Deans of the School

The School’s leadership consists of the dean, the associate dean for academic and students affairs, the associate dean for professional education and special programs, and the associate dean for administration.

They collaborate to develop and implement the School’s strategic direction and daily operations with input and insight from University, student, alumni, community, faculty, staff, and administrative constituencies.

Areas of Responsibility

Schoolwide oversight, University relations, marketing and engagement, fiscal planning, administrative and technical services, external relations, alumni relations, donor relations, community relations

Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs
Faculty governance, adjunct faculty, curriculum development, student services

Associate Dean for Professional Education & Special Programs
Professional education, Summer School, strategic planning, Institute on Philanthropy, Partners in the Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


headshot of  Tom J. Shields

Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs

Associate Professor, Education

Program Chair, Graduate Education

Associate Professor, Leadership Studies

School Liaison, AFAC

Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau

Adjunct Instructor, Executive Education

  • Educational Leadership
  • School & Housing Segregation
  • Changing Demographics in RVA
  • Ethics & Leadership
(804) 289-8524
headshot of  David E. Kitchen

Associate Dean, Professional Education & Special Programs

Associate Professor, Geology

Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau

  • Climate Change
  • Earthquakes & Natural Disasters
  • Volcanoes
  • Geology
(804) 289-8382
headshot of  Jamelle S. Wilson

Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Studies

Professor, Education

Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau

  • Organizational Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Assessment in Public Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Education
(804) 289-8135