The Department of Education is located in the houses at 203 and 205 Caroline Street.

The department supports degrees in:

  • Elementary Education
  • P6-12 Secondary Education
  • Exceptional Education
  • Educational Studies
  • A specialization in music education

For current students, here’s the teacher preparation handbook.

Education Department Chair

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April D. Marchetti

Department Chair, Education; The Garnett-Lambert Professor of Chemistry; Director of the Honors Program


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Chemistry, Randolph-Macon College

Phone: (804) 412-1309
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Education Department Faculty

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Amber R. Peacock

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.Ed., Special Education, James Madison University
  • M.S., Human Development, Texas Tech University
  • B.A., Psychology, Texas Tech University

Phone: (804) 412-2025
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Diana M. Yesbeck

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.Ed., Education, University of Virginia
  • B.S., Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University

Phone: (804) 752-3248
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Dyanis Conrad

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: ESL and Multicultural Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.Ed., Second Language Education, ESL, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.A., International Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Phone: (804) 752-8891
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Erin McDonnell-Jones

Associate Professor


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Innovation, Wilmington University
  • M.A., English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., Secondary Education, English, and Communications, Pennsylvania State University

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Julie S. Dauksys

Adjunct Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Curriculum, Culture, and Change, Virginia Commonwealth University,
  • Ed.S., Reading and Writing Instruction, University of Virginia
  • M.Ed., Reading, University of Virginia
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Longwood College

Phone: (804) 752- 3149
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Kate MacDonald

Director of Disability Services; Adjunct Faculty


  • Ed.D., Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy, Salisbury University
  • M.S., Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., History and Anthropology, Elon University

Phone: (804) 752-7343
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Savanna M. Love

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.A., English/Literature, George Mason University
  • B.A., English, Randolph-Macon College

Phone: (804) 752-7355
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