Kelly A. Parkes, Ph.D. '06

Kelly A. Parkes, Ph.D. '06Virginia Tech University announced, “Kelly A. Parkes, assistant professor of teaching and learning in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2010 XCaliber Award for excellence as an individual involved in teaching with technology. Established in 1996 by Office of the Provost, the XCaliber Award (shorthand for exceptional, high caliber work) is presented annually by the Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Learning to recognize individual faculty members or teams of faculty and staff who integrate technology in teaching and learning. The award celebrates innovative, student-centered approaches to learning activities. Awardees receive a cash award and are called upon to demonstrate their work.”

A trumpet player, Parkes joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2006 where she teaches graduate level music education classes and supervises interns. She is developing the music education graduate studies program and is currently the program area leader for music within the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her current areas of research are in music teacher education and applied studio teaching.

Originally from Australia, Parkes lectured in pre-college and college trumpet for five years and worked with public and private instrumental music programs at elementary, middle, and high school levels and was also the principal trumpet of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2000. Parkes received her bachelor’s degree in musicology and psychology from the Australian National University, a master’s degree in trumpet performance and pedagogy from The Canberra Institute of the Arts in Australia, a master’s degree in music education from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, where she majored in music education.