From the Dean


Dear SED Graduates,

As we near our 13th commencement ceremony, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you on your achievement!

The work that you have put in has paid off, and you are nearing the end of a small part of your personal and professional journey. This point in your educational career has likely been the result of a lot of work, reading, sweat, and (occasionally) personal doubts! Nevertheless, you have persevered, and the light is at the end of the tunnel.

As you reflect upon your academic success, you must already realize that your personal journey continues. The day after commencement, the next chapter in your professional career opens. In the days between the closing of one chapter and the opening of another, I hope that you will take a moment to reflect on how far you have come. While you do so, please don’t forget those who helped you get to this point including your friends, family, and faculty. With the excitement and newness, the next few weeks will be a busy time for you, so make time to acknowledge those who contributed to your success.

Your time at VIU comes and goes, and you have undoubtedly shared many experiences with your classmates and faculty who will remain lifelong friends and colleagues. I hope that, on this brief layover in your personal journey, you will remember that you both take and represent VIU as your continue on. Build on what you have learned, and continue learning and growing. In doing so, I hope that you will work to make the world a better, brighter place in everything that you do.

I hope to see our SED students and graduates at commencement on May 5! For more information, visit the commencement website here:

As I said at orientation on your first day at VIU, you are part of our SED family. That remains true now, as you graduate. Keep in touch with us!

I wish you much success in your future.

Kevin J. Martin
Associate Dean, School of Education
Virginia International University


Wishing you a restful and productive Winter Break!

Dear SED Students, Staff, and Faculty,

As we wrap up another year together, I wanted to send a brief note of appreciation for you and all that you contribute to VIU. When I describe VIU, I often describe us as like a family. Although we come from all over the world, we form a network of relationships that will live on long after graduation. I’m very appreciative of the work that each of you do in contributing to our learning community, and I am looking forward to a productive 2018 with all of you!

Kevin Martin

Associate Dean, School of Education

Experience the VIU Difference!

By Kevin Martin, Associate Dean, School of Education

When I describe what VIU is to outsiders, I often describe it as an educational institution that feels like a mini-United Nations. At VIU, we have students from all over the world who come to gain a degree in order to change the world.

With an ever-increasing pool of alumni scattered across the globe, we continue to increase our network of graduates who will affect positive change in their communities. This is by no means a small task, and it is something that we take very seriously in the School of Education.

An Engaging and Practical Learning Experience

At VIU, we recognize and work towards actively meeting the needs of our students by providing a quality education that balances both the theoretical and practical skills required of the modern job market. In the School of Education, we do this by having faculty who have real-world experience, representing a broad set of skills from practitioners to researchers.

Our faculty are really what make us distinct. It is through their efforts that we are able to provide a hands-on, practical experience that combines the latest in research and innovation. This is what makes our learning experience different that other institutions, as we focus on ensuring that our curriculum and classroom experiences meet the needs of all of our learners.

An Extended Learning Community

Within the School of Education, we offer a variety of learning experience that extend beyond the classroom as well. Our premier event hosted on campus is the Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC). This event draws people from all over the world to learn about innovations going on in at the intersections of language, learning, and culture. It is a great opportunity to learn about what is going on in our field, and see what is being implemented in practice globally.

In addition to CLLC, we also offer a variety of events throughout the year centered on creating and promoting our broader learning community. Through these events, we strengthen our resolve to growing professionally, as well as network and learn from peers.

Have Fun!

Graduates from our School of Education programs not only get to engage in profound learning experiences, they also get to have fun! Our students become very close to one another during their time together. This happens as a result of learning and growing together through shared experiences in and out of the classroom.

Building a Global Community of Educators

Dear SED Community,

Fall 2017 is already upon us! As with the commencement of a new academic year, we welcome new students, and we begin the final push for some of our students toward their graduation. Wherever you are in your studies, we wish you luck this semester.

As a learning community, we are committed to our short and long-term professional development.  With great pleasure, I can announce that our Voices from the Field Speaker Series will be in its fifth year!  Our fall lineup of speakers include:

  • Marietta Bradinova on Engaged Learning (October 5 from 3:30-4:30pm)
  • Joy Peyton on the Practicing Nonviolent Communication (November 2 from 3:30-4:30pm)

The Voices from the Field events are free and open to the public, so I hope that you will consider joining us.

I am also pleased to announce that, upon approval of the faculty and advisory board, we have established the School of Education’s motto: Building a Global Community of Educators.  This motto represents us in so many ways including the scope and intent of our programs, the diversity of our learning community, and it also reflects our growing network of alumni who are spread across the globe.

This semester, we also continue to develop strong relationships with partners across the globe. Over the summer, our academic coordinator Victoria Fedorets, helped to establish memoranda of understanding on her trip to Ukraine. We will work to continue establishing such relationships with partners that represent our mission and values of providing an accessible education with a global perspective.

What an amazing year we have ahead of us!

I wish you all the best this semester.

Kevin J. Martin

Associate Dean, School of Education

Virginia International University

Letter to the 2016-2017 SED graduates

Dear 2016-2017 Graduates,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Education at VIU, I congratulate you on your graduation!

This is an exciting time in your life, as you embark on a new part of your journey. Just remember that the journey may not always be easy, but your studies and the lifelong relationships that you have established while at VIU can serve as a roadmap.

I hope that you will focus on dreaming big and serving as a positive-change agent who makes the world a little better every day at a time. As Nelson Mandela once said “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” This exemplifies what it means to be a VIU graduate, as you work to make the world a better place by applying and building upon what you have learned from your time at VIU.

I also hope that you realize that, although you may be graduating, you are always a part of our VIU family. In fact, your graduation signals your induction into an international community of VIU alumni. Just remember that your success is our success; therefore, please keep in touch with us now and in the future.

Best of luck,

Kevin J. Martin

Associate Dean, School of Education

Virginia International University