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