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EFL VCCS Meeting

CCL and HIED Meet in Richmond at VCCS

On November 30, 2022, Community College Leadership and Higher Education alumni, students and prospective students gathered at the Virginia Community College System offices in Richmond, Virginia. Dr.s Mitchell Williams and Charles Mathies updated the group with CCL and HIED program highlights over lunch. President of Brightpoint Community College, Dr. Ted Raspiller, and Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs, Dr. Van Wilson, were in attendance. (More)

Drs. Mitchell Williams, Anne Prial and Josh Lavorgna and SUNY admin

CCL Faculty Hood Students at SUNY Orange

Dr. Mitchell Williams traveled to Middletown, New York to hood two CCL alumni on the SUNY Orange Campus. Dr.s Anne Prial and Josh Lavorgna graduated from the Community College Leadership Ph.D. program. (More)

Denelle Wallce Alexander

Dr. Denelle Wallace, ODU alum and Dean at Norfolk State, publishes paper about Black male educators with Dr. Bol and two EPPE students

Dr. Denelle Wallace, Dean of the Norfolk State University School of Education and ODU alum, published a paper about Black male educators in the Journal of African American Males in Education with coauthors Dr. Linda Bol, Professor or Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation, and current Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation students Kendra Hall and Erin Cousins. (More)

Taylor Martin's Highlighted Visual Art

ELS Student, Taylor-Martin, Highlighted for Work in Visual Arts

April Taylor-Martin is an ELS Ph.D. student and Portsmouth educator who leads the visual arts department for the school district. She has been working with the district's visual arts educators to connect students' artistic skills with core classes such as history, science and mathematics. Part of these efforts includes displaying student and faculty artwork. (More)

Dr. Christopher Wikstrom

Wikstrom Named Vice President

Dr. Christopher Wikstrom (Ph.D. 2018) has been named the Vice President of Academic & Student Success Services at Patrick & Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia. (More)

student awards

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Student Awards Recipients

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Student Awards recipients! Selected by each of our departments, these awards are an annual tradition in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies aimed at recognizing outstanding students for their academic achievement, service to the community, the college, and the university. (More)

2021-2022 Faculty Governance Awards

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Faculty Governance Awards Recipients

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Faculty Governance Awards recipients! Selected by the DCEPS Faculty Governance Organization, the Faculty Governance Awards are an annual tradition of the Darden College aimed at recognizing the distinguished faculty members who have gone above and beyond and have made significant contributions to their fields, the College, and the University. (More)


Dr. Gregory wins NASPA Student Affairs Award

Dr. Dennis Gregory has been recognized by being awarded the prestigious National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region III's 2022 Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching Award. (More)

ODU Alumni who lead Virginia's community colleges gather at conference

ODU Alumni Leading Virginia Community Colleges

Old Dominion University alumni who lead Virginia community colleges recently participated in the Virginia Community College System’s New Horizons Conference. The conference was held April 6-8, 2022, in Roanoke. (More)

Dr. Tony Perez

Dr. Tony Perez Wins University Award

Dr. Tony Perez won the ODU Doctoral Mentoring Award 2022 representing DCEPS. This award recognizes Dr. Perez's inspirational work with graduate students through teaching, service on graduate committees and sponsorship of student research. The letters from former students reflect a mentor that has had a profound impact on many lives. (More)


Dr. Gregory wins International Award

Dr. Dennis Gregory has won the DCEPS Faculty Governance Award for International Outreach. Dr. Gregory is not only a Fulbright Scholar but also an expert in international comparative studies in higher education. Recently, he has been working with the University of Pretoria and the Director of Police for South Africa. (More)

New Education Building

Darden College rises up the ranks of US News Best Grad Schools for Education

Old Dominion University and the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies has again been recognized as a top-tier institution in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report's 2023 Best Graduate Schools - Education Schools rankings released today. ODU moved up the ranks to be tied for 89th out of 274 schools of education around the country and one of only eleven in Virginia - a 30-place jump from the 2022 ranking. (More)

Laura Smithers

EFL Faculty & Student Publish New Article

Dr. Laura Smithers, Dr. Heidi Fischer, and EPPE Ph.D. student Lanah Stafford have a new publication in the Journal of College Student Development. The piece, Ordinary Engagements: The Everyday Creation of a High-Impact Practice, explores the mundane, everyday practices of student engagement in high-impact practices that escape the gaze of surveys and other measures, practices that must also be valued as high-impact. (More)

Dr. Justin Necessary

Alumn Wins Outstanding Methodologist of the Year

Dr. Justin Necessary, graduate of the Community College Leadership program, won the Outstanding Methodologist of the Year 2021 at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Necessary is a Senior Master Methodologist at GCU as well as an assistant professor at Liberty University. (More)


CCL Alum Dr. Kia Hardy Published in Journal

Dr. Kia Hardy is the lead author of the article, Preparing to Fill the Leadership Gap: The Challenges Facing Women Leaders in Mid-Level Positions at Urban Community Colleges, recently published in the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. (More)


The Great Disillusionment

Dr. Felecia Commodore was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage of burnout on campus as operations return to normal nationwide. (More)

NSF Grant Recipients

ODU faculty members win NSF Grant to investigate pair programming

A team of Old Dominion University faculty members recentlyhas received a three-year grant of $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to investigate whether pair programming, a collaborative form of programming in which two students work side-by-side on one computer, impacts the performance and retention of students with diverse learning needs. (More)

Students Play Cornhole

Sport Management Program Hosts Cornhole Fundraiser

With tailgating season a few months away, the competitors may be out of practice. But enthusiasts of the beanbag toss game are invited to take part in “Cornhole for a Cause,” a charity fund-raising tournament hosted by Old Dominion University’s Sport Management program. (More)

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Presidential Inauguration

ODU commemorated the inauguration of President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., during Homecoming Weekend 2022. Relive the historic weekend.

Fall Open House

It's time to fall in love with ODU! Join us for our last Open House event of the semester on Saturday, November 19.

Commencement 2022

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