Message from the Dean
There could not be a more exciting time than now to be leading the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University. I am humbled and delighted to have the opportunity to work with this distinguished group of faculty, staff and students. The Darden College of Education is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly activities, and service. The college has and will continue to prepare outstanding professionals for work in the region, provide research which is needed for the advancement of education and the related professions at this critical time in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world. Drawing upon its rich diversity of talented students and faculty, the college has established national and international prominence in the disciplines of the college through research and prepared outstanding educators, leaders and professionals.
Becoming a member of the Darden College of Education is an honor for students, faculty, staff, alumni and certainly for me. It is my goal to support every student in an exciting and challenging education designed to meet your professional and personal goals through key partnerships, top-notch faculty, and a commitment to engage you in service and leadership in your community, the nation and in the disciplines. With your effort, energy and passion, the college's reputation will be enhanced and your degrees will be even more valuable.
The mission of the Darden College of Education is to prepare distinguished professionals who become leaders in their fields. You can expect innovative and engaging teaching, rigorous and relevant internships and service opportunities, challenging faculty, knowledgeable practitioner mentors, and peers who will discuss and participate in cutting edge research that connects to real world situations and complex problems, as well as opportunities to develop as a leader. The college's guiding principles of collaboration, innovation and professionalism add value to your academic degree program and provide an induction into the highest standards of the profession you have chosen. Get involved and take advantage of all that the Darden College of Education and ODU has to offer.
Please look around our web pages and learn more about what makes our College distinctive. Check out our terrific faculty and their accomplishments. Look at the exciting careers and contributions of our alumni and what they have to say about the college and ODU.
If you have questions or want more information on how to become a member of our community of scholars, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 757-683-3938.
Linda Irwin-DeVitis, Ed.D