Dr. Virginia Roach was appointed the Dean of the Graduate School of Education in 2011. As Dean, Virginia's initiatives have included expanding online learning, developing and strengthening international partnerships, and fostering new conceptions for developing teachers and leaders to work in the diverse classrooms, schools, and other educational settings of today.
Her research focuses on state policy related to developing education leaders (for which she won the 2012 William J. Davis Award for outstanding scholarship) and the development of women in higher levels of educational leadership domestically and abroad. She also supports the development of new scholars by serving on doctoral dissertation committees both in the U. S. and abroad. In addition to her research activities and serving as Dean of the Graduate School, Virginia is on the Board of the International Society for Educational Planning and was the editor of its journal, Educational Planning, from 2009-2012.
Virginia worked at Bank Street from 2002-2004 as the Project Director of the Teachers for a New Era Project. Prior to joining Bank Street the second time around, she was an Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Policy in the Department of Educational Leadership of George Washington University, in Washington, DC. There she served as department chair from 2006-2009, taught master’s and doctoral-level courses, and chaired dissertations.
From 1986 to 2002 Virginia worked at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), serving as the Deputy Executive Director from 1994-2002. At NASBE she worked on several foundation-and government-funded grants as well as provided technical assistance to state boards of education, state departments of education, local districts and federal agencies. She began her career as a special education teacher and was awarded an EdD in Educational Administration and Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1992.