Pat Vittum, Ph.D., is a professor of turf entomology at the University of Massachusetts. She holds degrees from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Cornell University. Vittum's research interests include the biology, ecology and management of annual bluegrass weevil and white grubs in the Northeast. Her excellence in the turfgrass industry has been well-documented through the numerous awards she has received, including Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Massachusetts; Excellence in Teaching, Eastern Branch Award, Entomological Society of America; and Excellence in Urban Entomology, Entomological Society of America Eastern Branch, and the USGA Green Section Award (received in 2015).
In addition to participation in state and regional turfgrass conferences around the United States, Vittum has lectured in Spain on issues related to IPM. She has spent four sabbatical leaves on the South Island of New Zealand, studying various aspects of the biology of the Argentine stem weevil. She has been a GCSAA faculty member since 1991, and she enjoys playing the flute (classical and improvisation), singing with two small women's ensembles in the Amherst area and watching sports in her spare time. Vittum received the GCSAA Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in February 2017.