made frequent presentations to professional audiences, recently as the co-facilitator of a property-management continuing-education program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
By working together, Tech's College of Human Resources and Education and the property-management industry established the country's first four-year degree program in residential property management in 1985. Through the generosity of the firms and individuals affiliated with the RPM Advisory Board, the industry also established the endowed RPM Advisory Board Professorship, the first in the college.
In addition to the endowment for the professorship, the industry has contributed nearly $285,000 to the program in support of student scholarships, professional-development seminars, graduate teaching assistantships, and in-service training for faculty members. The advisory board meets with faculty members each spring and fall to discuss the latest information on industry changes and needs. Many members also meet with the Student Association of Residential Property Managers throughout the year, serve as guest lecturers in the classroom, sponsor field trips, and act as mentors for interns.