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Vision Statement

The Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership is dedicated to creating PK-20 educational settings that foster equitable and life-changing opportunities for students worldwide. Our academic programs explore the complex, dynamic and reciprocal interactions between policy, leadership theory and practice, motivation and learning, equity, and quality of life at the local, state, national, and global levels.

Department Mission Statement

To advance our communities by advancing research and transforming lives through:

  1. Cutting-edge research that contributes to knowledge building and creating solutions to complex problems in PK-20 education.

  2. Preparing reflective, competent, and ethical scholars and practitioners in the most up-to-date educational theories and methods to address complex problems in PK-20 education.

  3. To engage and serve out various communities of practice with our individual and collective expertise.

Values & Commitments

We are committed to creating equitable and just opportunities for PK-20 students to improve their quality of life through education. Together we are devoted to:

  1. Advancing research and practice through high-impact scholarship.

  2. Offering a rigorous curriculum that supports informed judgment, competent professional behavior, and a sense of social justice.

  3. Supporting pedagogical excellence, thoughtful leadership, scholarly skills, knowledge and dispositions.

  1. Mentoring leaders and education scholars who create, lead and study organizations and educational processes that promote student learning and development.

  2. Building enduring relationships within a diverse community that motivates, deepens, networks, and sustains personal, professional, and organizational growth and performance that fosters equity, justice, and improvements in student learning.

EFL Diversity Statement

The Educational Foundations and Leadership (EFL) Department's work centers on partnering with students, faculty, and staff to foster the development of educational leaders to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical aspects of academic, professional, student, and community engagement. We recognize that our mission, workplace, and curriculum center on accepting and understanding histories of discrimination and their institutionalization while striving toward equity and social justice. It is important to recognize that Old Dominion University historically served a White population of students, which contributed to exclusionary policies and practices.


  1. Create a work environment where all faculty and staff feel included and accepted regardless of class, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, disability status, religion, age, body type, and other axes of marginalization.

  2. As a current minority serving institution situated in Hampton Roads, focus on understanding and proactively address issues directly impacting the Black community and social justice.

  3. Collaboratively develop curricula that emphasizes the importance of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

  4. Department members have an ethical responsibility to address institutional racism and will do so.

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