Virginia has extensive teaching experience, with particular emphasis on teaching human anatomy and physiology and the role of nutrition in disease. She also co-taught a course in the humanities, Mind and Memory, in which she brought together history, literature, and the arts to bear on our understanding of human health and well-being. She has won numerous teaching awards, including honors from Cornell University's Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Letter Council, and Panhellenic Council, as well as the Human Ecology Kappa Omicron Nu Distinguished Teaching Award and the State University of New York Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was chosen by Merrill Presidential Scholars as their most influential mentor.
Since coming to Cornell, Virginia has focused on advising students interested in health care. She is a member of Cornell's Healthcare Advisory Network, Health Professions Advisory Board, and Health Care Evaluation Committee, and is faculty pre-med advisor for the College of Human Ecology.